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The Patriots Have Clarified Bill Belichick's Comment On Andrew Luck

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick crossing his arms during a game.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick left most of us scratching our heads earlier today when he implied he didn't see Andrew Luck's retirement announcement. After some debate on what he meant, the Patriots have clarified the statement.

In the interview, Belichick clearly said "I didn't see that, but I haven't really followed them." However, in the official transcript from the team, the Patriots adjusted the statement to say, "I didn't see that [coming]" - changing the meaning entirely.

It was fairly hard to believe that Belichick would find a way to go an entire weekend without hearing about Luck's retirement. The announcement rocked the entire sports world as the four-time Pro Bowler walked away at age 29.

Short of being completely off the grid for the weekend, he would have inevitably found out from someone before Monday.

Belichick and his Patriots famously beat Luck in the controversial 2014 AFC Championship Game, winning 45-7. They faced Luck on five other occasions, winning all of their matchups.

But the departure of Luck certainly shakes up the AFC playoff picture at least a little bit. The Colts were considered Super Bowl contenders last week, but now they're favorites to finish last in the AFC South.

If nothing else, Luck's departure should make winning a top seed in the AFC a little easier for the Patriots.