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.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a handful of surprise absences from Thursday's OTA session, the third such session of the week and the first that was open to reporters.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, corner Malcolm Butler, corner Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon were all missing from the session. The reason for their absences was unclear.
Other players missing from the practice were receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, both of whom are recovering from offseason surgeries. Edelman was spotted wearing a boot on his surgically-repaired foot at Wednesday's Patriots fantasy camp at Gillette Stadium.
Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis -- both of whom ended last season on injured reserve -- were also missing from the practice, as were offensive linemen Tre' Jackson, Shaq Mason, Josh Kline Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.
Defensive linemen Frank Kearse and Alan Branch were not present. Safety Nate Ebner, who is in the process of trying to make the US Olympic rugby squad, was also missing.
Long-snapper Joe Cardona, who is currently fulfilling his duties as an active member of the Navy, was also not present Thursday.
On Toucher and Rich, comedian Jim Breuer reads an email he says he received from a man he met at a Mexican resort who said he was John Jastremski, a key figure in the Patriots’ Deflategate saga.
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Toucher & Rich try to get to the bottom of comedian Jim Breuer's Deflategate story. Breuer IDs a picture of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski as the man he met last year at a resort in Mexico who told him he was the key guy in the controversy.
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