By: Ian Logue
Here’s Bill Belichick’s postgame press conference transcript following New England’s 31-14 win over the Buccaneers Thursday night.
“I thought we accomplished a few things tonight. One thing we wanted to do was get off to a good start, we definitely didn’t do that last week and I thought we had a little energy – we were able to score, and then get the ball back, score again…so I thought there were some positives there. We still need to be more consistent. We didn’t really have a good second half, turned the ball over, didn’t play very good on defense, had too many penatlies, had some penalties in the second quarter too that stopped us.
We got a good evaluation of our conditioning down here, it was a good warm night, so I think we were able to see a lot of things. We’ve got a lot of work to do, there’s a lot of things we need to sharpen up. But I think we played competitively and we’ve got a few things we can build on here too.
[We’ll] get back out there, we’ve got a good long week this week getting ready for Detroit so we’ll be able to hopefully clean up a few loose ends and continue to take another step in our preparations for the regualr season.
On if he was encouraged by the amount of defensive pressure in the first quarter
“We’ll take a look at it on the film. It looked like we had a little bit, but we had trouble chasing these fast quarterbacks. Looked like we made a few plays”
On the number of times Jerod Mayo blitzed
“I’m not sure how many times he blitzed. Jerod’s a good player. He really does everything pretty well. There’s not a lot of weak points in his game. He’s worked hard on his blitzing, his man coverage, his tackling, his pass defense, his run defense, I mean he works hard at everything. I’m happy for whatever success he has because he works as hard as anybody to earn it.”
On the play of Tom Brady
“I thought he did some good things. We had some other things that weren’t so good. But, Tom did a good job moving the offense, ran the team, I thought we had a good tempo out there. [But] I think there’s some things he’s got to sharpen up on too.”
On Danny Woodhead’s Status
“I saw him in the locker room, he seemed all right. I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes.”
On the fact he seemed animated with his reaction after the play
“I’m just trying to coach our team and get them better’
On his first half animated discussion with Chad Ochocinco
“I’m just trying to coach our team and get them to see if I can get them to play better. Some things we didn’t cover that came up in the game, so just try to do the best I can to help our team improve. We’ve still got a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of work to do, and I have to do a better job too.”
On if he’s concerned with the number of headshots he’s seen so far
“I think you have to talk to the league about all that. They’re the ones that make the rules, and the officials are the ones who call them. All we can do is go out there and play the game.”