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Bill Belichick Post-Game Press Conf - 10/06/2002

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BB: Obviously Miami played better than we did today. They made the plays they needed to make. I've got to give them credit, they did a good job. They did a real good job and I told [Dave Wannstedt] that after the game. I thought his team played well. They played a little bit better than we did. We made too many mistakes in the first half. We dug ourselves into a hole. We turned the ball over. We gave up touchdowns in the red area and didn't create enough scoring opportunities. Then in the second half we were just to far in to dig out of and we couldn't get all the way back. It was a tough game. It was a hard-fought game. Miami played a little bit better than we did today and I have to give them credit for that.

Q: For the good work your team did against Ricky Williams early in the game they always seemed to get the third down conversions they needed, that must have been frustrating?

BB: I don't know about that. They picked up a few third downs. The disappointing part was that they scored. They got the ball in the end zone and we didn't. That's what is disappointing. They made more plays than we did.

Q: What do you think has happened offensively the last couple of weeks, you've struggled a little after the great start to the year?

BB: I think we didn't do a good job at the start of the game in a lot of areas. We had trouble running the ball. We had trouble with pass protection and we turned it over. We had trouble in all areas.

**Q: You were able to score in the second half, what were the adjustments you made at halftime?Belichick: We hit a few plays and executed things a little bit better. It wasn't anything dramatic.

Q: Offensively, how much would you say is scheme and how much is execution in the last couple of games?

BB: I don't know.

Q: Was Troy Brown close to going today?

BB: Yeah, he was closer than he was last week. He is definitely closer, but he just wasn't quite ready.

**Q: Does he make that much of a difference?Belichick: I don't know.

Q: All losses are tough, but how tough is this one being for first place, being a division game and being your second in a row after such a promising start to the season?

BB: You said it, all losses are tough. It's a division game. It's a tough loss. We've got 11 to go; there's a long way to go. But hey, they were the better team today.

Q: On the penalty called on Tedy Bruschi on the field goal, was that over and above what you normally see?

BB: I am not saying anything about the officiating. I'm not going to say or we're just going to get fined. I am not going to say anything about it. So don't even ask anymore questions about the officiating because I am not commenting on it.

Q: In the first half when [Tom] Brady threw the interception when [Zach] Thomas and [Sam] Madison and [Patrick] Surtain were all in the same area and Madison looked like he cheated over, should two receivers be that close on a pattern where a cornerback can leave his man and swing over?

BB: Obviously the play didn't come off the way we had planned it. I'd have to take a look at it on film and tell you exactly what happened. They made a good play on the ball.

Q: Brady again had an interception in the Red Zone, is this just one of those things? Bad reads?

BB: It's not what we are looking for. Madison made a good play on the ball and we've got to execute better in the red area, period, on both sides of the ball, both defensively and offensively. That goes with the team execution.

Q: [Donald] Hayes didn't seem to do much to adjust to the ball or do anything to prevent the interception either? It looked like he could have gone to the ball more?

BB: You probably saw it better than I did because I was standing on the other side of the field. I was as far away from that play as you could get.

Q: Are you guys off a little bit defensively right now or is it what the other teams are doing on offense?

BB: Look, I said Miami played well. Give them credit, they did good job.

Q: Can you talk about the decision to go for two after the first touchdown?

BB: We were down by 10. If we make it, it is a potential one-score game with an eight-point deficit. If we miss it then we are down by 10 and it's still a two-score game just like it is if we are down by nine. The decision to got for two was to try to cut it to a one-score game and in coming up short we ended up being down by 10 instead of being down probably by nine had we made the point, which made it a two score game. So that was the thinking.

Q: The series after the interception you came out and ran three straight running plays, including on 3rd and 11. What was the thinking there?

BB: We tried to attack the defense the best way we could at that point. That's what we always do when we call plays, we try to do what we think is best.

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