Patriots coach Bill Belichick wrapped up his conference call a few moments ago. They broke down film today of yesterday’s 47-12 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason opener but didn’t do any work on the field.
Overall, Belichick said the fundamentals of the individual players were good, but there is still plenty to work on. He also addressed the growth of Dane Fletcher and a new contract for Logan Mankins.
On last night’s game: “Definitely some encouraging things and some things that I thought we did well. There of course were plenty of mistakes and a lot of things we need to get corrected. … Coaching wise, we still have a long way to go there too in terms of all of our communication and adjustments and just kind of get back in game mode, which we haven’t done in a while. … There’s a lot of work for all of us to do, but I feel like the players went out and played hard and gave a solid effort. …”
On Dane Fletcher’s progress: “I think Dane’s made a big jump from his first year to his second year, similar to some of our other first year players. We just talked about Steve Maneri or Taylor Price or whoever you want to name, the fact that they’ve been through an NFL season in our system and all that, they’re way ahead of where they were last year.
“It looks like Dane’s had a very good offseason. He looks good physically. He’s certainly a lot more confident and is reacting quicker and anticipating things better than he did at this time last year. Although, he made a lot of gains over the course of the season, by the end of the year he was doing a real good job for us. … This year he started from a much higher level. I don’t know how much quickness and strength he’s gained. It might be a little bit because he has worked hard and is in good condition, but I’d say more than that it’s probably his reaction and being able to recognize things quicker and anticipate them.”
On signing Logan Mankins for a few more seasons: “It’s great. I think the world of Logan. He’s done a great job for us since he’s come to the Patriots. I’m glad he’ll be here for many years in the future.
“He’s one of our best players and one of our most consistent players. He’s been durable; he’s got a great work ethic. He’s really smart. He plays hard. He’s tough. There’s almost no negatives with Logan. He’s an outstanding person. He’s an outstanding player and he does things the way we would like our team to do them. So he’s a great example for all of us to look at it because he plays hard. He’s unselfish. He’s tough. He puts the team first. He’s a winner. Glad we have him on our team.”