Bill Belichick on Dale, Holley, & Keefe 1-22-18

Monday, January 22nd
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins DHK to discuss the AFC Championship comeback and heading to his 8th Super Bowl appearance  ,if Danny Amendola is clutch, Tom Brady’s thumb injury, the impact of Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, and the hit on Gronk.

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Our conversation with the coaches brought you by Putnam Investments pursuing performance excellence through the power of teamwork. The head coach of the New England Patriots Bill Belichick joins us coach congratulations. That's so pressured. Michael Bruce who don't just doing great doing great thanks the I would have stayed of these guys have been a lot of games here the last number of years. That was as loud as I can remember this place and maybe ever. There's a lot of energy a lot of energy and stated in an accurate feel the pregame Moses Carey was earlier and is that sort of thing give your team something to feed off of in that second half when you try to come from behind. That they're sweet and wish you could have gotten into the game in the first that that's they were ready to go and wouldn't give her in months much is sure so. They hung in there it was it was awesome crowd both those markets have really a lot of energy and excitement in the area could feel pre game. Certainly in the fourth quarter once things colon I think after Slater's tackle on the kickoff and cynical stating this erupted. And it but they usually do on touchdowns but. You know players like our scandals on return. Those scores interest in sacks. Gilmore knocked down there was there was some explosive. Reactions which it was awesome I know you don't look watch this stuff because you got a few other things going on but that's the tackled the Slater tackle. Came moments after. Live and on a prayer and they showed Jon Bon Jovi leading the singing along with the group and this place was jump and when they showed him up there it was artful enough food and sits on it you've got the New York this place don't like. I don't think ever cynical before football game and then you're right the net play followed that up that's exactly right yeah I did notice a business on. Demo weighs in their owner can race for the kickoff. There's so many places talk about it you just alluded to what third and eighteen have urged him many times. And get those situations felt like he was that you call sheet and say okay here's an here's our third eighteen play. Does what were you thinking before that sequence and worry where you had. Two down territory at at any point where if you open up that third eighteen hours just like okay we don't pick it up and up but this thing. He wolf first of all. Jacksonville does the best in Italy on third and ten plus. So we went into the game kind of sin. We need to stay out of this range they're pretty good to have a good pass rush they get good depth on their crops and so forth. On that played. As always your at the mercy of the coverage they played a split safety coverage quarters coverage and so. Danny got behind the linebackers pretty quickly and safeties are wide and on the go out and in that space there between the between two safeties and on Tom saw it and it just opened up for justice an instant and comic great throat and he. Got that got that space that was a low throw which is kinda needed to be because the they're close in on tortures clothes and on number. Went down got to it and I was so it was a huge play for us. Yeah hoddle would have on fourth down and made 1000. And so forth. Once they're making an error thing about four finances. For the paint in your fourth and ten year if you get lucky first down that that's where turnout. Brennan cooks had a had a great game and somebody's been doing all year long as strong pass interference penalties. Is that his speed that puts him in that position and as a route running is that something else. And he's got a lot of speed he can he he's quick to and he's Syria. Quick to get by. Those corners at the intermediate level and that he and that twelve to fourteen yard area. Runs like comebacks in place like that so they sometimes they have and any caught two or three of those. Their first on we and then later on on written when they move Ramsey over on them I think. Josh and and Tom did a good job of in the complementary route coming down kind of wasn't double move who's kind of a little bit of hesitation and he ran by Hamlin. Ramsey. Frantic got a pretty good and and they got good and in the second quarter on the go route. We're putting it pushed him out of bounds so his speeds definitely a factor out there and you're right he sees that's them. Conference this year. Bit of a dramatic week here in terms of injury in practice reports and things like that at what point during the week where you confident Tom was going to be able to do. What he needed to do to play for. Oh well I think this is a lot more of a media circus than it was. Football crisis and never really saw that way I don't think anybody did some. Was low lows and sometimes things happen during the week and then name. Is that they have an early enough in the producers there a chance to resolve and that's basically what them. I don't think he threw the ball yesterday and could affect the same no no throws that he couldn't make were. And