Belichick: I’ll Be Back After ‘Crash Landing’ In AFC Championship

BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was back at the podium Monday morning, a little over 12 hours after their season came to an end with a 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game.

The abrupt end is one that is tough to deal with, and Belichick described Sunday’s loss as a “crash landing.”

“The last game, you play a game this time of year, you’re either in euphoria or it’s a crash landing,” Belichick told reporters. “So for us, yesterday it was a crash landing. A year ago at this time, it was the other feeling. It’s one or the other, there’s no in between. And there’s certainly no soft landing. The season is suddenly a season that’s very much alive and with great hopes and expectations and energy, suddenly crashes and it’s over.”

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“And that’s the way it’s going to be for every team but one this year,” continued Belichick. “That’s the NFL. It’s not going to change, that’s the way it is. Unfortunately, that’s where we were at last night, that’s where we’re at today. It stopped, it’s over, we’re on to next year.”

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As for next year, Belichick dispelled any rumors he wouldn’t be back for his 14th season with the Patriots and 39th in the NFL.

“I’ll be here,” he said. “Until I’m told otherwise, I plan on being here.”

“You’ll have to deal with me again next year,” Belichick joked with reporters. “I know that’s disappointing for a lot of you.”

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