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DENVER — The man on the podium certainly looked like Bill Belichick, and had that monotonous delivery that we know all too well. But this was a Belichick we rarely see on Sundays:
Defeated. Humbled. Introspective.
Usually it’s Peyton Manning sounding this way following a date with the Patriots, but this time he did the humbling, leaving Belichick downtrodden and depressed as he explained how he didn’t prepare his team well enough before their 26-16 loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.
We don’t often hear Belichick admit mistakes and accept blame for defeat. Sunday, he opened up, more than a little bit.
“I wish we could’ve done a little bit better job today — especially me,” said Belichick.