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Patriots vs Bills: Bill Belichick’s PostGame Transcript

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Patriots vs Bills: Bill Belichick’s PostGame Transcript

OPENING STATEMENT:

“Always a hard-fought division game with Buffalo.  But always good to win in the division.  Always good to beat Buffalo.  I don’t think that was our best, think we need to do a better job of coaching, do a better job of playing, but we made enough plays and we got some big plays from special teams, got some big plays defensively, so it was good today and [we] scored enough points. So, we’ll take it and move on to Denver.”

On the fact they needed guys to step up and Danny Amendola and James White did that and with Amendola’s status questionable, who’s next up?:

“Yeah, well, we’ll see what the situation is this week.  I don’t know the answer to those questions yet.   So we’ll see what it is and get ready for Denver.”

On what his understanding was on the inadvertent whistle:

“What they explained out there.”

On if he was surprised, disappointed, upset:

“I mean, it is what it is.  They explained exactly what happened and those are the procedures they follow.  I mean you can send a pool reporter over there and talk to them.  I’m sure they’ll tell you what happened.  I mean, what else is there to do?”

On how he would assess James White’s performance:

“You know, I’ll have to go back and look at it on the film but, he made a nice play on the touchdown run, you know, broke Graham’s tackle there on about the 10-yard line, 8-yard line, whatever it was.  But James has been a dependable player for us, came through with a couple big plays last week against the Giants and had them today.  We need everybody every week and he made some plays for us today.  Again, overall, I’m sure everybody feels like we could have done a better job.  I don’t think anybody was perfect out there.”

On the decision to go for the 54-yard field goal instead of punting in the first half:

“We thought it was O.K. there.  We see plenty of those.”

On the play of his defense in the fourth quarter after it seemed like they were out there for much of the quarter:

“We had some negative plays there.  We had some tackles for a loss in the running game and we gave up a couple long passes where we lost good field position but, in the end, made some stops on 3rd and 4th down, made a big red area stop down there and held them to a field goal with like 4 minutes to go in the game, whatever it was. But defensively, yeah, other than the one touchdown run where we kind of, you know, got out of position.  We held the points down, that’s really what it’s about.”

On the fact they’re down to just two healthy receivers and how that affects play-calling:

“We had to work around it a little bit tonight, yeah.  I mean, we’ll see what it is going forward, but yeah, tonight we definitely had to work around it.  Josh does a good job managing the game and we were able to do what we could do.  It wasn’t what we necessarily wanted to be, but it was good enough.  So we did a good job managing it.”

On his thoughts on Brandon King and what they saw in him going back to training camp:

“Yeah, I mean that’s really I would say most of the credit has to go to JoJo.  You know, Joe dug him out.  You know, Brandon’s kind of an interesting guy.  He’s really played pretty much every position on the field on defense, played 3 technique at Auburn so it’s hard to imagine him as a defensive tackle but he was and he actually didn’t play bad.  I mean, he’s just, obviously undersized.  But, you know, good playing strength, can definitely run.  We’ve used him inside on the punt team.  Today, we used him at the gunner, we used him some as a gunner last week.  You know, got another fumble out there on McKelvin, so that was a big play for us.  But he’s given us big plays in the return game blocking and also kickoff and punt coverage.”

“So he’s given us some versatility.  He’s bigger than a lot of the speed guys and he’s faster than a the lot of the big guys. so he’s kind of a mismatch guy whether he’s inside or outside if you will and he’s really done a good job of learning multiple positions and Joe and Bubba have done a great job of training him both in assignments and techniques.  He’s been a good, you know good player for us.  He made plays on the punt team inside and now he’s made some plays as a gunner opposite of Slater.  So if they double Slater, they actually had three guys on him on one play tonight, then that creates some opportunities on the other side.  He’s taken advantage of those and helped us.  But he’s done a good job. But really, Joe dug him out.”

On Tom Brady’s toughness after he took a lot of hits:

“I don’t think anybody ever questioned Tom’s toughness mentally or physically.  He’s about a tough a guy as they come.”

“Okay good thank you.”


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