Bill Belichick’s Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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November 19, 2013 at 12:15 am ET

Here’s what Bill Belichick had to say following the Patriots loss to Carolina:


“Well it was obviously a tough game, came down to a few plays here and they made a couple more than we did.  We had our chances, we’ve just got to do a better job, came up a little bit short today.  Just have to go back to work and do a little bit better job.”

On what he saw on the final play of the game:

“I saw the same thing you saw.”

On if playing from behind hurt them tonight:

“No, we just didn’t make enough plays.  They made a couple more than we did.  Game came down right to the wire on both ends of the field and we just couldn’t make enough plays.”

On the fact he said earlier this would be a low possession game and if there was any urgency on the sideline about having to take advantage of each one:

“That’s what we always try to do.  We always try to make the most of every possession.”

On if he had to tell Aqib Talib to settle down earlier in the game after his altercation with Steven Smith:

“You know, it was two competitive guys, two good football players.  Guys were both competing.”

On the fact they played a team with a lot to prove in a pretty good atmosphere:

“So what’s the question?”

On how he feels about his team’s performance overall:

“That we came up short.  It wasn’t good enough.  We just came up short.  We have to do a better job.  We just didn’t make enough plays.”

On if he got a sense of what the flag was for on the final play:


On if he had any idea of what the flag was for:

“There was no explanation given to me.”

None whatsoever?

“No.  The officials ran off the field, and I didn’t see anything.  I’ve gone through that before.  The last time I tried asking an official a question about a call, that was the wrong thing to do.  So I have no idea.”

On if he thinks he’s owed an explanation on what it was for:

“Like I’ve said,  we’ve been down that road before.  Didn’t get one tonight, didn’t get one at the Baltimore game.  Guess that’s the way we do it.”

On the fact they ran the ball a lot to start the second half and if that was an adjustment that was made at half time:

“I thought we ran it O.K. in the first half.  Thought we had decent production in the first half running the ball too.  I don’t know, what did we run for in the first half?  Anyone have a stat?  I mean, seemed like we had, I don’t know, 80, 90 yards in the first half?  What did we end up running for, 160?  I don’t know.”

On the fact they had 47 yards rushing at the half:

“We had 47 yards rushing?  And what did we end up with?”

107 yards:

“I mean, I thought we were balanced.  We got sacked out of field goal range, we fumbled, and we got a personal foul penalty.  So those hurt our three drives in the first half.”

On if he got any official notification on the flag in the endzone being picked up:

“I saw what you saw Tom [Curran].”

On if he thought it was uncatchable, or anything like that:

“I can’t answer that question.”

On if he’s curious and if he’ll follow up with the league:

“Sure.  It was the last play of the game, I don’t know what happened.  There was a flag thrown, and then the game was over.  I don’t know.”

On the return of Shane Vereen:

“He was in in some passing groupings.  Thought he did some good things.  Obviously missed some time and there’s some things he’s got to work on.  We weren’t as consistent as we needed to be in the game, overall, in any phase.  But it was good to have him back.”

On the absence of Ridley:

“What about him?”

On why Ridley didn’t carry the ball after the fumble until later in the game:

“Because all three of our backs contributed.  We got production from all three of our backs.”

(Someone coming in late) On if he got an explanation from the officials after the game:

“Yeah, that’s the fourth time on that.”

On how big an issue Carolina’s speed was:

“I don’t know.  I mean every team in the league has fast receivers. They have good receivers.  We’re going to see good receivers next week, we saw good receivers last week against Pittsburgh.  I mean, there’s good receivers every week.”


    It would have been a lot shorter to just say WAAAAAAAA
    There was no penalty warranted on the final play the ball was way underthrown and the contact was at the same time as the catch was made. The Pats get all the gimme calls and this year they finally aren’t getting the gimme calls

  • James W McCarthy

    Was Bill whining ? Btw, thanks for that SuperBowl win. Congrats on giving NE their 3rd loss this year. Former head of officials said it was a catchable ball, and a blown call…..but I’m sure you know more

  • mattpaul

    Gronk was literally pushed back 10 yards as he was about to go for the ball — it was a clear interference call –the refs BLEW it big time — another BAD call – the Jets call was another chicken sh – t call

    The League likely told the refs to err on the side of Carolina at home on Monday — The NFL is trying to market Cam so gate revenues in Carolina go up — it is about the $$ – Not about a clean fair game

  • Cyril Greig

    Sounds like Belichick. Short, simple, to the point answers. He’s not making excuses and I personally don’t see why he would. It might’ve been a bad call, maybe not. But either way they could’ve played better and they made mistakes. That final call was the icing on the cake. I don’t see why some people seem to feel that he should be in an uproar. He never really is, he’s just stating facts. As a Pats fan I am disappointed in the call and game turnout, but you can always do better and this was definitely one of those games.

