Belichick: Not trying to solve the world's problems

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Belichick: Not trying to solve the world's problems

With all the media hoopla that was stirred up over the postgame handshake between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Bill Belichick was asked whether or not the media dynamic around football has changed since he was with the Giants in the 1980s.

Belichick could have answered, but he stopped himself before launching into a dissertation.

"We don't have time for a long answer like that," Belichick said. "I don't know. Look, it's the way of the world, we're all living in it."

But do football fans suffer because of the, at times, sensationalized coverage?

"I don't know. You'll have to ask them," Belichick said. "Look I'm not here to solve the world's problems. I'm just trying to coach a football team, see if we can get ready to beat Pittsburgh and have a couple of productive days on the bye week. Those philosophical questions probably need to go to a much higher plane than the one I'm on. You're asking more than I have."

So in other words, it is what it is.

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Brady on Thomas criticism: 'I love Earl . . . Wish him the best'

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Tom Brady was getting hit from all sorts of different angles on Saturday night. Not only was he dealing with Texans pass-rushers Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, he was also catching social-media shrapnel from Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis. 

Thomas was adamant that Brady had an easy road every year because he played in the AFC East. Lewis, meanwhile, got on Brady for complaining to officials when he thought they should have called a penalty for roughing the passer. 

On Monday, joining WEEI's Kirk and Callahan program, Brady responded to both. 

"I don't think I've ever been one to, you know, say something negative about anybody," Brady said of Thomas, who missed the end of the season with a broken leg. "It's just not my personality. I love Earl. I think he's a hell of a player. I really wish him the best in his recovery."

When it came to Lewis' critique, Brady acknowledged he complained to the officials. And he noted that it might've worked. Soon after he threw a fit when a flag wasn't thrown, the Patriots did pick up 15 extra yards when Clowney was tagged with a roughing-the-passer call.

"We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field," Brady said. "And yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention. If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."