FOXBOROUGH -- With Sunday's last-minute victory over the Browns, Patriots coach Bill Belichick extended his NFL record of consecutive 10-win seasons, to 11.
Before practice on Wednesday, Belichick was asked if he and his coaching staff take any time to savor such an accomplishment.
"We enjoy any win for a brief period of time after the game is over. It’s hard to win in this league, and it’s good to win, it feels good to win. But as soon as that’s over we’ve got to move on to the next challenge, we can’t sit around and talk about what happened last week, or last year, or some other year," Belichick said. "It’s a short window, and it’s no different than after a loss.
"When the game’s over, if you’re happy about the results, you kind of feel good about it for a while, and you look at the film, you make corrections, then you turn the page and move on to the next opponent. If it didn’t go well, then you don’t feel good for a while, but you turn the page and you move on to the next opponent.
"That’s the National Football League. If you dwell on the past, then you’re not going to play well in the future."
As bittersweet as Sunday's win was -- losing tight end Rob Gronkowski to a season-ending knee injury, then scoring two touchdowns in the final 61 seconds to shock the Browns -- Belichick said by the next day, the focus has already turned to the next opponent. In this case, the Miami Dolphins, who trail the Patriots by three games in the AFC East with three games to play.
"We’ve got another challenge this week, we’ve got to move on, so that’s what we did," Belichick said. "By Monday evening, that page is turned, it has to. As good as some of the wins have been, and as disappointing as some of the losses have been, by Monday afternoon, Monday evening, it’s on to the next team. It’s got to be that way."
Belichick was also asked about the impact Gronkowski's loss will have, and whether the fact that the Patriots played the first six weeks without him will benefit the team now.
"First six weeks? You’re talking about all spring, all training camp, and the first six regular-season games? Yeah, we’ve played a lot more this season without him than we have with him," Belichick said. "Look, you hate to see what happened to Rob happen to Rob, but we’ve played most of the year without Rob, in some capacity, so that’s unfortunately where we are now, but that’s where we are now. It’s not anything that we haven’t dealt with here during the year."