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Bill Belichick Press Conf.

Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MIBill Belichick speaks to the press.



            **B:** I thought that overall the team really played very hard. We played tough. There was a lot of courage out there today from a lot of the players on our team. Unfortunately in the second half we got some tough calls. We made some bad plays and we just couldn't overcome them. Then a couple of plays there at the end got away from us and the score got out of hand. It's just disappointing. I'm disappointed that we didn't get better results because I thought there was a lot of effort out there. We didn't do a good job overall in the kicking game, and we couldn't capitalize on some of the opportunities we had early in the game. At the end of the third quarter and then in the fourth quarter things just got away from us.  

Q: Did you feel like you had the crowd out of it for a while?

B: We were not worried about the crowd. We were worried about the Lions.

Q: What happened with the offense inside the red zone?

B: We had some opportunities, but we didn't get as much out of them as we would have liked to.

Q: How was the team's effort today?

B: Like I said, I thought the team played pretty competitively. In the third quarter things got away from us. That pretty much goes for everybody. We had it on offense. We had it on defense. And we certainly had that in the kicking game. We didn't do a good job there at all. We had some penalties in the kicking game. There were also a couple of key plays that swung the game. A guy goes out of the end zone and catches a touchdown pass. We were offsides on a sack that would have forced a field goal. We had a personal foul penalty that set up field position on a return. They were just bad mistakes.

Q: Was the touchdown where the guy went out of the end zone reviewable?

B: No. They ruled that it was a penalty on the defensive player for pushing him and that it was a touchdown.

Q: You had Kevin Faulk return punts today instead of Troy Brown. What was the reasoning behind that?

B: Troy injured his leg during pregame. We really didn't think before the game that he was going to be able to play. He is another player that I though showed a lot of courage out there in doing what he could do. He was a lot less than 100 percent because he got hurt during the warm-ups.

Q: Why didn't you use [J.R.] Redmond until the second quarter?

B: [Patrick] Pass has gotten most of the work for the last couple of weeks. Redmond has been out. We just decided we wanted to have J.R. in there, and that's what we did.

Q: On the touchdown play where you thought the guy went out of bounds, how did you see that play?

B: I couldn't see it from where I was. He went out of the back of the end zone and came back and caught it, right? Is that what happened? I don't know.

Q: And they said he was pushed out?

B: I guess so.

Q: When you decided to remove Drew [Bledsoe], did the fact that Tom Brady was a local favorite have anything to do with putting him in?

B: Nope.

Q: Was the idea to pass against this team mostly because Redmond was banged up?

B: No. I think the idea was to throw against the Lions period. They do a good job of stacking the line and stopping the running game. People haven't had a lot of success running the ball against them. We really didn't either. We thought we would have more success throwing the ball. So that's what we did.

Q: What happened on the fourth down at the goal line when you were called for a delay of game, which forced you to go for the field goal?

B: The play clock ran out on us and we ended up kicking the field goal. We just didn't get it off.

Q: Was this game more a case of the Lions beating you or you beating yourself?

B: We gave the game away in the second half. They capitalized on our mistakes, and we didn't capitalize on some of the opportunities we had earlier in the game. You can't make those kinds of mistakes on the road and give away points. We gave them away with the penalties and the turnovers. That's really what led to the points. The penalties and turnovers led to a lot of them.

Q: Does the short week make it even more difficult for a 3-8 team than an 8-3 team to get ready?

B: I don't know.

Q: Two plays before Shockmain [Davis] came up a little short of the first down, Drew [Bledsoe] called a time out. It looked like the Lions had 12 men on the field and you spared them with the time out. Did you see that?

B: What happened there was that we ran the ball. They stopped us and drove the guy back about 10 yards. There was a big pile behind the line of scrimmage. By the time the ball got spotted for the next play, there was only about 19 seconds left on the play clock. Charlie [Weis] called the play and I talked to [the official] about resetting the clock. That was after the fact, and they felt it didn't need to be reset. I guess we should have got going a little bit quicker because we really just didn't get everything communicated out of the huddle and up to the line quick enough in the time that was allotted. We have to do a better job of that when there is a delay in the game. It was just a normal play.

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