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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript

Posted Nov 29, 2011

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his conference call on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

BB: On to Indianapolis here, I think there are certainly a lot of things that are familiar with this team: their schemes and a lot of the players that we saw from last year. Of course there are few new faces in there too, some guys that we usually see a lot of that aren't in there as much for injury reasons or they're not on the team anymore. It's still a very familiar scheme and they do a good job. They're well coached. I think their coaching staff does a good job of creating the same problems that they always create offensively with their no huddle and their check-with-me program. They have a lot of hard guys to defend there, of course starting with [Reggie] Wayne, they do a good job each game of spreading the ball around, getting it to their receivers, their tight ends, the backs as well, changing the tempo on you. Defensively, of course, the ends, [Antoine] Bethea, I think their young linebackers have done a good job too. [Pat] Angerer has really come on and he's done a real nice job for them. They're an active, aggressive front that is quick and fast, very athletic – different from what we've seen from some other teams that are bigger, stronger type guys. These guys have real good movement and the linebackers run well. Those are some of the things that we'll have to be ready for. Of course, they have an outstanding field goal and clutch kicker. Those things we have to be ready for here this week. Turn the page from Philadelphia, we're looking at an offense that's dramatically different from the one we saw last week so that will be a challenge for us on the defensive side of the ball, and offensively dealing with the same kind of pass rush that we talked about last week – not the same but similar. Zone team that mixes in a lot of man coverage, does a good job with their pre-snap disguises and things like that. We'll have to continue to do a good job with that.   

Q: I know he hasn't taken a whole lot of snaps in the league before this year, but what stands out for you about Curtis Painter?  

BB: Obviously, a smart guy because they do a lot of things offensively that we've seen them do in the past with [Peyton] Manning as far as protection adjustments, route adjustments, the no-huddle, the pace; they work at a very quick pace when they want to. You can see them catching defenses not set and struggling to get their communication and all that type of thing. He certainly does a good job of handling the offense. I think he can make a lot of throws that you want the quarterback to make, down the field, on the outside, reading his progression out based on coverage. He's a guy that's pretty effective. Of course, [Dan] Orlovsky has played in there as well; he's seen some action. He's a strong kid, a real pocket-type quarterback that can read defenses and get the ball downfield or follow out the read progressions and take their second or third receivers. I think in the mold of what you've seen from the Colts in the past.  

Q: Obviously, there's a lot of focus has been on them losing Peyton Manning, but it seems their defense is really statistically different from where it's been in the past. Can their lack of offense contribute to their defensive downturn or are they doing something different defensively than they have in the past?  

BB: I think one of the things that's different from watching them on film than the past is that so many times they were playing from ahead, they played from ahead in a lot of games. Situationally, the third quarter, late in the third quarter, fourth quarter, there's a huge difference between playing from ahead and playing from behind. They've won a lot of games when they've played from ahead. This year they haven't won a lot of games because they're playing from behind in the fourth quarter in a number of games. That certainly can affect statistics and the way that the game situationally gets played out in the last quarter. Some of their games, not all of them – they've had a lot of competitive games, too, I'm not saying that, but there have been some games where the score overrides some of the schemes. Really, they've been, other than the Houston game, the New Orleans game obviously, and the Atlanta game, they've been in a lot of competitive tight games – the Pittsburgh game, the Kansas City game, we saw that one a couple of weeks ago, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay obviously. There have been plenty of those, too. In general, that's part of the story.  

Q: Did you have any reaction to Urban Meyer taking the Ohio State job? Do you think you may be doing a little more scouting in Columbus over the next couple of years now?  

BB: I've upped my scouting schedule there with my daughter coaching at Ohio State. I don't think it will affect that too much. I think I'll be out there whether he's there or not. Honestly, I'm just trying to focus here on the Colts. I know there's always coaching changes this time of year; that's always part of it. But right now, I'm just trying to see if I can do a better job of getting our team ready to play the Colts.  

Q: Is there any part of you that will miss not seeing Peyton Manning out there?  

BB: We see that every week. It changes. We have players that I wish were playing for us; other teams have players that I'm sure their teams wish were playing for them. That's football; you play with what you've got. The games are scheduled; you show up and play them. We all take on that responsibility at the beginning of the season. You never know who is going to be there at what time on what week and all of us have to make adjustments throughout the course of the season. Every team in the league is going through that. There are plenty of guys that I wish we had out there on the field this Sunday that we won't have. I'm sure the Colts feel the same way. I'm sure Philadelphia felt the same way. That's the way it is every week.  

Q: I know the injury report doesn't come out until tomorrow, but when it comes to your own condition, what do you say – probable with illness?  

BB: Yeah, I'll be there. I probably won't even be on the report because I know I'll be there. I guess if we had to list something to be compliant with less than 100 percent, then I'd be on the probable, but I'll be there.

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