MONDAY, JAN. 28
I was struck by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's answer to a question about how the Giants have won 10 road games in a row:
"We have a lot of secrets that we can't share with you."
That seems to be the mantra for the week, if you ask me.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may as well be a spy (or is that a bad choice of words in New England these days?). I mean, his version of NFL cloak and dagger - most notably with the condition of Tom Brady's ankle - would actually be fun if there was a wink and a nod on occasion, as if to say, "I know we're doing this little dance and I'm cool with it if you are."
But, no, for those of us who only see the Patriots at Super Bowls, we get the robot that is Belichick. I half-expect someone to ask him about Brady's ankle for the 958th time and see sparks fly out of his head and his torso slump over like that robot in "Lost in Space." Then, you open up his head and realize the factory warranty has expired.
Everyone keeps telling me he has a sense of humor.
"He might have joked with you guys, but he's pretty serious in our meetings," Patriots tackle Matt Light said.
He's pretty serious with us too, Matt, and if he's ever joked with us I want video confirmation.
But, you know, I wouldn't have a problem with the lack of humor if Belichick could give an insightful answer to a halfway decent question (we do ask one on occasion).
Take this answer to what should have been a slam dunk - his days coaching with the Giants, a natural question since he and Coughlin were on the same staff under Bill Parcells. Just reminisce a little, Bill.
But Belichick would have none of that.
"I have a lot of fond memories of my twelve years with the Giants," Belichick said. "But right now I'm a Patriot. We are going to do everything we can to put our best performance out there Sunday. We knew it's going to take our best job - playing, coaching, everything we've got to do. The Giants are a great football team and we'll have to play our best and that's what we're preparing for."
You know what those of us in the media can do with that? Diddly-squat. I know he's not here to serve us, but at least Coughlin was willing to talk a little about his days with the Giants and Belichick. At least he OFFERED us something. Bill offered us nothing.
I've never seen a man more in need of a weekend in Vegas than Belichick.
Hmmm…. Vegas is only a hour away by plane. I smell a day trip.
Here are some random quotes about Tom Brady's injured ankle from people other than Tom Brady:
"I never concern myself with anybody that we're playing with, whether it's Tom or anybody else. Their situation is their situation." - Tackle Matt Light.
"It's always nice to see Tom, whether it's in practice, in the locker room or walking the streets." - Linebacker Junior Seau.
"Tom Brady said he'll be ready. That's what he said in the press conference." - Linebacker Adalius Thomas.
Are you like me? Do you think these guys are working the prayer circle overtime every night so Matt Cassel doesn't have to play?
Finally, everyone's new favorite slot receiver, Wes Welker, really adhered to the strict letter of the law during Monday's media availability.
Welker had answered questions for about 30 minutes when the moderator for the NFL announced that the media availability was over.
Welker was in mid-answer and he acted like he had received an order from his drill sergeant. The question was about the Patriots' success in relation to his former teams.
"I don't know," Welker said. "Everyone has players, everyone has coaches and owners and things like that and uh (announcement comes over the P.A. system ending the media availability) …. Well, that's it."
And with that, Welker got up to leave.
And with that, I'll bid you farewell until tomorrow.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is covering the Patriots for Patriotsinsider.com during the Super Bowl in Arizona. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.