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Belichick leaves the door open for a Charlie Weis return

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Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was recently fired as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. If you're a Shutdown Corner reader and you're not terribly familiar with college football, think of Notre Dame like the Oakland Raiders: They're not very good right now, but they still want everyone to pat them on the back because they used to be.

It makes sense to wonder if Weis, who was very well-regarded as an NFL offensive coordinator, might end up back with the Patriots. What's Bill Belichick say? Not right now, but in the offseason, one never knows.

"I’m disappointed for Charlie, and his family, and all the people they took out there with them," Belichick said. "Of course, I go back a long way with Charlie and we have a good friendship. I talk to him on a pretty regular basis, so I’m disappointed for him on that level.

"But right now my focus is on the Miami Dolphins, and getting ready to go down there and play a tough division game on the road. That’s where I’m at right now.

"It’s not anything that is on the front burner at all," said Belichick.

Yeah, it wouldn't make much sense for the Patriots or anyone else to make an addition like that, midseason. That didn't stop the Redskins, but maybe that's one of the reasons that the Redskins are the Redskins and the Patriots are the Patriots.

It's not like the Patriots offense is struggling, either. They're still averaging 27.9 points and 411.5 yards a game. They recovered just fine when Weis left the first time, and they recovered just fine when Josh McDaniels left for Denver. You never know if Belichick might be looking for someone to lighten his load next year, though.

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