Bill Belichick Postgame Q&A

Posted on August 25, 2007 
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Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of Bill Belichick’s postgame chat with the media after tonight’s preseason win over Carolina:

BB: I thought we played a little more competitively this week. I thought we did a decent job of running the ball and a decent job defending the run. We still left some plays out there on the field that we’d like to have made. But I thought overall the team had a good week of practice, probably our best week of practice. That was probably our best game played that we’ve played so far this year. Hopefully we can correlate that going forward. Carolina showed their big play ability, they got right back in the game there before the half and fortunately we were able to kind of regroup a little bit there at halftime. We went to a two-minute drive there to start the third quarter just to get our guys some work on that because we didn’t have one at the end of the half. So that was a nice, successful drive. Donté [Stallworth] made a nice play to get the ball down the field. So that was a good series for us. Right now it’s back to work. We have the Giants coming up. We took one step tonight and we need to take another one this week against the Giants and get ready for the regular season.

Q: With all that’s been on [Tom] Brady’s plate, were you surprised at how cool he was?
BB: I thought Tom did a nice job. I thought he handled some adjustments well. Carolina blitzed him a little bit. I think he did a good job of handling that and he threw the ball fairly well.

Q: What was the thinking on going for it on that fourth down play?
BB: Just to try to put our team in a pressure situation, see how we could do running the ball. We knew we were going to run it in that situation. There was a lot of field position at stake, but I think that was kind of indicative of the night. We blocked well, we made it by a couple of yards. Laurence [Maroney] made a good run and we had good blocking. We’re trying to set a little bit of a tempo and a tone for ourselves in terms of the running game.

Q: Can you talk about the two blocked field goals?
BB: We got a really good surge up the middle. It looked like Vince [Wilfork] got both of them, but it’s a team effort. It’s not just one guy. It’s two or three guys pushing and it’s hard to see. There’s a big wad of bodies there. It’s hard to tell exactly what happened, but I know we got a good push. The linebackers are pushing those guys inside. Vince got off on the ball. It was two big plays.

Q: How did you think Laurence looked his first game back?
BB: I think he did some things all right. It was his first game. He has a long way to go. I thought there were some things that were okay. There were other things that could have been better.

Q: You opened with nine straight running plays. Was that scripted?
BB: Absolutely.

Q: A couple more misses by Stephen Gostkowski. Are you concerned at all?
BB: There’s a lot of things that we could do better out there. Like I said, it was far from a perfect game. There’s a lot of things we need to do better in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams. I’m glad we didn’t turn the ball over offensively, but we had penalties down in the red area, we missed some plays in the kicking game, we gave up a long touchdown pass. We still have a lot of stuff to work on.

Q: You gave Mike Richardson some run earlier than he has been accustomed to in games. Is he coming on a little bit as of late in camp? Did you just want to get a better look at him?
BB: Mike has been playing outside. We worked him inside a little bit this week, so we just wanted to just take a look at that in the game and see how that looked. Some things were okay. Other things could have been better.

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