thanks in Oakland middle market froze them. Some. Of those threw the ball well. And did a good job stepping up in the pocket there was certainly some of destructive Russia's from. The Jacksonville the Indians the tackles inside of his nice to. Stuck up little pocket finance basin and get the ball down time. So is there there wasn't a point this week where you thought our last week that you thought he wasn't on a golf on Sunday. Oh home. Well I literally look at it that way. Those charges. Again sometimes guys get banged up in practice. You wait and see how resolved soon. Then you figure out and after a period of time once things. Got a chance to. They looked rather wooden had a chance to kind of go through the process little bit and see how dole worked out. Things that it was okay. Safe from attrition in baseball claim there's no such thing as clutch too which Red Sox fans respond David Ortiz. Do you believe in football there's such a thing as collection is Danny Amendola clutch. Well but certainly think pierce who owns some fun to perform well under pressure analysts say it and it performs her owner pressure. He has some of them some of his biggest and best laser and most critical situations. Desolate Kevin falcon Troy Brown. Also would say and have those characteristics. Thank you let's say we kind of know when we see it we've seen it. From from guys in the past and oh definitely put them in that category. Oh it's it's an action for no wonder. Where do you would you say can you see it like those guys come fall and only can. Displayed it and Danny Amendola is definitely can you see it college. Well colleges college I think we certainly saw in the in the opener in buffalo from the four years ago. And it worried me he made play after play in tight ketchup Detroit coach on the final drive or reed kicked a field goal to win on the so zealously word was open buffalo them. So doubtless. We saw that pretty early units in some remarkable placement and held on them all off some of its so. But he's you know he's done a good job of that thought upon return play it was says that he is and it catches in he. Came out and kind of looked like he was waving and all of Congo. I think the the coverage does just the Ronald does the split second. But yeah it's that perhaps that there and it to get that he and pick up. Basically 21 downs on the return. We had great great punt rush force on that play from congress Wimbledon. For indicating where they took the whole side the right side of the pond team are left side on the return side. They just ran all three of those guys right in and opponents of big pile of bodies they're ten yards down the line of scrimmage this relief. No William coverage or not a lot of coverage of Bohannon got out the Jordan Richards eventually go on in two. And so that was some space there and didn't exit they sneaking into first downs on the returns and it was a huge force. None of them there are blizzard guys you think about over the years who have made these plays you mentioned him for Hillary at all toward browse one of them. And Mike Vrabel if they had penalty job today is another one Jeremiah and at a woman. You know that Donta hightower. And it is is it. You could but you know with these guys when you when they first get here hey this guy has that kind of temperament kind of make out where we put them and challenging situations. Or he's gonna be fine handling adversity do you know better he's just have to go through that to see what somebody's made. I think ultimately have to go through prudent. Sure he would indications some sponsors you. You feel like that's the type of player it is but until or he has until. You actually see it and that it happens. You know them according to patch on. Doron making adjustments make and calls to recognize and things and again in the most critical situations in the game Macon though right decisions. Tackle DeVon made their own third and seventh for about six. Strong tackled. Just knowing how much you can give omen how much you can't give them you know and that's the art later in that's a first down maybe it turns out differently so. Those that kind of plays that. When you make and then your confidence and make him again blog on those guys continue to. To do that Bruschi was in America. The stop he made in the in the Oakland game in the snow. On third and one. Then he rips the ball away from it turned Jameson. Playoff game. Two years later so. Face like that. Someone placed in a series of plays and scripts in the same guys and guys maintenance. After awhile you come. Have a lot of respect from do that. What did you think of the hit on cross that knocked him out again. We knew. Was out one of those charges football plays was that just two guys moving really fast do you think it was thirty as a head to head hit. Somewhere between. Two officials their funds and it was a company. Knew there there's an intent to go to my priority and it doesn't gentlemen. I can present them but that was an excellent question. We've talked a number of times over the years about the job that Dante Scarnecchia does I thought your offensive line. Especially in the second half really perform well pass protection especially if you had to throw the ball a lot I thought did a really good job against a very good rush. They did do good job on that it could jump camp. Especially right tackled that that are real good job