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Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript: 'This will be a challenging period of time for our team'

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his conference call on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

BB:Really not a lot to add from what we talked about last night. We just didn't do a good enough job really in any area; no consistency offensively, didn't do a good job defensively against the running game, didn't convert on third down, in the red area. Offensively we weren't good on third down. We just dug ourselves a hole and then a good pass rush team, like the Chiefs are, we put ourselves in a bad situation in the second half and they capitalized on it. It's pretty much what we talked about last night. I wouldn't say a whole lot has changed after watching the film this morning.

Q:How does the short week affect the schedule for you guys in terms of being able to go over last night's game and watching some of that film? Does that process have to be quickened because of the lack of time?

BB:Right, absolutely. We've dealt with this; played in these shorter weeks before. We'll have to find a combination of taking yesterday which normally would have been the day we reviewed the film with the players, we don't have that day so we'll have to squeeze in some of the combination of obviously a lot of [Cincinnati] preparation work with seeing some of the things that we need to see from last night's game to correct them and make sure we understand them. We'll have to try to balance that out but we'll get it in somehow.

Q:When you drafted Cameron Fleming you said all he played was tackle. In terms of his skill set, what did you see from him that makes him a good fit at guard?

BB:I think Cam has come in and really done a good job for us this year. He's very strong, physical; smart kid, picks up things quickly. He just moved him one position from his basic right tackle spot. Yeah, it's a transition but I don't think it's an enormous one. I thought he played hard, I thought he did a lot of good things last night. Like everybody there are certainly things he can improve on and we all can improve. He's big, he's strong, he's physical, he runs pretty well and he's very smart. So, he's got a lot of things going for him.


Q: **At this stage of the season through four games, did the coaching staff [overestimate] the ability of some of the players on the roster to play those two guard positions?

BB:I think you just go through the course of the season, whether it's the spring, training camp, into the regular season, you make the decisions that you feel like are the best ones. That's what we tried to do; that's what we'll continue to do.

Q:Is it a case right now with the interior guys of just basically trying different combinations and hoping to find something that works? Or are players like Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming out there because they've made progress in practice to the point where they deserve to be out there?

BB:Well, in those two cases yeah, in practice and in the games, those players have played for us the last few weeks. I'd say the combination of those things, yeah, absolutely. You earn playing time and you earn it through performance, whether that's practice or game situations or a combination of both. Yeah, that's exactly what it is.

Q:It's a short week and you're in the midst of playing four games in 18 days. What's the challenge of trying to prepare for people specifically because you guys are a game plan team – how do you balance finding the time to correct things and coach guys and also prepare for the other team? There's only 14 non-game days.

BB:There's no doubt that this will be a challenging period of time for our team in terms of our mental toughness and resiliency and being able to handle a lot in somewhat of a compressed period. But that's what it is and we'll try to do the best we can in terms of utilizing our time as productively as we can. As I said before, it's a balance of all those things. It's a balance of correcting things. It's certainly a lot of preparation and moving forward with the next opponent, in this case, a very good one in Cincinnati. Yeah, we'll have to put those things together and find a way to get as much done as we can with the opportunity and the time we have allotted.

Q:The previous two games your defense played very well. Was yesterday's issue more of the variations in their offense that just kept you guys on your toes that it was almost too much to handle?

BB:I think Kansas City did a good job – give them credit. But we didn't really just do much to help ourselves last night, period. The offense didn't help the defense; the defense didn't help the offense. We just didn't play a good complementary game. We put ourselves in some bad situations. We weren't able to make plays to get out of it. We had opportunities to convert on third down defensively in the first half and weren't able to do it often enough. Offensively we weren't able to convert those similar type opportunities: third-and-shorts to mediums and ended up giving the ball back and putting the defense back on the field. We weren't able to create any turnovers or negative plays or good field position for our offense. We just didn't complement each other very well as a team, put each other in difficult situations and then we had the turnovers in the second half and the game got out of hand. I think it was a combination of a lot of things. We certainly need to play better fundamentally on defense and tackle better and that wasn't, I'd say, as much of a problem the previous couple weeks. It was in the Miami game and it certainly showed up again last night. Anytime you miss tackles and don't convert on third down and don't convert in the red area then you're probably not going to be real happy with the overall defensive performance. I'd say that was the probably the way we feel today.


Q: **You have two guys in Brandon Browner and Brian Tyms that will be able to practice with you guys this week. How will that work for you guys as a coaching staff to reincorporate those two players? Will they be able to hit the ground running or will there be some time that they need to make up, almost as if they were dealing with an injury or something? How does that situation work this week?

BB:I think that's certainly a question that we'll have to address and ultimately answer this week. I don't know the answer right now. Right, those two players have missed four weeks, four games, but all the practice time as well. We'll have to see where they are relative to the other players. I think both those guys had good preseasons and they both had very positive impacts in the opportunities they had in preseason. But in the time that's passed, we'll see how far behind or where they are relative to their teammates that have been practicing and working over that timeframe. So, we'll just have to try to evaluate that during the week here and then do what we think is best for the game against Cincinnati Sunday night. So, we'll have to figure that out. I really don't know the answer to that question now and probably won't until we are able to go through a full week and just see where we are with those guys and where they are relative to the other players.

Q:The way the rules were explained to us was that both of those players could be around the team and at workouts and in meetings. Have both of those players –

BB:That's incorrect. You should check with the league about the specifics of the rules but in no case can a player practice and depending on the ruling by the league, if a player was here then he'd be able to attend meetings and work out with the training staff but not participate in any team football-type activities. In that sense it's different but similar to a player returning from an injury where he works with the training staff but isn't able to work with the team on the field.

Q:I understood that they weren't able to practice and play in games but have those two guys been around for meetings? Is that something they were able to do?

BB:Yeah, one was and one wasn't. Again, that's all legislated by the league. We have no say in that whatsoever. We just abide by whatever the league discipline is, so we can't do anything other than what they're permitted to do. But in no case are they allowed to practice with the team.

Q:Can you tell us which one was around?

BB:That's again something you should deal with the league on because it's their discipline.

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