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Belichick: 'Those were the days'

Posted by Albert Breer  December 16, 2009 04:13 PM

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Back to the "interim coach" thing. Here's what Belichick thinks:

"I think when the new coach comes in, you can’t change everything, you’ve already had a training camp and a certain number of regular-season games already under your belt," said Belichick. "You’re already at a certain point in those areas. You can go in and modify some things, change them a little bit, maybe change an attitude or an approach if you feel it’s needed, then you can address that. How easily that’s modified would depend on the situation."

The eerie thing about all this? The man who was fired from the Bills, Dick Jauron, was, as Belichick pointed out, a star defensive back on that Lions team back in 1976.

Pretty weird, I'd say.

"I have a lot of respect for Dick Jauron," Belichick said. "Dick is an excellent coach, I’ve known him a long time. In fact, he was on that Detroit team in ’76. He does a good job, he’s well-prepared, we had a lot of respect competing against them a lot. I mean, hell, they played us as well as anyone other than New Orleans in the first game.

"One fumbled kickoff, and that’s probably a different game, so I have a lot of respect for Dick, but I have a lot of respect for (interim coach) Perry (Fewell) too."
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