Nate. They had a lot of good pass or for over on his side and and dollar and 91. I was troubled that transition. But you think they. You know they did a good job we also got some good blocks from our backs and I dense sometimes and you're on onto those guys on the way out and James was eight point Alan. Dion. Did a good job both kind of help online it's still good none of the pattern. We get blitz much in the game are only three blitzes so we have an opportunity. At times with their coverage. On the end and then get out of the pattern and so we had kind of play five and half walkers or. You know. Five plus two F blockers on either side so called scum of the six man. Those kind of thanks so that that was definitely helpful too blinded their job and then then again if the players there good depth. We've talked with you last week you're still in the process of to prepare for them getting ready getting more information on them. As you got later in the week. What do you think some of the things we're we're some of the challenges or anticipated challenges. Dealing with. Jackson selected the top a couple of things that stood out to you. Well good running team. And different runners and obviously foreign and it's been really good downhill runner. I yelled in the explosive player and also scrapped. Pencils portals. I'm portals and carry the ball against us either wrong scramble or quarterback heat. But we're very aware of him I felt like our defense offense and outside linebackers that are real good job of being disciplined and not getting hurt by them. Like Pittsburgh do like ball floated on the couple critical scrambles. So. They they do a good job in the running game there very explosive play action passing game. Which comes off the running game and they take out a few times on the a couple of work. Place where we dropped deep in the coverage does take away the answer the primary receiver and then it from checked announcer good Yuri action we got a couple of those intermediate players like. When aircrew knocked knock down over round on the fourth quarter. But those talks and there. They're pretty good Ritter came because they can run the ball. Mercedes Lewis is a big target down there and he got us once. You don't defensively they're very strong front and and linebackers are fast Smithson. Miles Jack or fast. Their ends are fast in pursuit sewn up the strictest on the play from beyond their Jackman. It is good that good play on the came along way so other teams vetoes. Stuff like problem. So. Also I was gonna looks like three straight weeks out against big running backs as well you don't and Iranian and foreign net and the Philadelphia back salt guys that he certainly can't can't arm tackle. No filly has good backs. It's in a lot of Philly but they they definitely have good expert at skill players and and movable score points and we noted on defense so. That there's a reason why they're in this game they've earned their way and that there are football team that it tell of course how much. Was Josh is packages and play calling affected went wrong when out of the game where there's things the plan to do you know couldn't do because he wasn't there. Well thorough Scoble shirk from an arrow is couple plays the robs her special players. Not everybody's gonna maker you know design effort but he but the majority offenses. Of them and by far the majority confidence. Does that transfer to the next player. When guys game we can't go to fifteen plays there. Two days ago and underneath it we just can't do that so. Blended atop the points that than their block well. In the blocking made on the on the on thrown on the third and ten to play out like three guys in Nate had a good combo block there Emily Jackson who was out of since they moved from Jackson in that situation. Put a bigger guy than. Then and they Eaton and not going to agree to go on and Washington back in the Smith. And count Washington back in applause name inaudible around a time. Plus they got there the on first down we are nailed on the ball so. The way senator John force on all years as a blocker and he's bankable. He catches force a dozen of them. Pass receiver for auction but when you have Robin there it's. Just. I mean that's obviously. The plumber any corporate one throat to. So mr. hopefully via. Sometimes you practice like you play sometimes. If you ever seen Gilmour make a play like you did. In the game and practices and tremendous tremendously athletic play. Just the fonds a good player he's he's made a lot of good players and his heart got to throw against. The speed in this line again those over routes. It's hard for the receivers to run away from him and he's got the reached the field to get to some balls that. Some of course can't get to do so. Yeah he's he's senator Joseph force only here and has played at say his best football here in the last. Well call six weeks or so Hillary really needed it the most slow down it's a great thing to have gone this week. Great image on the game they caught on TV you're not Patricia. And racing and and celebrating and you know going to the Super Bowl reason enough to to celebrate but as. Also part of it knowing that this coaching staff has two more weeks together this entire roster is every they're changes every year people leave but. But knowing that this team gets two more weeks to work to work together is that also part of it. Well