Following a Super Bowl loss and an offseason full of questions, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are working together again.
But the quarterback and star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also missed OTAs but reportedly worked out with Brady and his controversial trainer, showed up for the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
How did the head coach feel about having his two best offensive players back in the fold?
Reporters tried to find out.
They got nowhere.
Bill Belichick on everyone reporting to mandatory minicamp: “It’s good to have all players here.”
As for Tom Brady: “I’ve always had a good relationship with Tom.” pic.twitter.com/q7s3aZrwCk
— Binge Sports (@BingeSports) June 5, 2018
— WBZ Boston Sports (@wbzsports) June 5, 2018
It’s … it’s glorious. Each dodge of each attempt at drawing out any type of controversy more artful than the last.
Belichick’s curtness has been memed to death, but here we see its function. Particularly with his answer to the first question, “Is it good to have your quarterback here?”
The coach doesn’t touch it, likely because he knows where a simple “yes” will take the line of questioning: “Soo, it was bad when he wasn’t at OTAs then?”
No wonder the organization has managed to dodge genuine controversy and distraction for what feels like forever.