Bill Belichick references 'Tom's situation' in describing approach with QBs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Since the first open practice of training camp on July 30, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has mostly deflected questions specific to the uncertainty with Tom Brady and the quarterback position. That changed a bit Monday during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI.

Belichick was asked when things might change from a game preparation standpoint should Jimmy Garoppolo be called upon to start the NFL opener Sept. 10.

"Once we start our preparation for the Pittsburgh game, based on whatever information we have -- injuries and whatever else -- we'll prepare to play the game the best way we can, the most competitive way we can," Belichick said. "We'll just have to see what information we have, and that can be from a variety of sources, whether it's Tom's situation or players that are managing some type of physical condition, we'll just have to see where we are when we get into that preparation and then maybe play it out during the week. It's no different than a player who may be able to play in the game, or maybe isn't due to injury. As we get closer to the game, we'll see how that unfolds."

At this point, Belichick indicated the team isn't into prep mode for the Steelers, so any discussion about "starter reps" is off the radar.

"Our goal is really to get everybody ready," Belichick said. "We can't just focus on one player. We have to get the entire team ready and that's everybody ... that's what we've been doing and that's what we'll continue to do. At some point that will change, but I don't think we're there yet."