Bill Belichick Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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August 09, 2013 at 11:22pm ET

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Here's what head coach Bill Belichick had to say after the game.  Unfortunately the broadcast cut in late, so a portion of this press conference is ommitted

"...I think we gained a lot of experience.  We've got a long way to go.  I think there was some good things out there, but we'll just have to keep stringing it together here, keep grinding away.  Like I said, we've got a long way to go and I think if we can keep putting together good practices and solid efforts when we get out there on the field that we'll make the kind of progress that we need to make.  It was a good week for us down here, it really was.  Coach Kelly and his staff and the Eagles, we got a lot of good work in this week and definitely we're a better football team than we were 5 days ago."

On the play of the running backs:

"I think we got a lot of production out of our running backs, and actually we got good production out of the receivers, tight ends, quarterbacks, running backs, we were able to get good balance on offense so that's great.  Anytime you can run the ball that helps everything else.  We blocked well, the receivers blocked well, the backs ran well, we had a few good plays."

On his thoughts on Ryan Mallett:

"I thought he did a solid job in there.  I thought all of our quarterbacks were productive.  We got production from a lot of guys.  It's not perfect out there by anybody, we've definitely got things we've got to work on, but I thought we did enough good things to move the ball fairly consistently and be balanced."

On his thoughts on the defense:

"A lot of guys played and again, that's an offense that we practiced against but it's still a tough offense to play against and we got a lot of looks on them, I think that will serve us well when we have to go up against that again.  We learned about how to play some of their option schemes, they have several different ones.  They do a good job, so that was a good experience for us too.  There was a lot of no huddle, a lot of pace, not all, but some and that was good for us too.  We could evaluate our conditioning and also some of our schemes against that type of offense."

On if he was pleased with his pass rush:

"We had our moments.  I mean it wasn' was alright, I wouldn't say it was great."

On LeGarrette Blount:

"Like I said, all of our backs were productive.  We got good production from all of them in the running game.  Some in the passing too, a few screen passes, so I mean all of those guys were able to be productive."

On if Mallett going out changed the timetable of when he was going to bring in Tebow:

"No, I think that worked out about that way.  I think we ran like 40 something plays in the first half so based on the number of plays we ran, then we would have put Tim in the 3rd quarter anyway."

On his thoughts on the read option...

"Well they run a lot of different schemes, but there's some keep, some option, some different dive entry points, so it's a whole offense, it isn't just one play.  They test you in a lot of areas."

Speaking about his own offense [presumably with Tebow] if it's still a work in progress:

"We ran that a couple of times, yeah."

On if he's curious to see how that develops:

"We'll take a look at it."

On his overall thoughts on Tim Tebow's performance tonight:

"Really, I think it's all about the same for everybody.  We did some good things out there, it was far from perfect.  We can all learn from it, we're going to learn from it and we'll all improve it.  I think that's true of myself, the coaches, the players.   I think we played competitively, but we all make mistakes out there and there are things that we can learn from.    We're certainly not in midseason form by any stretch, so we'll just keep working to clean up the things that we can improve on, and there's plenty of those, for all of us.  I'm not singling anybody out, we're all in that boat.  We haven't played a game in six months, this is the first one.  There were some decent things, but there's also plenty of things we need to work on."