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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Belichick's future: One game at a time

By Chris Forsberg

Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireBill Belichick has spent 12 of his 36 years coaching at the helm of the Patriots.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick will turn 60 in April. He has now spent 1/3 of his entire 36-year coaching career at the helm of the New England Patriots and it's a fair question to ponder how much longer he plans to stay in that role. During a conference call with the New York media Wednesday in advance of Sunday's game against the Giants, Belichick was asked if he could coach until he's 70.

His response mimicked his on-field approach: One game at a time.

"I don’t know, long term for me is Sunday afternoon against the Giants," said Belichick. "I haven’t thought too much past that and that is keeping me busy right now. I am just going to try to do the best I can to have our team ready on Sunday. We are playing a good football team that I know is well coached and well prepared. They are playing well and hot right now. They have won a bunch of games. We are going to have to do a good job and that is really the extent of my long-term future."

Pressed on if he still has the same energy for coaching as he did when he broke into the league as a $25-per-week assistant with the Baltimore Colts, Belichick seemed to hint that the passion remains strong.

"Yes, I feel good," he said. "I enjoy all the different aspects of the season and getting young players in to work with them. The game planning, scouting, practices and film work. It beats working and it is great to be a part of this organization with [Patriots owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft and all the support people that we have here providing us the things we need to be competitive."

Of course, Belichick couldn't help but keep the focus on Sunday's game, even taking a jab at himself on the heels of last week's loss in Pittsburgh.

"I feel like I have the energy to do it this week and do a better job of it than I did last week," he quipped.