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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript 11/22

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Q: Do you have any reaction to the report that defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was listed on the NFL's Career Development Advisory Panel's preliminary list and that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was not on that list for openings next season?

BB: Well, I didn't see or hear the report firsthand, so I'll take what you described as being accurate. Yeah, the comment that I would have would be number one - I think that both Josh [McDaniels] and Matt [Patricia], so Matt who is on the list and I guess Josh who isn't, if that's right - I think both Josh and Matt are great coaches. [They] should absolutely be on any head coaching list. I can't imagine that there are many other coaches that could present a resume equal or comparable to theirs. They've done a great job here for a sustained period of time so a great track record. I think, I personally think, that a list of head coaching candidates that didn't include them would be incomplete. A similar comment on the general manager thing with Nick [Caserio], which I don't know if he was or wasn't included. I think somebody told me that he wasn't included, so I would have the same comment for him. He does a tremendous job as well. I can't imagine any list not having those three people.

Q: What kind of a role did you see from Shea McClellin in the game this past Sunday?

BB: Shea [McLellin]'s shown a lot of versatility in his career going all the way back to college. He's played at the end of the line as a linebacker, as a defensive end. He's played off the line of scrimmage as a base-down linebacker in a 3-4, which he did in Chicago, and as a sub-linebacker. He's also played all of the units on special teams, so he's a smart player that runs well, is athletic, has good size and power. So he can do a lot of different things. We've used him in all of those roles, more on the line of scrimmage, and then at the beginning of the year and I'd say a combination of both as we've gone through I'd say the last, I don't know, month to six weeks or somewhere in there and in the kicking game. So his overall versatility and the number of different roles, which that could change within the game, or weekly, or I'd say anywhere going forward because of his versatility, and skillset and intelligence. That could change so it could be a little different physically. Last week he was, again, off the line more than he was on but he's a very versatile player and he's helped us in multiple ways on defense and in the kicking game.

Q: What goes into the decision for playing time for Malcom Brown or Vincent Valentine? Is it more scheme based on the opponent or is it based solely on how those two players are performing?

BB: Well, going into the game it's a function of how we determine our roster and how we determine our groupings going into the game based on our game plan and our matchup against our opponent. Once we get into the game sometimes those units change but I would say not frequently. More often in the game it then becomes a little more situational, so the groupings may be selected based on the individual circumstances of that game or possibly the score and situation in the game in the second half, that kind of thing. So sometimes you could go into a game thinking you're going to play let's just call it half the plays in one grouping and half the plays in another grouping, and then once the game actually unfolds, for whatever the reasons are, it could be 80/20 or it could be 20/80 [percent]. That's why when there's questions about snap counts and all of that, defensively you don't control who they put on the field and to a certain extent I think you have to matchup with every grouping. But there's some things you're going to just have to matchup against one way or another unless, I mean, I don't think there's a team in the league that doesn't matchup to some degree, usually a pretty significant degree. So if those are the matchups that you're getting then to a certain extent that's going to determine the play-time of that grouping. Now again, I'm not saying there aren't some ways to deal with that. But it would take some planning, it would take some practice, and it would take some work. It's not undoable but if you didn't want to match certain groups, you wanted to keep certain players on the field, you'd have to have an appropriate scheme that would handle those personnel groups instead of substituting a personnel group that I would say would more easily match it. Those are some of the things you get into. I mean, ultimately the better the players play, the better an individual player plays, the better he performs, the more production he has then the more he's going to play. I mean, that's pretty straight forward around here. Everybody knows that and that's the way it'll be. It's my philosophy. Guys that don't play as well need to improve, need to find a way to be more productive, need to do something to change their playing time, or playing status, or whatever you want to call it and when that happens then things will change.

Q: What have you seen from Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones thus far this season?

BB: Two young players that both have good skillsets but they're I'd say a little bit different. They help us in a number of different ways in the kicking game and on defense. Both are working hard, getting better. I'd like to see those guys in the game. Right now we have other players ahead of them defensively in I would say a lot of situations, but I think these guys are pressing hard and improving and I think they're eventually going to be a factor for us more than they have been. But we'll see how that goes. Jonathan [Jones] has been very productive for us in the kicking game and Cyrus [Jones] has in his opportunities, and I think he'll get more of those to continue to give us production there. [They're] both young and developing, improving players. I'm glad we have them. They've helped us. I think they're going to help us more going forward at some point. We'll just have to see how that goes.

Q: Do you expect Alan Branch to be available to play this Sunday versus the Jets?

BB: Well, that's not my decision so I'll see how it plays out and we'll deal with it accordingly.

Q: How does that impact your preparation this week dealing with the uncertainty of Alan Branch's availability?

BB: That's not uncommon in this league. We've dealt with this before whether it be whatever context the situation is. It could be injury related or it could be non-injury related. There are a lot of times we go into a game not knowing for sure if a player will be available for the game or not. Sometimes that decision isn't made until a couple of hours before the game. We deal with it pretty much every week. I mean, so does every other team. 

Q: What kind of a challenge do the Jets receivers present, in particular the size of guys like Robby Andersen and Quincy Enunwa?

BB: Yeah, Bob [Socci] I think that's a real good observation. The size of this group is - they're big and they're very I'd say unusually big. We see big receivers throughout the course of the year. This team has a lot of them and so that certainly is a challenge to matchup against. They're as big a group as we'll see all year. [Quincy] Enunwa's really had a strong season the whole way through and so it was really him and [Eric] Decker and [Brandon] Marshall, and then [Robby] Andersen has come on [and] gotten more opportunity when Decker went out. So he's really been the fourth guy who's now the third guy. Enunwa and Brandon Marshall, I mean, they're really borderline tight ends. They're that kind of big, and strong and physical. I'd say Andersen's more of a conventional-sized receiver. He's not as big as those guys are but he's fast, he's very productive, very competitive. He's been a very impressive guy to watch. I'd say that's kind of what it looks like to me at that positon. But Enunwa's really been there from day one as their - whatever you want to call him - you can call him a tight end, you can call him a receiver. He's a little bit of both but the combination is very - his size, his playing strength, his speed, his ability to run after the catch - he's definitely a problem to cover and a problem when he gets the ball in his hands.

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