FOXBORO — Bill Belichick was in predictable form Thursday.
Asked to expand upon Robert Kraft’s comments from Wednesday and the uncertainty facing quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick said he was only ready to focus on getting prepared for the first day of practice.
“Right now we’re preparing for today, practice today,” Belichick said.
But that didn’t stop the line of questioning.
Q: But you have to think ahead, right? How do you plan for that?
“Right now we’re practicing for today,” Belichick repeated. “That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about a month from now, a year from now, 10 years from now, six months from now. I’ll leave all that up to you guys and the experts. Just today.
Q: Do you find any sign of distraction or is getting to the field a welcome avoidance of distraction?
“Today we’re doing what we always do. We’ll prepare for practice and we’ll go out there and practice and evaluate it and make corrections and move on to this afternoon and tomorrow. It’s training camp,” he added.
Belichick was asked about whether he needs to remind players that last year’s Super Bowl season is in the past.
“We don’t talk about last year. We talk about today,” Belichick said. “Again, I’m not really worried about some other year or some other time. I’m trying to do the best I can to get our team prepared today to have a good practice, to take another step forward in our preparation so that we’ll be able to stay on schedule and do what we need to do tomorrow and the following day.
“That’s really what I’m worried about. I’m not living in the past or dreaming about something in the future. I’m trying to do a good job with our team today, and that’s what each of our players should be doing as well is making the most out of this opportunity that’s right in front of us because that’s the only thing we can do anything about.”
Q: Clearly at this point you’re not making a lot of comments on the Brady situation. At what point do you think it will be appropriate for you to address those questions again?
BB: I think Robert [Kraft] addressed that yesterday.
Q: Is there a point in the future where you think you’ll want to talk about this ever again?
BB: I think Robert addressed that yesterday. You can go back and read the transcript. I think you can read what he said and that’s what we’re going to do.
Q: Do you agree with everything he said?
BB: You can go back and read what he said.
Q: But that doesn’t tell me whether you agree with everything he said.
BB: You go back and read the transcript of what Robert said, he advised everybody in the organization not to talk about it, and so we’re not talking about it. You can go back and read that yourself. It’s in the transcript.
Here are some other takeaways from Thursday:
Q: Last year, the phrase was ‘On to Cincinnati.’ This year, it sounds like it’s, ‘We’re focused on practice and we’re preparing for today.’ Does the adversity you overcame last year help in dealing with it this year?
BB: I’ve coached in this league for a long time. I’ve been a head coach for a number of years. It’s the way we’ve gone about it every training camp, every practice in training camp.
Q: Yesterday the player’s union filed an appeal for Tom Brady‘s suspension. Would you prefer to know that you’ll be playing without him for the first four games or have the uncertainty with the possibility he will be able to play the whole season?
BB: I’m worried about today’s practice and how our team performs. I don’t have any control over all the other questions that have been asked here about the weather and a bunch of other stuff. So, you’re asking the wrong person.
Q: What is it about Tom Brady’s ability to put blinders on and focus on the task at hand?
BB: Look, right now everybody is in the same exact situation. It’s the first day of training camp as a team. We’ve had some meetings. We’re all going to go out there and try to establish our performance for the 2015 season. That’s the head coach, the assistant coaches, all the players. Nobody has done anything for five, six months, depending on the individual, whatever it happens to be.
“We’ve all got a lot of work to do, and today is the first step as a team after the spring. We’re in a little different stage now. We’ve done some things that are important from the spring, but now is our first opportunity to do that as a team as it’s going to lead directly into the 2015 season. We’re all in the same boat. It doesn’t make any difference what anybody did or didn’t do, whether they’re a 15-year veteran or whether this is their first season. We all are going to have to perform in 2015, and we all need the preparation to do that. So, today is one step in that preparation process, and that goes for everybody.
Q: Jimmy Garoppolo was never asked to do three, five, seven-step drops at Eastern Illinois. How quickly do you pick that up and where do you think he is in the development?
BB: Well, I wouldn’t totally agree with that first statement, but he’s made a lot of progress, like probably most all players make in their first year. Now we’re into a second year and we’ll see where that continues and where we’re able to pick up on the learning from last year, and that goes for all of our second year players. We’ll see. It’s different being out there in pads, different being out there in a competitive situation, which we haven’t gotten to yet but that will be coming shortly. We’ve had a lot of work in the spring of what we’ll be doing today, particularly at that position. We’ll see how that goes as we go forward for everybody.