Bill Belichick 'not prepared' to talk about future with Tom Brady, others

Ryan Hannable
January 05, 2020 - 11:51 am

FOXBOROUGH -- The morning after the Patriots fell to the Titans, 20-13, to end their season, Bill Belichick held his season-ending press conference.

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But, the coach did not want to address much relating to the upcoming offseason and the future of the team in what is perhaps the biggest offseason of his 20-year tenure.

It's so big because of Tom Brady's status of being a free agent for the first time in his career. 

“We’re less than 12 hours here after the end of the game," Belichick said in his opening statement. "I am sure there are a lot of questions about the future. Nobody has thought about the future. Everybody has been focused and working on Miami and then Tennessee. That’s where all the focus should have been and where it was. Whatever is in the future we’ll deal with at some point later in time. We’re certainly not going to deal with it now.”

The coach got a few questions relating to Brady where he said he does not have a timeline as to how he would like things to go, but then said because of the offseason being 12 hours old he's not prepared to talk about it.

“Honestly, look, I know it is out there just like there are a lot of other things out there," he said. "I mean, we could bring up 50 questions just like that one. I told you what my state is on that. You can ask all 50 of them and it is going to be the same answer 50 times. I’ve been working on Tennessee, it’s 12 hours after the game. I am not going to talk a lot of things about the future because I am not prepared to talk about it.”

Belichick added: “They are all questions that need to be answered at some point in time by the organization — by myself, the coaching staff and some of the players. Those are collective decisions that are not made by one person, they are made collectively. There is a lot of time, thought and communication that goes into that and now is not the time.”

There are a number of players set to become free agents in a few weeks -- Devin McCourty, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Joe Thuney, Elandon Roberts -- but Brady certainly is above them, which Belichick seemed to acknowledge. Although in the same breath said he wants to take his time when it comes to making his input on Brady and others' futures, while saying it isn't a "one-way street," which could be interpreted a number of different ways.

“Everybody’s situation on the team is different. There are no two that are exactly the same," he said. "The future is the future for all of them just like it is for Tom, and anybody else you want to bring up. Certainly, Tom is an iconic figure in this organization and nobody respects Tom more than I do. I respect all the other players and all the coaches in the organization, too. I think everybody that is part of it is an important part of it. I want to give the proper attention and communication and detail and thought into my input into those decisions.

"Any decision that is made, it is not an individual decision — there are other people involved. There has to be some type of communication and understanding, agreement, whatever you want to call it. That is not a one-way street. I hope you can understand that. One person just can’t decide what one person is going to do. (Some players) aren’t under contract and we have a lot of players not under contract.”

This likely will be Belichick's final press conference until the owners' meetings in March. A lot will happen between now and then.

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