Bill Belichick speaks during a media availability ahead of Super Bowl LIII. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Plenty of so-called experts have dissected everything there is to criticize about the Patriots during their run to another Super Bowl, but Pats head coach Bill Belichick has no time for critics.
"I don't think this team spends a lot of time worried about what everybody else thinks," he said. "We know what we feel like we have to do. We have a lot of confidence in each other. We work hard, we try to get things done, and when we don't do 'em, we try to correct the mistakes and move on."
Rob Gronkowski definitely hears the noise.
"We know that there's a lot been said about us this year, and we've been embracing it a little bit more than usual," Gronk said. "But we're not letting it distract us still. We're just embracing it to take it in, and bring out good energy."
Even to the point of using the media's claims against each other in practice.
"You get to laugh at the other player that gets made fun of, and you get to say the comments to 'em, too, like, 'Tom has a noodle arm!' We've heard that one before, and then all practice, we're telling Tom he has a noodle arm," Gronkowski said. "But we're just doing it all for laughs and fun, because we know he doesn't have a noodle arm. We know he's legit, and his arm is strong as ever."
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman ( @AdamMKaufman ) reports