I have a few more weeks of work together so there's a big part of it that's what we work last week four was to be able to keep go and so. The state that the that was a very emotional game. Behind the whole game never really got to control the game. Tilt at the last minute and a half or whatever so. I think there was just you know again to slow motion being behind and really didn't play very well defensively. In the first give up about a third down conversions and get off the field. And then in the fourth quarter late in the third will pick up to two field goals in the second half and we made some stops but. Particular fourth Corbett field position we are able to keep and made couples also we kind of backed up and gave the often it's a good opportunity to score in the on the punt return. Just the whole. Defensively fight through the adversity and they've some of the troubles we have the first but being able to conduct and really play well. And same thing offensively is practicing and I intelligence and feeling. On three points in the first half until two minutes and had the two minute drive and then. The same thing could really get going again that's twentieth at ten with twelve minutes to go on the game and now we ran the double pass the Chara. Get something Golan and and it did in and then we end up losing football and but that defense of stop after that to come in and the able. Get the ball back after that sudden change in and then we have a long 85 here trying to think who was offensively. To make it twice seventy you know it's 117 outs one score game it's okay. Chance of what took a long time to get to that point. So I don't know if those are feelings of integration. Relief. All of the stress in healthy and everything has a lot of hot blood pressure on the sideline and if. I don't know if this is good news or bad news but the patriots and WEEI announced today and multi year contract extension for patriots Monday and patriots Friday. Hope you don't mind us coming back and hanging around for awhile after this of Monica and that lets you got some that we can affect your chances are pretty good. I guess it's been it's been a lot of fun I think for fans be able to hear your perspective on what's going on out there parexel. Always enjoy owns into the conversation or being in own scoop them. Way to kind of recap the week then it started on on the new opponent. So we have a good commuter team good flow. Well congratulations. For all all I'll I'll wait a minute power for the doctor to get away with a Mercedes-Benz U performance question of the week. You'll love this knocked out of as soon as I thought happened mistress and that's the one when they do. So it's third down. Into the game and get the formation. And some quick they're gonna run. In uranium. Dion Lewis. Picks up the first down eight heritage as we planet right now as it at that describe it on third and nine. Just what did you see that made you so many things there I'm sure you're excited about. Thank you gonna win a game. Is the top one what did you see there. Well they're there at that point we had. We lost surge on the first play and then it's announce second and thirteen and we Rihanna. The blast Paul to attract play game three or four yards and the minute third ninth or tenth. Jackson leaves both their timeouts after that play and so on third down third and ten. We didn't wanna leave much time now so we were gonna run the ball on third down make and use their third time now and then we didn't pick up. Our running game was felt good about that comfortable environment and goes like the field four point lead. So they would need a touchdown. And with no time outs and well plenty of time book. A long way to go in no time now so we thought that was the best options there. The other option for them what Adam wants that of that four than thirteen worked on more broken up. Would have been upon us down to with the same thing time out time out time around and try to get the ball back problem. But anyway the way it turned out. We are thickened pomp no timeouts like the field. And again that's the kind of play where a lot of times that the fences. They're kind of you know inside their pension their tie they're not really. Sometimes as good on the edges as what they might be in a normal situation because of the situation. So it really key to play it was the block with solar and going down today. They got the Jackson knocked back and accurately doesn't get going it get to Smith. And that coddle the rest of the defense and nobody else if their applause they couldn't get there and they just couldn't get across and then that made the kick out block. You know deals in the square through there and and but the element of relief you know. The kind of play you want the on the makers once he got through there at C the first January's. He covered up because that second hand on the ball because of what happened earlier when Jack strip on the you know showed great ball security awareness and in that situation which. Which you know was the right play in and a Smart play at that point times. It was a huge planet can literally took my of that last drive that we didn't have to defend them. They. Congratulations on the win good luck in in Minneapolis we'll talk one more time and and look forward to our task if I just respect Michael passionate patriots coach Bill Belichick you're on Sports Radio WEEI.