ORLANDO – Boiling down Bill Belichick’s hour-long breakfast chat with reporters into some quick-hitters:
How much longer will he coach? Belichick touched on how much he enjoys his job, saying “it beats working.” When asked how much longer he plans to coach, Belichick said: “I don’t see the Marv Levy situation. I don’t think you’ll see me in 20 years.” But when asked if he sees the end of his coaching career in sight, he said “not right now.”
Draft class looks good. On the quality of prospects in the draft, Belichick said: “I think it’s overall better than what it’s been the last few years.” Belichick pointed out the large number of underclassmen in the draft, which has contributed to its quality.
Anquan Boldin never a realistic option. Asked if the Patriots considered acquiring Anquan Boldin in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, Belichick said, “Not really. It just really didn’t come into play.”
Having coaches who challenge him. Belichick cleared up one lingering issue from his season-ending press conference in January. On that day, Belichick had talked about how it’s helpful to have assistants on staff that challenge him, remarks that easily could have been taken as him saying that the Patriots needed more of them. This morning, Belichick said he has that on his current staff and that he’s always had it. In January, he was simply acknowledging its importance.
Tyrone McKenzie will fully participate in offseason workouts. McKenzie, a 2009 third-round draft choice who missed last season with a torn ACL, is fully cleared to participate in all aspects of the offseason program. McKenzie figures to compete with Gary Guyton for playing time at inside linebacker in the team’s 3-4 defense. “I know he’s excited to get back on the field and start a new year,” Belichick said. “We’re looking forward to seeing him.”
Second-round picks could yield action on trade market. This year’s NFL Draft will have a different structure, split up over three days – Thursday for the first round, Friday for the second and third rounds, and Saturday for the final four rounds. Because of that, Belichick is anticipating that the Patriots’ three selections in the second round will interest other clubs in a trade, mainly because when there is an overnight break, teams can reset their boards and that can sometimes lead to more action.
Derrick Burgess still a possibility to return. Belichick said that lines of communication remain open with veteran defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess about a possible return. Burgess, who was acquired for 2010 third- and fifth-round draft choices last year, is an unrestricted free agent.
Keeping it light. There were a few times over the session in which Belichick had media members laughing. Asked his golf handicap, Belichick was quick with a response. “My putter,” he said. Belichick was also asked about Tom Brady’s workout regimen, which includes boxing, and if he might compare him to any boxer in particular. “Someone who would get knocked out,” he said, smiling.
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