Bill Belichick shuts down Patriots videotaping questions in testy press conference

Bill Belichick shuts down Patriots videotaping questions in testy press conference

The NFL is still investigating the New England Patriots for taping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during last Sunday's game in Cleveland.

But Bill Belichick is done talking about the matter.

In his first press conference since "Spygate 2.0" became news, the Patriots head coach reiterated he and his staff were completely unaware of the team's production crew filming the Bengals' sideline from Cleveland's press box.

"The football team, the football staff and the coaching staff had nothing to do with what happened. Nothing," Belichick said Wednesday. "So, we have no involvement in it."

Belichick then was asked a few follow-up questions about the incident, in which the Bengals reportedly caught the Patriots' production crew filming over eight minutes of sideline footage.

And that's when things got testy. Here's the rest of the exchange:

Reporter: "Does the team have a scout in the press box, and was he aware of the rules that prevent filming of another team's sideline?"

Belichick: "He was doing his job. That's what he was doing. He was doing his job. Like we all try to do. That's what the football team, the football staff, the coaching staff did last week, is try to do their job for Kansas City, and then Cincinnati, and then Buffalo next week, and that's it."

Reporter: "Do you know --"

Belichick: "I just answered the question. That's it. We had no involvement in it. Zero."

Reporter: "Have you heard from the league at all regarding the investigation?

Belichick: "Yeah, I've told you all -- Mr. Kraft made a statement, the team made a statement. I don't have anything to add."

Reporter: "Have you reached out to ... "

Belichick: "Do not have anything to add."

Reporter: " ... (Bengals coach) Zac Taylor?"

Belichick: "Do not have anything to add."

Sounds like Belichick doesn't have anything to add.

Even if Belichick had no involvement with the production crew, the Patriots still violated an NFL rule and could face punishment from the league.

In the meantime, though, Belichick won't be enlightening us any further.

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2020 NFL Pro Bowl live stream: Watch Skills Showdown online

2020 NFL Pro Bowl live stream: Watch Skills Showdown online

New England Patriots fans haven't had much reason to watch the NFL Pro Bowl in recent seasons, but 2020 is different.

Patriots players haven't participated in the Pro Bowl in each of the last three years because they were playing in the Super Bowl and thus not allowed to take part in the league's version of an All-Star Game.

The Patriots were eliminated from the AFC playoffs on Wild Card Weekend, giving the team's three Pro Bowl selections (cornerback Stephon Gilmore, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and special teams ace Matthew Slater) the opportunity to participate in this season's game. Hightower was ruled out due to injury, but Gilmore and Slater are expected to play.

Gilmore also will feature in Thursday night's 2020 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. The event is basically football's version of NBA Saturday night, which includes the Skills Challenge, the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout.

Here's the information you need to watch Gilmore compete in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.

When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN

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Could this former Patriots receiver's son be the next Patriots receiver?

Could this former Patriots receiver's son be the next Patriots receiver?

One way to get a feel for just how long Bill Belichick has been head coach in New England? Players who were kicking around the league in the early portion of Belichick's Patriots tenure have children Belichick has the opportunity to draft in April. 

Last week we touched on the fact that Randy Moss has a son entering the NFL Draft as a tight end out of LSU. Thaddeus Moss could end up being a mid-to-late round option for a team in need of a tight end. 

This week? Another former Patriots receiver has a son who's putting on a show in Mobile, Ala. for this week's Senior Bowl. 

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Belichick never had a chance to coach Shawn Jefferson. The longtime NFL wideout with over 7,000 career receiving yards left the Patriots via free agency for the Falcons after four years in New England.

His first year with Atlanta, 2000, was Belichick's first as head coach of the Patriots. (The two did overlap in Foxboro in 1996, when Belichick coached defensive backs under Bill Parcells.)

But might Jefferson's son end up a Patriots draft target?

Van Jefferson, from the University of Florida, has been one of the most impressive performers at his position at this year's Senior Bowl. The week's practices — thoroughly covered and broadcast by NFL Media these days — has allowed Jefferson to put his nuanced skills on display against some of the best defensive backs in the country. 

After a strong showing on Tuesday in the week's first practice, Jefferson was one of the best pass-catchers on the field again Wednesday.

Despite lacking the athleticism of some of the others at his position who will be considered first-rounders this year — it's thought to be an incredibly deep class at receiver — Jefferson has made plays this week both down the field and at the intermediate level by understanding leverage and making contested catches.

"He is a route technician on a level that has the corners tripping over themselves," The Athletic's Dane Brugler wrote this week. "And it is tough to blame them because they haven’t faced many players at the college level with Jefferson’s detailed patterns. Instead of pure speed, he relies on pace, tempo and purpose, making every step matter and tying defenders in knots."

Jefferson spent three years at Ole Miss before transferring to Florida. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder finished his collegiate career with 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns. He caught 49 passes for 657 yards and six scores in his final season.

Belichick and his coaching staff are in Mobile for college football's premier postseason all-star game. Perhaps what they see from the Florida wideout with some Patriots connections will push them to consider him on draft weekend to bolster a receiving corps that needed all the help it could get this season.

Or not. Jefferson's father is currently assistant head coach and receivers coach for the Jets.