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Bill Belichick on OMF reacts to Josh McDaniels, Brian Flores interviewing for head-coaching jobs over weekend

Ryan Hannable
January 07, 2019 - 5:24 pm
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Another year, another wild card weekend of Patriots assistants interviewing for head-coaching jobs.

This past weekend it was Josh McDaniels reportedly meeting with the Packers, while Brian Flores reportedly met with the Packers, Browns, Broncos and Dolphins.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Monday, Bill Belichick was asked for his thoughts on Patriots assistants consistently being interviewed for other jobs, but the coach didn't really want to get into it.

“Right now, I am looking at it as trying to get ready for the playoffs, trying to get ready for the Chargers,” he said. “That is what I focused on last week and that is what I am focused on now, is doing the best job that I can for the team that I am coaching. I think everybody else on our staff is in the same boat. There is a process in place that handles all those things. Whatever it is, it is and we’ll see how it goes.”

Belichick added: “There is a certain procedure that is set up by the league and we comply with that. It is what it is.”

As for the Chargers, Belichick knows the Patriots will have their work cut out for them, especially dealing with edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

“They have a lot of good players. Certainly, those two are outstanding,” he said. “They are usually outside, not always. Ingram is inside more than Bosa is. You don’t always know where they are going to be. Wherever they are they are tough, they are effective. They can run. They have good quickness. They have good counter moves. They are going to load the box. There’s going to be a lot of guys up there at the line of scrimmage. It will be a big challenge for us. They are a very talented team.”

He’s also very familiar with quarterback Philip Rivers, as he's been in the league for so long and they also spent the Pro Bowl together one year. 

“He’s pretty good at everything,” Belichick said. “He has been a great player in this league for a long time. Throws a great deep-ball, uses all of his receivers. Gets the ball to the backs, the tight ends, the perimeter guys. Stands in the pocket. He is a big, strong kid. He’s hard to knock down. He does a good job of stepping up in the pocket and protecting the tackles on the pass rush. He can make the deep throws and has good judgment. He’s a big, strong player.”

The Patriots will host the Chargers Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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