What Bill Belichick said after the Patriots won the Super Bowl

"We knew it was going to be as hard a competition as we had all year, and it was."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is seen with his granddaughter after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in NFL Super Bowl LIII.
Bill Belichick with his granddaughter after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. –Gregory Payan / AP

To the common fan, the Los Angeles Rams’ performance in Super Bowl LIII may have seemed a bit uninspiring.

To Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the 13-3 Patriots win didn’t change his opinion on an opponent he respects.

“That’s a great team,” Belichick told reporters, “and we knew it was going to be as hard a competition as we had all year, and it was.”

Belichick said he’s glad the Patriots were able to make a few more plays throughout the game and come out on top. He praised his players for executing at a high level and carrying the team to its sixth Super Bowl title in the last 17 years.

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“Obviously, couldn’t do it without all of them,” Belichick said. “They’re the ones that deserve the credit. The players went out there and competed against a great football team.”

He also highlighted the work of de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, special teams coordinator Joe Judge, strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera, and the rest of the staff.

Belichick said the coaches have helped put the players in a position to succeed, and the players took care of the rest.

“They’ve worked extremely hard,” Belichick said. “We’ve had our ups and downs over the course of the year, but in the biggest moments, when we had to play our best football and compete the hardest, they did.”