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Bill Belichick won’t address comments by Rob Gronkowski’s brother

Bill Belichick not surprisingly had little to say on Wednesday when asked about recent comments made by Rob Gronkowski’s brother during a radio interview.

Chris Gronkowski made an appearance on Boston sports radio on Tuesday and suggested his brother appears unhappy with the poor performance of the New England Patriots offense so far this season.

“I haven’t talked to him personally about it, but I can just tell by his emotions and his facial features that he’s super frustrated with it,” Chris Gronkowski said, via WEEI. You can see at the end of the game how they ended the game double-covering him, pressing him off the line. He just wants to get the ball in his hands and make plays. You just can’t do it when nobody else is getting open. You can’t have single-coverage if no one else can beat single-coverage.”

When asked about the situation, Belichick shot down the line of questioning on not one but two occasions but cutting off the reporter’s inquiry both times.

Q: Rob’s brother went on sports radio (Tuesday) and said Rob seemed frustrated. Did you see any evidence of that frustration to address —

Belichick: “Yeah, I’m focused on the (Miami) Dolphins. Getting ready for this week’s game. Not talking about last week, last month, last year or anything else.”

Q: Is it OK with you that his brother goes on the radio and —

Belichick: “Working on the Dolphins. We’re working on the Dolphins. We’re getting ready to play the Dolphins. Not talking about last spring, last year or anything else.”

The reporter making the inquiries obviously had every right to do so but had to know that Belichick was not going to bite. And there arguably is much more urgency — and annoyance this week — given that the Patriots sit at 1-2 and the Dolphins come into Sunday with an unblemished 3-0 record.

Belichick, never one to play nice with the media, was impatiently sticking to his well-worn and tremendously effective script of not entertaining any questions that have nothing to do with football or the team’s upcoming opponent. There’s nothing shocking about that.