Bill Belichick on The Big Show: ‘It’s good to be 12-2′
|12.20.10 at 5:00 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show for his regular Monday visit and while he feels there were a number of things the Patriots could have done better in their 31-27 win over the Packers, he’s obviously happy with the overall result. “It’s good to be 12-2,” Belichick said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we know that, but it’s good to be 12-2.”
The coach was asked if his team had lost its edge after five straight wins that had many pundits declaring them the favorites for the Super Bowl. “It’s hard to tell what’s in 53 players’ minds,” he said. “All I know is, we’ve just got to do a better job. We’ve got to play better than what we played last night. I know we’re capable of that. It was good enough to win and that’s great and we’re happy to be 12-2, but I know we can do better than that.”
Here are more highlights from the interview:
On Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, subbing for Aaron Rodgers:
We were confident that Flynn would run the offense pretty much the way Rodgers ran it. I would say for the most part that was true. Our practice week was probably a little up and down, probably about like the way we played. We had plenty of film on him. I don’t think that was really an issue. It was more about our execution, things we feel like have done all year, have done in practice and then things came up in the game that should have been done one way and for whatever reason weren’t. We need to correct those things.
On Green Bay’s running game:
They were hitting us with some four, five yarders and when you’re getting that kind of production running the ball, you can expect to see more of that. We made a couple of plays. [Pat] Chung made a big play on a toss, so we had a couple of negative plays that seemed to slow them down after that. Maybe we should have gotten those a little bit sooner. If we had played some of those runs a little better, a little more consistently up front my guess is we probably would have seen fewer of them.
On Sebastian Vollmer’s play against Clay Matthews:
Sebastian did an excellent job on Clay. It was an outstanding job by Sebastian. That was a game-ball type of performance.
On Vince Wilfork:
Vince is a very explosive player. He can certainly change the line of scrimmage. He plays with excellent technique, uses his hands, and is a strong tackler, a good pass rusher. He played a lot of plays last night, thought he played really well. I thought it was a really outstanding performance.
On Devin McCourty:
He played very well. That was a big sack for us that contributed to a three-and-out. He played well on the goal-line tackle. He had a couple of deep balls that were thrown his way that he defended well, so once again, he did a good job for us.
On whether the onside kick Green Bay used to open the game was a surprise:
We talked about it, sure. It wasn’t unusual for them to do that. We’ve seen them do those things before. It was a good kick. He kicked it right down the line, kicked it hard, and the ball got outside. They made a good play on it. Obviously, we’ve got to defend it better, but it was well-executed on their part. Not a total surprise, but again we’ve got to be prepared for that. We’ve got to be prepared for it this week against Buffalo. Buffalo’s done it two years in a row.
On Dane Fletcher:
Dane’s a kid that’s really come on over the course of the year both in the kicking game and defensively. It seems like each week he gets a little bit better with more experience and being able to do things, not in games, but practices. For a guy who played down his whole career in college, to be able to play on his feet and play in college and do all those things, it’s kind of reminiscent of [Tedy] Bruschi’s conversion from being a down player to an inside linebacker.
On next week’s opponent, the Buffalo Bills:
They’re a good football team. They’re good in the kicking game. [C.J.] Spiller has given them big plays in the return game. He had another one against Miami. They’re fast, they’re aggressive on defense. Offensively, they have very good skill players. [Ryan] Fitzpatrick is playing well, they have good receivers. Spiller, [Fred] Jackson, they’re tough.
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