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New England Patriots Links 2/03/11 - Bill Belichick Earns AP Coach of the Year

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Bill Belichick accepts his Coach of the Year award in a phone conversation with NFL Network's Total Access crew.

"I accept the award on behalf of the entire organization -- ownership, our assistant coaches and certainly the players -- they're the ones that stepped up and made the plays this year," Belichick said in an NFL Network phone interview. "We had a lot of new people on the team, young players that contributed. It's certainly an honor to receive this award on behalf of our performance in the regular season. Unfortunately, we weren't able to carry that over into the playoffs."

What was the biggest challenge to getting your team up each week while winning 14 games with so many moving parts and so many young parts?
"It was interesting, we faced a lot of different challenges this year, both in the AFC and of course the NFC schedule where we played Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota. It was really a different challenge every week and I just have to give a lot of credit to the players. They adapted, they adjusted to tough weather conditions, like the snow out in Chicago, for example. The players did a good job of staying focused and playing through those conditions. We were able to get a lot of turnovers defensively at the end of the year, and offensively we had a lot of points and special teams scores early in the year, so it all kind of balanced itself out one way or another during the course of the season."

Bill Belichick responds to Roger Goodell's assertion that he felt deceived by his response to spygate.

I did not make any assurances about throoughly discussing the subject publicly.  I said I would address it following the league's review.  I then did that in a way I thought was appropriate.  I don't think that was deceptive.

Mike Reiss catches up with Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to get his thoughts on the Patriots.

"I think it all starts with the head coach [Bill Belichick]. He does a fantastic job, week in and week out, keeping his guys mentally prepared to go out there and play," he said. "He’s the only coach in history to have four seasons with 14 wins, and that alone, speaks volumes of what he’s able to accomplish, especially in that [AFC East] division. I think you’re looking at the NFL’s strongest division, from top to bottom. If Buffalo played in the NFC West, they’d probably win the NFC West. That’s a strong, strong division and he’s found a way to win it [eight] times. It’s astonishing. "

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  • The NFLN Total Access crew discuss the AP selection of Bill Belichick as Coach of the Year. (6.22 min. video)
  • Peter King (SI) The Man of the Hour. A politician's son who rose from intern to NFL commissioner. Includes two paragraphs about how Goodell felt "deceived" by Belichick's spygate response.
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