Extra Points

Bill’s take

Comments from Bill Belichick’s post-game press conference:

Was the hit on Harrison illegal?
“I didn’t see it.”

Was the plan to play Brady about three quarters?
“There was no set plan. We told everybody to be ready to go and that’s what they were. Decisions that were made, I made.”

With Vinny Testaverde in there at the end, was that to get him the 20 touchdowns in 20 seasons record?
“Well, we had a chance down there for Vinny to have a shot at the end zone, so we gave it to him.”

Is there an update on Harrison’s condition?
“Nope.”

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If you didn’t see the play, was there any sentiment about it along the sideline?
“I’m just trying to coach the team.”

You paid Pacman Jones a tribute by not punting to him again after the touchdown…
“Yeah, obviously we had trouble with him. I’d just say, in general, I feel like I didn’t do a good job coaching today. There were a lot of errors out there, and quite a few of them were my fault. I’ll take the blame on most of those. I know I got upset at [Todd] Sauerbrun after the punt, but that probably is more my fault than his, too. We just have to do a better job against some of the unique players these guys have. I have to do a better job. I take most of the responsibility on a lot of the bad plays we had today – Henry’s runs … if we get a little better coaching, maybe we can play more competitively.”

It seemed like a chippy game, pushing and penalties…
“It was a competitive game.”

There are a lot of competitive games…
“I don’t know. I wasn’t out there on the field.”

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Do you get the sense that the refs tried to overcompensate in the second half with three straight personal fouls in the second half?
“I never said that. I think Ed Hochuli and this crew is one of the best crews in the league. I think they do a good job. I’d like to have them every week. I think they do a good job.”

Could you comment on Caldwell’s performance?
“Yeah, he did a great job down the field, made some plays, got a big pass interference call on Finnegan. So when you add that into the totals, that’s a lot of production there for him on those down-the-field routes. He made a real good double move, and a nice adjustment on a go-pattern down the left sideline on Hill. We made some big plays in the passing game. We moved the ball. It wasn’t perfect, but we moved the ball.”

What type of things factored into the decision to take out Brady when you did?
“I wouldn’t want to get into that. When you’re a coach out there, in a game like this, you make, I don’t know how many decisions – thousands. I’m not going to sit here and analyze every [situation]. I do what I feel is best for the team, let’s put it that way. That’s the bottom line.”

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Do you like how the team is playing going into the playoffs?
“I think we’re going to have a big challenge this week and we’re going to have to play our best football going forward. I think that’s what it’s going to take.”

Dillon’s performance, had the long screen pass and a couple TDs…
“Corey ran hard, like he always does. Ran hard, broke some tackles, was effective in a lot of different phases of the game. Blitz pickup. Running. Catching. He had a solid game, no question about it. I thought our backs ran well, Heath blocked well. Again, we were able to move the ball. We had some balance in our attack, both running and passing. I’m pleased with that.”

Aside from the one TD run, do you feel the team was disciplined enough on Vince Young?
“It could be better. Good enough to win, so that’s what counts.”

The 12-4 season…
“I’m proud of what the team did. They’ve worked hard. They’ve played hard. I don’t think that really makes too much difference. I think our goals are what’s ahead of us, not what’s behind us. That’s what we need to do, get ready for our next opponent, whoever that it, and be ready to play our best football next weekend, against whoever that is. That’s really where our focus is right now. I don’t think this is any time to sit back asnd have a big reflection. It wouldn’t make any difference.”

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