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Belichick Q&A

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 4, 2010 01:09 PM

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Do you think having Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren back will help your run defense?

Belichick: "As I said earlier, we haven't really set up anything for Baltimore yet. But whatever we have, we'll try to do the best we can to be competitive against the Ravens. They have an excellent running attack. They have two real good backs, a good offensive line and a good complimentary passing game to go with it. You have a lot to defend there with their offense, their scheme and their players. We'll work hard on that this week, certainly stopping the run will be a priority against the Ravens, but, as I said, we'll have other things to defend, too. So the players that we have to do that we?ll all need to do a good job."

How difficult was it to decide who to use and who not to use at the game yesterday?

Belichick: "The players that were at the game yesterday, we played all of them. They were in there in different situations and different playing time opportunities, so we do that about the way we wanted to do it. So I think everybody got an opportunity to do things in the game and hopefully those experiences will be beneficial to them down the road."

The Ravens throw a good amount of screen passes and you guys have been very good against the screen. Can you talk about the challenge about defending that play?

Belichick: "Screens are complimentary plays to the passing game. They're designed to take the edge off the pass rush, so it depends on what defense you're in and what type of screen they run. The principle of the play is to separate the defense - to have some guys rushing the passer, and have other guys in coverage, and throw the ball in that in between area with some blockers ahead of them. Whatever your system is you have to have a way to deal with that. It's very challenging with backs like [Ray] Rice and [Willis] McGahee, [Mark] Clayton and guys like that. They get them the ball in space with a couple blockers ahead of them and you could be looking at a lot of yardage. Those are always dangerous plays and plays that you've got to work hard on to both recognize and play correctly within the context of the defense because they're really true team plays, everybody's involved in those it's not just one guy that can stop the screen. You've got to have a coordinated defense against that. They do a good job and it will definitely be a challenge."

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