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Belichick following loss to Broncos

Belichick following loss to Broncos

Opening Statement

Belichick is moving on to the off season

Belichick is moving on to the off season

“First of all, I want to congratulate Denver on an AFC Championship. They have a good football team. They’re well-coached. They have a lot of good players. They played a bit better than we did today. I’m proud of our guys. They fought right to the very end, like they always do. We just couldn’t quite make enough plays, obviously. It’s disappointing. It was a disappointing result. There were a lot of big plays in the game. Any one of them probably could have made a bit of a difference. I just think we all feel, as coaches, players—it’s such a fine line today between winning and losing that we all could have just done a little bit more and it might have had a different result, but it wasn’t. It’s a crash landing to the end of the season like there usually is in the National Football League.”

On not capitalizing on red zone opportunities
“It’s happened.”

On Denver rushing four players
“They did a good job and we hadn’t run the ball well enough to take them out of much of that. They have a good pass rush. Their coverage was tight. They did a good job. [Broncos Defensive Coordinator] Wade [Phillips] is a great coach. He does a great job and they have good players. Defensively, they’re a really good team. We knew that.” Read
On attempting two fourth down conversions in Denver territory
“It was the score and situation in the game.”

On if he has any regrets on fourth down attempts
“No.”

On K Stephen Gotskowski’s missed extra point
“There are a lot of plays in the game. A lot of big plays in the game. We had a chance at the end. They made they play.”

On if he would reveal his words to Broncos QB Peyton Manning on the field at the end of the game
“No.”

On the defensive performance
“We did a lot of good things, defensively. We gave up two touchdowns on double moves and the field goal at the end of the half. There were good plays and then, you know, a couple of ones that you wish you would have back. We could have made a red-area stop or that field goal at the end of the half. That ended up being a big three points, too, which we didn’t help ourselves on that on offense or the field position with the punts. It was a combination of things. We’ll look, but a lot of guys played well on defense. I’ll have to look at the film and see how it turned out. I think a lot of guys played well. We did a good job in the running game, but that short yardage play—that was another three points. In the end, it just wasn’t quite enough.”

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