Trent Dilfer on M&C: Steve Belichick got in my face after Super Bowl LI reminding me of 2014 comments


Everyone remembers Trent Dilfer's comments on ESPN following the Patriots' blowout loss to the Chiefs in Week 4 of the 2014 season.

"Let's face it, they're not good anymore," he said.

The comments stuck with the Patriots not only for the rest of that season, but apparently a few seasons later.

Appearing on Mut & Callahan Thursday morning, Dilfer said on the field after the Super Bowl LI win against the Falcons, which was two years later, Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick got in his face reminding him of what he said.

“The only encounter I had, and I understood it, was on the field after the game against the Falcons [Super Bowl LI]," Dilfer said. "That Super Bowl, the great comeback and the late win. Bill [Belichick's] son got in my face and was pretty adamant reminding me. He must not have heard the 30,000 apologies that I made in owning the stupidity of my comments in the media. That was the only grudge, I guess.

"I get it. Hey, if I was an athlete, when I was playing and if people said stupid things about me, I carried it too. I held onto it. I used it as motivation. I resented those people. I totally 100 percent understand it. I have never run from it because it’s part of the job.”

Dilfer confirmed it was Belichick's son Steve, but said he didn't have a major issue with it.

“People at the end of the day in the NFL, there’s a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement and conflict at times," he said. "As a fraternity in general, I think we all understand the level of emotion and the level of enthusiasm both good and bad that goes into being part of the NFL community and it is part of the deal.”

The former ESPN analyst, who is now coaching high school football in Tennessee, said he still owns his comments to this day.

“I owned it early on," he said. "I obviously have apologized a million different times. I made fun of myself for saying it. I don’t know what else I can do, but there are still people that maybe didn’t hear it, or they just want to keep piling on, and I get it. I don’t respond on Twitter very often. I typically do to those New England fans because I usually own it and just say, ‘Thanks for reminding me of my proudest moment’ or ‘Yeah, that was my best work,’ or whatever I need to do to be self-deprecating.

"Obviously, a big mistake that I made and I regret, but everyone has done it that has been on national TV."