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Levy talks with Pats

Could Marv Levy be getting the itch? The 74-year-old former Buffalo Bills head coach was in Boston on Monday meeting with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Levy apparently contacted the Patriots about a job, but what that job might be remains unclear. However, Levy has a close relationship with the Krafts, who think highly of the 21-year NFL coaching veteran.

Levy may have been meeting with team officials regarding the vacant head coaching position, a general manager position or possibly to serve as a consultant.

The most likely scenario involves Kraft seeking the advice of a football man with whom he has great respect for in his search for a new coach. But that begs the question of why Levy would come to Boston for that reason rather then simply speak with the Patriots owner via telephone.

Another scenario, but one that appears unlikely, is the combination of Levy as general manager and Bill Belichick, believed to be the team's top head coaching candidate, as coach. According to sources, the two did not get along when Belichick was the Cleveland Browns head coach and Levy was with the Bills. That could mean the Patriots, who are unsure if they will be able to work out a deal with Belichick, could be interested in hiring Levy as the coach until Belichick becomes contractually free from the Jets stranglehold in three seasons.

Levy was Buffalo's head man from 1986 through 1997 and posted a 123-78 record during that time while leading the Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the early '90s.

He is the Bills all-time winningest coach and the 11th winningest coach in NFL history, making a strong case for having him involved in the organization in any capacity.

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