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Thursday, February 2, 2012
Bill Belichick leaving no stone unturned

By James Walker

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick are thinking of every possible scenario. That even includes how to adjust during Super Bowl halftime.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports New England took a 31-minute "halftime" break during Wednesday's practice in preparation for the New York Giants. The goal was to re-start and simulate how the team would respond Sunday following the lengthy halftime ceremonies, which are to include a musical performance by Madonna.

"Coach Belichick is a genius," Patriots running back Stevan Ridley told Schefter. "He's special. That was coach Belichick doing his thing. To come up with that idea shows you what he's thinking about. He knows what's going to work and he's been around longer than any of us, and he's doing everything he can to get us prepared."

Belichick is in his fifth Super Bowl as a head coach. But even this was a new approach. The Patriots will be going for their fourth championship under Belichick on Sunday.