Belichick only NFL coach to skip breakfast with media


By Tom E. Curran

NEW ORLEANS - Just not a breakfast guy? Bill Belichick was the only one of the league's 32 coaches to blow off the "coaches breakfast" here at the NFL Owners Meetings in New Orleans Tuesday morning. While Belichick satiated the Boston media to a degree on Monday with a 10-minute talk in a hallway at the Roosevelt Hotel, he eschewed the 75-minute sitdown scheduled for this morning. After talking to him Monday, I said, "You're not going to the breakfast, are you?""We're day-to-day," was the reply.Belichick is more non-conformist than he is hermit. At this point, the 59-year-old simply doesn't kowtow to being told where to be, when and for how long. With a labor fight halting his communication with the players and disturbing his football routine, Belichick would be less apt to play along with what he (my perception here) considers a league-wide dog-and-pony show. This is not to say it's the "right" or "proper" approach from Belichick. And it's certainly not politically correct. But given his disdain for the league office --which fined him a half-million for the Spygate imbroglio -- and the league's competition committee (which he harpooned Monday), it's not hard to see what Belichick's rationalization was for saying "no thanks" to eggs and bacon with the media.

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