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Belichick on ... practice

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  September 21, 2012 02:34 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- He didn't pull an Allen Iverson, but certainly could have. After multiple players said following Sunday's home loss to the Cardinals that they had a bad week of practice, coach Bill Belichick was asked on Friday about ... practice. Not a game. Not a game. Practice.

"I think practice is practice," Belichick said Friday, before the team's final practice heading into Sunday night's game at Baltimore. "Mistakes are being corrected, things that we put in on the game plan that we go out there and do, some are better than others, adjust them, try to fix them.

"Big thing is to go out there and be prepared, be alert. For the players to do their best on each play, and if it doesn’t work out, then we correct it. That’s what practice is for."

This will be the sixth time the Patriots and Ravens have met in the past six seasons (Patriots have won four of five in that stretch), so it's an opponent Belichick is quite familiar with. How well they practice, he surmised, might not be any indication of how they'll play in the game.

"I don’t know about the whole good practice, bad practice thing," Belichick said. "As a coach, you can script a practice to be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. It could look great, but that may not be the way it is in the game, or it could look bad, and it could be great in the game. I do think there’s a correlation to improving in practice, individually, as a unit, but how that transfers over into a game, you never know until Sunday."

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