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Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed up to Senior Bowl wearing amazing visor

Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed up to Senior Bowl wearing amazing visor

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick showed up at the Senior Bowl practice Tuesday in Alabama wearing a pretty sweet visor.

Belichick was sporting a "VIII Rings" visor, and if it looks familiar to Patriots fans, that's because "VIII Rings" also is the name of his boat. Belichick updates the name each time he wins a Super Bowl, and he's won the Lombardi Trophy six times as Patriots head coach and twice as New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Check out Belichick's visor in the tweet below, via Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media.

Belichick doesn't often get a chance to travel down to the Senior Bowl because for the past three seasons he's been preparing to coach in the Super Bowl at this time in January. The Patriots advanced to the last three Super Bowls and won two of them, but their title defense ended a few weeks ago with an AFC Wild Card round loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium.

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New England should be busy at the 2020 NFL Draft since it could have as many as 12 picks (including compensatory selections). Checking out the talent at the Senior Bowl helps give Belichick an up-close look at some of the most talented prospects in the 2020 draft class.

The Senior Bowl will be played Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

Rob Gronkowski's run as WWE 24/7 champion has come to an end.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who has been the 24/7 champ for the last 58 days, was defeated by R-Truth in his backyard while filming a TikTok video. Yes, that's a lot to process, so we'll just let you watch the clip below:


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What that means for Gronk's WWE future is uncertain, but it looks like it's officially time for No. 87 to shift his focus to the upcoming season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk initially won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, where he pinned Mojo Rawley.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."