Bill Belichick is like everyone else and excited for start of season

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By WEEI 93.7

FOXBOROUGH -- Week 1 is upon us, and like everyone else Bill Belichick is ready for the start of the season.

During his Wednesday press conference, the Patriots coach was asked if he still gets excited for the start of the regular season?

“I like football," he said. "I like football season and all the things that go with it.”

Certainly not as enthusiastic as most Patriots fans, but we didn't expect anything different.

The Patriots will host the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, a team they have dominated of late. They have won five of the last six meetings, although Pittsburgh did win the most recent meeting last December in Pittsburgh.

“Obviously, all of our attention and focus is on Pittsburgh,” Belichick said. “[They’re] a good football team. I’ve got a lot of respect for the organization, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, the coaching staff, the players, team. They compete hard. They’re tough. They’re strong in all three phases of the game. They challenge you very much on every play, so we know we’ll have to be ready to go, 60 minutes, go all the way, go toe to toe with them. It’ll be good to get started, but these guys do a good job. They’re a tough team to prepare for and a tough team to play against. But it’s the National Football League. I think everybody falls into that category.”

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. Sunday night.