Bill Belichick, Pats scale back plans

As the lockout lingers, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is having to scale back offseason preparations.

"At one point, we had to prepare for the offseason program, and that's not really a part of it now," Belichick said, according to the Boston Herald. "We talked about some kind of minicamp or [organized team activities], but now we just turn our attention to training camp and get our teaching and organization straight there."

Every day that the lockout continues, the coaching staff can install less of the playbook.

"Something's going to have to go, I would think," Belichick said, according to the Herald. "
The progression's got to stay the same, but the breadth of that amount of installation could be subject to being trimmed back, maybe drastically."

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.