Nobody Does Low-Key Savage Like Bill Belichick: TRAINA THOUGHTS

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1. Bill Belichick never ever forgets.

After the Patriots shut down the Eagles to earn a 17-10 win on Sunday, Belichick opened his postgame press conference by talking about his team's strong defensive effort and then very quickly and casually dropped this line: "They just did a good job. I thought they had a lot of fun out there today."

"I thought they had a lot of fun" seemed like an odd remark to make while breaking down a defense, so there has to be more to the story, right? Right.

And it seems the road leads back to Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson.

“I just think that The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson told Barstool Sports after Philly beat New England in the 2018 Super Bowl. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?' No, I don’t. That’s just the God’s honest truth."

Of course, the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl the following season, but Johnson's criticism has obviously stuck with Belichick, who made sure to fire back in his own way Sunday.

It was an eventful press conference for the head coach, because in addition to trolling Johnson, Belichick also did a little stand up.

2. If I wanted to, I could literally lead each Monday's Traina Thoughts with a rant about how much the NFL has completely screwed up the pass interference situation. I've done it before, so I'll keep this short and sweet. Here were three embarrassing moments for the league yesterday

• This was not called pass interference. The call was reviewed and STILL not called pass interference.

There was no flag thrown on the last play of the Broncos-Vikings game, in which this happened.

This was called pass interference on the Cardinals' defensive back.

3. "As a coach, you don't want the circus in your locker room." 

That's what Rex Ryan, who was 61-66 as a head coach in the NFL, said on ESPN this morning about Colin Kaepernick.

Of course, Rex was nothing but a circus when he was the head coach of the Jets. He was also the head coach of the Jets when they signed Tim Tebow, which led to this famous back page.

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Anti-circus Ryan also signed Richie Incognito when he was head coach of the Bills. The same Richie Incognito who was suspended by the NFL for three months.

ESPN and Rex desperately want you to forget that Rex was more clown than coach during his time with the Jets and Bills, but you shouldn't forget that, especially when he's spewing hypocritical takes like the one on Kaepernick.

4. Kirk Cousins orchestrated the Vikings' biggest comeback since 1992 on Sunday. Minnesota also became the first team in the past 100 games to win a game after trailing by 20 or more points in the second half. 

So how did the QB making $28 million a year celebrate the occasion?

By going to Outback Steakhouse.

5. The Myles Garrett incident was so huge that "Garrett" even made an appearance in Saturday Night Live's cold open over the weekend.

6. The latest SI Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is Washington Post sports media reporter Ben Strauss to discuss a variety of sports media news topics, including the future of Deadspin, the Don Cherry controversy and Stephen A. Smith's new $8-million-a-year contract.

Then, Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande joins the podcast to talk about his love of old-school WWE wrestling, why Vince McMahon wasn't a bad broadcaster, how wrestling announcers influenced him and much more.

You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play.

7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: This angle in which Andre the Giant beat Hulk Hogan for the title and then handed over the belt to the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, was discussed in-depth on the SI Media Podcast that you can listen to above.

Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter and Instagram.