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Alleged Rift in Top Ranks of New England Patriots Denied by All Parties

New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick says he will be back to coach the team in 2018, using the word “absolutely” to describe his intentions.

“Right now my interest is trying to do the best I can for our football team to get ready for Saturday night against Tennessee,” Belichick said.

Given his occasionally enigmatic nature, “absolutely” from the mouth of Belichick could mean just about anything, but he would be stark raving to do anything different so long as Tom Brady is the quarterback of the team.

None of the bookies is giving Tennessee much of a shot against the Patriots. The spread favours New England by 13 points and that almost seems generous, as the Titans’ offense will struggle to score points in frigid New England. Even if the recent record-breaking cold snap breaks to a degree, Tennessee has won only 15 times in 39 head-to-head games with New England, although they did win once in two playoff meetings.

The Titans snuck into the playoffs with a shaky 9 – 7 regular season record and they do not seem to have the manpower on either side of the ball to match up with the Patriots anywhere, let along GilletteStadium.

There have been reports of a rift between Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and Tom Brady, something all three deny vehemently. Kraft could better spend his time selling Mac and Cheese, as he is due to owe Brady and Belichick multiple millions of dollars in the near future.

The beef was supposedly initiated when Kraft decided to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco, but from the way things appear, Garoppolo might retire before Brady.

Kraft told Sports Illustrated that Belichick would be back, “When you’re lucky enough to have someone exceptional, you let them do their job and you get out of the way,” Kraft said.

For his part, Belichick said, “I haven’t read the article,” Belichick said Monday. “I’ve already commented at length about that situation. Nothing has happened since then. So I don’t have anything to add to it.”