Bill Belichick: ‘We came up short in every area’
|12.15.13 at 5:53 pm ET|
Bill Belichick is not one to call out any player or point to a single play to characterize a loss.
But there were several key moments that the Patriots can point to as the reason they came up short in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. And Belichick addressed all of them Sunday.
There was the dropped pass by Danny Amendola at the goal line with 25 seconds remaining that would’ve given the Patriots the AFC East title. There were the passes to Julian Edelman and Michael Hoomanawanui that likewise could’ve have capped another stunning comeback.
Defensively, there was no play that symbolized a day of missed chances than Charles Clay catching his only reception for six yards on 4th-and-5 from the Miami 45 with under three minutes left. If the defense holds, the Patriots likely run out the clock.
‘We had a chance to make a play on a 4th-and-5 and we couldn’t make it,” Belichick said. “Just came up a little bit short on that one.’
On special teams, there was no bigger play than usually reliable Stephen Gostkowski kicking the ball out of bounds on the kickoff after Tom Brady hit Edelman for the go-ahead touchdown. The Dolphins set up shop at their 40 and went on their game-winning drive.
‘We just didn’t make enough plays in any of the three phases of the game to win,” Belichick said. “[We] could have used one or two more plays in each phase of the game.
‘We came up short in every area,” Belichick said. “I mean nothing was really good enough. Yeah, there were some good things, but nothing was really good enough. We’ve just got to do a better job all the way around; offense, defense, special teams, coaching, playing, blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, everything. We’ve just got to do a better job. I don’t think any of it was bad, but it just wasn’t good enough. Or, if they were a little bit better’¦however you want to look at it.’
Here is the rest of Belichick postgame presser:
On the feeling in the locker room by the team after the loss, and his thoughts and what he said to them after the game:
‘As I said, it’s a disappointing game. Close, very competitive, we had our chances, and we just weren’t able to make enough plays in any of the three phases that we needed to make to win. We made some, but it just wasn’t enough.’
On the final offensive play ending in an interception:
‘It looked like he fell off the inside receiver. We had to throw for the endzone. Tom’s going to take a shot at the end zone.’
On the fact they didn’t lack any confidence after what happened the last three weeks:
‘I don’t think the last three weeks have anything to do with this game.’
On the fact they came back from behind in those games:
‘Not against the Dolphins.’
On if he was impressed with Ryan Tannehill’s performance:
‘I thought both teams played hard. [There were] a lot of good plays made by both teams.’
On what happened on the Dolphins game-winning TD:
‘I think we’ll have to go look at it on film. It looked like [Marcus] Thigpen ran an inside route and then returned back out. Good throw, good catch.’
On missing a chance at winning the Division slipped through their hands:
‘We’ll be ready to go next week.’
On if he still feels the top seed is still up for grabs with two games to go:
‘I don’t really know or care anything about that. Just trying to win the game we’re playing that week. This week it’s Baltimore. So that’s all we’re concerned about, I don’t really care about the rest of it. There’s nothing we can do about it.’
On if the timeouts the Dolphins called at the end affected their strategy:
‘Well, anytime there’s a timeout it gives both teams an opportunity to talk about the situation. I’m sure they took them because they wanted to see what formation we were in, or see what the look was, or get the right call, or whatever it was, and when time’s out, then that gives us an opportunity to talk about what we want to do.’