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Bill Belichick on The Big Show: ‘I don’t make any tackles or any throws’

01.03.11 at 7:32 pm ET

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots coach Bill Belichick touched on how the importance of preparation is at a new level now that the team is in the postseason.

“I think everybody really needs to understand, veterans, rookies or everybody in between, I think everybody really needs to understand what’s at stake here,” said Belichick, who was coming off his team’s 38-7 win over Miami in the regular-season finale, Sunday. “It’s single-elimination. One bad play, one mistake, and you’re done. That goes for everybody. It doesn’t matter who is one the field. Each and every one of us has to understand that, do our best to be prepared and execute to the absolute top level that we can get to. That will be the message to everybody.”

Asked what kind of effect it might have on preparation if the Patriots were to ultimately face off with former Patriots assistants Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, who both now are with Kansas City, Belichick downplayed the importance of any such familiarity.

“In the end, this is a player’s game,” Belichick said. “The players are the ones who go out on the field and block, and tackle, and run, and catch, and kick, and throw. Those are the guys who make the plays. I don’t make any tackles or any throws, which is a good thing.

“I think the knowledge of the personnel on your team is probably more of an advantage of what the X’s and O’s are since you can get those off film, anyway.”

As for the win over the Dolphins, the coach explained that he believed the game offered a good opportunity for some of the team’s younger receivers, such as Taylor Price, Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate. Regarding Price, Belichick said: “I thought Taylor had an opportunity and did a good job on a couple of patterns. Again, there are some other things he needs to work on,” he said. Later, the coach added, “He had some opportunities and he showed up and he made them.”

Regarding Danny Woodhead, who left the game for good in the first half after what was termed a “head injury,” Belichick said, “The medical staff held him out for a little while, and we saw no point in putting him back in after that.”

Belichick spoke glowingly of rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski, as well as veteran tight end Alge Crumpler. The coach pointed out that while Crumpler was signed in March, well before the Pats knew both Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were going to be available in the draft, the dynamic between the three has “worked out perfectly.” “I don’t think you could ask for a better set-up,” he noted.

Belichick also touched on the perception that he might be participating in more facets of the team without the Patriots having named offensive or defensive coordinators.

“I tried to coach the team the best I could every year I’ve been here and some years that’s been more in one area, or less in another. Sometimes that’s just circumstances or the way it goes. I don’t think it’s anything that’s that calculated. I just try and do the best I can and if there’s an area I feel I can help the team out than that’s where it is,” said Belichick, who gave the example of him helping the coaching of the quarterbacks in 2001 after the passing of then-quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein.

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