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Bill Belichick approaching 2018 differently than past seasons

Kyle DaLuz
July 27, 2018 - 10:14 am

FOXBORO -- As NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran referenced Thursday during his interview with Ordway, Merloni and Fauria, Bill Belichick has always been able to adjust and change his coaching style. It's not below him to evaluate himself, and adapt to the situation around him.

Acknowledging the difference each season brings, Belichick was asked during Friday morning's media session at day two of training camp whether he approaches each season the same way.

"Every year is different. I think there are some basic axioms and fundamentals that are the same as they were when I was the head coach in Cleveland, but there are a lot of things that are different, and each year is different," Belichick said. "If you put those together and you find some kind of, I would say, sweet spot that you feel like is right for this particular year, this particular team and the challenges that right now we face, which will change as we go forward, then I know we'll have to make some changes and adjustments as they occur."

Belichick has already done some things differently entering the 2018 season than he's done in the past. He spoke at both media sessions at the owner's meetings for the first time. Belichick held a pre-draft press conference for the first time since 2011. And as Curran alluded to on Thursday, he was surprised Belichick entertained Dan Shaughnessy's questions about benching Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl at Wednesday morning's media session.

Part of it, Curran believes, is the way the 2017 season unfolded. It might not be too late to teach an old dog new tricks.

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