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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Belichick: Pats haven't decided whether to add another QB

Associated Press

BOSTON -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's in no rush to sign a new quarterback.

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Belichick spoke Tuesday, one day after losing MVP Tom Brady for the season with a knee injury.

The coach said quarterbacks Tim Rattay and Chris Simms were in Foxborough on Monday, but they didn't work out or take physicals.

"I didn't even see them when they were here," Belichick said Tuesday.

It appears the team will go into Sunday's game against the New York Jets with two quarterbacks -- veteran backup Matt Cassel and rookie Kevin O'Connell. Cassel replaced Brady in New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City,

And Belichick says the team hasn't decided on whether to add another quarterback.

"We'll look at what our options are and do what's best for the team," Belichick said.

He wouldn't rule out bringing in a player new to the Pats' system.

"It's a long season and bringing a player in for two, three, four or five weeks to learn the system is a possibility," he said.

But he also said someone who has been in the Patriots' camp and knows the terminology could have an advantage.

"If someone has good working knowledge of a situation, of course we would talk to him," Belichick said.