Bill Belichick Q&A, 1/27

Posted on January 28, 2008 
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Here’s a look at Head Coach Bill Belichick’s Q&A with the media this evening after the Patriots landed in Arizona:

(opening comments) “On behalf of the organization it’s a privilege to be here playing in the Super Bowl and representing the AFC. We certainly have a lot of respect for the Giants. It’s an organization that I have quite a bit of history with and have a lot of respect for those people — John Mara, Jerry (Reese), Tom (Coughlin), the job they have done and the football team they have. I certainly have fond memories from the years that I was there but for this week we will turn the page and it should be a great competition on Sunday. We have obviously seen them in the postseason games and the last regular season game. They are an outstanding team and do a lot of things well. We have a lot to get ready for. We know we are going tave to play our best game Sunday to be competitive with them. We’re looking forward to getting going down here. We had a good week of work in Foxboro. I don’t know whether the weather is that much better, but whatever it is, we’ll deal with it, but we’re happy to be here and it’s a privilege to represent the AFC.”

(on pacing his players this week so they peak at the right time) “That’s a good question. It’s something that you kind of have to get a feel for. You don’t want to leave it on the field during the week, but at the same time, you don’t want to be running around the day before the game having a lot of questions on ‘what are we going to do on this and what are we going to do on that?’ You just try to pace yourself through it both physically and mentally, keep everybody fresh, but at the same time keep new challenges coming at them on a daily basis so that its just not review, review, review. We’re trying to keep a little bit of interest and some newness in what we do on a daily basis. It’s not that easy to do really. We have a lot more time than we normally have during the week to prepare so we have to try to figure out what’s the best way to present that material and pace ourselves through it.”

(on Tom Brady’s physical condition and the practice schedule planned for him this week) “We’ll update our injury report on Wednesday when we are required to do it by the League.”

(on the rally at Gillette Stadium Sunday and the emotions when the plane touched down) “The emotions were that we were surprised that it was raining. It wasn’t in the forecast. It was a great morning. That whole lower bowl halfway around the field was pretty much filled. There was a light snow so it was a little bit of a romantic setting there. It was a snow like we have had in some of our games, a little chill in the air and a great enthusiastic crowd. I got to the stadium several hours before the rally started and people were already starting to arrive. It was a great sendoff and we certainly appreciate their support. They have been awesome all year, every year. We’re proud to have them as our fans and hope that we can represent them well this week.”

(on how much he disdains meeting with the media every day) “Not at all. I think you have a job to do and you are our connection between our football team, our fans, and the people who have an interest in the game. I respect the job that you do and hope that you respect the job I do. I understand that sometimes I can’t give you everything that you are looking for, but I do know that this is the conduit of information from the team to the fans and the fans are what drive the game. I’m all for it. Nobody is more in favor of this game than I am.”

(on if he prefers to have played a team earlier or not in his preparation) “We really don’t give it too much thought. During the course of the year we have both of those situations. Sometimes there are teams we haven’t played and there are other teams we have like in the division or maybe in preseason like the Giants. We played them in preseason and later in the regular season. Every game has its own challenges, its own special circumstances – the players that are available, the situations that the teams are in for the previous games that have been played, and so forth. Even if we played a team before some of the matchups are the same, a lot of times the game goes a lot differently than it did the previous time the teams played. We look at it independently and whatever it is, we deal with it. It’s the same for both teams.”

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