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Belichick postgame - Redskins

FedExField, Landover, Md.New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick speaks to the press following the 30-20 loss to the Redskins.



            I think we have a better football team than what we showed out there tonight.  It wasn't a very good performance in any area.  We just didn't do enough good things right.  On offense, defense, in the kicking game, we just didn't give ourselves a good chance to win.  I don't feel like I did a really good job on this game either.  It was a total team effort.  We just didn't play the way I think we are capable of playing.  It's obvious we have a number of things we need to continue to work on to improve.  There are a couple of areas we tried to emphasize going into this game and we weren't particularly successful in those areas either.  That was a little disappointing.  There were some isolated good plays.  We were, score-wise, in the game, but overall I thought that our lack of consistency and that there were just to many turnovers and missed tackles.  Too many mistakes to win a football game on the road against a good team like Washington.  

Q: Was the no huddle in the second half to generate offense or to work on the two-minute drill?

B: We wanted to work on two-minute drills with the first group and then Drew (Bledsoe) really didn't get a chance to do that before the half. There was very little time remaining so we did it in the second half.

Q: If you had to pick out the positives, the play of Kevin Faulk, would that be something you'd be impressed with?

B: I don't know. I'd have to look at the whole tape to say that, but I'm sure there were some isolated instances where we made some plays and did some good things. The score was 13-13 at one point in the third quarter so we did enough to keep it there. There is no question that we know we had problems in all three areas of the game. It just wasn't a good performance tonight.

Q: Would that be one of the things that you said you focused on in the beginning of the first half?

B: Yes, but we need to be better.

Q: Why not J.R. Redmond?

B: He didn't make the trip.

Q: Did you plan on playing Drew Bledsoe as long as you did tonight?

B: We planned on playing Drew at least a half, maybe into the third quarter. If we had gotten a two-minute drill at the end of the half, maybe we wouldn't have done that. We wanted to make sure that offensive unit had one and so we did it in the third quarter.

Q: Can you comment on Drew's (Bledsoe) performance?

B: I think overall, the whole offense was inconsistent. I think that everybody shares in that.

Q: How healthy is Redmond?

B: I don't think it's anything major.

Q: What did you think about the competition?

B: I think they've got a pretty good football team.

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