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Bill Belichick Postgame Press Conference Transcript

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick addresses the media following the Patriots regular season game versus the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

BB: Once again, this is a little bit like last week, [I'm] proud of our team. They once again stepped up, made the plays we needed to make in the fourth quarter. The conditions weren't great out there in the second half but [we] did a better job of taking care of the ball then we did last week; that was key. [We] had some stops on defense, had some field position in the kicking game. [There's] always room for improvement but good to be 2-0; good to get two division wins. We'll take a little break here and get ready for Tampa. I thought the team fought hard today and that was good; like to see that.

Q: Were you surprised by how many dropped balls there were on both sides?

BB: You know, it was one of those games. It was one of those 13-10, 10-7, 16-13, you could kind of tell it was going to be one of those games and that's what it was. I thought both teams really competed hard. It was a tough division game like it always is, like it was last week, like it always is with the Jets, always. That's the way it is. They played a lot of tight coverage, we played a lot of tight coverage; there were some tough throws in there for both sides.

Q: How would you assess the performance of Ryan Allen?

BB: I thought he got the ball off. There were some key situations that I thought he handled not perfect but decent. We'll take a look at the film, take a little closer look at it but he certainly got us some field position. Just as a team, I think we have to do a little better job on the plus-50 – our coverage, our kicks – and get those balls down there a little bit tighter. It wasn't easy out there. He and Danny Aiken handled the ball pretty well. And [Julian] Edelman I'd say too, on punt returns handled it pretty well. He made some tough catches back there.

Q: Are you noticing any personality in your team? You guys have now won two close games in five days.

BB: I don't know. It's early in the season. We'll see. We'll just keep grinding it out here but I don't know. It's good to win, I know that. But I think it's a little too early to brand anybody as anything. We'll just keep playing and getting better.

Q: Was that first touchdown pass designed to take advantage of the rookie cornerback's inexperience?

BB: It looked like they had everybody up pretty close to the line of scrimmage, which they did that quite a bit tonight. It looked like they had no deep field player and it looked like they were going to get caught up in there in the action and Aaron [Dobson] slipped behind him, Tom [Brady] found him. We got behind them several times, we didn't convert as often as we'd like to or need to but that was a big one for us, no question.

Q: Can you talk about Julian Edelman's play tonight, stepping up with Danny Amendola out?

BB: You know, Julian played well. He made some tough catches and did a good job on punt returns. He played hard like he always does. He's a tough kid. I thought he made a couple tough catches out there in the second half, had to take the ball away from his body in the rain and all that. He competed hard.

Q: Can you talk about the turnovers and the defensive backs?

BB: Yeah, it's always good to turn the ball over. Again, I thought we competed well as a football team. Everything we did wasn't perfect, that's for sure. But we played hard, we fought hard, we made them earn everything they got. They made us earn everything. It was just one of those games. I thought the team really competed well for 60 minutes. I'm proud of them for that. They did a good job there.

Q: When you had Tom Brady kneel at the end of the first half, did you think you didn't have enough time? Or were you playing for the field goal in that situation?

BB: We had enough time to run a play but there are a lot of things that could go wrong and the chance to score from the 25-yard line I don't think is real good. We wanted to make sure we had the opportunity for three points. We had the ball right in the middle of the field. We put it where we wanted it; we just didn't execute the play well enough. We took our shot two plays before, whatever it was. We just felt like that was our best chance to…to give us our best chance to get three points.

Q: Tom Brady's irritation was pretty obvious. Is there a point where a player can be counterproductive in his gestures to the team?

BB: I don't know. I think Tom is probably the best leader I've ever been around so I wouldn't be too critical of him.

Q: Can you talk about Dont'a Hightower? It seemed like he was in a lot of pass coverage.

BB: Yeah, he was. Dont'a did a nice job: he blitzed well, I don't know how many tackles he made but it seemed like he was around the ball and he had a lot of coverage responsibility. They had a couple good inside receivers, their tight ends and all those guys; [he] did a good job, pretty good job handling them.

Q: With so many inexperienced skill players, how tough was it to play a second game in four days at this point in the season?

BB: There wasn't really a whole lot new for us this week. We ran what we know how to run. I'd just say we have to do it a little better, all the way across the board, in all phases of the game. But certainly our execution on offense, it's not like it was a lot of new stuff, we just have to do it better. They're a pretty good defensive football team and they got up there and it was what it was. We made enough [plays] to win but we're going to have to keep making more than that.

Q: What were your overall impressions of Geno Smith?

BB: I don't know. I'm just happy we won. We'll take a look at the film and look at how everybody matched up but he had a couple good drives. I don't know. You'd have to talk to them about how their players played. I'm just trying to watch what our guys did each week.

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