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The Patriots open their season Sept. 12 at home against Cincinnati and a pair of loudmouth wide receivers _ Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

Their second opponent? The Jets in New York.

Ryan and the Jets talked a lot before last season’s second game, also against the Patriots.

“Talk is cheap,” Brady said then, but the Jets backed it up with a 16-9 win.

After becoming coach, Ryan said he didn’t go to New York “to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.”

Then Belichick was asked if anyone had ever done that.

“Uh,” he said, “I don’t think so.”

Belichick said Monday he hasn’t watched “Hard Knocks,” produced in conjunction with NFL Films, and doesn’t know what day it’s on.

Then he took the non-controversial route by saying, “I think anything that NFL Films does is probably worth watching. Nobody does it better than they do in terms of making things interesting, making football interesting.”

Few people make things more boring or secretive than Belichick. So don’t expect him to invite cameras and microphones into the Patriots coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and practice fields for a future “Hard Knocks” series.

“I don’t think that’s a possibility,” linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said with a smile after shaking his head. “We don’t allow that.”

There might be one circumstance where it could happen.

At least according to Brady.

“It may have to be his final season of coaching,” he said on WEEI. “If you ever hear that he’s allowed that to happen, I wouldn’t think there’d be another year after that. He hasn’t told me. Believe me, I have no inside information on that.

“But I think coach Belichick has worked pretty hard over the years to run his practices the right way, his meetings the right way, and I don’t think he really wants to give that information away.”

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