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Bill Belichick insists: ‘It’s nothing personal… just competition’ with the Jets

10.19.12 at 7:25 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick can get teased and tempted a lot by reporters at his Wednesday and Friday press conferences.

Just over 48 hours from taking on the Jets, Belichick was asked an age-old question by Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Does he hate the Jets?

Belichick didn’t flinch but he did pause ever so slightly before offering up a calculated response.

“We have a competition each week against whoever the next team on our schedule is,” said the man who left the Jets without a head coach in Jan. 2000. “So whoever that is, that’€™s who we compete against. It’€™s nothing personal; it’€™s just competition.”

Breer persisted. He asked Belichick if he noticed anything different around the building or from the players in a week when you have a familiar opponent with whom you have a lot of history.

“It’€™s a familiar opponent that we have a lot of history with,” Belichick said.

So nothing extra, Breer continued.

“It’€™s a familiar opponent that we have a lot of history with,” Belichick said. “There are other teams you can put in that category. Then there are other teams that wouldn’€™t be in that category, like Seattle.”

This week, Rex Ryan showered Belichick with glowing praise. But the Jets coach also added – with a wink – that he would give Belichick his best shot. What does Belichick think of that flattery from a coaching colleague?

“I have a lot of respect for Rex,” Belichick said. “I think we have a good relationship. I see him from time to time at the owners meetings and Indy combine and stuff like that. But, I know on Sunday he’€™ll be doing the best job he can for his team. I’€™ll be doing the best job I can for my team. We’€™ll see what happens. But, I think there is good mutual respect there. We had his brother on our staff here. I’€™ve known his dad for a long time. It’€™s just competition.”

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