Bill Belichick: 2019 Patriots were ‘constructed very competitively’

Andy Hart
January 05, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Bill Belichick made it clear and obvious that he had no intention of talking about the many questions facing the future of the Patriots during his Sunday morning season-ending press conference at Gillette Stadium.

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He went so far as to say he was “not prepared” to discuss the future less than 12 hours after the shocking 20-13 Wild Card loss to the Titans.

One area that Belichick was asked about that he was somewhat willing to address was the way his latest team was built, specifically an offense that sputtered mightily at times and in Belichick’s own words “weren’t able to score enough points” in the season-defining loss.

Could the Patriots have done more to replace retired All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski? Or given Tom Brady more overall weapons to work with? Those are fair questions that have been posed often by media and fans alike throughout the season.

Asked if he wished he’d done more building the roster this offseason, Belichick paused for a bit before an answer that focused on the accomplishments of the team rather than its shortcomings.

“Ummmm….Yeah, I mean, again, the team was constructed very competitively,” Belichick said. “I think that was reflected in our overall play during the course of the year. Again, we lost four games that basically came down to the last possession. Again, other than the Baltimore game, which that was a pretty competitive game too. So, I think there’s areas in every phase of the game – offense, defense, special teams, running game, passing game, pass rush, pass protection, wherever you want to go, coaching, strategy, game planning, decision making, all of us that had a couple things been a little bit different maybe the outcome would have been a little bit different.

“So I think we all had a part in the wins, we all had a part and shared in the losses. And we have to try to do better in all those areas, each of us that are part of the team going forward. And each of us did that over the course of the year. I wouldn’t expect that to be any different.”

In the end though, it wasn’t enough. Not to earn a first-round bye. Not to advance beyond Wild Card Weekend. Not to defend New England’s Super Bowl title or pursue another ring.

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