Socci: Belichick, Patriots Ready To Start New Season

September 8, 2013 10:00 AM
Socci: Belichick, Patriots Ready To Start New Season
" BOSTON (CBS) – When the Patriots visit Buffalo this weekend, they will open Bill Belichick’s 14th season as New England’s head coach.

True, it will be his 233rd contest overall directing the Patriots.  And yes, it may very well result in one of the five wins separating Belichick from the top five all-time in NFL coaching victories.

But make no mistake, Sunday’s encounter with the Bills is neither a continuation nor a next chapter.  What occurred last January, when New England lost in the AFC Championship game, was an ending.  What happens this weekend is a beginning; of a story, and for a team unto itself.

“Each year is a new year with a new team, new circumstances, new challenges, new everything,” Belichick said in a press conference on Monday.  “That’s the great part about football.  You don’t pick up where you left off, good or bad, you start all over again.  We’re getting ready to start the regular season.  It’s a big challenge for us, but we’ll see where it takes us.”

As will we "

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