|01.11.10 at 5:22 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that if fans had a problem with the offensive play-calling this past season, they should talk to him.
On his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Belichick was asked how much of the offensive play-calling he was involved in this past season — a year where the Patriots did not utilize a traditional offensive coordinator. The coach was straightforward in his answer.
“Well, ultimately, every play that gets called, I have the final say on,” Belichick said. “So therefore, I’d say if there was any of them that you didn’t like, you should probably hold me accountable for them.”
After offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels became the head coach in Denver last offseason, the Patriots did not name a new coordinator for the 2009 season, leaning on a variety of people to serve in that capacity, including quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien. But Belichick indicated Monday that when it comes to offensive decisions, “the buck stops on my desk.”
“I have the final say on the plays, so ultimately, if the play is a bad play or of its called in the wrong situation or it doesn’t work out right, then I’m the one that’s finally responsible for it,” he said. “I accept that.”
Critics of New England’s offensive performance this past season say the Patriots need a strong offensive coordinator like the days of McDaniels or Charlie Weis. However, speaking at his season-ending press conference Monday morning at Gillette Stadium, Belichick certainly doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to slap a title on someone just to call them offensive coordinator.
“I don’t know — I think what’s important is the process and how things work,” he said when asked if would be interested in giving someone the title. “I’ve never been a big believer in titles. I’ve had them; I haven’t had them. I don’t think that’s an important thing. I think it’s how an operation works, how it functions.”
|01.11.10 at 3:56 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday afternoon. Here are the highlights from the Q&A. (Check The Big Show audio on-demand page later Monday to listen to the entire interview.)
It can never be a good afternoon when they say to you ‘It’s time to go home…’
It’s certainly a disappointing day yesterday, today. Just kind of picking up the pieces.
How do you, when you deal with something like that, do you play it over and over in your head, or do you say, ‘I need to get away from it’ and collect my thoughts for next season?
I think a little bit of both. We play Baltimore next year — we can certainly learn a lot from this game for ourselves and our future preparation while its fresh in our mind. We’ll take a look at that, and then also, take a look at the entire body of work, the 17 regular-season and one postseason game, try to take a look at that. Not just one game, but the whole season and take stock of that as well.
Did Suggs’ grabbing of his finger on the strip sack affect Tom’s throwing mechanics?
I didn’t ask him about that. I’m not sure. I think he was OK. He hit a few passes. I don’t think it was the accuracy as much as it was the overall execution.
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|01.11.10 at 3:32 pm ET|
|01.11.10 at 2:02 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A from Monday morning between Bill Belichick and the media at Gillette Stadium:
BB: All right. Well, as we talked about yesterday, that was definitely a very disappointing end to our season. There really wasn’t much to feel good about in yesterday’s performance all the way around. We’re all accountable for it. It starts with me. We worked long and hard this season and to finish that way is certainly a big disappointment for all of us, everybody involved. I think that on the other hand when you stop and take a look back and reflect on the entire season there were certainly some positives – winning the division. It was a tough division. It was certainly a goal of ours and we reached that one. I thought the way the players handled themselves over the course of the year, we had our ups and downs, but they were very professional. It’s a hard working group. I thought we had a good attitude and a good approach to the things we tried to do. The results weren’t always what we wanted and that’s something that we certainly need to improve on. Yesterday’s game put an exclamation point on that. I’m sure there’s a lot of questions about things in the future and I understand those questions and in all honesty we’re probably asking ourselves some of the ones that you would ask, but right now I don’t think is the time to make those decisions. We’ll go through the process that we usually do, whether it’s scheme, personnel, program, system, how we do things, so forth and so on, take a look at all of it and ultimately try to make the decisions we feel are best for the football team in 2010 and beyond. How that will all go, I really don’t know. Again, that’s a process that we’ll begin shortly. And there are certain timetables along the way for certain decisions to be made and we’ll make those in a timely fashion. But at this point I probably wouldn’t be able to shed too much light on a lot of that speculation going forward because we really need to go through the full process and look at the entire body of work for the entire season before making those kinds of decisions. Based on my experience in the league, I think that’s the best way to do it. It’s tough to see the season end yesterday and be here today, but that’s the reality of NFL playoff football. We’ll have to work hard next year to get to the point we were at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
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|01.11.10 at 1:31 pm ET|
FOXBORO– The Patriots were in Foxboro today cleaning out their lockers and having their year-end meeting. Bill Belichick, Stephen Gostkowski, Adalius Thomas, and Dan Koppen all talked to the media following being eliminated from the playoffs.
|01.11.10 at 1:12 pm ET|
CBS NFL analyst Boomer Esiason dissected the Patriots’ loss to the Ravens during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show. Esiason talked about the lack of intensity from the Patriots, the fact that quarterback Tom Brady has been affected by injuries, the need to have a changing of the guard in the locker room, the idea that the Patriots will need a top-flight wide receiver, and the possibility that Randy Moss might have played his last game in New England.
To listen to the interview, click here. A complete transcript follows:
The only Patriots player who showed up on Sunday was the one who everyone was worried about: Julian Edelman. It looked like the rest of the team didn’t show up.
Well I agree with you. I couldn’t say it any better than that. It was like a bunch of impostors running around in Patriots uniforms. Tom Brady alluded to that after the game yesterday. The disappointment and dismay that Patriot fans are feeling this morning is just — they’re stunned. Most of us who cover the NFL were stunned. We know that the Ravens come with great intensity, we understand the whole Ray Lewis thing, but to not show up and to play the way they did, especially in the first quarter — it’s like they were sleepwalking — was a major disappointment. And I really can’t put my finger on it. I have no idea why they would put themselves in a situation like that.
I don’t know if you were ever a part of a game where a team en masse didn’t show up. But I’m wondering, do you think that it would have been different had they stopped them three and out and Ray Rice’s 83-yard touchdown didn’t happen? Or did that put them in the funk?
I don’t know, but I will tell you one thing — it sure set the tone of the game. The first handoff, to go right up the middle, especially when everyone was lauding the fact that Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork were back in the middle, and then to have that happen. It happened before I even got to sit down to get ready to watch, you know have lunch and get ready to settle in and watch a good football game. So, stunning I think is probably the appropriate word here, guys. So, now it is the morning after, time to pick up the pieces and figure out who should remain with this club and who shouldn’t remain with this club. One thing that was apparent is that this team looked old and it looked slow.
|01.11.10 at 12:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Kicker Steve Gostkowski sounded like a man hopeful to be back in New England next season but very unsure at the same time while center Dan Koppen talked about being disappointment with how the season ended and what it would be like if right guard Stephen Neal retired.
Here’s an audio sample of what they had to say.
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