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Bill Belichick testy over question about Pats’ first-quarter struggles in SBs (vid)

Bill Belichick was his typically annoyed self during his press conference Wednesday, especially when a reporter asked the curmudgeonly New England Patriots head coach about how the team historically has struggled in the first quarters of Super Bowls.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss asked Belichick about how the Patriots — inexplicably — have never scored in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. Belichick’s response? Let’s just say one could reasonably have expected the back and forth between Belichick and Reiss to go exactly this way (as transcribed by NESN).

Reporter: Bill, in the Super Bowls in the past, you guys haven’t scored in the first quarter–

Belichick: “Thanks, Mike, yeah.”

Reporter: Sorry to remind you.

Belichick: “Any other negative stuff from the Super Bowls I need to be aware of, too?”

Reporter: How much do you look at that history this week and say–

Belichick: “Look, we try to score in every game. I know that’s probably hard to understand, but we try to go out and score and keep the other team from scoring. That’s our goal every game.”

Reporter: Would you put in any extra time to highlight the importance of that this week?

Belichick: “What’s important is what happens this week against the Eagles, so we’re going to try to score, and we’re going to try to keep them from scoring.”

Belichick was similarly grumpy and standoffish when asked about Gronkowski’s injury status. The Patriots tight end was ruled out of the second half of New England’s AFC Championship Game victory and is believed to be in concussion protocol.

In other words, same old Belichick. It’s not like yet another Super Bowl berth was going to dramatically alter his patently sour disposition, especially when it comes to dealing with the media.