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Transcript: Bill Belichick Press Conference

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his press conference on Tuesday, August 17, 2010.

BB: We're excited to be here with the Falcons. It looks like we've got a pretty nice setup. Coach [Mike] Smith has been very accommodating, so we look forward to seeing how this goes.

Q: Are you trying to get the same thing accomplished as you did last week with the Saints?

BB: Yeah, we're just trying to get better. [We're] trying to get better in all phases of the game. We have some individual work and some group work and some team work and some special teams stuff. So hopefully we can be a better football team when we leave here than when we arrived.

Q: In your coaching career, when was the last time you have been on the road for a joint practice?

BB: I've done it with the Giants. [I] did it with Arizona [and] did it with the Bears - three or four times.

Q: Do you remember when that was?

BB: We did the Bears every year when I was at Cleveland up in Wisconsin. Arizona in Arizona in '95 [with Cleveland]. The Giants when I was at Cleveland was kind of a home and home thing. Those are the only ones that I remember. We've had teams come in, but those are all road visits.

Q: You talked about how seamless the practices were last week with the Saints because of philosophies and the structure of practice. Do you expect it to be similar here?

BB: Yeah, I've talked to Mike several times and Thomas Dimitroff. Everything seems to be going pretty smoothly, so that's what we're expecting.

Q: How did you handle who would travel? Did you treat it like a game where if they're not going to play, they're not here?

BB: We brought the people we thought it would be beneficial for them to come. Other people that we didn't, we felt like we'd get more done with them there and they're in New England.

Q: Are there probably a chunk of guys - five or 10 - that didn't travel?

BB: Probably. [There are] a little over 10. I'm not sure of the exact number.

Q: Is Wes Welker here?

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