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Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Posted Sep 8, 2013

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media following the Patriots regular season game versus the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

General Comments:

"I was proud of our team today. I thought they made the plays at the end of the game that they needed to win. That's what it's about. Obviously it wasn't perfect. There's a lot of things we can do better. We played the last few minutes of the game the way we need to play it, and we were able to execute and make the plays. It's always tough to win in the division, on the road. It's good to get off to that start, and now we've got a real quick turnaround for the Jets."

On passing game:

"We had our moments. There were times when it was good; times when it wasn't so good and needs to be better. But we'll build on this."

On chemistry between Brady and Amendola:

"We had our moments. I thought Danny [Amendola] stepped up and made some big catches in some tough situations. Tom [Brady], as always, competed like he always does. He made some great throws in critical times."

Did Buffalo do anything early that took you out of your rhythm?

"They're a good football team. They're very good defensively. They've got a good front. They play aggressively; have an aggressive scheme. We let them back in the game with some turnovers, but then we fought our way out of it and we're able to make some plays in the end to win."

On preparing for rookie QB and rookie coach:

"There's always a lot of unknowns on opening day. It's always that way. Teams have a lot of time to prepare, and you haven't seen anything throughout the preseason. It's always a challenge on opening day. We had to make a lot of adjustments in all three phases of the game during the game, but that's normal."

On Shane Vereen:

"I thought Shane stepped up and did a good job for us. We counted on him a lot and he came through for us. He got us down in field goal range in the end, kept the ball in bounds, forced [Buffalo] to use another time out. It was a good play; a smart play."

On turnovers:

"That's the NFL. You've got to take care of the ball better. We were fortunate to come up with a few defensively, but we've got to take care of the ball better."

On offensive chemistry & new faces:

"We've got a couple new players over there. That's everybody in the league. But there's a lot of guys out there we've seen a lot before; all the offensive line, quarterback, running back. There's a lot of guys who've played a lot of football for us."