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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript 11/21

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his conference call on Monday, November 21, 2016.

[wysifield-embeddedaudio|eid="498551"|type="embeddedaudio"|view_mode="full"]Q: Could you address the decision to leave Jabaal Sheard behind as a healthy scratch and also how well Patrick Chung played yesterday with the early sack and leading the team in tackles?

BB: Well, Jabaal [Sheard] was inactive, so that's why he wasn't in San Francisco. Patrick [Chung] played well, played productively, pretty much as he always does. He gives us that week after week, makes plays in the kicking game, makes plays in the running game; makes plays in the passing game. He's a good tackler, he's around the ball. He's just a productive player and it seems like it's pretty much like that every week. 

Q: On Patrick Chung's sack, it looked like he did almost a perfect job of selling it in covering the wide receiver and then shooting straight in with a lot of speed. Can you talk about the technique that goes in to selling that play to get the result he got?

BB: Well, there was pressure on the edge. They didn't have it picked up. He had good patience with it and all of that, but I'd say the harder part of the play was tackling the quarterback. We've had a number of situations this year where we've been in that situation, where we've had players come in and block off the edge, and we just weren't able to get the quarterback. He escaped somehow. So I think that's really – [Colin] Kaepernick almost got out of there on that one, too. Patrick [Chung] tackled him, kind of wrapped him up around the leg or the ankle, and then somebody else, I think it might have been Trey Flowers, or somebody else was there to kind of help finish the play. But when you're coming out of space like that, you can't really let the quarterback outside when he's as athletic as Kaepernick or Tyrod Taylor or guys like that. It's a tough open field tackle on a player like that, so it was another good tackle. Chung is one of our best tacklers. He's got to be one of the best tacklers in the league whether he's in line or in space or whoever he's tackling. He's very good. I thought that was a very good tackle on the play and not an easy one. 

Q: Was the decision to leave Jabaal Sheard home performance-based?

BB: As I think I've said on dozens of occasions, every decision we make here is based on what's best for the football team. 

Q: Prior to yesterday's game, Scott Zolak noted that against Seattle, everyone was doing their jobs, but Jabaal Sheard seemed to abandon his. Did that have anything to do with the decision?

BB: You'd have to talk to Scott [Zolak] about that. I'm not sure what Scott said or what he was referring to or anything else, so you'd really have to talk to Scott about that. 

Q: Does Jabaal Sheard have a clean-slate opportunity to get back into the mix this week?

BB: Well, as I already said, we're going to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team – last week, this week, next week, every week. I don't know how I could put it any differently – last year, the year before that, five years before that, 10 years before that, 15 years before that. I don't really understand where the – I don't understand why that's hard to understand. 

Q: It's not that it's hard to understand. You just look at his snap counts going from 56 at Buffalo to 16 versus Seattle, and now not even making the trip to San Francisco. That's where the question spawns from.

BB: Ok. 

Q: What did you see from your third-down offense yesterday?

BB: That's a big key just like pretty much every week. There's nothing new there. We always want to try to stay out of long-yardage situations which result from negative plays and penalties primarily. That's a goal of ours every week – don't turn the ball over and stay out of long yardage. I can't imagine that would ever change. Every once in a while, you convert a long-yardage situation, but that's hard to do in this league. It was hard to do yesterday. The 49ers are very good in those situations, as are most teams. We've got to do a better job on first and second downs to get ourselves a better chance on third down.

Q: Do you like where you are trending on third-down situations in general?

BB: I think, yeah, generally speaking, we've been at a good level of production on third down for a number of years, but statistically, and for obvious reasons, I think that's always going to be more favorable as the distance decreases. Every once in a while, you get an aberration in that and then that gives you cause to look at it a little more carefully if you're producing better in third-and-six-to-nine than you are in third-and-two-to-three. Either you're doing very well on the long yardage, or you're not doing very well in situations that you should be doing better in. You have to take a closer look at that and see what the issues are, but I think historically, that's been a pretty good situation for us relative to the league averages and so forth. But it's hard to convert third-and-longs against anybody, anywhere. Every once in a while there's a team or two in the league that is above the averages on third-and-10-plus, or third-and-eight-to-10 or whatever the breakdowns are, but honestly, that usually doesn't last too long. 

Q: There were 12 missed PATs across the league yesterday. Do those results reflect what you said you hoped would happen with that rule change in making the PAT more competitive?

BB: Well I think at this point, I mean, whatever you had that was on the record was on the record, so I don't think there's any need to rehash that. Whatever the rules are and however the play is played, then that's what it is and we'll do the best we can with it. That's what we're dealing with now. We've got to try to have great execution in that situation and if it changes to something else, then we'll deal with that. But that story is a couple years old. I don't think that really has anything to do with today. We're just trying to win games and perform as well as we can; coach and play as well as we can in all situations and on those critical one-point plays. 

Q: What did you see on the Danny Amendola touchdown play and how did Danny and Tom Brady react to whatever it was they saw initially that made them able to execute it in the end?

BB: There were some crossing receivers involved. Danny [Amendola] got jammed as I think it was [Nick] Bellore was trying to work to the outside, then when Tom [Brady] kind of got away from pressure, Danny saw some space and found it, and Tom found him. It was really a good play by both players and the offensive line that gave a little bit of extra protection there. Tom did a good job of coming out of some pressure, getting his eyes up, and Danny saw some people inside of him where he was kind of designed to go on the play, but had the awareness and savvy that Danny has to find the open space, and then Tom found him. It was really a great play by both players. Definitely not the way we drew it up, but it's not unusual in the red area when a team puts in a three-man rush for the play to extend and the ball not to come out exactly on time like it does maybe in the four-to-five-man rush type of coverage. It was just really good execution by our players. 

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