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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript - 11/1/2011

Read what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had to say as he addressed the media during his conference call on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

BB: On to the Giants here. It's a good football team. They really do pretty much everything well; strong in all three phases of the games. It will be a big challenge for us this week to have a good week of preparation and be ready for their group of outstanding players and the schemes they present. I think Tom [Coughlin] and his staff as always do a good job - obviously the Giants are well prepared and well coached. We'll have to do a good job in all three phases of the game. They present a lot of challenges, they make a lot of big plays, they're an explosive team that can make long plays on offense, make big plays, turnovers, scores on defense and they're strong in the kicking game. That's what we're looking at this week.  

Q: I know we had the statement on Julian Edelman but does this affect anything with him with the team going forward?  

BB: I think just what the statement says. I don't think we have enough information to comment on that right now.  

Q: Are there any similarities with this Giants team to the Super Bowl team? Do they do anything similarly?  

BB: I think there's a number of players that are the same and those players are still the impact kind of players that they were four years ago. Quarterback, running back, offensive line, defensive backs, pass rushers, so those guys are good players - they were then, they still are. Tom's [Coughlin] coaching philosophy is the same. It's been very successful, they have a good balance. They do a good job of mixing things up offensively: passing game, deep passing game, possession type passes, running game and defensively with coverage and pressure - man and zone, they give you a little bit of everything. You have a lot to prepare for. I think those things are similar.  

Q: How did Brandon Spikes do with communication having the green dot?  

BB: Brandon, he's fine. It's something that you have to work on every week, just understanding, getting the plays in, getting them communicated, making adjustments if you have to make them based on formation or the location of their personnel or sometimes they switch personnel - all those kind of things. It's really a team thing, it's not one guy - communication involves somebody talking, somebody listening and everybody understanding, whether its offense, defense, special teams, it doesn't matter what it is. That's what football is - getting all 11 guys to do the right thing.  

Q: Is it fair to say whoever has the green dot, whether its Jerod Mayo or Brandon Spikes or Gary Guyton, that those guys call the plays and that everyone else is involved in communication once you get lined up?  

BB: The play comes into the person who hears it, sure. It's communicated to them and then the adjustments are made at the different layers of the defense, whether it's the front, the defensive line and the linebackers or whether it's a secondary adjustment with the rotation or how to handle a certain combination of receivers or maybe it's a whole team adjustment based on what the call is. It comes up every week. Every defense has to deal with it. We're no different than anybody else. It's important that we do a good job as I said, getting all 11 players playing the right defense, playing it properly.  

Q: Bill O'Brien mentioned wanting to get Taylor Price on the field a little more. What did you see from him on Sunday and how do you think his snaps will come?  

BB: We're putting things together now, we'll see how it goes. We always want to try to utilize our players and that goes for everybody. We try to utilize the guys [in a way] that we feel like can make plays for them, put them in a good position where they can do that. That includes him [and] that includes everybody else. How exactly that will fall - we'll see how things come together putting together the game plan and then also to a certain extent sometimes, that's part of how the game plays out too. You have a plan going in and as in every game you have to make some kind of adjustment or alterations based on how the game is going and what you're seeing. We'll have to see how all that plays out.

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