"There's something to be said about being gracious in defeat," Sharpe said on CBS' postgame show, via USA Today. "We've seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious. And we've seen the opposing coaches that lost come out and speak to our Steve Tasker. Coach (Bill) Cowher (who was sitting next to Sharpe) did it when they lost. We saw this last week (when the Patriots beat the Houston Texans).
Belichick did face the media at the podium, a task which he is contractually obligated to perform. Had he skipped that session, then he would be wide open to ridicule.
Sharpe might be correct that it's easy to root against the Patriots, but that's not because we missed out on Belichick mumbling his way through another interview.