Bill Belichick became the latest to hit the brakes on the out-of-control fantasy that he could be the next head coach of the Giants, when he said on Monday that he "absolutely" intends to coach the New England Patriots next season.
Yes, coaches can lie, and sure anything is possible, but Belichick's statement is just the latest splash of cold reality water on the reports and rumors that he could be available to the Giants, who are searching for a new head coach. Belichick, when issuing his denial, made it clear he has no time for such nonsense.
"Right now my interest is in trying to do the best I can for our football team to get ready for Saturday night against Tennessee (in the AFC divisional playoffs)," Belichick said. "That's where my total focus is."
Asked specifically if he intended to coach the Patriots next season, Belichick said "Absolutely."
That has seemed less-than-absolute over the past week as wild speculation grew that Belichick's time in New England was ending. The swirl began with an ESPN story last week that painted the Patriots as a dysfunctional dynasty that might be on the verge of breaking up, and continued with a Daily News report quoting a source who hadn't spoken to Belichick insisting the Patriots coach "sees an opening" to maneuver his way to the Giants.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft dismissed the reports in an interview with Sports Illustrated's TheMMQB.com and said he "absolutely" expects Belichick back in 2018. He also said he would not trade his head coach, who is believed to be under contract for multiple seasons at a rate of more than $12 million per season.
Belichick also weighed in on the ESPN report, which painted the picture of an unhappy head coach -- "furious and demoralized" were among the words used to describe him -- who might be looking for a divorce from Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady.
"First of all, I don't know what you're talking about," Belichick said on Monday. "I don't know what that refers to. I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable, and I'm not interested in responding to those random, and I would say in a lot of cases baseless comments."