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Bake Sale Bill

Just call Pats coach 'Bake Sale' Belichick

The Sports Xchange
March 25. 2014 10:05PM
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. (Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports)

Bill Belichick might not show it, but players and those close to him insist the New England Patriots' stoic head coach possesses a humorous side.

At the AFC coaches breakfast in Orlando, when the subject shifted to his proposal to add cameras throughout stadiums to give officials additional vantage points to access for replay review purposes, Belichick beat back any idea that the plan would be dismissed because of cost concerns.

"We just spent, whatever it was, how many millions of dollars on the replay system," Belichick said Tuesday morning. "I mean, there's a thousand cameras in every stadium, so that if somebody spills a beer on somebody, we have it on record, right? Maybe we could have a bake sale. Raise some money for the cameras. Do a car wash."

Belichick and the Patriots made multiple proposals to be voted on this week, including raising the height of the goalposts or moving point-after touchdown tries to the 25-yard line to make placement kicks more challenging.

Report: Pats in hunt for Jones-Drew

Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is drawing interest among four teams, which will meet with his representatives at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

The New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers are in the hunt to land Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew, 29, ran for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns in eight seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He visited the Steelers last week but left without a deal.

After Jones-Drew rushed for 1,606 yards on 343 carries in 2011, his production has decreased and injuries have taken a toll.

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