Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference vs Lions

Ian Logue
August 28, 2011 at 12:05am ET

Here is the complete transcript of Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference following New England's loss to the Lions Saturday night.


"Well there was no question about who the better team was tonight. I think that obviously I did a poor job of having the team ready to play. We didn't really do anything very well, in any phase of the game, certainly not good enough to win. Lions are a good team, they played well. Jim did a great job with his team and they were a lot more efficient, a lot more ready to play, and played a lot better than our team did. I don't feel very good about the job that I did, don't feel very good about really anything we did tonight. We really weren't competitive and we've obviously got a lot of work to do. I don't think there's any other solution to that than to go back and work harder, and try to correct a lot of mistakes. We need to do everything better. I don't think there's any one area that should be highlighted any more than anything else. I thought we had problems in every phase of the game. We obviously weren't coached very well, and we didn't play very well."

On if there's anything he could chalk it up to:

"I just tried to."

On if there was anything specific he could attribute his team playing so flat:

"I tried to give you the best explanation I could."

On their protection issues:

"We didn't do anything very well. We didn't throw it, didn't catch it, didn't block, didn't tackle, didn't cover, didn't return, so it's a long list. We didn't coach, we didn't do anything very well."

On if they game planned for this one:

"We do what we always do."

On if he had any update on Wes Welker's Injury:


On if he played Brady as much as planned::

"We didn't have any plans."

On if there was anything radically different about this game compared to the first two weeks:

"We played a different team. We didn't play very well against this team."

On if the way they played tonight has any  bearing on the fourth game:

"I don't know it probably does. Yeah, maybe it does."

On his thought on Brandon Tate's performance:

"It's hard to find any big positives out there tonight. I'll have to look at the film, I'm sure that when we look at the film we'll see some things that were done well, probably not very many, but some, and then we'll see a lot of things that weren't done so well. But it would be hard for me to evaluate anybody's performance just standing there trying to watch all 11 of them all at once."

On Dan Connolly's injury:

"I don't know."

On when he made the decision to leave Haynesworth, Vereen, and Dowling back in Foxboro:

"We make the decision on all the players when we know, when we feel like we can make the right decision. Whenever that is, that's when we make it."

On the energy in the stadium:

"It's certainly more than we've seen in the other two games. There was good energy in the stadium tonight, and definitely the Lions gave their fans a lot to cheer about. There was a lot for the fans to be energized here with, their team played very well. They handled us easily, so I'm sure everybody there's excited about their performance and they should be - they did a good job."

On if he noticed a difference with the Lions since their game last Thanksgiving:

"I mean, yeah, there's a lot of differences."

On if he thinks they're better than they were then:

"I'm not making any predictions for about the season, I have no idea. I don't think anybody knows that."

The last question was inaudible, but the answer was "As far as I know".