Belichick: 'Absolutely' his intention to be back with Patriots

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The New England Patriots won 34-28. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bill Belichick said Monday that it's "absolutely" his intention to be back as head coach of the New England Patriots next season, despite reports of turmoil at the top of the organization.

Belichick answered the question during his weekly conference call.

It was the first time he spoke publicly about an ESPN report last week that there's a growing rift between him and owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady.

Belichick said he has not read the article, that he has already commented at length on it, and that he has nothing to add to a what he's already said.

A joint statement last week from the three men at the top of the Patriots said, "We stand united."

The article, citing unnamed sources, said trading away Jimmy Garoppolo and Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero were sources of friction among the three.

The Patriots are preparing for a playoff game against Tennessee on Saturday.

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