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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 Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on why Bill Belichick was 'perfect analyst' for 'NFL 100'

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on why Bill Belichick was 'perfect analyst' for 'NFL 100'

How much does Bill Belichick love football? Enough that he'll agree to join the ranks of the hated media.

New England Patriots fans have seen a rare side of the typically gruff head coach on NFL Network, where Belichick has served as a guest analyst for its "NFL Greatest 100" project.

Not only has Belichick been downright cheery while discussing the greatest players in NFL history, he's also provided fascinating insight on what makes them so great.

NFL Network host Rich Eisen, who spent hours with Belichick on the show, explained on Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast why Belichick was the perfect person for the job.

"He was so into it. So totally, crazy into it," Eisen told Curran. "And so prepared and so knowledgable about every [player]. He was the perfect analyst for it because he grew up watching some of these guys, and he was introduced to a lot of them through his father.

" ... We couldn't have asked for a better mix of knowledge in one human brain."

One moment in particular that stood out to Eisen: Belichick giddily labeling an Ed Reed interception against Peyton Manning "one of the greatest plays I've seen in the NFL."

"Bill interrupted Collinsworth to basically finish the story," Eisen said. "He knew exactly the play off the top of his head even though it didn't involve the Patriots and talked about it with reverential, gushing tones.

"That blew Ed Reed away, that Bill knew exactly what they were talking about."

Belichick will continue to be short with the media in his press conferences, but get him talking about football, and you'll see a whole different side of the legendary head coach.

To hear more from Eisen and Curran, listen and subscribe to Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, which drops every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Tom Brady shares update on injured elbow after 'a lot of extra treatment'

Tom Brady shares update on injured elbow after 'a lot of extra treatment'

Tom Brady hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2008, and he's not about to now.

But the New England Patriots quarterback still isn't fully healthy.

Brady took a hit on his right elbow during last Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and admitted Thursday night he's spent additional time with personal trainer Alex Guerrero this week to deal with the injury.

"It’s responded well," Brady told Jim Gray during his weekly interview on Westwood One. "I’ve gotten a lot of extra treatment with Alex, my body coach. It’s been good to be out there the last couple days participating and doing everything I can do. Any time you come off a tough loss you want to get back out on the practice field to try and improve with your teammates."

Brady appeared on last week's injury report with the elbow ailment and appeared to exacerbate it against the Chiefs. He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, and while he participated fully Thursday, the elbow still appeared to affect him.

The 42-year-old said he'll be ready to go against the Cincinnati Bengals, though.

"I'm feeling good," Brady added. "It’s Week 15. Everyone is dealing with a couple bumps and bruises at this point, some worse than that. I'm very fortunate to be out there getting ready to go for a competitive game in Cincinnati on Sunday."

 

Brady threw for just 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Kansas City, as the Patriots' offense has scored 22 points or fewer in five consecutive games, its longest streak in the Bill Belichick era.

If anything, Patriots fans should hope for a non-competitive game in Cincinnati so Brady can limit his workload and get healthier for the playoffs.

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