Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/14/12

Just as Tom Brady did on Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick, in his own way, acknowledged last season’s close-but-no-cigar outcome is simply not good enough.

One day after Patriots players and staffers received their AFC Championship rings, Belichick was asked for his thoughts regarding the bling.

“Whatever it was last year, it was. So it’s time to move on,” Belichick said, referring to the rings as “bittersweet.”

Typical Belichickian response.

While we’ve come to expect anti-climactic answers from the 60-year-old, the rings — at least aesthetically — are far from ornery; each contains 73 diamonds, totaling 1.51 karats, as you can see in the picture to your right.

In his defense, Belichick isn’t the only higher-up who’s not content. Owner Robert Kraft told his team, “Let’s get the real one,” adding last season “didn’t end the way we all hoped.”

Following his meeting with reporters, Belichick cancelled the team’s final minicamp practice, a first in his tenure. The players now have roughly five-weeks before training camp begins, and Belichick wants his guys to return in shape and focused on the greater goal.

“I think overall these guys are in pretty good shape, but I don’t think they’re in training camp shape, real football shape,” he said. “That will come over the next few weeks, getting back to their offseason training — lifting and conditioning and doing things that really get them prepared for the football season from a conditioning standpoint.”

One thing an opponent never wants to face during the season is a ticked-off Patriots squad. However, it appears the Pats aren’t going to wait until the season begins to get mad; they’ve been that way since February.

Photo: NESN.com

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