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Exclusive: Belichick reflects on 28-3 and if it impacted Patriots offseason

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.VA. — It all seemed a bit out of character for the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

Entering the offseason off a dramatic Super Bowl victory over the Falcons, the Patriots didn’t just rest on their laurels gazing adoringly at their five Lombardi trophies. In fact, they did the opposite.

In the first five days of free agency, the Patriots made three trades (tight end Dwayne Allen, receiver Brandin Cooks and end Kony Ealy), signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a $65-million contract (which included $40 million in guaranteed money), and added two more free agents in running back Rex Burkhead and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy. A month later, the Patriots signed Bills running back Mike Gillislee to a restricted free agent offer sheet the Bills couldn’t match.

Did Belichick see something in the 28-3 third-quarter Super Bowl deficit that concerned him? Did he view the Super Bowl almost as a loss when it came to building the team for 2017? BostonSportsJournal.com asked him before Wednesday’s practice with the Texans in an exclusive conversation.