PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK CONFERENCE CALL
Q: What did you see from Jon Bostic, Jerod Mayo and Jonathan Freeny in last week’s game?
BB: I think they all helped us. They kind of divided up some roles a little bit and some playing time. Jonathan Freeny and Bostic have both really played a big role for us in the kicking game. Jerod has a lot of experience. There were a number of things involved in the game relative to checks and adjustments and [Eli] Manning doing a lot of check-with-me at the line of scrimmage. We felt like all those guys gave us different strengths and also being able to spread out the load a little bit relative to defense and special teams.
Q: When preparing for a division opponent the second time, what tapes do you find most valuable – your previous games against them or their games after your first matchup?
BB: I think there is value in everything and it kind of depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to see how a player like [Leodis] McKelvin, what they’ve done with him and how it’s a new coaching staff and his role is a little bit different than what it’s been in the past, and some of that is a function I would say of the other players they have – [Ronald] Darby and [Stephon] Gilmore – and what they do, so if you’re looking for McKelvin you’ve got to look at the last two games. You’re not going to see anything in our game for him, but our game definitely shows some matchups and some of the things and how Buffalo adjusted to certain things that we did, so I think really it all has some significance and again it sort of depends on what you’re looking for. Probably if you could only watch one game it would probably be our game because that’s a lot of them and a lot of us, but there are things in that game that probably won’t have a lot of application this week, so you have to kind of filter those out of it.
Q: What are you expecting from the Bills defense this week?
BB: I think that there are certainly a number of examples of Buffalo doing a lot of different things. There are plenty of examples of them blitzing, there are plenty of examples of them with a three-man rush, so I think you’ve got to be ready for everybody to come or three guys to come and everywhere in between. They mix it up, even in any given game, there may be more or a higher or lesser frequency of one or the other, so you’ve just got to be ready and that’s historically the way it’s been playing against [Rex] Ryan. He’s mixed it up and sometimes it’s been more of one thing or other games more of another against us and against other common opponents, so I think we’ve just got to be ready for all that. [Corbin] Bryant has been playing a lot for [Kyle] Williams. They’ve also rotated those other guys in there, too – [Stefan] Charles, [Alex] Carrington, and sometimes when they bring IK [Enemkpali] in there they will kick a defensive end inside, so there have been some snaps of [Mario] Williams inside – Big M – and [Jerry] Hughes. He doesn’t usually play inside on the line of scrimmage but sometimes he kind of floats around behind the ball, kind of on the second level where the linebackers are, and has blitzed from there or rushed from there. I’d say they’ve used a combination of guys there for Kyle Williams.