Belichick to reporters: 'You’ll have to deal with me again next year'

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick set the record straight at his Monday press conference regarding his future as head coach with the team.

“I’ll be here,” he said via WEEI.com.

“You’ll have to deal with me again next year. I know that’s disappointing for a lot of you. Until I’m told otherwise, I plan on being here.”

After a night's sleep, Bill was more at ease, compared to his usual surly self after a disappointing loss.

“That’s the NFL. The last game, you play a game this time of year, you’re either [in] euphoria or it’s a crash landing. And for us yesterday, it was a crash landing. A year ago at this time, it was the other feeling,” he told reporters. “It’s one or the other. There’s no in between and there’s certainly no soft landing. The season is suddenly [over].

The season that is very much alive and with great hopes and expectations and energy suddenly crashes and it’s over. That’s the way it is and way it’s going to be for every team but one this year. That’s the NFL. It’s not going to change.

That’s the way it is. Unfortunately, that’s where we were last night. That’s where we are today. It’s stopped. It’s over. We’re onto next year.”

Like him or not, he's right. Damn right. There are a lot of other teams that would kill for the privilege of getting their hats handed to them in a conference championship game. Now it's back to busines for Belichick and Patriots.

The draft is only 94 days away.