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Belichick: 'We're a better team than we played today'

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  January 16, 2011 08:05 PM

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Q: On the broadcast before the game, they said Welker was being benched for the start of the game for his subtle press conference that he had. Is that true?
BB: I don’t have any comment on that.

Q: You’ve often said you play how you practice. How was practice this week?
BB: The bottom line is we didn’t play well enough. Really nothing was good enough. We just didn’t do a good enough job in any area. We had some chances that we weren’t able to take advantage of. The Jets had some opportunities and they did more with those opportunities than we did.

Q: Did you sign off on the fake punt?
BB: I’ve said all I’m going to say about that.

Q: At this point, given the run you guys have been on and the season, how surprised are you at the result of this game?
BB: It’s a one-game season. If you don’t play well, you’re done at this time of year. That’s not a secret. We all know that.

Q: Was there a message in the locker room after the game?
BB: Not a major one, no.

Q: Did you feel your team was ready to play?
BB: I think we were ready to play. We just didn’t do a good job.

Q: What did you say when you and Rex Ryan met on the field after the game?
BB: Whenever I have a conversation with somebody else it’s between me and the other person.

Q: What did they do early to you guys? They had three sacks early.BB: They have a lot of looks on defense. They have their regular group, their nickel group, their dime group. Some of that depends on our formations and so forth. I think that’s what they do.

Q: You scored so well and consistently this season. What was different today?
BB: We didn’t do it today. We didn’t do it. We gave up too many points. We didn’t score enough, didn’t have good field position in the kicking game. We just didn’t do enough things we need to do to win. You can list them all: too many penalties, too many mistakes, missed tackles, missed blocks, pressure, drops, all of the above. That’s what happens when you don’t win: you usually have too many of those types of plays.

Q: Did their interception turn the game?
BB: Well, I mean, it cost us a scoring opportunity. We drove the ball all the way down there in the red zone and gave it away on that play. They couldn’t do anything with it, but we lost an opportunity. They lost one, so I’d say that evened out, but it’s certainly not what we were looking for.

Q: What did you see from Mark Sanchez today?
BB: I think overall the Jets did a good job. That includes everybody, not [to] single anybody out. They all did a good job – better than we did.

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