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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his conference call on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

BB:Alright, we're definitely getting into Denver here after last night and today. They're a good football team and they're playing great. They're well coached; solid team. Defensively they do a lot of things well. They run well. They have good pass rushers, cover well. They've made a lot of big plays, third down stops, short yardage, goal line, red area, turnovers. They've made them all at the right times. They're real good on special teams, good coverage team, good kickers and good returners. Offensively they do a good job of running the ball, getting it down the field. They have a lot of long passes. Again, they've made the big plays when they had to in critical situations at the end of the game, fourth quarter, overtime, third down, all those kind of things. They're at the top of their game and hopefully it's our target to get to the top of ours by Sunday.

Q:What makes the Broncos effective in the running game?

BB:They have a lot of confidence in it. They call them, they don't get discouraged with it, they hang with it. They try to get it worked out if a play is not going well. They hit you on a lot of different points of attack, different scheme runs. Of course the quarterback has put up quite a few yards himself. Also their option plays, the option, dive option program, that type of thing. There's a lot of different ways they get that rushing yardage in bursts. They really test your defense all the way across the board from the pass rush contain the quarterback standpoint, to playing the normal run-block type of plays to their kind of specialty plays, element of Wildcat, quarterback scrambling, things like that. They get you on a lot of different levels.

Q:What do you attribute to the Patriots' struggles against the Redskins' run game on Sunday? What could you have done better?

BB:There are definitely some things we could have done better. We talked about those yesterday in the meetings. I'm sure if we don't do a better job on them, we'll have problems with it this again week. We just have to do a better job - have to coach it better, have to play it better, defend it instead of just watching and react. We have to do better than we did. I'm sure we'll see it again.

Q:Where does a running quarterback, not just who get loose but run on designed runs, stress your defense the most?

BB:Offensively it gives you an extra blocker somewhere or it takes a defender out depending on what formation you use. It really puts everybody in play, whereas on a normal running play, the quarterback hands the ball off to somebody else and acts out of the play at the point he hands it off. The quarterback, in an offense that runs the ball, he has the whole other 10 people to block for him or to force the defense to catch or cover him in some way which drags a defender out of it. It's like gaining an extra player schematically.

Q:When looking at the Broncos performance in the fourth quarter, do you analyze that differently than when looking at the first three quarters?

BB:I'd say that's definitely something that we look at. Yeah absolutely, we definitely look at that - how a team plays in the second half relative to the first half, how much do they repeat the same thing, how much they change it, how much they adjust their game plan. We definitely study their two-minute at the end of the game sequence - we go over that every week.

Q:Given Tim Tebow's style of play, do you go away from your backup QB emulating him in practice and maybe use a receiver or running back instead in the scout team quarterback role?

BB:That's something we definitely have to talk about, yeah. The most important thing for our defense is to get a good look at as close to what the actual plays are going to look like as we can replicate them. However we do that, whichever players we use to try to get that look - we'll definitely talk about that and try to do it in the way that gives the defense the best look at it.

Q:What stood out for you the most about Tim Tebow as both a player and a person when you evaluated him during the draft process?

BB:We brought Tim in and spent a whole day with him here, in addition to our other interactions with him. He's an impressive young man. He had great success in college. I think all his attributes are pretty well documented. He's a strong guy, smart, works hard, a great leader, great football character. He made a lot of big plays for Florida and won two national championships.

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