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Bill Belichick disappointed NFL can't afford fixed cameras for replay

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left,

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino look on as Louisville players participate in the schools NFL football Pro Day in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Credit: AP / Timothy D. Easley

PHOENIX - Bill Belichick was asked if he gets much from attending the NFL's annual meetings.

"These meetings?" the Patriots' head coach mumbled. "No."

As the old saying goes, you get what you give. And Belichick was far from cooperative during the one media obligation of the week, the AFC Coaches' Breakfast on Tuesday. He came in 20 minutes late, leaned back in his chair far away from the microphones positioned to record his answers and provided practically no insight at all.

Whatever joy Belichick got from winning the Super Bowl a month and a half ago clearly has dissipated.

That didn't stop the questions from being asked. The subject of Darrelle Revis came up several times, but Belichick swatted them away with disdain.

"That's NFL free agency" he said multiple times when asked about the starting cornerback signing with the Jets. "Players leave teams and go to teams in free agency every year. That's not a big story."

He was asked if he looks forward to getting some closure in the NFL's investigation into the Patriots' use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.

"You can talk to the league about that," he said.

He praised Vince Wilfork earlier this offseason after the Patriots released their long-time defensive tackle, calling him the best defensive lineman he had ever coached. That was in a statement through the team. Asked about Wilfork at the breakfast, Belichick simply said: "I released a pretty comprehensive statement on him. I think that covered that."

And once again it seems that his now-annual proposal to place fixed cameras on the sidelines, goal lines and end lines of fields in each stadium to help replay officials will be voted down. Giants president John Mara of the Competition Committee cited cost as one of the reasons for not backing the idea.

"It's disappointing to hear we can't afford it as a league," he said.

Belichick did participate in other aspects of the meetings. He even posed with the other 31 head coaches for their annual group photograph, an event he has sometimes missed. Belichick was asked if he allowed himself to be filmed for use by designers in the upcoming Madden video game, which other coaches have done this week.

Madden? Video game? He seemed confused.

"You'll have to ask John about that," he said.

We'll take that as a no.

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