EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick disputes a call during overtime against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Word on the street is that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a fantastic sense of humor. You'd never know it to watch him during a post-game press conference -- or, really, anytime he's in front of a camera. But on Wednesday, he offered a glimpse behind the curtain when, ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Browns, the coach was asked if he enjoyed his time in Cleveland back in the 1990s.
“I was there for five years,” Belichick said, via the Boston Herald. “It was five important years in my life, for myself, my family and all that. Obviously, we’ve all moved on and I have a job to do here and that’s where my loyalty is ... to Robert [Kraft] and the Patriots organization and this football team. So it’s not different than how I feel honestly about the Colts or the Lions or the Broncos [other coaching stops]."
Then, after a beat, Belichick said, “I feel differently about the Jets. We won’t put them in that category."
And a good laugh was had by all -- except the New York media. The New York Post ran this headline "BILL BELICHICK SLAMS COACHING EXPERIENCE WITH JETS," which, technically, is true. But he was also joking, the nuance of which is lost on the headline.
Of course, as one Post commenter pointed out, "I'm a Jets fan and have had many more bad experiences with the Jets."