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Bill Belichick Postgame Transcript: 'We are going to have to work harder'

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media following the team's Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.


BB: **Obviously, we didn't have a good game tonight, it was disappointing, the Chiefs played well and we just really didn't play well enough at all. We gave up some third down conversions in the first half, long drive field goal at the end of the half, we couldn't really move the ball consistently on offense. We turned over the ball in the second half and gave it another go at it, but we just didn't play very well, and Kansas City played well, and that's a bad combination for us. And we all need to do better.

Q:Was the decision to put in Jimmy Garoppolo in performance related to Tom, or score related?

BB:We played everybody tonight.

Q:Offensive line related, it's unusual to put your rookies out there, to my knowledge, it looks like you are trying to really mix and match there.

BB:We're trying to do what we think is best.

Q:Can you pinpoint what problems there are out there from your coaching stand point? What they're not doing and what they need to do?

BB:Well, we need to do everything better offensively; we had five first downs in the first half or something like that. Then we turned the ball over in the second half, so we pretty much need to do everything better.

Q:I know when Jimmy came into the game the score was what it was in the fourth quarter, so do you put much stock into the fact that he was able move the football and get a touchdown where as Tom has struggled?

BB:I think our team competed there at the end, and that's what they should have done.

Q:The quarterback position, is that going to be evaluated this week?

BB:No response.

Q:It's a short week, how do you recover from a game like this?

BB:It is a short week and Cincinnati had a week off, so I'm sure they will be ready to go. We are going to have to work harder and try to make up that ground. There is nothing we can do about this game, it's done.


Q: **What went through your head to make the choice to use the two rookies tonight?

BB:We were trying to win the game.

Q:It's Monday Night Football, and I don't remember seeing that much offensive line movement in a long time.


Q:A lot of different starters, unusual?

BB:You asked a question, and I answered it.

Q:So the problem doesn't start with the quarterback, it starts elsewhere?

BB:We compete as a whole team, so we've got to play better.

Q:Did you cover the level at which some of these young players could play at on the offensive line?

BB:I don't know. I think I've said every year that we need to come out here and prove ourselves and we all have to go do it.

Q:How concerning was the defensive line tonight?

BB:It just wasn't good enough.

Q:In the first half you guys ran the football seven times and you passed it 15 with running backs active, do you have to get away from your original game plan when you got down early or was that the original game plan, to spread them out?

BB:It was a combination of both, but we really didn't have a lot of success doing anything. You've got to pass and you've got to run.

Q:I'm guessing you did not go into the season thinking you would be struggling this much at this point. Why do you think you are?

BB:I never make predictions on the season. Ever. Never have, never will.

Q:You get beat like this on Monday Night Football, I would say it's struggling and that's the case.

BB:We need to do better, and we need to perform better.

Q:That's fairly obvious. How are you going to do that?

BB:Work it out.

Q:What went into your roster decision to both Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins active? I know you do what's best for the team.


Q:Why was that the best interest of the team?

BB:I've got to play the players who can, and they did, can't have everybody.

Q:Giving Danny Amendola's lack of productivity, is that something you will work on yourself in terms as that roster position? You don't seem to be getting much out of that roster spot.

BB:I think we will try to do the best that we can every week. With our entire team and see what difference it will make.

Q:Bill, is this offensive line fixable? Or will you have to go outside to bring somebody in to help you guys?

BB:I don't know, our team has got to go to work.


Q: **You mentioned after the Oakland game that it was not one of the all-time great Patriots performance, and you had extra days to prepare for this team. Frankly you didn't look a whole lot better. And now you have a really short week to prepare for a really good team.

BB:Everything's a challenge.

Q:Do you think you can make a quick fix? Or is there a serious problem?

BB:I think we'll work as hard as we can, like we do every week, to prepare, and this week I don't think is any different than any other week.

Q:Because it's such a short week for preparation, is this one of those games that you just try to sort of move on since you have less time to prepare, or after a game like this do you really have to go back and make sure you sort out the areas that are not where you want them to be?

BB:We will take that time and try to use it and sort it out in the fashion that we can. I'm sure it will be some sort of combination of both of those. Take a look at the film and see what's best.

Q:Those interceptions in the second half, is that just Brady playing it loose because you guys were down by so much?

BB:I don't know, I mean he could have seen plays there. And could have just done a better job.

Q:When you're struggling like that offensively, do you try to make things simpler to minimize mistakes or does that just make it easier for teams to defend?

BB:I think you just have to do what's best.

Q:And what do you think that is?

BB:I think we will take a look at Cincinnati and see what the game plan is and make decisions.

Q:What did you say to the team right after the game in the locker room?

BB:Any conversation I have with the team is between me and the team or me and the individual.

Q:What were they doing in their run game that made it so difficult to defend?

BB:There is a combination of things, not just one thing or another. It was a number if things. And in the end we just have to coach better and play better. And tackle.

Q:Did they throw any wrinkles, anything you guys weren't expecting?

BB:They did a good job of mixing it up. Andy always does. With his different personnel groups, and I've always been complementary of his teams and they did a good job, obviously.

Q:Did it feel like they hit you more in the sub-defense against the runner?

BB:Yeah I mean with weak side runs. I mean not all the problems were with one defense.

Q:I'm sure you wouldn't be happy with this in any game but does Monday Night Football make it worse for you or worse for the team?

BB:I don't think it stands. There's no way to feel good after a game like that, whenever it is.

Q:Are you worried about Tom Brady's performance in the past four games?

BB:We all need to perform better as a team.

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