I asked both Matt Patricia and Lovie Smith about this prospect by phone today. Here were their responses: Patricia: "Coach Belichick hasn't said anything at all to me about replacing me with someone else. Besides, I'm not in the habit of responding to speculation on Internet message boards." Smith: "No, I'm not interested in working as defensive coordinator for the Patriots. They have a coordinator, as far as I am aware, and Bill Belichick's system is much different from what I would install. Besides, I have feelers out for some of the other head coaching vacancies, including Buffalo. Please, don't ever bother me again for reaction to lame-brain fan speculation on the Internet. I'm sure Romeo Crennel would have the same reaction. Idiots."