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Bill Belichick Post-Game Press Conf. Transcript - 8/16/2003

Belichick: I thought our defense hung in there and we made enough plays. There is a lot of room for improvement, a few positive things to build on.

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            **BB:**  It felt like kind of a long night out there tonight.  We started off pretty well and made some plays, but we just didn't play with much consistency really for the last three quarters of the game.  But we did get some big plays.  They were important and that was probably ultimately the difference in the game.  Some good things, some not so good.  We've certainly got to take a look at a lot of people on defense and play a lot of plays there.  We didn't have the kind of consistency on offense that we would like to have, particularly on third down.  The running game in the fourth quarter was good when we were finally able to run out some clock and put ourselves in position for the last field goal.  Overall, it was just not a consistent performance offensively and there was a lot of time of possession for the Redskins.  I thought our defense hung in there and we made enough plays.  There is a lot of room for improvement, a few positive things to build on.  

Q: Do you feel it was an up and down night for Bethel Johnson?

BB: I think that is a good way to put it.

Q: Are you going to bring in another kicker?

BB: I would like to be able to make the extra points in this league.

Q: It looked like to the defense you played in the second and third quarter had some trouble against the run.

BB: We were on the field a lot defensively. Some things were good; some things were not as good. We gave up 13 points on I don't know how many plays they had. It must have been 90 plays.

Q: Does it concern you about the run defense coming off last year?

BB: I think some things were good. I think some things weren't as good. When you play as much as we played and you give up 13 points, that is a positive. Would I have like to see us make more plays on third down, in the running game, rushing the passer and everything else? Yeah, sure.

Q: Has Mike Vrabel taken to this 3-4 alignment better than last year?

BB: Yes. I think that Mike has played well on the line of scrimmage. Not that he can't play off the line. I think he has played well on the line of scrimmage.

Q: (On Damien Woody's injury)

BB: He got kicked in the leg. It doesn't look too bad. They went in to X-ray him, but they don't have an X-Ray machine here.

Q: (On Joe Andruzzi coming out of the game)

BB: Well, it was his first game. He didn't play last week, so he played kind of on the first game amount of playing time. The 15 plays or whatever it was.

Q: (On evaluating the players and watching them on film)

BB: You see a lot more on film. You see what you see, but you get a lot better look at it on film. No doubt about that.

Q: (On the status of Damien Woody's injury)

BB: He got kicked in the leg.

Q: (On the play of Patrick Ramsey)

BB: I think he is a good young quarterback. To be honest with you, I was trying to watch more of our team tonight then their team. I think Ramsey has a good arm and he makes good decisions. It looks like he manages the game well. I think he is a good young quarterback.

Q: Were you impressed with his performance tonight?

BB: Again to be honest with you I was really trying to watch our team. I was concentrating a lot more on our team than what the other team was doing. We will watch it on film and get a better look at everybody then

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