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September 17, 2007
FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his follow-up press conference this morning at Gillette Stadium (11:45 a.m.) and opened by repeating some of his thoughts from after the game.
After noting that the players raised their energy level and made the plays to win, Belichick said: "I thought the fan support was terrific. It's great, you could really feel them behind us in this game. I was touched by some of the support they gave. It was a good feeling. I think this team has a lot of confidence in our fans and I feel like the fans have confidence in us. It's a good situation."
Some other nuggets from Belichick:
The players aren't in today. Coaches feel that reviewing the San Diego tape isn't as beneficial as spending more time game-planning for Buffalo, because the Bills and Chargers play such different styles.
Belichick said it meant a lot that he received support from some of the team's players, such as Tedy Bruschi after the game, and noted that "nobody has more heart on this team than Tedy Bruschi."
Asked if he has a response to Commissioner Roger Goodell's request to turn over all notes and videotape, Belichick said: "I think that's a fair question. I'm sure there are other questions out there as well. I've made our comments on that, and as Mr. Kraft said last night, we're handling this as an internal matter and I'll just leave it at that." Asked if he would comply with Goodell's request, Belichick said "of course."
Belichick credited the scout team -- WR Bam Childress played the role of RB LaDainian Tomlinson in the week leading up to the game -- and said he would remind the players that it was a complete team victory when they return to work Wednesday.
Asked about Adalius Thomas's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown, and if seeing a 270-pound player sprinting away from the opposition reminded him of another play over his career, Belichick recalled a play from a Giants-Lions game in the 1980s when Lawrence Taylor returned an interception for a touchdown. "Lawrence kept looking over his shoulder and he saw the shadow of himself, and he thought it was another player chasing him," Belichick said. "So even though he was out in front of the whole team by 40 or 50 yards on the second half of the run, he was running like there was a guy who was about to dive and trip him up by the ankles."
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