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Bill Belichick: Coaching staff is set

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick called an audible on Thursday afternoon, opting to address the media after not previously being on the announced schedule.

He began his remarks by making the media contingent -- the largest for any head coach or general manager all day in Indianapolis (Miami's Joe Philbin included) -- laugh.

"Jesus," he said, referring the height of the microphone at the podium in which he was speaking.

As it turns out, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who stands at 6-foot-7, addressed the media just before Belichick, explaining the elevated mic.

Though Belichick didn't field a ton of questions, he did share some insight on the addition of Mike Lombardi, officially named an assistant to the coaching staff on Thursday.

"Mike's got a lot of experience, he's done a lot of things in his career in the NFL and I'm sure he'll be doing many of those things for us," he said. "We'll see how it goes."

The Patriots have had some offseason transition on the coaching staff, and while the team has not formally hired a linebackers coach to replace Pepper Johnson or named an assistant head coach -- a vacancy created when Dante Scarnecchia retired -- Belichick suggested there are no more additions on the horizon.

"Well, I think our coaching staff is pretty well set right now, so we'll go forward with it," he said. "I'm glad to have the people that we have. And we'll just see how it all comes together."

More to come from Belichick in a bit.