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Bill Belichick Post-Game Press Conf - 08/17/2002

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BB: That is a little different look. Well, I'd say, first of all, similar to most preseason games, there were some good things and some not so good things, things that we have to work on. You know, for the first, the first game here in the Stadium, I think there is some excitement in the air and it made it a little bit different than the normal preseason game for us. But as far as the game itself went, we had three turnovers in the first half offensively and that pretty much kept us off the scoreboard. I felt we played competitively on defense and then in the second half gave up some plays defensively. Of course, when they tied it back up and then both teams settled for some field goals and then down there in the red area. So, individually it looked like we did a few things. We still have some work to do. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do, a lot of things we need to tighten up. A couple bumps and bruises in the game but nothing, nothing outstanding to report at this point. So anybody got anything?

Q: (On J.R. Redmond)

BB: J.R. tightened up a little bit before the game so it was a late scratch.

Q: (On Tom Brady and the offense)

BB: Yeah, we were looking to play him about 30 plays, which I think is around where we got in the half. We wanted to get a two-minute drive so we probably went into that a little bit early in the second quarter compared to what we'd normally do. But just so we could get one of those in the preseason with Tom. Then some guys came out a little bit earlier than others and some guys stayed in a little bit longer. But I would say, overall, for most of those guys from the first group that probably went in the neighborhood of 25 to 30, 35 plays, somewhere in that area.

Q: Were you happy with the running game today?

BB: I thought it was better than it was last week. You know, I don't think it's -- I don't think this is final where we need to be. But I think we made some progress from last week, yes.

Q: Was there a different feel in the Stadium?

BB: Compared to the old Foxboro, yes, a little bit different.

Q: (On team energy)

BB: I think that there was. There was a good amount of energy at the beginning of the game and at the other stages of the game, yes.

Q: (On Damien Woody's injury)

BB: Woody got his shoulder banged up a little bit there in the first half and so he probably could have gone back in, but we kept him out. And Steve (Neal) stepped in there.

Q: (On turnovers)

BB: You know, some good, some not so good. You know, a couple turnovers. Not, not what we were looking for.

Q: (On preseason progress)

BB: Well, I think after every preseason game you would always like to be a little bit further along than wherever you are. And we have some things, a number of things that we need to work on and would like to have seen some of those be better. But some of them weren't, so we'll have to work on them. I think you would always like to be a little bit further along. Every day you walk off the practice field and in each preseason game you would like to feel a few of the things that didn't go as well you would like for them to go a little bit better. But I think that is pretty much the normal feeling.

Q: (On Deion Branch)

BB: Because he made some plays with the ball in his hands and then he didn't have the ball at the end of the play a couple times so the consistency for him is, as well as a lot of the other players, is something that we need to show a little bit more of. I think there were probably a number of times in the game where we flashed some plays or flashed some -- and then there were some other points where it was not very -- we couldn't sustain it and then it didn't look so good. So he is going to have to take care of the ball a little bit better than he did tonight.

BB: Okay. All right. Thank you.

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