  • Ashley Whitman

    And the Pats never get any calls their way ever? Please. Gronk was severely underthrown, even if he wasn’t touched there’s no way he makes that catch as he would have had to come back 5 or 6 yds to be closer to the ball. The guy intercepted it, game over. Pats had plenty of chances throughout the game and blew it…the fumble, the 3rd and 1 not converted. Gronk even said you have to play all 4 quarters. They didn’t.

  • jorednh

    Gronk was CLEARLY Blocked out of the play (Rubbed by the defender) and it should have been a penalty. look:

  • Butkuslg

    OK, so if it wasn’t pass interference, then it was Illegal Contact!. You aren’t allowed to touch a receiver after 5 yards. Should have been called, 5 yard penalty and automatic first down, which would have given NE one last shot. Oh BTW, I am a NY Giants fan. I just want the officials to get it right.
    So if it isn’t pass interference, then it has to be illegal contact, or holding. You just can’t grab/wrap up a receiver like that in the end zone. Plain and simple.

  • Stoney

    It would still be illegal contact. You can’t touch a receiver after 5 yards.

  • Cowboy

    It looks like if you are not a Pats fan it was not interference To me not a fan of either team it was interference,come on people what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong call the game right.

  • George Jimenez

    I don’t necessarily agree with the refs on the call, though the overall contention was that the pass was un-catchable for Gronk anyway… Well then why did that pass defender find it necessary to come between Gronk and the pass trajectory, or even push him back? (I didn’t see the Gronk arrogantly wave that big index finger in anyone’s face last night… I loved it). But I at least feel that especially had no one been around, Gronk would have had a shot at it. But I guess one really could make an argument either way. Meanwhile, like Belichick says, the Patriots really should have played better to avoid that situation completely…

    Next week you’ve got my Broncos… I don’t think Brady looked as smooth as Manning has been looking. Your defense still scares me. But I don’t think they’re as tough as Kansas Cities “D.” I think that Bronco “O” can and will handle them. But can that Bronco “D” put sufficient pressure on Brady and especially at Foxbourough? …Derek Wolfe and Unrein have been popping, Ayers and Jackson have been popping, Vickerson & Knighton can be most frightening… That Denver “D” has been looking good in that 3-4 defensive set-up… Yeah, I think that Denver D is fully capable and I think the offensive lineman will do a good job of protecting Manning.

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  • theean

    It was a 60 minute game, not a 3 second game.
    You lost the 59:57 game.

  • Tom Howie

    It was a terrible call, but the last 2 people that I would ever have sympathy for is the cheater and his QB.

  • GoBills!!

    fo sure, the cheater & his QB!!!

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  • GoBills!!

    But, the broncos are playing on the road, in the cheaters stadium, good luck with that. now having said that, the refs will feel like Coach Belicheat got screwed last Sunday & will be looking to cut those Patriots some slack, and there fore I’ll be picking the Patriots!!! errgggg

  • George Jimenez

    The Broncos have been cheated before… They lost to the Patriots last season and still had first seed in the playoffs. Though that Patriot defense still scares me, I already feel the Broncos can defeat New England under most circumstances… Besides, the Broncos may just roll right over New England even at Foxbourough. And after that the Patriots still have to play Houston, Cleveland, Miami, Baltimore, and the Bills. All of those teams are fully capable of being spoilers. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

  • Stoney

    Intelligent comment, you have fully explained the whole situation.

  • George Jimenez

    Well, I actually appreciate your sentiment and though I may be naive, the Broncos really must roll over the Patriots… However, even if they lose, they’ll still have a better record than New England and the Colts. However, I tend to think Manning has a better chance of scoring big against the Patriots even in New England than he had of scoring big against the Chiefs even in Denver. For example, New England’s secondary has a reputation for being very tenacious, but Kam Newton picked through them. I personally believe that KC’s defense is more intricate and tenacious than New England’s defense and amazingly because their hidden strength may actually be in their secondary. Manning was able to peer and cut through that KC secondary and I think he’ll have an even better chance in New England. Meanwhile, Denver’s defense must ignite and I believe they will. Von Miller may have created a monster in Derek Wolfe. Even in the most dire of circumstances Vickerson and Knighton can be very frightening. I fully expect much action from Ayers, Jackson, and Phillips… Meanwhile, Denver’s linebackers always deliver… I don’t see their secondary as being blown out either, while Del Rio will be concentrating on fixing some dangerous mistakes or patterns this week. I really like Del Rio… He is a very strategic coach.