Did Bill Belichick really just find out about Andrew Luck retiring?

Ryan Hannable
August 26, 2019 - 1:38 pm
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FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Belichick is focused on just the Patriots and typically doesn't concern himself with other matters, but did he really just find out about Andrew Luck's retirement Monday afternoon at his press conference?

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The coach was asked for his reaction to the news and here's what he said, “He’s a good player. I didn’t see that, but I haven’t really — I don’t really follow them. We all have to make our decisions. He made his. I respect it.” 

Hmm.

There's no way Belichick is just finding out about Luck retiring almost 48 hours after the fact even if he isn't on social media. The move was on the NFL transaction wire Sunday, so even if he hadn't heard he likely would have seen it then.

This leaves endless possibilities to his response, though.

Is he trolling the Colts? Could he have misspoke and meant to say, "I didn't see that coming...?"

It's really anyone's best guess and that's probably the way Belichick likes it.

(UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.): The Patriots have updated the quote in their transcript. It now reads: "I didn't see that (coming), but I haven't really followed them. You know, we all have to make our decisions, he made his. I respect it."

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