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New England Patriots Postgame Quotes 12/18

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, Quarterback Mac Jones and select players comment on their 17-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Opening Statement:

"First of all, I'd like to extend my sympathy to Ryan (Kelly) and his family. Our hearts go out to him. As far as the game goes, obviously we didn't do anything well enough to win. We didn't play well and we didn't coach well. Too many penalties, fumbles, interceptions, over 200 yards rushing. We played from behind the whole game, so just nothing really good enough. We have to go back to work here, coach and play better next (game). It's disappointing, but we'll move on."

How do you explain the unforced errors?

"I don't know. Maybe you know what went wrong. I don't know. Obviously, we didn't do anything well enough, I don't know how else to say it."

What'd you see on the blocked punt?

"We didn't block the guy."

What did you guys learn from tonight?

"We didn't play well tonight. I don't know. We didn't play well tonight. It is what it is. We didn't coach well. We didn't do anything well."

Were you pleased with the fight you showed in the fourth quarter?

"We have to do everything better than we did tonight."

Did you get an explanation from Referee Carl Cheffers on the ejection?

"You should talk to (Referee) Carl (Cheffers). Don't we have a pool reporter who goes and talks to him, right? Go talk to him. He's the one who made the call. Talk to him about it. I'm standing 50 yards away."

Did the Colts make any adjustments or do anything differently during the game?

"They pretty much did what they do. They do enough to keep you off balance and they obviously did it better than we did."

Was there any reason for the flat start that the team had?

"We didn't play well. We didn't coach well."

How do you feel the team managed the clock at the end of the game?

"Nothing was good enough tonight to win so it wasn't good enough."

Is there a reason the team came out flat?

"We didn't play well. We didn't coach well."

What did you see on Jonathan Taylor's 67-yard run?

"We'll look at the film."

How do you feel you guys did against Taylor outside of that run?

"I've said it like five times, I could just say it another five times. We didn't do anything well enough to win tonight, including giving up 225 yards rushing."

Do you feel like the guys will be able to turn the page quickly for another big performance next week?

"We'll see."

Was the crowd atmosphere a factor in tonight's performance?

"We've played in plenty loud stadiums before."

Was this game hard for Mac Jones as a rookie?

"I don't think we coached or played well enough to win tonight across the board, everyone, all of us."

Was it a difficult choice to choose between a kick or conversion for the fourth-and-seven play during the fourth quarter?

"I did what I thought was best for the team."

QUARTERBACK MAC JONES

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

How do you sum this game up?

"Yeah, I just don't think it was our best effort. It starts with me just throughout the week. We didn't have a great practice every day, so it is what it is. You just have to move on and keep your head high and keep working, because no one's going to feel sorry for ourselves. If you feel that way, then – you just can't do that, and you just have to move on and work harder. That's all you can do is just work harder."

Because of self-inflicted mistakes, you guys allowed the crowd to get into the game a little bit more. When they got into the game, how much did that hamper the communication?

"I don't think so. It wasn't too loud out there, and it doesn't even matter if it was. We have to do our job better. We can do a better job just preparing for those situations, and the communication has to happen either way. As long as it gets done, then it's fine. I can do a better job throughout the week of just doing extra with those guys making sure we're on the same page. It just starts with me."

You said it wasn't good practice this week? What happened?

"I just think we, starting with me, the energy was kind of low, maybe like feeling a little sorry for ourselves because we're coming off the bye and stuff. Not to get into details, but we just didn't practice well, and that just reflects how we played. And I didn't practice good, and I know a lot of guys on our team felt the same way. So, we have to come to work every day and just be positive. It's one game. It's not the end of the world, but at the same time, we can play with those guys. They played great, but we also just shot ourselves in the foot. So, we just have to move on."

Did the bye week hurt your momentum?

"No. I think, like I said, that was in the past. We were trying to get healthy and stuff, and that's all you can ask for. And correct the things you feel like you don't do very well, and we didn't do very much well. So, we have to look at ourselves, and (it's a) quick turnaround. Flush this game down the toilet and just roll. And starting tonight, get on the next game and be ready to roll for next week."

Did Darius Leonard do something different on that interception in the red zone? Were his shoulders turned a different way?

