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Apparently, Bill Belichick and the Patriots Are Moving On To Cincinnati

FOXBOROUGH — There's something very zen about Bill Belichick. He is not a man of the past or future. He is a man of the present.

Asked about the team's troubles, the Patriots head coach offered little to nothing in the way of insight, instead focusing on the task at hand.

Belichick uttered the phrases "we're on to Cincinnati" five times during his press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. Here's the unedited Q&A:

Q: Your team has been successful for so long. How difficult is it to adjust to the adversity of Monday night’s game and get back on track? This team and organization hasn't had these sort of issues in the past.

BB: We’re on to Cincinnati.

Q: You mentioned Tom Brady’s age at the draft –

BB: We’re on to Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think having a 37-year old –

BB: We’re on to Cincinnati. It’s nothing about the past, nothing about the future. Right now we’re preparing for Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think the talent you have here is good?

BB: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think you’ve done enough to help Tom Brady?

BB: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati. That’s what we’re doing.

This would typically be the day where the Patriots turn the page for good on their previous game and turn their attention entirely to the upcoming opponent, but the timeframe is compressed this week with a six-day turnaround between the Patriots' two primetime games on Monday night and Sunday night.

A press conference is directed at three groups: your players, your owner, and your fans. It seems Belichick's message to those three groups was that the team will not linger on the lumps it took in the 41-14 bloodbath against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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