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Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Posted Dec 18, 2011

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his postgame press conference at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

General
"It's great to come out here and win. That was a real good win for our football team. Give the players all the credit. They did a real good job today against a good football team. Coach [John] Fox has done a great job with the Broncos. They are playing really well and they were certainly a lot for us to handle. But, give our guys credit. We fought back and made plenty of plays to win in all three phases of the game. I'm just really proud of the way they responded to the challenge. They stepped up and played good football today. Really happy about the win. They did a great job this week."

On the Broncos' turnovers
"It's always good to be able to get the ball out a couple times and then offensively we were able to capitalize on a couple of opportunities. We had a good, long drive there after Denver had scored a second time and that gave us a chance to settle down a little bit on defense. Of course getting the three points at the end of the half - that was good, too. But all the way around I just thought we played...we didn't get off to a great start but our second series offensively, I mean our first series was fine and after the second series we really settled down and other than a couple plays here and there we did a good, solid job."

On QB Tom Brady's performance
"We won; he did a good job. That's what a quarterback's job is, to help the team win, and he did that."

On clinching the AFC East
"That's one of our goals at the start of the season: to meet the challenge of our division, and our players have done that. We are 6-2 on the road. They've done a good job. They've met a lot of challenges and this was a big one. Those guys did a great job today. We got contributions from everybody. Really, you've got to give the whole team credit."

On QB Tim Tebow
"He does a heck of a job. We know he can run. We know he can throw. He hurt us with some play action. He's a good quarterback. He certainly gave us plenty of problems and hopefully we gave him some, too."

On the last touchdown drive
"Our offense, that was great for us on their part to get the ball and convert some key plays. It looked like there was a cover there missed on [TE Rob] Gronkowski. That was a big play. And then getting [TE Aaron] Hernandez on a second-and-fifteen, second-and-sixteen, whatever it was. Getting the ball in there in the end zone on third down with the crowd and everybody really into it, we got good blocking in there and a good run by [RB] BenJarvus [Green-Ellis]. Again, give the players all the credit. They deserve it. They stopped them. They scored. They covered kicks. They did a great job."

On TE Aaron Hernandez's performance
"Everybody stepped up. We had plays from our backs, from our tight ends, from our receivers, from our quarterback, from our offensive line, the running game... So it was just all the way across the board. We got good contributions from all those guys and that's why we won, because everybody did a good job. The team played well."

On switching the defense from a 4-man line to a 3-4 defense
"We needed to change our spacing. So whether it's an odd spacing or an even spacing, there are some advantages to each and we were in a little more odd spacing to try to keep that leverage on the formation. They gave us a lot of shifting early in the game. A lot of shifting and motion and change formation, so we were able to settle down for a combination of reasons, but one of them was just to balance out the defense and help us a little bit."

On the play of DE Mark Anderson
"We got great contributions from everybody. Mark, [DL] Eric Moore, [LB Rob] Ninkovich, [LB] Dane [Fletcher], [LB] Gary [Guyton], [LB] Jerod [Mayo], all the way across the board, our defensive line, those guys played well. They were out there, [DL] Vince [Wilfork], [RCB] Kyle [Arrington], [LDE] Gerard Warren, [RDE Brandon] Deaderick, [DL] Ron Brace, they all played good. We used a lot of people on defense and they all stepped up and came through for us at one time or another. Losing [DE Andre] Carter was a big loss there in the second quarter but we had guys step up and they contributed throughout the game."

On recovering fumbles
"We got good play out of our pass rushers. Tim's (Tebow) a tough guy to get. It's not easy with him, but we were able to get him a few times. We were able to throw him off rhythm a little bit and he got us a couple times, too. He's a good football player, and it was a good battle against our pass rush and he's got mobility back there. We made a few, they made a few. Fortunately, we made enough to win."

On the Patriot's special teams
"We got our scoring opportunities, and that was good. Our coverage was good. We took advantages of a couple of their mistakes. They mishandled the kickoff and it cost them some field position and they had to settle for a punt and that gave us three points at the end of the half and they missed an extra point and we were able to capitalize on those opportunities and take advantage of the ones that we had to. So special teams, those guys really worked hard this week. We knew they'd have a big challenge, but their specialists, their returners, their kickers, their physical coverage players, they've got some good gunners so that was a big challenge for us this week. Denver's good in the kicking game, no question about it. They've got good players in the kicking game."

On LB Jerod Mayo's five year contract extension
"It's great. He's our defensive captain; has been since his second year in the League. He's a good football player, he's a good leader, he really takes a lot of pride in what he does and makes the players around him better. So it's great to have him with us for some more years."

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