FOXBORO -- I absolutely, positively understood the basis of the question posed at Bill Belichick's Wednesday press conference. The aim was trying to get Belichick to wax eloquent about Tom Brady's performance so far this season.
When it went off the rails was when Barbara Barker, a reporter from New York's Newsday, described Brady as "just about everybody's midseason MVP."
Invoking mythical awards handed out by writers, bloggers and broadcasters? That's stomping on a press conference landmine.
Belichick's face scrunched.
"That's great," he began. "But honestly I don't think anybody is really focused on that. We're focused on the Giants. And some midseason report card, who cares? What difference does it make? Give me an F. Give me a C+. Right now we're focused on the Giants. That's all I really care about."
Barker soldiered on, though, asking what grade Belichick would give Brady.
"I don't give grades," he said. "I'm worried about the Giants. We're trying to beat the Giants. I don't really care about some midseason midterm grades. Give me whatever you want."
0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles discuss the Patriots comeback victory vs. the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl and Tom Brady’s ability to lead the Patriots to a win when trailing late in games.
5:56 - Tom Curran and Michael Hurley talk about Danny Amendola’s clutch catches in the playoffs, and how he has become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets in big games.
10:33 - Jeff Howe joins BST to discuss Tom Brady never scoring in the 1st quarter of the Super Bowl and if that could change vs. the Eagles.
14:48 - Holley, Giles, and Howe talk about Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson’s comments saying he wants to “dethrone” the “pretty boy” Tom Brady.
1:45 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen break down the Patriots comeback win over Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LII.
4:20 - Leonard Fournette not looking like himself but Blake Bortles making the right plays against the Patriots defense.
7:40 - A couple of mistakes from the Jaguars, punting before 2 minute warning which gave the Patriots an extra timeout, and kneeling at the end of the 1st half with 2 timeouts and 50 seconds remaining.
12:10 - Dion Lewis struggling to find room and make anyone miss against the Jaguars defense.
13:20 - How serious Tom Brady's thumb injury was and if it had any affect on how he was able to throw the ball.
16:05 - Brandin Cooks has his best game as a Patriot, and how he was able to draw two pass interference penalties against the Jaguars secondary.
18:45 - If the hit by Barry Church on Rob Gronkowski was a dirty hit and if it is better to hit a receiver up high or down low.
24:25 - Danny Amendola with several clutch catches, once again coming back big in the postseason for the Patriots.