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Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference - 10/4/2010

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his postgame press conference on Monday, October 4, 2010.

(Opening Statement)
"Feels to come in here after a game like that. It was a great team effort tonight. I am really proud of the players; offense, defense, [and] special teams made big plays, played hard. Miami is a good football team. I am sure we haven't heard the last of them, there is no doubt about that. Tonight was kind of our night and the credit goes to the players. Those guys played hard and they made plays all night."

(On the special teams play tonight)
"They were all right [Laughing]. It was a great effort. Those guys really worked hard, they work hard every week in practice and [special teams coach] Scott O'Brien, they go through a lot of little things and really do a good job of preparing so I was really happy for the success they had tonight. The plays they made helped their team and, again, those kids work hard and really deserve it."

(On the 16 play, 55 yard drive that resulted in a field goal)
"It helped, absolutely. Long drives are good for the defense, it is better when you get in the end zone, but they are still good drives. Our offense did a good job. Miami is a good defensive club, a lot of guys up front that are tough. We tried to stand up and block them, make some plays in the passing game. [We] ran the ball, so it was pretty good balance attack."

(On the play of their defense tonight)
"They played hard tonight. They beat a good football team here. They played hard; they deserved it."

(On if Rob Ninkovich has displayed good hands in practice)
"Yea you know he does. He has pretty good hands. He does some deep snapping and handles the ball pretty well. But those were two good catches. He really had to extend, reach out and catch the ball. It didn't hit him right between the 5 and 0 like sometimes it does in those [interceptions]. That was heck of a play, both of them, outstanding plays. They were big; [they] bailed us out."

(On what he told the team after the game)
"Just congratulated them on the win. They deserve it. They were the better team tonight and they deserved to win. They played hard and they made more plays then Miami did."

(On if Rob Ninkovich was playing a different scheme tonight)
"No."

(On Brandon Tate kick return for a touchdown to start the half)
"We had run the other return; you know we come back to the other side. Then this one we kind of bounced it outside and he got a great block from Sammy Morris and then just turned it on and split it. Brandon has been close several times this year. He was close to one in Cincinnati and has been close to ones some other times. He doesn't need much room, but Sammy Morris made a great block, they did a nice job. [Danny Woodhead], Rob [Ninkovich], all those guys, [Jarrad] Page, the wedge, [Rob Gronkowski], and Dan Connolly. Those guys did a good job of blocking. [Brandon] Tate hit it and it was all over."

(On how much of Patrick Chung's blocked kicks were his own effort and how much was scheme)
"It is both. It is not just the guy who blocked it, it is the guys who hit the gaps, take the blockers and open it up for the guys that they miss. So it was a nice job by the whole team. It was a well designed play by [special teams coach] Scott [O'Brien] and you are fortunate to make the play. We have been close on a couple and haven't gotten them, so it was great to get them this week."

(On if the coaching staff saw something in Miami's special teams in the first half that they felt they could exploit)"No, we just went into the game with a game plan and just tried to follow the game plan."

(On if tonight was a good example of complimentary football)"Yea, it was great. We got plays from every phase of the game. It was awesome tonight. The players really played hard. They played unselfishly and we got the win. That is what we came down here for."

(On if he was surprised with scoring 35 points in one half)
"No, I wasn't that surprised, but I guess everyone else is. You make plays, you score points. If you do not make them, you don't."

(On if he sensed the team rallying around the doubt people had about getting a win in Miami)
"I don't know, we have won 2 out of the last 3 down here. It is now 3 out of the last 4, right?"

(On if he thinks the team is confident in their abilities)
"I think our team is confident we can win, absolutely. I know we don't do it every time, but we think we can."

(On if he can recall a game with a block field goal return for a touchdown, blocked punt, and a kickoff return for a score)
"No, I don't think so. No, I can't imagine there are too many of those in NFL history to be honest with you. Plus offensive and defensive touchdowns. It was a good day for fantasy football."

(On if he has ever had a win that was this balanced between all three phases of the game)
"I don't know. The Pittsburgh AFC Championship game in [2001], that had a blocked field goal, a punt return, and the pass to [David] Pattern. So pretty good defensive effort. They are few and far between. We will take a win however we can get it. We are happy with it. It was a good effort by the team and we just have to get back to work here and get ready for Baltimore."

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