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This Bill Belichick quote indicates he's not retiring from Patriots any time soon

This Bill Belichick quote indicates he's not retiring from Patriots any time soon

FOXBORO — When you watch Bill Belichick at Patriots practices, you get the sense that he's someone who enjoys his job. During spring and summer workouts, he can be seen bouncing from one position group to the next, doing what it is he's done for the better part of the last half-century: teach.

In those moments, there are no indications that he's got his retirement plans all lined up. And given what we've heard from him lately, it sounds as though he's not planning on hanging up his whistle in the near future.

Sitting down with Scott Zolak for his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment for Patriots All-Access, Belichick was asked if he had a chance to watch Alabama and LSU play during his team's bye weekend.

"That was some game," Belichick said. "There were some good ones on Saturday, good football games."

How many pro players in that big-time SEC matchup, though?

"Probably 40," Belichick said with a smile. "Probably 20 on each team. I'll be watching that game a lot the next three years. Go back next year and watch it for the kids who were underclassmen this year. They had a few freshmen on both sides that were playing too. So I'm sure if they're playing as freshmen, I'm sure they're pretty good, too."

Belichick said during the filming of an NFL Films documentary in 2009 that he didn't plan on coaching into his 70s like former Bills head coach Marv Levy. But now that he's 67 years old, still widely considered the top coach in football, that seems like a distinct possibility.

"When I said it, maybe I didn’t know what 70 felt like," Belichick told WEEI's Ordway, Merloni and Fauria show. "So not really sure if that’s an accurate statement."

If he plans on scouting college players the next three years, that'd be a pretty good clue that — at least for right now — he's not planning on going anywhere any time soon.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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