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Bill Belichick on Big Show: Looking back the Jets

09.20.10 at 8:24 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show to break down the loss to the Jets.

Here’s a transcription of his conversation.

[To hear the audio, visit The Big Show audio on demand page.]

How dismayed were you in that you played well in the first half but seemed to leave a lot of points out there on the field?

Well, I didn’€™t think it was a great first half, thought it was okay. Overall we just need to do a better job’€¦ We need to coach better, we need to play better, just need to execute things better. That’€™s really about all there is to it. It kind of transcends everything – all the first, second, third, fourth downs, offense, defense, special teams, you name it – we just need to do a better job, that’€™s all.

A lot of the players talked about fighting through adversity, and players talked about ‘€˜we didn’€™t do a good job fighting through adversity.’€™ Do you believe that that was a bigger problem with the execution of what they were supposed to do in the game plan out there?

I don’€™t know, it might be related or it might be a little bit of each, I don’€™t know. But bottom line is we just have to play and perform better – coaches, players, all of us ‘€“ we just have to do a better job, that’€™s all.

And did film reveal anything that might not be obvious to us yesterday?

Well, you see more little things when you go through the film. You just see more little details ‘€“ some good, some that need to be improved and corrected ‘€“ but I think you just get more of an appreciation for all the little things that happened than just the more obvious ones that stood out.

What happened on the third-and-one play in the third quarter that ended with a 39-yard gain?

Well, that was a short yardage play, and I think any time you’€™re in a short yardage situation you have certain guys who are assigned to stop the run and other guys who are responsible for the deep part of the field. You never want to give up a long pass or a run on that situation. But on that situation, secondary people, that’€™s what they’€™re responsible for. We just as a unit got caught out of position. [Mark] Sanchez rolled out and had some time outside the pocket. Again it just wasn’€™t played very well on our part and was a good play for them.

What happened to the delay of game on the field goal attempt?

Again, we just need to do a better job of executing the play. We didn’€™t get it done so we’€™ve just got to coach it better and play it better, and got to get it off before time goes off, simple as that. We just didn’€™t do it. We just have to coach better and play better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Belichick on Big Show: Breaking down Buffalo

09.20.10 at 7:03 pm ET
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Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his weekly visit and in Part II of their conversation, the coach talked about the Patriots matchup with Buffalo Sunday.

[To hear the complete interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page]

Here are some highlights:

On Buffalo’€™s Ryan Fitzpatrick who was just named the starting quarterback

We’€™ve seen him in the past. Smart guy, good arm, athletic. Seems like his team has a lot of confidence in him. Seems like he handles his team well on the field.

On whether a team can get a spark from replacing its QB

Sometimes there’€™s something to be said for telling your team, this is who our starting quarterback is this week and take whatever doubt or conversations or opinions or whatever on your team, just take that out of it.

That can solidify things on your team. That can be a positive thing when you tell everyone, ‘€˜This is our guy.’€™

Who are their playmakers on offense?

Lee Evans of course. He’€™s their home run hitter. They’€™ve got three good backs with [Fred] Jackson, [Marshawn] Lynch and [C.J.] Spiller. [Roscoe] Parrish is their returner, receiver, very elusive and hard to tackle. They’€™ve got a really good group of skill players.

What’€™s your scouting report on CJ Spiller?

Good returner, fast guy. Very good in space and open field. Decent power, not a real power runner, but he runs hard, breaks tackles and is a very athletic. Everybody has to be at the point of attack even if he starts one way he can come to the other side and turn nothing into something in a hurry.

On Buffalo coach Chan Gailey

His last year in Kansas City he ran a lot of the ‘€˜Pistol’€™ offense with [Tyler] Thigpen. In the opening game last week against Miami, Buffalo ran that Pistol offense and kind of sprang that on Miami. So, he’€™s got some variations and variety with what he does offensively. He’ll throw some wrinkles at you.

On Buffalo’€™s special teams

They’€™re very good in the kicking game. They always have been. That will be a big point of emphasis for us this week. It is really week. Scott O’€™Brien does an excellent job preparing the players. We’€™ve had good production in the kicking game. Not perfect, but good. That will be a big emphasis this week.

On Stephen Gostkowski‘€™s missed field goal

Every time we send that team out there it’€™s to score points. If we don’€™t score, no one’€™s happy. We have to do a better job of converting those scoring opportunities. It’€™s a team thing. Certainly a lot of that falls on his shoulders as the kicker, but it’€™s a team thing in terms of timing and protection and so forth.

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Patriots holding breath on Faulk

09.20.10 at 5:48 pm ET
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FOXBORO — These are tense times for the Patriots.