"I just threw it right to him. It was a good play, but unacceptable. You can't win until you stop from losing. I mean, I handed the ball to the guy. I did that twice, and that hurt us. I thought the defense played pretty well, and I just shot them in the foot myself by giving them the short field and giving them the ball. That's just my fault and I'll learn from it, but I'm not going to be gun-shy or anything. (I'll) just learn from it and move on."

There was a third-down play where you guys ended up getting tackled for a loss, and it looked like you might have alerted the guys on the line of scrimmage beforehand. Can you tell us what happened on that?

"I don't know exactly what play you're talking about."

It was a toss play to the right.

"Okay, yeah. Yeah, that play, we were in the right play. We just didn't execute it, and sometimes you just have to get the extra yard and we didn't get it. We worked on that exact look, so there's no excuse and I don't really know. I'll have to look at the film, but we just have to be better. That's just one example. There's probably 20 examples of that where we can do a better job creating the holes. Then for me, just throw it to the guy that's open and don't force anything down the field."

CENTER DAVID ANDREWS

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Transcript to follow.

TIGHT END HUNTER HENRY

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

This seemed like to be a home field environment for them, how loud was it?

"Yeah, I mean they did a good job, you know, showing up. We let them get into the game a little bit, you know, too early. We came out way too slow, you know, turned the ball over then get a punt blocked and then just stall offensively. I mean, we just never got anything going, so it's easy for their fans, to I mean, to really get into it. I mean, they did a good job of that."

How difficult was the environment, I mean did that impact the operation for you guys?

"I mean, it was definitely loud, for sure, but we've played in some loud places. I mean, we just weren't on our game today and, you know, we'll learn and get better from it."

It's been a while since you guys have had this feeling. What's going to be the approach moving forward do you think?

"I mean, we just have got to, you know, go and watch it and learn like we did earlier in the season, you know. I mean, they came ready to play, we didn't come ready to play. I mean, that's a good football team. This is a very meaningful game in December, and we just didn't come ready to play. It's something we'll learn from and, you know, have to watch the tape and be better next week."

You guys are coming off a bye week. Can you put your finger on why you don't think you were ready to play tonight?

"I don't know, I mean, I think it was all-around. I don't know if it was one particular thing. I think it was all groups didn't show up early on. I mean, kind of clicking on the same path a little bit, but still, I mean, wasn't good enough."

LINEBACKER MATTHEW JUDON

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Transcript to follow.

SAFETY DEVIN MCCOURTY

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

That touchdown run there at the end of the game, box was pretty low there look like you and Dont'a Hightower really had him what did you see there?

"We just didn't make the play. He cut back inside of us, and it was what we call four-minute and everybody down to stop the run so when you got that, guy breaks one tackle, there's really no depth to the defense kind of selling out on the run and he made a good cut. Me and High (Dont'a Hightower) have to use each other better and make that play."

Obviously when you get a chance to look at film it's not going to be pleasant to look at it, but how fast do you kind of have to flush it to get to the next one?

"Yeah, I mean it is what it is. We didn't play our best football today. We played against a good football team, a team that's hungry, it's that time of year, but our season is not over. We have to get ready to go with a division game, a team we just beat a couple weeks ago, that'll be ready to go because they're in a must-win situation. We got to control what we can control. We can't do anything about this game. It's in the past. We will watch the film. We got an extra day to learn from it fix some of the things, that across the board we are going to see things that happened today we are going to see it again. We are going to see punt rushes; we're going to see what they did on defense. We are going to see what they did on offense. It's a copycat league, so we got to be ready to stop the plays we didn't play particularly well against."

It's been a while since you guys lost a game. Any concerns on how the guys in there are going to handle just the loss and getting over it?

"If we don't handle it well, it'll be our season. I mean its competition, it's the National Football League. Guys in here have all lost games. We started the season off losing games, so we know what we need to do, and we know how we need to practice against a team we know well. Shoot, we were just studying them a few weeks ago, we just have to get ready to go. Put this in the past and keep going and moving forward."

SPECIAL TEAMS CAPTAIN MATTHEW SLATER

Postgame Press Conference
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Transcript to follow.

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