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Belichick wraps up season

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  January 17, 2011 10:46 AM

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Bill Belichick hates losing, this we know.

This morning, as he held his day-after press conference, he was at times down (understandably), at times matter-of-fact, and even a bit sarcastic.

He was asked for his thoughts on coming back for a 12th season with the Patriots, and while he didn't give a definitive yes, Belichick said his feelings are "the same as coming back for an 11th season or a 10th season," which I guess means it will be business as usual.

Wearing his signature piece, a Patriots' hoodie with cut-off sleeves, this in navy blue, he was asked about a number of topics. Here's a quick look at many of them:

In his opening statement, Belichick said, "We thought the season would continue, had a lot of confidence. ... A lot of good things that happened for us this season; that certainly gets overshadowed by the final result."

On what will happen over the next 3 to 4 days...
"Just wrap up a lot at the end of the year, pulling a lot of things together. It’s a long list but…just wrapping up things, there are things you have to do to tie up at the end of the year."

On the 58-yard catch-and-run by Jerricho Cotchery...
"We did a very poor job on that play defensively. Four-yard pass that goes for 60 yards…that’s bad."

On if he still thinks running the ball late in the game was the way to go...
"Well I hoped to score. That’s what I hoped for. There was over five minutes to go in the game, if we score on that drive, it’s a one-score game with five minutes to go."

Would he have gone into hurry up offense

"I wouldn’t have done that, no."

On the message he'll give the team...
"We’ll talk about some things today when we meet with the team. I think we all feel disappointment."

On the Jets' playing more zone defense than in previous meetings...

"I wouldn’t say so…the first two drives, we took the ball right down the field. There were one or two bad plays in there…they did what they did. We had a lot of success moving the ball, staying on track, we put ourselves in position to score a lot of points on those drives. We ended up with three (points), not what we hoped for the way those two drives started. As the game went on, we had the two bad drives there in the second quarter. There were certainly a couple of plays we would have liked to do better on…that’s the way the whole game played out. They mixed it up, but that’s what they do."

On the fake punt attempt...
"There’s a lot of things that can happen on a lot of different plays. I’m not going to get into detailed analysis of one play."

On coaching the Pro Bowl...

"It's definitely not where we want to be, but we’ll go out there and do it."

Whether the youth of the team played a role in the playoff loss...
"I think that collectively as a team we lost. I think that everybody who played in the game has plays they’d like to have back. ... In that game I think there’s something that each and every one of us who participated in the game would like to have back. I’d include veteran players in there with everyone else."

If it is frustrating being a coach with an unsettled labor situation...
"It’s different but similar to two other situations I've been through, in '82 and '87, the same type of thing. If you’re in the business long enough, that’s part of it. I'm sure it will be resolved in time, in the meantime you do what you do…in the meantime we’ll do the best we can, and deal with those definitions, whatever they happen to be.

"We’ll know more at the beginning of March than we know now, might not be much more, at least until that point there’s some degree of speculation. Maybe there’ll be some resolution at least in terms of the interim between the players and the owners in terms of how things are going to be handled. Maybe there won’t."

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