Not that losing 28-14 to the hated Jets on Sunday on the road was the end of their season. But losing the most versatile running back in franchise history would be another thing altogether.

Yes, Kevin Faulk is 34 but he is still the guy the team and Tom Brady look to on key third-down plays. And as much as this team has struggled with third down conversions at key points of games since Brady came back at the start of 2009, losing Faulk would be crushing.

So, while the team was reflecting on Sunday’s game film, Faulk was getting his knee checked out by the team’s medical staff and having tests run to see how he is doing.

“They’re doing some tests on Kevin and we’ll know more when they tell us,” Belichick said during his Monday afternoon briefing with reporters.

Faulk eventually walked off under his own power after being knocked out of bounds by Jets cornerback Drew Coleman in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Faulk remained on the ground for an extended period before heading to the bench and did not return to the game.

The team, and the rest of New England, is holding its breath just hoping that Faulk returns sooner rather than later.

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Belichick: Let’s ‘see what they do about’ cheap shot

09.20.10 at 5:32 pm ET
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[Click here to listen to Belichick talk about Eric Smith's shot to Wes Welker's head in Sunday's game.]

FOXBORO — If you were watching Sunday’s game and saw Wes Welker literally get his bell rung on a cheap shot to the head by Jets safety Eric Smith in the first quarter, you weren’t alone.

Bill Belichick had a view of it, too. And CBS cameras caught the normally mild-mannered head caoch vehemently arguing with an official on the sidelines.

“I just asked them about the call and what they saw,” added Belichick, who stopped just short of asking the league for an additional penalty to be levied against Smith.

Belichick reacted Monday to the first-half head shot that forced the Patriots receiver from the game and wound up in him being sent to the sideline to have his head examined by the team’s medical staff.

“I think we both kind of saw the same thing,” Belichick said of his heated discussion with the side judge moments after the play. “They threw a flag on it. I don’t think that’s really what the league is looking for, are those kind of plays. I can’t imagine they are. See what they want to do about it.”

What makes this all the more alarming to the Patriots is that Jets coach Rex Ryan said in the days leading up to the game that a big part of their strategy in containing Welker was pure and simple, “We have to hit him,” Ryan said.

In the next couple of days, the Patriots will find out how hard the league and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hit back.

“It’s their call, not mine,” Belichick said.

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Bills make switch to Fitzpatrick at QB

09.20.10 at 4:59 pm ET
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Well, that didn’€™t take long.

One day after the Bills were crushed by Green Bay to start the season 0-2, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey announced to the media that Trent Edwards will be benched and former Harvard signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start at quarterback Sunday against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

‘€œWe’€™re looking for a spark,’€ Gailey said of his offense.

It has been a brutal start to the season for Edwards and the Buffalo offense. The Bills have scored just 19 points in their first two games of the 2010 season. Meanwhile, Edwards has completed 55.8 percent of his passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Gailey said the move is permanent, and Edwards will serve as the No. 2 quarterback going forward.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Fitzpatrick told reporters after hearing the news. “And it’s obvious we have a lot of work to do.”

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Quotes from the Patriots locker room, 9/20

09.20.10 at 4:48 pm ET
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Thanks to the Patriots’€™ PR staff, here are some quotes of note from the Patriots locker room this afternoon:

Brandon Meriweather, Safety
(On what went wrong on Sunday against the Jets’€¦)

‘€œI thought it was pretty simple. They made more plays than we did. It’€™s not that complicated.’€

(On how the Jets made second-half adjustments in the flow of the game’€¦)
‘€œI don’€™t think they made many adjustments. They came out and did pretty much the same thing, maybe threw one or two wrinkles in there. But other than that, they pretty much did the same thing. They made the plays when it counted.’€

(On how he feels today after suffering the loss yesterday’€¦)
‘€œAnytime you lose, you’€™re upset. I’€™ve always been told, ‘€˜You have to have a short memory.’€™ You can’€™t let things linger on. I’€™m trying to put it past me. Last night was my night to moan and get all the thinking about it out. So now, I’€™m thinking about Buffalo.’€

(On whether or not he is circling the calendar for the next meeting with the Jets’€¦)
‘€œI circle every meeting with everybody, so you can’€™t ask me that question.’€
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Vince Wilfork on D&H: ‘We can’t hit a panic button’

09.20.10 at 1:45 pm ET
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Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday, and he wasn’t shy in expressing his feelings about Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

“This one really pissed me off,” Wilfork said, “because, a division game, we could have easily been 2-0, and now we’re 1-1.”

