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Bill Belichick reviewed no timeout decision with staff

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For all those Patriots fans out there, feel free to file this under your already swooning narrative about Bill Belichick and his non-stop work ethic.

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At the annual AFC coaches breakfast on Tuesday, New England's head coach was asked if he reviewed film from the Super Bowl and whether or not he spoke with his staff about the decision not to call a timeout at the end of the game.

Turns out, he has.

"We talked about all the situations that came up in that game," Belichick said. "They were numerous. But at the end of both halves, both were obviously critical situations in the game. Yeah, we talked about it."

He added: "There's a lot of situations in that game including at the end of the first half. I always think that there are things we can look at in terms of situational football. There are a lot of things we can do better and continue to work on, try to be as efficient as we can in those situations whenever they turn up."

While it isn't entirely surprising, it's interesting to see Belichick, just after his fourth Super Bowl win, re-watching the tape and having an open dialogue about whether he made the right decision.

Obviously, he was rewarded in the moment, though a different decision from Pete Carroll would have changed history forever. In the moment, Belichick was roundly criticized. In the end, he was right.

But that's why his viewing party sticks out to us. It's easy to say that most coaches would rest on their laurels, but there really isn't a comparison here. There is no better coach in NFL history, and perhaps we're getting a glimpse as to why.

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