INDIANAPOLIS - I think we can safely say that Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick won’t be breaking bread any time soon. Not just because Belichick apparently hasn’t been to the grocery store for two years. There is anger emanating from Foxborough and Patriot Place about the Colts' role in Deflategate.
While Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson has admitted that he helped get the ball rolling, Pagano has never attempted to mend a broken relationship with Belichick. This afternoon I asked Pagano if he had called Belichick.
“No,” he said with a straight face before deadpanning, “I don’t have his number.”
Pagano did his best to make sure that past didn’t interfere with the present, and insisted that he hasn’t given a single, solitary thought to Brady and the beating the quarterback’s reputation took from Deflategate. His focus remains on this week only.
“I really haven’t given it any thought to be honest with you for the past eight months,” he said. “Our focus has been on this football team getting ready for our season, the offseason program, training camp, preseason and now we’re into Week 6. It’s preparation for today, preparation for the upcoming game, period.”
He better up that preparation because his team has been smoked the last 4 times they’ve played the Pats. Hard not to remember losses of 45-7, 42-20, 43-22 and 59-24. Or the fact that as a head coach or coordinator, Pagano has been part of just 1 win over a Belichick team in 12 tries.
When you mix that into the cauldron with the Colts being complicit to some degree in what happened to Brady over the course of the offseason, even Pagano has to know that despite public assurances that this is just another game, there are members of the Pats who privately have expressed a desire to lay a whuppin’ on Indy. Or does he?
“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” he said with a straight face. “I haven’t heard that stuff. If you could give me some names of guys that have said that (EDITOR'S NOTE: No coach, I can’t. That’s why I said privately because they asked their names to be kept out of it), then we could have a discussion about it. We’re preparing for a football game just like they are. It’s going to be a great challenge, a great football team coming in here.”
So nothing more to this game, Chucky boy?
“It’s Week 6 of the National Football League.”
I’m not buying what he’s selling, and he knows the Pats aren’t either.