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 their All-Pro tight end back on the field for practice after he suffered an injury scare against the Saints in Week 2.
Rob Gronkowski (groin) joined other injured Patriots on the fields behind Gillette Stadium for Wednesday's workout, including Danny Amendola (missed the Saints game with a concussion and a knee injury), Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Matthew Slater (hamstring). Phillip Dorsett (left Sunday's game with a knee injury) was also present for practice, as was Chris Hogan, who appeared to be dealing with a leg injury versus the Saints.
Missing from the practice were Marcus Cannon and Rex Burkhead. Cannon was limited in practice last week with an ankle issue, and Burkhead suffered a ribs injury in New Orleans.
Gronkowski appeared to be moving well during the early portion of the practice. He took part in blocking drills with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen to start the practice and did not appear to be inhibited by the groin injury that knocked him from Sunday's win. The Patriots will release a practice report later in the day on Wednesday that indicates whether Gronkowski was at all limited.
JJ Watt ended up raising over $37 million for his Hurricane Harvey relief fund online. As it turns out, that number got a bump from a couple of his rivals in the AFC.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Watt told reporters on Wednesday that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were among the over 209,000 people who donated to his fundraising efforts.
"That's an incredibly kind gesture and shows what kind of people they are and speaks volumes about their character," Watt said. "They're good people."
Watt will square off against Brady and Belichick when the Texans visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Belichick said on Wednesday that his team will have to focus on Watt, who was injured and unavailable during last season's Divisional Round matchup between the two clubs.
"The quickness that J.J. has with the power that he has is a pretty rare combination," Belichick said. "On top of that, he’s got great length and he’s got a great motor. You're not talking about a 6-foot-1 guy. You’re not talking about a guy that takes plays off. You’ve got to deal with his length, his power, his quickness on every single play. That in itself is difficult. He just wears guys down with effort and toughness.
"Then when you take the skill that he has and combine it all together, that puts him at a very – I mean you're talking about the best defensive player in the league for more than one year. He's got a lot going for him and he’s facing it every week. It’s not like he’s sneaking up on anybody. You know when you’re playing him that he’s going to get some extra attention. Every team knows where he is and every team is trying to make sure he doesn’t ruin the game, yet he’s still very, very disruptive. He’s a great player."