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Appreciative Bill Belichick on Tom Brady: 'He's my quarterback'

Bill Belichick is obviously pleased that Tom Brady is signed with the Patriots through 2019. Kirby Lee/Getty Images

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Five takeaways from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's 45-minute media session at the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meetings:

Brady-Belichick duo endures. With quarterback Tom Brady signing a contract extension through 2019, Belichick said it's obvious that he's pleased with the development. As for his appreciation that Brady (who turns 39 on Aug. 3) could spend 20 years with the franchise, Belichick said, "That’s probably a comment for another time, but I’ve said many times there is no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. He’s my quarterback. So I’ll stand by that.”

Giving Mayo an appropriate tribute. Belichick's most expansive remarks came as he first sat down, with him opening by giving retiring linebacker Jerod Mayo a tribute for his time with the franchise (2008-15). "There have been very few players in my career that I’ve had the opportunity to coach that I’d say had more of an impact on a team than Jerod had from Day 1, which is unusual," Belichick said. "He’s been a pleasure to coach, a great addition to our team, both on and off the field. I’m sure I learned a lot more from him than he did from me. Jerod, [Chantel] and their family brought a special glow to our team, to our organization. Although Jerod will always be part of the team and is always welcome, he’ll be missed on a daily basis. The attitude, work ethic and love of football that he brought was special. He was very special." When Belichick was later asked about retiring guard Logan Mankins, who played for the Patriots from 2005-13 and announced his retirement earlier this month after two years with the Buccaneers, he called him and Mayo "pillars" of the organization.

Heavy focus on medical aspect of operation in recent years. With the Patriots set to hire their third medical director in four years, and with the team always working on adopting the best training methods for players to remain healthy, Belichick noted how extensively he's studied this area lately. "I’ve learned way more about this profession than I ever wanted to know," he allowed, noting that it's extensive and still an "ongoing process."

Pro personnel staff has transitioned smoothly. With former Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn hired as Lions general manager, Belichick touched on how it's been a smooth transition with assistant Dave Ziegler taking over the reins. "Dave has done a good job. He and his staff, I feel like we’ve had a lot of the information in free agency," he said. "Really by the time Bob left, it was pretty much done for free agency, but there is still always work to do. Dave and his staff, and Nick [Caserio] does a great job of that – he’s very involved as well, so we’re still moving along.”

Little insight on personnel moves. Belichick offered little on the team's flurry of moves, saying it's obvious the club wants to work with those they have acquired and signed and he will "see how it goes." As for the trade of Chandler Jones, Belichick was asked if his opinion of Jones changed after Jones made headlines in January in an off-field issue, and he essentially said that wasn't was sparked the trade. "Chandler was a good player for us," Belichick answered without elaborating.