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Belichick : 'We just didn't do a good enough job'

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  September 21, 2009 05:50 PM

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During his weekly chat with WEEI's "The Big Show" this afternoon, Patriots coach Bill Belichick commented on a variety of topics regarding yesterday's 16-9 loss to the Jets.

Among the coaches more notable and candid comments:

  • He said the Patriots' penalties -- they had 11 on the game, including a back-to-back delay of game penalties in Jets territory, probably cost them at least three points.

    "The bottom line is when we had good plays, we didn't string enough of them together, we didn't have too many big plays, we weren't able to make big chunks, and when we did run the ball, it seemed like we had too many times when we would get penalized. And when we're 1st-and-20 or second-and-20, you're trying to get a lot of yards in one or two plays, and that wasn't easy to do. And I think that's where we ran into trouble. . . . And there were a couple of times where we had a chance to score points and ended up not scoring due to penalties, and that wasn't good, either."

  • He said the Patriots' offensive struggles in the second half were due to a variety of factors:

    "Too many long yardage situations, and we we're just not good enough . . . coaching, execution, playing, whatever you want to call it," Belichick said. "We just didn't do a good enough job consistently enough. We didn't have the ball quite as much . . . the Jets had a couple of drives where they held the ball . . . for a decent number of plays, and we didn't have it as much. We had some good opportunities in the first half, both in time of possession and number of plays, and also in field position where we had the ball on their side of the 50 to start a couple of possessions. So we didn't capitalize on our opportunities the way we would have liked to."

  • He said he talked with Jets coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez after the game. Belichick had taken heat from the media for his supposed lackluster greeting when Sanchez tapped him on the shoulder to shake his hand after the game.

    "Yeah, I saw Mark and Rex in the tunnel after the game was over in the tunnel before we got on the bus," Belichick said. "So I talked to both of them. . . . With Rex [on the field], there was a lot of cameras there and everyone was jumping up and down and celebrating as we would have been if we had one. But no, I saw him after the game."

  • Twice during the interview, Belichick had a slip of the tongue and referred to the Jets as "the Ravens" on two occasions. Ryan, who is in his first season as the Jets' head coach, was previously the Ravens' defensive coordinator and runs an extremely similar defensive scheme in New York.

    "The overall execution, from a team standpoint, offensively, was at a level that we would all like to be higher. The Ravens -- or the Jets, rather -- ran a lot of blitzes . . . in the end, we just needed to do a little bit better job throwing it, running it, catching it, blocking, and not get penalized, and not get ourselves in a lot of long-yardage situations. The longer yardage it is, the more effective they are."

  • He said quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who was cut by the Patriots at the end of camp and ended up with the Jets, probably couldn't provide much info about the New England offense beyond contributing to the scout team.

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