Given the beating Tom Brady took Sunday afternoon, it would have made sense if the New England Patriots sent him to the bench late in their comfortable win over the Miami Dolphins.

Bill Belichick didn’t subscribe to that school of thought, however. In fact, the coach seemed offended by the mere suggestion of pulling Brady at any point in the Patriots’ 35-17 victory at Gillette Stadium.

“What, on the kneel downs?” Belichick asked a reporter during his postgame news conference. “What difference does it make?”

How about before that? Did Belichick consider going to Brian Hoyer — who saw garbage-time action in each of the previous two games — after New England took an 18-point lead with 6:31 to go?