FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the wake of an ESPN report that detailed friction between Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft, Belichick was asked Monday that it is “absolutely” his intention to return as head coach the New England Patriots in 2018.
Belichick’s answer comes after ESPN’s report said that “those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.”
The ESPN report said that Belichick received a mandate from Kraft to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and was “furious and demoralized, according to friends.”
Asked about the reported mandate, Belichick said on Monday, “I haven’t read the article. I’ve already commented at length about that situation. Nothing has happened since then. So I don’t have anything to add to it.”
Belichick also responded to whether the characterization that he was “furious and demoralized” was accurate. “First of all, I don’t really know what you’re talking about; I haven’t read the article,” he said. “I don’t know what that refers to. Look, I know we’ve been through this before. I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable. I’m not really interested in responding to all those random, and I would say in a lot of cases, baseless comments.”
The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.