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Belichick happy with teams’ and coaches performances

Belichick happy with teams’ and coaches performances

HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK
(Opening Statement)
patriots logoFirst of all, I am really proud of the way the team put in work this week. It was a long week but we had a really good week of preparation. Our team showed up this afternoon. I have a lot of respect for the Saints and what they do. Our team responded well to this week of practice and made some plays early in the game. That was a good thing. A lot of different people contributed. We got a lot of good plays from different areas: offensively, defensively, and (in the) kicking game. Some situational things came up, so I thought we handled things pretty well. (I) Thought that Matt (Patricia) and Josh (McDaniels) did a really good job on the sideline with the communication issues we had during the game. That was challenging but they handled that really well. All things considered, (there) not too many problems. We’re going to turn the page here, look at another good week and get ready to go against the Texans.
(On Tom Brady’s leadership early in the game)
“I think our whole team competed well. I think there’s still a whole lot of things we can do better. I think there are a lot of things we need to work on. I think we are a long way from where we need to be, where we want to be. I think we just need to be working on that. I think we have made some progress all the way across the board, so that is a good thing.”
(On if his communication issues were headset related)
“Communication was difficult.”

(On getting the crowd out of the game early)
“We always try to play well early. Whether we’re home or away, we always try to get off to a fast start. We did things well early in the game so we were able to get that going.”
(On satisfaction with the team today)
“We had a good week of work. We practiced hard. We had a good week of preparation. We came down here, played hard. That is what we needed to do. We still have a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do and we are close to where we need to be. We made progress from last week, so that’s what we want to continue to do going forward.”
(On health of players)
“We’ll do the best with what we have, the best we can.”
(On importance of getting off to a fast start)
“We were able to do that, so it was a good night. We always try to do that. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. We were able to do that today. They turned the ball over, offensively, which is a good thing. We were able to make fourth down stops on defense. Those were key for us. Those aren’t turnovers, but they are (effectively) turnovers.”
(On frustration with communication issues)
“I’m not talking about it. I said what I had to say.”

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