Before the game on Sunday, Orthwein talked for a few minutes in his private box. The New England media gathered and heard him say that he still was not planning to move the Patriots, that he had no plans to make any changes in management or the coaching staff, that he still was pursuing the idea of a stadium in downtown Boston. He said a stadium there was possible because his group in St. Louis had put together a similar deal in that city for a stadium that will be finished in 1995.
"What will happen then?" a reporter asked. "If you don't have a team by then for the new stadium, will you move this one?"
"I have no comment on that," said Orthwein. "The more I do, the more speculation takes place."
Eight weeks down. Nine to go.