Patriots coach Bill Belichick was pretty direct in his conference call today about his feelings on the Colts game. He's finished with it.
When asked about the availability of Shawn Springs and Ty Warren in Indy, he cut the questioner off and said his focus had shifted to the Jets. He did wind up addressing why those two were out in Indy, but also got his message across pretty clearly.
Here are some highlights from the call ...
On the Jets, difficulty getting past the Colts loss: "We know the Jets are tough, they've beaten us the last two times we've played them and we need to reverse that trend. ... It's a big challenge every week in this league, doesn't matter who you play, and division games are even bigger."
On dealing with the Jets pressure: "One thing about the Jets is they continue to add little tweaks and give you different looks. Even if they run the same look, they'll do it with a little variation, things that make it look a little different than the last time around. They do a good job of that."
On Springs/Warren: "They were on the injury report, and they were both game-time-type of decisions. And again, on the whole injury thing, look, this time of year, really any time of year, I don't know if any player is 100 percent. I don't know if that exists. Guys are dealing with things during the week, and sometimes guys that are limited play, and sometimes they don't."
As Belichick himself, defensive coordinator Dean Pees doesn't see much of a hangover being exhibited by the coach, in the wake of a firestorm of critical analysis over the last 36 hours. "It's business as usual," Pees said. "Bill is Bill."