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Bill Belichick On-Field Interview - 5/2/2009

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his on-field interview on Saturday, April 2, 2009. Q: [On the Dalai Lama speaking at Gillette Stadium] BB: That would be a motivational speech like one we haven’t heard.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his on-field interview on Saturday, April 2, 2009.

Q:[On the Dalai Lama speaking at Gillette Stadium]

BB:That would be a motivational speech like one we haven't heard.

Q:Well, you've had Bill Russell talk to the guys.

BB:That's right. That was pretty special. [Dalai Lama] might be coming from a little different direction on it.

Q:Was it tough to see Tyrone McKenzie go down? Is he going to be alright?

BB:I don't know. We just finished practice, so we'll have to wait and see.

Q:Can you see a change from Day 1 to Day 2?

BB:Oh yeah. I can see a change from practice one to practice two. Yeah, I think that was probably, hopefully, the biggest jump. Well not hopefully, but it is probably the biggest jump we'll make. Just everybody having a better idea after they saw the film [and] after they got corrected. Then, they went out yesterday afternoon; we made a lot of improvement and then we've added some new things. We'll correct those. These guys are working hard. They get a lot better from practice one to practice two.

Q:Did you send them away with certain things to work on specifically to each player?

BB:Yes, exactly. Each guy has his own strengths and weaknesses, and his own particular situation. So we try to guide them [on] where to be in two weeks.

Q:When you're watching the offensive lineman what are you watching for when they're working with Coach Dante Scarnecchia on the bag, one-on-one?

BB:Just all the things the offensive linemen do: feet, hand placement, leverage. It's not live but you get a little measure of their power and explosion, hip roll, how well they bend their knees [and] change directions.

Q:How is Jermail Porter with that?

BB:He's still got a long way to go. He's an athletic guy, but he's got a long way to go [in] football a lot of things we do are very specific. And he's learning those and getting better at them, but he's got a long way to go.

Q:Does his number mean he could end up on defense? I know Stephen [Neal] flip flopped a little bit.

BB:Yeah, I don't know. It's only been a couple days. We'll just have to see how it goes. We started Stephen on defense, started Porter on offense. That doesn't mean that's where they're going to end up. We'll just see how it goes.

Q:Does Dante Scarnecchia like those challenges of guys that have never played before?

BB:Dante, he coaches whoever he's got. He coaches them hard and you can't ask for anymore than that. He does a great job.

Q:What are your thoughts on Brian Hoyer's arm strength?

BB:Good. I think he's…Throwing the comebacks, throwing the ball down the field. I think it's alright. I don't think that's an issue.

Q:How about your personnel director's [Nick Caserio] arm strength?

BB:Good, yeah. He could be in a competition there for third quarterback.

Q:When rookie camp breaks, what do you tell these guys as far as what they need to concentrate on when they're on their own before they get back for mini camps and training camp?

BB:It depends on each individual player. But generally speaking, they need to get into good condition, learn the material we've given them and take care of any bumps and bruises or any physical or personal issues that are outstanding, get ready to go when they come back in here in the middle of May.

Q:Is there anything you can tell them specifically to prepare them for how much different it will be when all the veterans are here, especially the on-field workouts?

BB:We do the best we can. We talk to them, give them things to work on, things they need to improve on based on what their situation is and what we expect they'll be doing in May. Whatever those things are we tell them to work on.

Q:Do you have any background with Coach Frank Gansz? He passed six days ago now and you hear people talk about special teams coaches and he was one at the forefront of special teams coaches being recognized.

BB:He coached with my dad at the Naval Academy, so I go back with Frank a long way.

Q:Do you have any memories of him coaching wise?

BB:Frank is very energetic, enthusiastic guy. He was very upbeat kind of coach both on and off the field, and he got an opportunity to be a head coach at Kansas City for a year or two, a short time after Coach [John] Mackovic. That was probably the first time I could really remember a special teams coach going to be a head coach. Now, there's been other coaches like myself or [Dick] Vermeil who were special teams coaches early in their career, but Frank was a special teams coach who became a head coach. That was a little bit unique. Yeah, Frank is real upbeat, enthusiastic – a very positive guy.

Q:Anything special teams wise that you could pick up that he contributed to the game of football on the spot?

BB:No I can't. Not the flying wedge, the rugby punt, or something like that…Nothing that comes to mind right away.

Q:Sticking with the special teams, what are the differences that Coach [Scott] O'Brien brings?

BB:Well, Scott has been in the game a long time. He came into Cleveland in 1991 and has done a great job with the different organizations he's been with. He's a very good fundamental teacher, very good scheme coach and he loves special teams. He puts his heart and soul into it and I think you see that when he coaches it with a passion and great deal of knowledge and background.

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