FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There will still be at least one more public celebration of the New England Patriots' triumph in Super Bowl LI when the team unveils its championship banner on opening night, but it sounds like Bill Belichick wouldn't mind canceling those plans.
His theme on Tuesday before the team's organized team activity was that there is no more looking back.
Asked about Friday night's ring ceremony, Belichick said, "It was a great night, but, really, we need to move on to 2017. We've had enough parades, enough celebrations and enough everything. This '17 team hasn't done anything yet-- none of us have. We really need to focus on what we're doing this year. There have been a lot of great moments in the past, which is great, but that isn't going to help us this year."
That message also seemed to be delivered to players as well. Coaches have been hard on the team in recent practices, with one example Tuesday coming when defensive coordinator Matt Patricia lit up his unit for mental mistakes and sent the entire defense on two laps.
After practice, receiver Julian Edelman said, "Sixteen was fun but '16 is over. It's '17 now. There are no champions. Everyone's got the same record. Everyone is working hard in heat. So it's one of those things where the teams that can go out and take advantage of these times and really mold together are usually the teams that come out and have good starts to their seasons, so that's what I'm trying to do personally."
Meanwhile, in his news conference before practice, Belichick kept repeating that the Patriots have a lot of work to do.
"Kind of coming down the homestretch here for us this spring," he said in reference to the team having just one more practice, on Thursday. "Obviously, we have a ton to work to do. Got some done this spring. We have a lot more to do this year to get ready to get go. It will be on top of us quickly with training camp and then Jacksonville, Houston, Detroit [preseason] games after that and working with those good organizations, but I'd say right now we just need to keep grinding it out. I don't think we're really close to where we need to be at, so just keep trying to close the gaps as much as we can between now and the opener with Kansas City."