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Bill Belichick on DHK explains why he's in no rush to play game in Mexico City again

Ryan Hannable
November 20, 2017 - 4:26 pm

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Keefe on Monday to discuss Sunday's win in Mexico City over the Raiders and to look ahead to this week against the Dolphins. To hear the complete interview, visit the Dale & Holley with Keefe audio on demand page.

Prior to Sunday's game, the NFL announced an agreement to play three NFL regular-season games from 2019 to 2021 in Mexico City. It seems Belichick hopes it isn't the Patriots.

“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again," he said. "It’s a long way to go for a game. There’s a lot to it in terms of all the logistics of it. They are not used to having a NFL team so you have to go in there and handle a lot of the logistics. It took a lot of man power, a lot of hours, a lot of energy out of our organization to do that. This week, we’re tired. We are exhausted from the trip. It was a good trip, but it took a lot out of us I think. Look, we play eight on the road and eight at home every year, so it is what it is. I don’t think I’d necessarily be in any big rush to go back and do that again, but if that is where the game is scheduled, sure we’ll play it there.”

Added Belichick: “It’s a lot. We spent a lot of time talking about altitude, about hydration, about food, water, about training elements like that. Much more so than let’s just say Denver. Pick another city that has some similarities, but it is quite bit different. We dealt with it. Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”

The team spent the week before the game in Colorado Springs practicing following playing the Broncos last week. Belichick said it was a good team-bonding week.

“Well, I think it’s a lot different when you are on the road," he said. "I think it’s a lot different. At the end of the day here everybody goes home. They do whatever they do at home and come back in. Our time together here is good and it is productive, but when it ends it usually ends. I am not saying guys don’t go out together and do things when they leave here, but when you are on the road you don’t have any choice. It gives you opportunity to spend more time together and the experiences that you have together, whatever those are. Whether it is seeing the parachuters come in or it’s going to the Olympic Training Center, whatever it happens to be, those bond you a little bit closer because you do them together and you experience them together, opposed to doing them with your wife, friends, or whatever. It’s more of a team-building thing.”

Sunday was Stephon Gilmore's second game back since missing three games with a concussion. Belichick had some praise for the cornerback, who had a tough start to the year.

“Good. Good. He practiced the last two weeks and played the last two weeks, but I think Steph is doing a good job," he said. "He’s had a couple of big assignments the last two weeks with [Demaryius] Thomas last week and [Michael] Crabtree this week. I thought he competed well against those guys and he’ll have another big one this week.”

The Patriots will host the Dolphins this week.

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