Unfortunately Channel 4 cut into the press conference late and missed most of Bill Belichick’s opening statement. ¬†Here’s the remainder of the transcript from his meeting with the media following the Patriots’ 30-28 loss to Tampa Bay.

“…We’ve got a lot of work to do, we’re no where close to where we need to be. Hopefully we can close the gap here pretty soon.”

On if tonight’s outcome will have any affect on their preparation this week:

“We’re going to do the best thing we can to help our football team get better just like we always would. We’ll make the same decision making process we always follow. Do whatever we can to get better.”

On his thoughts on if it was tough to watch Brady get hit

“We didn’t do anything offensively except lose yardage and turn the ball over. So yeah, it was tough to watch any of we did offensively, there wasn’t anything. Throw them the ball, can’t make any yards in the running game, third and long all day. ¬†Yeah, it was real hard to watch.”

On his thoughts on Stevan Ridley’s rushing performance

“Some good plays, some not so good.”

(Inaudible – regarding Demps)

“Probably, yeah.”

On the fact Demps did well despite limited preparation:

“Yeah, well he’s got a long way to go.”

On the play of Ryan Mallett:

“I thought he did a good job with the opportunities he had. ¬†That was a good throw he made on 4th and 1 on the comeback. ¬†He made some other good throws on the last two drives. ¬†I mean the game was out of hand at that point, but he did what he could do when he had the opportunity for it.”

On Where he sees the competition between Mallett and Hoyer:

“We haven’t made any decisions.”

On if he was surprised by the lack of cohesion up front on the offensive line:

“I don’t think we did anything very well offensively. ¬†So yeah, I was surprised that we couldn’t do anything.”

On his thoughts defensively against the run:

“We didn’t really make any game changing plays, no turnovers, didn’t put them in long yardage very often, they did what they wanted to do. ¬†Scored 30 points, I don’t think that’s anything to….”

On if Cole showed up at all with his extended playing time

“I mean there was some good things and some…we’ll look at the film.”

On if he feels Brady needs a quarter or two in the next game.

“We’ll worry about next week next week, right now we just got done playing this game.”