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Bits from Bill Belichick: Coach talks about bye week, special teams and Black Monday for NFL coaches

01.03.11 at 12:40 pm ET
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Bill Belichick just wrapped up a quick conference call with the media. He started his opening statement by saying, “After last night, we were 14-2. This morning, we’re 0-0,” while discussing a variety of topics. Here are a few quick highlights:

On how they’ll spend their next few days: “We’re going to spend these next few days working on things that we feel like we need to work on; regardless of who we play, there are certainly a lot of things we can improve on and do a better job with technique-wise and assignment-wise and our overall execution. We’ll do our preparation on the three teams that we can possibly play, but we won’t know which one that is until after this weekend’s games. Until we can specifically tailor those improvements and adjustments an corrections to a particular team, we’ll just have to do it on a generic basis to try and help ourselves get better for whoever that next opponent happens to be.”

On the special teams in general on Sunday, and specifically, the blocking on Julian Edelman’s punt return: “I thought overall, it was inconsistent. I thought we covered well, other than the last kickoff where we let them bounce outside to the 40-yard line. The return game was inconsistent, kickoff return, we only had one chance, but it wasn’t very good. Our punt return, we hit a big play there, but I didn’t think it was great blocking. It was OK ‘€” Julian did a good job making a couple of guys miss, but we didn’t exactly have them all blocked, so … I think there’s still some room for improvement. Our field goal protection and all that operation was fair. Wasn’t anything great. There are still a lot of things we can work on.”

On Taylor Price’s first game action of the season: “I thought he did some good things. Just really his first chance to play since preseason. I thought he did some good things. He caught the ball inside, caught it in some traffic. I thought it could have been better, but I think he showed up and made some positive plays for us.”

On the performance of Brian Hoyer: “Some good things, some things he could have done better. … The first half was a much shorter time — he was only in for a handful of plays. The second half he had an opportunity to play more. But I’d say overall it’s true for the whole game. He did a lot of good things, he handled himself and the team well in a lot of situations. There’s a a couple of things he could definitely do better. I’m sure he’s aware of some of those. Others are more subtle, and we’ll point those out to him. No different than any other player, really.”

On how today is a tough day in the NFL as some coaches will be getting fired: “I think unfortunately that’s the way it is in the National Football League. A lot of coaches didn’t even make it through the season. One year, they’re in the Super Bowl, the next year, you’re out of a job. We’ve seen that over the last five, six years. A lot of great coaches getting fired at the end of the season A lot of guys not in football that, when you start to look at Super Bowl coaches and Super Bowl champion coaches and coaches with outstanding records and multiple division championships and so forth, that aren’t coaching a team at the end of the year, you can put together a pretty impressive list. I think that’s kind of the nature of the National Football League right now. It’s an unfortunate commentary, but you’ll have to ask the people who are doing the hiring and firing about that.”

On Danny Woodhead’s injury, and if it’s too early to tell if his injury will keep him out of the playoffs: “Well, like we always do, we’ll bring the players in ‘€” they’ll be in on Wednesday ‘€” and we’ll go from there.”

Read More: Bill Belichick, Brian Hoyer, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman
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