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Friday, December 13, 2013
Belichick focused on the present

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As the final seconds ticked down in Thursday night's matchup between the Chargers and Broncos, the Patriots climbed a step closer to the AFC's top overall seed in the playoffs, and if they win their final three games they'll secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

But on Friday morning, coach Bill Belichick reinforced that the team isn't looking that far ahead, quickly squashing a question about the outcome of the Denver game.

"There's nothing we can do about anything except what we do," he said. "I don't care about anybody else."

The Patriots have their work cut out for them, as they'll play two of three games on the road, both against teams with winning records and vying for a playoff spot.

Belichick's focus on the short term was echoed when he was posed the bigger-picture question of whether it might be advantageous for the development of reserve quarterback Ryan Mallett to get snaps in game action.

"Our job is to win games, it's not to do things to satisfy individual goals or needs or anything else," he replied. "My job is to win games; I represent the whole team, I don't represent individuals. You should talk to the player agents about that. That's not my job. My job is to win games and represent the entire football team."