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The coach weighs in

Posted by Scott Thurston, Globe Staff  December 6, 2009 05:33 PM

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A predictably subdued Bill Belichick:

(On the game): "That was a typical game with the Dolphins; in the end it came down to that they made more plays than we did. We had our opportunities and it was a tight game, obviously, and they just made a few more plays than we did. We just have to work harder to make a few more of those. That's really about it.''

(On the decision to go for it on fourth down): "I thought we could make it. They went for it on fourth down a couple of times. In the situation of the game and the field position, but it didn't work out.''

(On the lack of success on the road this year): "It's disappointing any time you lose.''

(On the pass defense, after Dolphins QB Chad Henne hit career highs): "We just got to do a better job.''

(On a possible injury with Tom Brady): "He played the whole game.''

(On Miami receiver Davone Bess, who had 10 receptions for 117 yards) "He ran good routes, and Henne hit him. He did a good job. He gets open and catches the ball. He did a good job.''

(On being up, 14-0, and the Dolphins making adjustments): "It looked like they basically did the same thing the whole game. That's what it looked like to me. They mixed a few things but basically did the same thing."

(On the offense maybe relying too much on the deep pass in the second half): "No, no, I thought we moved the ball well, we got a lot of yards. We came up with no points in two red area drives, and down in the fourth quarter we didn't move the ball. We had two series or three series where we didn't move it. But up until that point we moved the ball a lot, just didn't get as many points out of it as we could have.''

(On the lack of success in the red zone): "We've just got to do a better job down there. I have to coach better and we have to play better. When we have those opportunities we have to take advantage of them.''

(On the division race tightening up): "Gotta get ready for Carolina and win that.''

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