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Bill Belichick on OMF: 2018 Patriots ‘a lot different’ than 2009

Ryan Hannable
December 17, 2018 - 3:49 pm
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Following Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, the Patriots are now 9-5 on the year and will finish 3-5 on the road.

Their five losses are the most since 2009 when they went 10-6 on the year, and finished 2-6 on the road. On NFL Network’s “A Football Life” featuring Bill Belichick, he’s captured telling Tom Brady on the sideline of a game in New Orleans that he just can’t get the team to do what he wants.

That team ended up by losing on wild card weekend at home to the Ravens. Naturally, because of the number of losses, some have tried to compare this year’s team to that one, but Belichick is not going there.

“This is a lot different than 2009, but look, we’ll see what happens,” he said Monday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. “There is still a lot of football left this year and I know our guys are very dedicated and work hard. Nobody feels good today, nor should we. We’ll see what we can do this week.”

Belichick was asked if this team feels any different than others in the past, but like some of the players Sunday, he didn’t want to go there.

“Right now, I am really just thinking about Buffalo and do the best job I can to get our team ready to go on Sunday against them,” he said. “What happened last week, or two weeks ago, or in 2002 — I don’t really think what happened in 2002 has much bearing on this week’s game, with all due respect.”

At 9-5, the Patriots are currently the No. 3 seed, but can move up to the No. 2 seed and get a first-round bye if they win their final two games and Houston drops at least one over the last two weeks.

“There is nothing to feel sorry about,” Belichick said. “We are what we are because of what we did, or didn’t do. Our opportunity is this week against Buffalo and that is all we can control and that is what we’re going to start to work on."

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