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Belichick On The Ravens, Injuries and Wes Walker

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke with the media Sunday night about the loss to the Ravens, injuries and the lack of pass rusher.

Bill Belichick: Obviously a disappointing end to an overall pretty positive season. Tonight we just didnt do enough things well enough to win. Give the Ravens credit; theyre a good football team. They just out-played us and out-coached us tonight. They just made more plays than we did. Thats pretty much the story.

Q: What did they change in the second half that made it so difficult for you guys to score points?

Bill Belichick: They did a good job. I wouldnt say it was anything they didnt do in the first half. They just did a better job than we did.

Q: How much did the injury to Aqib Talib change your plan on defense?

Bill Belichick: We had to make some adjustments. We lost Kyle [Love], we lost Talib.

Q: Were you disappointed with the pass rush? You didnt have the effective pass rush like you usually do.

Bill Belichick: I dont think anything was really as good as it needed to be tonight. [We] gave up too many points, didnt score enough. Id say we probably came up a little short in every area.

Q: How disappointing is it to you that youve gone eight years without winning a Super Bowl?

Bill Belichick: I dont know. Im just focused on this game.

Q: What did you see in the play where Stevan Ridley fumbled? It looked very close as to whether he was down or not.

Bill Belichick: That was the officials call.

Q: What was your opinion of the play?

Bill Belichick: Its their call. They ruled it a turnover so its an official review. Its not anything I can do.

Q: Did you have a chance to see the replay and what did you think?

Bill Belichick: It doesnt make any difference. The officials call the game.

Q: Did you think Wes Welkers drop on third down changed the game?

Bill Belichick: There are a lot of plays in the game; there a lot of things we could have done better, all of us. Like I said, it really wasnt good enough. It wasnt as good as the Ravens tonight. Thats why theyre moving on and were not. They were just better than we were in really everything.

Q: How disappointed are you that you couldnt take advantage of the field position you had and they did not have in the first half?

Bill Belichick: Were obviously disappointed that we didnt win. I said that right off the bat. Were disappointed in the results. What else do you want me to say?

Q: How big do you think the field position was in the first half?

Bill Belichick: I dont know. It was certainly to our advantage. We had a 13-7 lead. Look, we missed a lot of opportunities tonight. We were 1-for-3 in the red area; we couldnt stop them in the red area. We gave up too many points and didnt score enough.

Q: How much did losing Aqib Talib impact what you wanted to do defensively?

Bill Belichick: We had to make some adjustments, yeah.

Q: Did you want to have Aqib Talib match up and when he went out you couldnt do that?

Bill Belichick: We had to make some adjustments to what we were doing. When Kyle [Love] went out and when Talib went out, we had to make some adjustments. But thats the National Football League.

Q: What happened on the last drive of the first half? Tom Brady ran, slid and ended up calling the timeout with four seconds left.

Bill Belichick: Because if we had snapped the ball and run the ball, I think if we hadnt scored, we wouldnt have had time to get another play off, so we wanted to take the three points.

Q: Was there any thought to calling an immediate timeout right after he slid?

Bill Belichick: Not really, no, because I thought we could get up there, or we wanted to try to get up there and clock it and have time to run a play and have the timeout to kick the field goal. So no, not really. I guess if we had known that it would take as long as it did to get the ball finally clocked, but then we didnt get a great look on the play. Tom [Brady] actually called timeout at the same time I did so we just didnt have it.

Q: Did they make any defensive adjustments in the second half?

Bill Belichick: No, I thought they pretty much played what they played in the second half, thats what they played in the first half.

Q: How would you evaluate the running game tonight?

Bill Belichick: I think everything could have been a little better, thats the bottom line. Nothing was really good enough. A lot of things were OK, it was competitive but it wasnt as good as the Ravens tonight, in any area. We just came up short.

Q: On the punt from the 35-yard line, was there any thought of kicking the field goal there?

Bill Belichick: No, there was no thought of kicking a field goal.

Source: New England Patriots


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