Did Bill Belichick ever think of not coaching this season?


The Patriots led the league with eight players opting out of the 2020 season prior to Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline.

And while the players got all the attention when it came to opt-outs, many of the coaches given their ages could be considered "at risk."

So, did Bill Belichick, who is 68 years old, ever consider not coaching?

"I feel very good about the environment that we're in. I feel fine," he said when asked on a video conference Friday morning.

Belichick also said none of the coaches on his staff have opted out.

The Patriots have been on the field this week on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium and the coach said he hasn't noticed much difference coaching with all the COVID-19 protocols that have been put in place.

"Yesterday was the first day that we had a walk-through with both the offense and defense on the field at the same time, so prior to yesterday we were defense against defense, offense against offense," he said. "Yesterday was our first chance to do that. I would say it looked to me like all the coaches coached and the players played pretty much like we always do other than masks and some other modifications, things like that. No, I didn't see any substantial difference."

The first full-padded practice is slated for Aug. 17.