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Bill Belichick Press Conference Transcript

BB:Alright, so we're rolling through week three here, trying to put in a little bit more every day. Today is a good review day for us, a lot of situations and a lot of different calls. We're getting through a lot of things in the kicking game, offensively, defensively, keep trying to build our overall foundation for this team and trying to make sure that we get all the situations covered and have a good opportunity to get through them before we get to training camp and at least everybody has a good idea of what to do, so when we get to the August practices, we've already been through it once and we can go out there and compete and get a good evaluation of these guys. So, we're just plugging away.

Q: What is your reaction to Brandon Spikes' car being involved in an accident and your decision to release him so quickly?

BB: We're just concentrating on today, not really talking about the past – not last week, not last year. We're out here working on stuff today and we're getting stuff done.

Q: How good was it to have Malcolm Butler back on the field today and how did he look?

BB: Been out there. Everybody that's out there is working hard. Guys that aren't out there, we hope we get them back soon.

Q:There was a report that his absence was disciplinary. Do you have a response to that?

BB: No.

Q:What's the biggest adjustment going from the OTAs to mini-camp?

BB: It's really more of a continuation. I wouldn't say it's a big jump. The timing on it's a little bit different with the rules – the OTA rules and the mini-camp rules. But it's basically the same.

Q: How good is it to have Ray Ventrone back? What kind of role is he playing early on?

BB: Ray has got a lot of experience in this league as a player. He's transitioning to being a coach. I love his attitude and his work ethic, so it's good to have him.

Q: What are some of the challenges and difficulties trying to defend a title?

BB: It's a new season. We're 0-0, just like everybody else is this year.

Q: We've seen guys who haven't been able to make the leap from year one to year two due to not being on the field – Aaron Dobson, maybe was one of those guys. Can you stay up to date and make improvements if you're not on the field?

BB:Sure, I don't think you can let what you can't do affect what you can do. You want to take advantage of the things that you can do, whatever those are, and make the most of those. Sometimes you're limited and you can't do everything, but you don't want to let those things hold you back from what you can do.

Q: Overall, how happy are you with the team's progress heading into mini-camp next week?

BB: We've got a long way to go, but everybody's out here working hard trying to do the best they can. We just have to take it day by day and keep improving. We've got a long way to go.

Q: Is there a teaching moment in winning the Super Bowl and carrying it over into the next season? Can you use it as motivation?

BB:We haven't talked about it.

Q:Do you presume that it's internalized?

BB: There are a lot of players that are on this team that weren't on that team last year, so we don't have to worry about last year.

Q: Do you talk about last year's Super Bowl run?

BB: Talk about today, talk about tomorrow.

Q:What about among yourselves?

BB:It's a new season.

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