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Bill Belichick's absence insult to peers

Skipping breakfast event sends message to fellow coaches that he's bigger than them

Updated: March 22, 2011, 8:51 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Bill Belichick's absence from Tuesday's coaches breakfast at the NFL annual meeting shouldn't be about a media snub. The message has been heard loud and clear from followers of the New England Patriots: "We don't care about Belichick and his dealings with the press. Get over it!"

That's fair. Take the media out of it.

Now consider the NFL head coaching fraternity. Put yourself in the shoes of the 31 other coaches who entered the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom ...

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