Bill Belichick press conference 11/19


November 19, 2021

On what he saw on the third and a team stoppage at the end of the third quarter:

BB: The third and a bag, they [the Falcons] It looked like they were trying to shoot in the end zone, make an explosive play there and probably get there at fourth base, but Kyle [Van Noy] went in there and made a good play. On the third and one, as usual, when you stop them at close range, it’s all about penetration. We had good penetration on both pieces.

On what Kyle Dugger has improved the most this season:

BB: I would put everything there. He’s a good athlete. He’s a smart kid. He learns a lot. He plays with experienced players, especially with Devin [McCourty] and [Adrian] Phillips, but other high school guys, other linebacker guys too, [Dont’a] Hightower, Kyle [Van Noy], Jamie [Collins], [Ja’Whaun] Bentley and these guys. He’s in there with a lot of experienced players. I’m sure he learned a lot about everything; keys, clashes, race force, pass cover, blitz. It soaks up everything.

On the importance of Carl Davis and Davon Godchaux for defense:

BB: Huge. They do a really good job, and having more than one so you can have some spin, keep them fresh, and attack the middle of the offensive line, whether it’s the run or the pass from the keeper to the keeper. between center and center in different ways it can be very disruptive. You have to block them every play. It’s not like a corner kick or an outside linebacker; someone you can run away from or work on on the other side. These guys in the middle of the roster, the defensive tackles, the middle linebackers, they have to face them every play. The depth and the ability to have more than one guy to go has been tremendous. They all did a good job.

If a coach can teach a player to be a hawk like JC Jackson:

BB: I don’t think I said before that it can’t be improved, but there are definitely players who have more skills in certain areas. Some are very special with ball skills, speed, explosiveness or whatever. I think you can improve all of these skills, but JC has natural hands and follows the ball well. He has excellent hand-eye coordination. there is no doubt.

On this year’s team chemistry versus past teams:

BB: The relationship with the players is always very special. It’s not something, as a coach, that you can orchestrate. I think it just has to happen. Hopefully you bring together players who will be able to form that kind of relationship, trust, camaraderie and all of that stuff, but it’s not something you can legislate. It just has to happen. I’m glad it’s happening, and I’m glad they got that feeling because I think there’s a chemistry that goes with communicating, anticipating, knowing what the other guy is doing and knowing him. what you’re doing and being able to play aggressively with it. This is a good thing. I’m happy that they are feeling this, and I’m happy that it is developing. It takes time. It takes some success. It’s not something you can talk about, and it happens like magic. You have to back it up with results that reinforce what you are doing, what they are feeling.

On defense success in short range situations:

BB: I think it’s a real mentality and a source of pride in the defense that we’re going to fight for every yard, every inch, and make you win. When you make goal line saves or short distance saves we have had a few examples of that this year, it not only gives you confidence, just like defense, as a unit you say to yourself: ” We’re going to fight for every yard, and they’re going to have to earn it. ” Like I said, we’ve done it a few times this year, but I think the players are very proud of it. The Dallas game goal line, last night’s saves, are real building blocks for that. It’s an area we weren’t really good at last year, so it’s good to see that improving as well.

If the team takes into account the presence of a player in the locker room when evaluating free agents:

BB: We’re trying to see what kind of person the player is on another level, how committed he is to football, what kind of worker he is, what kind of training player he is, what he brings. to the team, both on and off the field, and so on. Each of us has our own style, strengths, weaknesses and all that. It’s not like one size fits all. This is definitely not the case, but basically you are trying to bring in people who you think would be a good fit for your team, whether they are rookies, free agents, trades or the how you acquire them. This is what you are trying to do. It doesn’t always work that way, but I hope it does. This is the intention.

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