After refusing to talk to the media following the loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots took a lot of criticism for a seemingly classless move. Belichick is no stranger to this type of criticism surrounding his actions following playoff losses, but ironically enough, head coach John Harbaugh did nothing but praise Belichick after the game.
Harbaugh said the following about Belichick via Peter King of SI.com:
“I’ll treasure that conversation forever. Before the game, we talked, and he said maybe we should just skip the postgame handshake because it’s such a circus. I said I didn’t know; I thought we should do it, it’s just the right thing to do. And we did. He was so classy, so gracious. Complimentary about how we played, about our game plan, about how tough it is to play us. I told him how much we pattern our organization around theirs, how much we study them.”
With the media and many a few NFL analysts bashing Belichick for not speaking to the media following the loss, Harbaugh’s comments are timely. Harbaugh said basically the complete opposite about the future Hall of Famer and his admiration for the head coach was obvious.
Along with Belichick’s reluctance to talk to the media on Sunday, the longtime head coach was eventually contacted and asked about his immediate future with the team. Belichick said he has no intentions to call it a career or go elsewhere and will be back in New England next season.
Belichick has coached the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles and five appearances in the biggest sporting event in this country with Tom Brady under center. The loss to the Ravens was a disappointment to say the least with an impressive regular season showing and a dominant win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round, but Baltimore proved to be too much for New England.