While many people have criticized Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for their tight-lipped, play-dumb press conferences, we really shouldn’t be surprised that the New England icons didn’t reveal much, if anything.
“I think they said exactly what I thought they were going to say,” former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Sage Rosenfels told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of The Doug Gottlieb Show. “They’re not going to admit that they did anything wrong. I actually do completely believe that Belichick doesn’t care (and had) nothing to do with it. He’s a defensive coach. I know for a fact that quarterbacks who have played on his football teams, he does not make life easier for those guys. So if it’s snowing or it’s raining or whatever, he doesn’t (say), ‘Hey, bring in a new football that’s dry.’ He makes those guys play in really bad conditions so they’re used to it on game day. So I believe Belichick.
“And then Brady thing, whether I believe him or not, I think it doesn’t really matter,” Rosenfels continued. “I think this whole situation really does come down to really not what the truth is, but what can be proved – and there’s a really big difference there. It’s like any player. It doesn’t really matter what the truth is; it’s what can be proved. And it’s pretty obvious that somebody messed with the footballs. The real question is who told that person to take out two pounds of air pressure? If Tom Brady was the person who did that, that might be the truth, but what’s provable?”
Better yet, what’s likely to be proven? Probably nothing.
“Do you really think the New England Patriots ball boy or equipment manager is going to sell out his first-ballot Hall of Fame starting quarterback before the Super Bowl? I don’t think that would happen,” Rosenfels said. “I could not imagine that happening. And if it doesn’t happen, I’m pretty sure that ball boy will be taken care of for the rest of his life for keeping his mouth shut and taking the blame themselves and coming up with some story.
“So whether I believe Brady or not, I don’t think it really matters. I just don’t think anything’s going to be provable in this situation.”
Rosenfels, however, did say that the average quarterback would notice of two pounds of air pressure were taken out of a football.
“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “I would think if you took about 15 percent of the air pressure out of a football, a quarterback that’s been doing it for a long time could tell the difference. I definitely do know that if the ball was a little bit under-deflated, it would help. It’s easier to squeeze. It’s just like anyone who’s tried to dunk a basketball before. You get one that’s really aired up and you get one that’s a little bit flatter, it’s easier to palm with one hand and obviously it’s easier to dunk. Same goes with football. If the ball was a little bit under-deflated, especially in bad conditions, especially in the cold, it does help. It does help to hang on to the football, especially in cold and especially in wet conditions like they had (last) Sunday night in New England.”