McKenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, was limited to seven games in 2016 due to a pectoral injury but he came back with 35 tackles and two sacks this season. "When he's done, I'll be done, too". It's the flawless emblem for the New England Patriots, who are so habitually and constitutionally impervious to flying objects and junk that gets thrown at them at this time of year. And maybe you have to look at a insane number like that, in light of the reports about current palace intrigue in Foxborough, Mass., with the Patriots and wonder what Bill Belichick would be worth on the open market, where Belichick sure isn't for now but, who knows, maybe not forever.
Later on Monday afternoon, Belichick appeared on DaleHolleyWEEI, and got into some of the specifics of the report.
"Right now my interest is trying to do the best I can for our football team to get ready for Saturday night against Tennessee", Belichick said. I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable. He also went out of his way to include Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, in his answer. "I appreciate everything Robert has done for me, the opportunity he's given me, the support". In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut. He's been a huge help for me personally. All these guys I've worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I've worked with.
The Herald has reported Brady and Belichick didn't exactly see eye to eye over that matter, but the issue has been done and over with.
Later on in the press conference, Belichick was asked directly if he's addressed the team about the ESPN report.
"I think we're talking about a lot of inaccuracies [in the ESPN story]". "And it fell into their laps, I believe, in large part because Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization had as much respect and good feeling for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan as they did because the Cleveland Browns had been calling the Patriots last spring over and over. I think there's a sense that he's taking a longer view and looking at impacts across the league as he tries to as shrewdly and competitively as ever to pursue another Super Bowl this year".
The late-October trade announcement left the Browns confused as to why the Patriots wouldn't even speak with them.
"You just don't pay attention to it", he added. When it comes down to it, it's keeping your head down. "We talked about things organizationally and make organizational decisions".
Of course, there's no reason to believe Brady can't do the same thing. "It's been great", Belichick said. Nor was any other interested team save one - the Kyle Shanahan-led 49ers.
"He knows exactly how to handle outside noise", offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "At this point I'm all in on Tennessee".