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Despite frustrating loss in Super Bowl, Bill Belichick in position to rise again

Updated: February 7, 2012, 9:01 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- In the aftermath of a crushing Super Bowl defeat, New England Patriots players gathered in their locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium and looked to coach Bill Belichick for comfort.

It was the 19th time Belichick addressed the team after a game, the 23rd time if the preseason is counted. At no other time could his words have left a more lasting impression, a collective Super Bowl scar leaving stunned, exhausted players vulnerable.

What Belichick said, according ...

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