Belichick sets stage for what's ahead

FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a news conference Thursday afternoon before the team's sixth public practice of training camp, and here were a few of the big takeaways:

1. Sunday a possible day off. Belichick noted that players were off Wednesday, so he was hopeful for a good level of energy at practice today. He also set up the schedule for the upcoming week. “We have three good days here coming up before we take a break and get ready to go down to Philly [on Monday]. Hopefully we can finish up another chunk of our installation, keep working on our fundamentals and things we’ve already installed, and start doing a little more teamwork and have things come together a little bit more, so we’re ready to go down and compete against the Eagles next week [for joint practices Tuesday and Wednesday and a game Friday].”

2. Interior OL group not as deep. With Nick McDonald waived on Wednesday, Belichick was asked what he sees from the team’s interior offensive linemen. “It’s probably not as deep as it’s been at other times, but I feel like the guys we have there are working hard and like everything else, we’ll have to see how it all comes together,” he said. Asked about five-year veteran Tyronne Green and if he’s a center/guard type, Belichick said he’s more of a pure guard.

3. Friendship with Parcells important to Belichick. Asked about Bill Parcells’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Belichick shared thoughts on Parcells’ career and how he helped turn the Patriots around from 1993-1996. He also said, “Personally, I value his friendship and have a lot of respect for him as a person, and as a football coach/football person. It’s not just coaching. It’s beyond that with him.”