Following are some highlights. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On the team’s inability to make the big play:

We had some opportunities out there to make the plays, and we just didn’t make the plays. It wasn’t anything they were doing that we didn’t expect they were going to do. We didn’t make the plays when we needed to. When we needed plays, it was like we were searching for someone else to make it instead of taking upon ourself and going out there and getting it. That’s what it is. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to be tuned in. We’ve got to be aggressive. First half we played aggressive, we were out there popping around.

On the defense’s inability to contain the run in the second half, especially when the Patriots were prepared for the Jets’ strategy, which was similar to the Bengals’ approach the previous week.

Cincinnati, they went back to 11 personnel, no-huddle us, and find a running game with our nickel package. Well, I’m thinking the same way. When things don’t go well, what are [the Jets] going to do? Get us in our nickel package, dime package and find a run they can stick with and stick with it. We expected that. We talked about how we wanted to play it. To get out there and just let them run wild, it bothers me. It bothers me.

On the Patriots showing up to play in the face of adversity:

We’re on the road, against one of the best teams, the hottest teams the media’s putting out there. They’re one of the best teams to walk the Earth in the New York Jets, all right? It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be easy. When things start going wrong, we can’t hit a panic button. We can’t hit a panic button. We’ve just got to get back to doing what we were doing in the first half. The first half, we were aggressive, making plays. The second half we came out like somebody does something to us that we don’t even know how to stop, when they basically were running their stuff. We knew exactly what they were going to run. We just couldn’t stop it.

On what the Patriots can do going forward:

We’ve just got to keep preaching, “Hey, look, guys, it’s a long season. When we play games, we’ve got to prepare to win. When things go wrong, let’s regroup. Let’s regroup and come back and do what we need to do.” Anytime we do that, we’re OK. As soon as we hit the panic button, guys start doing this and start doing that, and stop believing in what we’re running and stuff, that’s when you have problems. It’s not going to be easy. We didn’t say it was going to be easy. ‘€¦ We know how tough our division is, we knew it was going to be a rough crowd. We knew all that. We’ve just got to learn how to fight through all that stuff.

On what he wants from this team:

We’ve got to find a way to rally around each other when things are not going [well]. It’s easy to rally around each other when you’re making the plays, you’re having fun and you’re blowing people out. That’s easy. Don’t give me that team. Give me the team that can rally around when things are not going your way, that’s got the fight. I want a team like that. As soon as we get that together, we’ll be OK.

On defensive communication:

This team is made up of a bunch of guys that can play different positions. Gerard [Warren] knows what goes on in the secondary, the secondary should know what goes on up here. … At any given time, anyone can turn to anyone and say, “Hey, what happened on this one?” And they should have an answer. Because we don’t have just one guy that plays a position, we play so many different defenses it’s impossible for you not to know what the guy next to you is doing. It’s impossible. I don’t care if it’s your first year or your 10th year. It’s impossible.

So when you have a question, I think you can turn to anyone on the defense and ask them. Point blank. Jerod [Mayo] can turn to his back up, he can turn to his secondary, and the secondary can do the same thing, they can turn to Jerod and ask the backers, “How did this get like this, what happened here, did he motion?” They can talk among each other.

On the importance of learning from the past and fixing mistakes:

People hurt us on things we’ve been hurt on in the past. If we don’t fix it, for instance, sub runs, that’s sticking with us until we stop it. Third-and-long, guess what, they may run a draw just to see if we stop it because we haven’t shown we can stop those things. Until we can stop those things consistently, we are going to be in for a long, long year.

You’ve got to learn. The mistakes we made this week? We can’t make them next week. We’ve got to show improvement each week. It’s a tough one, because I think we had more opportunity to walk away in that game with a ‘W.’ And we didn’t take advantage of that. You might have a couple of plays in the game. … Those couple of plays, you’ve got to make count, especially against a good team like the Jets. And I don’t think we did that yesterday.

On next week’s game vs. Buffalo:

Point blank, there’s no excuses. We lost. But the good thing is, we can move forward, and we get to see them again. So now, we watch this film, make the corrections, get everybody on the same page, and get ready for Buffalo. Another division game, let’s get ready for these guys and walk away with a ‘W’ this week.

We just have to be more alert there on the field, as a unit. If we do that, we’ll be OK.

On Nick Mangold and the Jets offensive line:

I’ve been saying that since he was a rookie. He’s probably one of the best centers out there. … Nick is one of the tougher guys to play that position. The Jets offensive line is probably one of the toughest lines around. They pride themselves on being tough, on being physical and wanting to run the ball. That’s what they pride themselves on. We knew that. So we knew how we had to meet force with force. At times, we did. At times, we didn’t. The times we didn’t, it hurt us. It really hurt us.

It is what it is. I’m very disappointed. A comeback would’ve helped. But you live and you learn. You move on. We’re going to watch film and put this one behind us and move forward to Buffalo.

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