ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Schefter said not to expect fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis to return to the Patriots this year, and probably not next year, either. Said Schefter: "Let's be real here. How's he coming back this year? That's not happening. That's absurd. To come back next year ... Could it happen? Sure. Anything could happen. Every staff turns over. But I can tell you, I've talked to a lot of different people this week. I have not gotten any indication from anybody that I've spoken to that Charlie Weis is on the Patriots' radar for next year. Certainly not this year. Next year? Look, it's possible. ... Could he join the Patriots? Sure, he could. He's beloved in that area. They hold him in high regard in the Patriots orginazation. But they have no plans to go out and hire Charlie Weis."
Schefter said that despite the Patriots' loss to the Saints, he still considers them a strong candidate for the AFC championship, mainly due to the fact that no other team has played well enough to be considered a solid No. 2 choice behind conference-leading Indianapolis. "Who in the AFC is that much better than the New England Patriots, that you'd say New England can't knock them off?" Schefter asked. However, Schefter warned that the Patriots' inconsistency is alarming: "This team has proven vulnerable at times. It's not been as consistent as a really great Patriots team has been in the past. It has let down at certain times uncharacteristically."
Michael Vick returns to Atlanta with the Eagles on Sunday, and Schefter predicts it will be a warm welcome for the former Falcons quarterback. "He's going to get a great ovation there," Schefter said. "Fans loved him there."
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