by Scott Benson

Bob Glauber of visited Pats camp on Tuesday, and today offers this compelling look at coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick speaks thoughtfully about recent losses in his personal and professional life, and for the second time in a week, seems to address persistent rumors that he is nearing the end of his reign in New England:

“The situation here is good for me in several ways,” he said. “Everything that goes into the operation I am comfortable with.”

How much longer does he plan on coaching the Patriots?

“I don’t envision feeling differently anytime soon,” he said.

Naturally, this will quickly be dismissed by the conspiracy theorists near and far who, for whatever perverse reason, delight in the prospects of a Belichick departure. They’ll claim that the coach is simply aiming to reduce distractions for his alleged ‘final run’.

At what point will the Amateur Freuds acknowledge that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar? Never, but that’s beside the point.

The point is that, over the last week, Belichick has seemingly told anyone that will listen that he doesn’t plan to leave the Patriots at any point in the foreseeable future. Given the coach’s intent on getting that message out in the first week of camp, it seems evident that the foreseeable future does in fact include 2008.

* Credit Where Credit Is Due Dept.: Thanks to the alert poster who pointed us to this noteworthy link.

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