FOXBORO -- Tuesday night, PBS' FRONTLINE premiered the program "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis." The two-hour special asserts the NFL covered up football's link to brain damage for years.
Bill Belichick, employed by the league since 1975, was asked Wednesday morning for his reaction to the show. Though he admitted to not having seen it, Belichick said his opinion on the issue would be the same either way.
"It doesn't make any difference, whether there is or isn't [an investigation] going on," he said. "We have our protocol with all medical situations, including that one, and that's followed by our medical department.
"I'm not a doctor, and I don't think we want me treating patients."
The coach's attitude wasn't any different from the one he adopts when prodded about a specific player's game status; he prefers to leave questions of health to the experts.
One thing Belichick did speak to, however, was his concern for his team's well-being. At the very least, it's just good business.
"I can say this, there's nothing more important to a coach than the health of his team," he said. "Without a healthy team, you don't have a team. We try to do everything we can to have our players healthy, to prepare them, to prevent injuries, then to treat injuries, then to have them play as close to 100-percent as you can. Because without them, you have no team."