Bill Belichick: Decorative, Marketing Things Like Tom Brady Banner Not Our Focus

FOXBORO, Mass. — No matter how many times or ways he’s asked, Bill Belichick won’t address the elephant-sized Tom Brady banner hanging on the Gillette Stadium lighthouse.

Belichick wouldn’t acknowledge he’d seen the banner Sunday during a conference call with the media. He was asked about it again Tuesday during his news conference at Gillette Stadium.

“Yeah, really focused on Arizona right now,” Belichick said.

He was then asked a follow up about the banner, which features Brady’s No. 12 atop the Gillette Stadium lighthouse.

“Yeah, our focus, again, is on the Cardinals,” Belichick said. “That’s who we play this week. All the other decorative and marketing things and so forth are not really part of the team’s preparation. We’re focused on Arizona.”

Brady’s image literally will loom large over the Patriots’ first three home games while the quarterback serves a four-game suspension. So, how does backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start Weeks 1 through 4, feel about that?

“It’s nice,” Garoppolo said Tuesday on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan”. “It overlooks the whole stadium. It’s a nice little reminder of what’s going on. It’s good to have it there.”

Apparently not everyone walks into Gillette Stadium with blinders on.

Thumbnail photo via Thumbnail photo via Doug Kyed/NESN

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