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Bill Belichick explains how Patriots will approach their bye week

Ryan Hannable
November 13, 2018 - 3:48 pm

FOXBORO -- It is Week 11 and for the first time since really the start of training camp, the Patriots will get some extended time off.

Having a bye week so late in the year is certainly different than early on or in the middle, as rest may be the biggest priority now.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Bill Belichick explained how he plans on approaching things.

"I think at this time of year rest is always a good thing," he said. "Also, practice timing and I’d say attention to fundamentals and details that sometimes get minimized a little bit when you’re doing heavy game planning and trying to handle weekly teams that have very challenging schemes and systems. It’s a balance between rest and improved fundamentals, improved execution in the things that we need to do better. I don’t think that we’re going to get that by just sitting around and resting, but rest is important and the health and energy of the team is important, so we’ll try to balance those things and do the best we can with our opportunity to maximize our time efficiency and the way we use it."

Usually following the bye week the team has almost half, or more than half, of the season to go, but this year it's roughly a third.

Belichick noted the team will need to do its best of making the best use of the week off.

"We have six games left. We have over half the season of opportunity to evaluate the things that we’re doing and what we can do better, maybe what we need to do more, need to do less of and how to improve some things and all that. So, it’s quite a bit of information," he said. "We just need to try to get things, I would say, first of all not directed at a particular opponent because that will come later, but just in general, what would be the things that would help us the most in the last six games. And then specifically looking at our next opponent, how does that apply to the Jets? But, it’s a regularly short window – you know, a third of the season to go – and we have to really maximize our opportunity to perform at as high a level as we possibly can in those games."

As of Tuesday, the team is only scheduled to meet again on Wednesday before some much-needed time off.

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