Extra Points

Belichick follow-up

Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a conference call with the media on Sunday afternoon.

A few of the highlights:

(On the officiating)
“Well, there were some real questionable decisions. There’s no doubt about that. But the bottom line is we didn’t play well enough to win. Didn’t coach well enough to win. Denver was the better team last night. There were some things that went against us, but I don’t think that was the difference in the game. I think Denver deserved to win because they played better. There were certainly some very questionable decisions in that game that I’m surprised that was a playoff crew, but that didn’t decide the outcome of the game. I think it would’ve been a lot worse if it had come down to one play and that play had been a questionable call or something like that. There really wasn’t the case.”


(On Corey Dillon and if injuries led to his decline in production)
“I think there are a lot of elements that going into the running game. Certainly part of it is the back, the line, the scheme the defense plays, and so forth. So I thought Corey ran hard all year. And I’m sure there were plays that he could have read better and run better. There were plays that could have been blocked better. Certainly plays that could have been called at a better time. I think the important thing offensively is to be able to move the ball and score points. The running game is a significant part of it, but I don’t think we can base it just on that. Overall I thought our offense for the most part was productive this year.”

(On the team’s defense)
“I thought we played a lot better over of the latter half of the season defensively. It was probably the biggest area of improvement on our football team and it was much needed since we were at the bottom of the league at that point. That was very encouraging to see everybody play better and for the unit to come together and perform better. Absolutely.”


(On Tom Brady and if he was more of a leader this year)
“I think that Tom has been a great leader for this football team this year and every year. But I think that Tom has had an outstanding season and he bring so much to our football team and all of the things that he does, his preparation, his work ethic, his toughness, his ability to lead this team and lead the offense. He’s an outstanding quarterback. I’m glad he’s our quarterback and I thought he had a very good year.”


Looking ahead, we’ll plan on posting our next update at some point on Monday, when there is a better idea on where things are headed in terms of media access.



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