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Bill Belichick: ‘That certainly wasn’t a very competitive performance’

08.22.13 at 11:49 pm ET
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After watching his team get demolished by the Lions, 40-9, Thursday night in the third preseason game, Bill Belichick said there was nothing positive he could take from the effort at Ford Field.

He pointed to the four first-half turnovers in the Patriots’ first five possessions that doomed any potential momentum from the first-team offense.

“They really handled us in every phase of the game,” Belichick said in his opening statement. “We really weren’€™t very competitive in anything. We got thoroughly outplayed and outcoached and they just did everything better than we did. Obviously when you turn the ball over four times in the first quarter, that will knock you out of most any game, and it practically knocked us out of this one.

“We couldn’€™t ever make a stop in the second half defensively to ever really make it competitive, even though we had a couple of decent drives offensively. But when you can’€™t stop them on defense, then we couldn’€™t get back in the game. Couldn’€™t score on offense, so it’€™s a bad combination. Too many negative plays. Just too many bad plays in all phases of the game. We’€™ve got a lot of work to do, and that certainly wasn’€™t a very competitive performance tonight.’€

Did Belichick think the four turnovers, three fumbles and a Tom Brady interception, were uncharacteristic?

‘€œLook, anytime you turn the ball over four times, your chances of winning in this league are not very good,” Belichick said. “And when you do it in the first quarter, on the road, I’€™m sure they’€™re even less. Doesn’€™t really make any difference what happened in any other game, or any other week. ‘€¦ I mean, it doesn’€™t matter. What happened tonight is what happened tonight. We turned it over, we put ourselves in a hole, and we got beat.’€

Here is the rest of Belichick’s postgame press conference:

On the pressure Detroit’€™s defensive line put on New England’s offensive line:

BB: They did everything well. They did everything well, they did well in all three phases of the game.

If defense facing sudden changes of possession in the first half was helpful facing those scenarios:

BB: I thought we played competitively on defense in the first half, not in the second half. We never could stop them in the second half, so.

Whether practicing with different situations was a positive:

Yeah, I guess you could say that.

On why Tom Brady and the offense didn’€™t start the second half after playing 44 snaps in the first half:

BB: I said last week when we talked about it that we would evaluate the game situation. I mean, we played a lot of plays in the first half.

On why the Patriots only played two quarterbacks and not Tim Tebow:

BB: Because we played two quarterbacks.

On whether he felt there was an area that he considered a positive:

BB: Nope, nope. We need to work on everything.

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