Shannon Sharpe rips Bill Belichick for skipping postgame interview

bill belichick hoodieBill Belichick’s reputation for being a poor sport precedes him, but that didn’t stop Shannon Sharpe from calling out the coach after the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

According to NFL on CBS host James Brown, Belichick declined an interview with the network following New England’s 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sharpe unloaded on Belichick for the poor show.

“There’s something to be said about being gracious in defeat,” Sharpe said. “We’ve seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious. And we’ve seen the opposing coaches that lost come out and talk to our Steve Tasker. Coach Cowher did it when [the Steelers] lost to them. We saw this last week [when the Patriots beat the Texans].

“Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots. You can’t be a poor sport all the time. You’re not gonna win all the time. And he does this every time he loses. It is unacceptable.”

Sharpe is absolutely correct with his analysis. Belichick has been doing this for years. He ditched his interview with NBC after losing the Super Bowl to the Giants last year, and he grabbed a referee after being upset following a Patriots loss to the Ravens earlier this season. Belichick was the only coach who blew off the media at owners meetings in 2011. He skipped handshakes when he was coaching the Cleveland Browns.

Belichick is just a poor sport who doesn’t like to lose or work with the media. He does make the Patriots unlikable. What Belichick needs to realize is that you can’t win all the time, so it is important to be somewhat gracious in defeat.

As for Sharpe, though his analysis of Belichick was right on, he needs to work on his balance. I don’t recall him saying anything about Peyton Manning declining an interview with CBS last weekend, nor did he say anything about his brother, Sterling, being inaccessible to the media during his career.

Video via The Big Lead, transcription via Pro Football Talk

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  • boobies1

    why isnt anyone calling out san fran coach harbaugh!  he did the same damn thing (last year too!) only when the patriots do it is it bad because you have no other reason that your team sucks so bad every f000 year  get over it   congratulations ravens and good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.morris.1297 Mitchell Morris

     Put it on his tombstone…Great Coach, below average human being.

  • DonnRob

    The coaches have a contractual obligation to the NFL to speak to the media. Don’t believe me, look it up.

  • Robert Nolan

    Actually Belichick is a well-liked coach and good person, if you’ve ever listened to interviews of any of his players, past and present or if you’ve seen any documentaries or interviews of him in a relaxed atmosphere.  He’s all business when it comes to game-time though, and any losing team would love to have him as a coach.  Plus I heard the post-game interview on the field wasn’t an obligation, but the one later at the podium was, which he gave.  Also, I’ve heard many times that the Spygate thing was not as big a deal as it was made to be, since it was just against the rules to video from the location where the camera was.  It was perfectly okay to video from further back though, in which case you would just need a telescopic lens.  I think Belichick just thought it was stupid to be that particular so he ignored the memo.  Arrogant, yes, but I kind of get a kick out of his arrogance. 

  • parkLitchfield212

    I won’t argue about if it’s true, but that’s between the Coach and the League. If he would rather write a check than be bombarded by reporters after a tough loss, that’s his choice.
    He still doesn’t deserve a scolding by some ex-jock who made enough stupid remarks during his career to possibly understand why Belicheck might want a moment to gather his thoughts so he doesn’t say something he’ll regret.
    The press doesn’t tend to cut him much slack because he won’t kiss up to them. He is probably the most successful and the most criticised coach in the league. He also is the most curt, least expressive, least informative individual I have ever seen at the podium. So why is his reluctance to set himself up for a workover by the press after a poorly played 2nd half game, resulting in a upset loss, such a surprise. Once again, he may be contractually obligated, but when you are expected to have answers, you might need time to come up with them.
    For the record, I am not a Pat’s fan, though I respect the team, the players, and the Coach. Their record speaks for itself.
    I just dislike the attitude of some of the members of the media, who might let their personal attitudes from their playing days affect their judgments toward current players and coaches.

  • TANE555

    Its time to give Belichick a break.  As a Raven’s fan, he showed enough courtesy and respect, and all the negative on this guy is simply because he produces winners each year.  He may be a bit of a fluff tiger with the media, and knowing the media as we do, can any sane man blame him?

    Evidently, these sportscasters have established how someone should react and behave simply to satisfy their egos.  I like Sharpe, I like him a lot, but this is useless fodder.  Leave the man alone.  He has the right to inteerview or not..it’s a personal choice that doesn;t have to meet Sharpe’s standards.

  • TANE555

    Even as a Raven fan who thought there were questions unanswered about Belichick, its time to let this go and leave the man alone.

  • TANE555

    First off, I think both of you guys go just a little too far with the slandering of other people you don’t reallt know, in order to out do each other.  Time to leave Belichick and Lewis alone.  This chidlish crap gets old real quick for all of us.  Just football man, just a game.

  • TANE555

    First off, I think both of you guys go just a little too far with the slandering of other people you don’t reallt know, in order to out do each other. Time to leave Belichick and Lewis alone. This chidlish crap gets old real quick for all of us. Just football man, just a game.

  • TANE555

    LMAO  I take it your team didn;t do too well AGAIN, this year.  LOL

  • TANE555

    First off, I think they should leave Belichick alone too……but compare coaches to coaches.  Harbaugh has spoken in nothing but respectable things about NE and their team.

    Second, you are just angry that Baltimore players talk better smack than the NE players, who have said some amazingly stupid and dispresectful things, and this includes their wives and goulfriends.  Look, the Ravens have shown class all year, and as far as I am concerned, so has NE, so give it a rest and stop worrying about what some fan from some losing franchise has to say.

  • TANE555

    As a RAVEN’s fan, I agree with you.  He showed all he needed to show and said all he needed to say.  Sharpe’s ego aside, he has no obligation to meet with the media.

  • TANE555

    Well said from a RAVENS fan.

  • TANE555

    Please, get of the white and black train.  It moves way too slow.  JUst sayin’.