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Bill Belichick Post-Practice Interview Transcript

Posted Aug 20, 2011

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his post-practice interview on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

BB: A little running today. We're off tomorrow and we'll be back at it on Monday. [We have a] big week coming up. It's a long week before Detroit, so hopefully we can get a lot of things done and make a lot of improvement. We certainly need that.

Q: Can you talk about the additions of James Ihedigbo and Ricky Brown?

BB: Both guys have experience in the league and we felt like they could come in and help our team.

Q: Does this count as an official practice for Shaun Ellis? Is he now off PUP?

BB: Yes. He's off PUP, yes.

Q: What can he give you?

BB: We'll see. We'll put him out there and find out.

Q: Do you think he might play on Saturday night?

BB: I don't now. We haven't made that decision yet.

Q: We saw Albert Haynesworth out there today. Is that a sign that he'll be ready to go the next time you're out on the field?

BB: He's day-to-day; we'll judge it every day.

Q: So him being out there doesn't mean anything in terms of his progress?

BB: He's been day-to-day; he's still day-to-day. When he's ready, he'll be out there.

Q: Is James Ihedigbo a special teams addition or is he more like a safety?

BB: He's played defense, he's played safety, he's played there for the Jets - he played some of the nickel and dime type responsibilities on defense, and he's been good in the kicking game. We'll see what he can do.

Q: You mentioned more installation recently. Is that what you guys are going to be doing in the next few days - setting out what you're going to install?

BB: Yeah, what we're going to install, what we're going to work on, things we need to start...we've got games coming up here pretty soon. In training camp, you're just kind of trying to evaluate your team and figure out who you're going to be dealing with and where you're going to give everybody a chance to perform. Now I think we need to start making some decisions about who is going to do what and what we want to be and how we want to use different players and where our depth is and so forth. So, all of that is part of it.

Q: So is this a big week then with the August 30 deadline to make the first round of cuts?

BB: Yeah, of course. The further it goes into training camp, the more important it is for the competition for the players to make the roster. Absolutely.

Q: (Inaudible)

BB: We're going to look at players at a lot of different positions, like we always do so we have depth on our roster. We only take seven linemen to a game; you've got to double up.