The New England Patriots are currently in the middle of their three-day minicamp. Despite contact-work being prohibited by the collective bargaining agreement, it is still an important learning tool for both the players currently under contract as well as the coaching staff.
With the majority of offseason workouts taking place out of the public eye, minicamp is also the time when the media can take another look at the team. It is also the time when the press can talk to a select group of players and coaches – most notable among the latter group is head coach Bill Belichick.
Earlier today, during his media availability portion, Belichick spoke about the development of young players, Rob Gronkowski’s contract and offseason acquisition Kony Ealy. The future Hall of Fame coach also hinted at his remaining career goals – and gave the perfect answer in the process:
Q: With all you have accomplished in your coaching career, what is left that you still want to accomplish?
Belichick: I'd like to go out and have a good practice today. That would be at the top of the list right now.
Belichick, as usual, is not getting ahead of himself and thus setting the right example for his players, the majority of which coming off a Super Bowl win. With a new season fast approaching, this is the mindset needed for the Patriots on their quest to defend their title: One step at a time.