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Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media at Gillette Stadium following a regular season game versus the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

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BB: Well unfortunately that wasn't our best effort out there today. But give Arizona credit. They're a good football team. They made the plays they had to make to win. We had our chances and in the end we just couldn't make enough of them, we just couldn't do enough. Hopefully we can play better, coach better next week; do a better job. Just didn't do well enough today, it's as simple as that – in any phase of the game. Plenty of mistakes out there. We need to correct them. We need to coach better, we need to play better, we need to do better than that.

Q: Any questions about playing it as safely as you did to set up that field goal at the end?

BB: We scored a touchdown; got it called back. We had a touchdown called back.

Q: You have to be disappointed to see Rob Gronkowski have back-to-back penalties in that situation.

BB: There are a lot of things we could have done better today all the way around, all of us. I'm sure everybody on the team feels the same way – every player and every coach.

Q: Can you point to the things that Arizona did defensively?

BB: They did a good job. They have good players, good coaches – they did a good job.

Q: How much effect did losing Aaron Hernandez have?

BB: I don't know.

Q: Did that throw the game plan off significantly?

BB: Well you can't go into the game just counting on one guy, any guy. Everybody has to be ready to adjust. It's not the first time a player has been injured in a game.

Q: Do you have an update on Aaron Hernandez?

BB: No, we'll check it out like we usually do and see what the story is.

Q: You talked a lot about keeping everybody focused this week for an opponent you didn't know as much about. Did you see signs during the course of the week during practice that they weren't as prepared as you may have liked?

BB: I don't know. That's what practice is for. Practice is never perfect. There are all these things to correct in practice; that's why we practice.

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