In the preseason opener Thursday, the Patriots defeated the Detroit Lions, 31-3. While quarterback Tom Brady didn’t make an look, the staff dominated in all three phases of the sport.
Head coach Bill Belichick mentioned the staff’s efficiency on Friday:
Q: How do you view Jarrett Stidham’s play final night time as a illustration of his total growth?
BB: I feel there have been a number of performs that dawned all the classes actually. Quick throws the place the learn was clear and the receiver was open after which perhaps a secondary learn, after which there have been a few instances the place he scrambled and prolonged the play. He ran a pair instances and accomplished a cross to – I feel it may need been the tight finish, [Andrew] Beck or [Ryan] Izzo – however anyway, there was slightly little bit of every part there. The most vital factor for the quarterback is to not flip the ball over, make good selections, and throw precisely, so he did all of these at instances.
Q: Did Ja’Whaun Bentley’s time across the staff final yr assist his development for this yr, regardless of his harm?
BB: Yeah, in fact. I feel it was good for any participant that was across the staff. I feel anybody would profit for that. Even although they weren’t a full participant, there have been issues that they may do, and hopefully these had been useful. Ja’Whaun’s a really hard-working child and he does spend a variety of further time. He has a variety of different duties at that place, from cross speeding to cross protection, taking part in the run, defending play-action passes and so forth. He’s obtained good instincts and he’s been a productive participant within the alternatives that he will get the possibility. It’s one preseason recreation, so we’ll hold going and see the way it goes.
Q: How did you’re feeling about Joe Judge’s affect within the receiver room confirmed of their efficiency final night time?
BB: Joe does an excellent job. Joe has a variety of duties, and he does them very effectively. There are issues for all of us on the teaching workers that we have to work on, and we’ll simply hold engaged on them. That’s what preseason video games are for, and coaching camp and so forth. We’ll simply hold working individually and collectively as a workers to be extra environment friendly and do a greater job.
Q: Is Jerod Mayo calling the defensive performs, or is it a collective effort? How does it work at this juncture?
BB: We’ll all the time do what we really feel is greatest for the football staff, Tom [Curran]. That’s what we all the time do, so I don’t see that actually altering.
Q: Is he calling defensive performs?
BB: We’re doing what’s greatest for the football staff.
Q: It appeared like gamers had been leaping on free balls shortly throughout and after performs. Since that is one thing you all the time emphasize, is it an excellent signal to see them executing this at such a excessive charge, so early within the preseason?
BB: Well, it’s positively one thing that we need to do. Hopefully we’ll all the time do it. We’ll see going ahead, however yeah, it’s one thing we need to do for positive.
Q: What was your feeling on the contact throughout the longer passes to Maurice Harris? Do you’re feeling like you must have thrown a problem flag? Do you’re feeling that Maurice ought to have caught the passes anyway?
BB: Yeah, effectively, once more, challenges positively fall underneath the class of doing what’s greatest for the football staff. So, that’s what we’ll attempt to do, whether or not we problem or don’t problem. Look, there’s a variety of tight performs. The Lions are an excellent protection staff. They’re effectively coached, they’ve an excellent secondary, and I feel their corners cowl effectively, so there are going to be some tight throws. We’ll get as lots of them as we will. Realistically, we’re not going to get all of them, however we had some, and there have been some we didn’t get with each the tight ends and receivers.
Q: Is Braxton Berrios’ route operating capacity, particularly on the fourth-down conversion, one of many methods he’s enhancing?
BB: I feel he’s had that. I feel his enchancment has come from his coaching, understanding the offense, and timing work with the quarterbacks. Those are issues that he didn’t have as a lot of a chance to do final yr, particularly early within the season, in coaching camp, after which in a while he was capable of practice extra. But, he nonetheless wasn’t capable of work with the staff, so this yr he’s been capable of do all of these and there’s no query that that’s helped him, and helped our staff.
Q: Did joint practices enable you to higher put together for Detroit, and can it do the identical for Tennessee?
BB: Better ready than what?
Q: As opposed to simply flying on the market and simply taking part in with out holding joint practices?
BB: Well, it’s a special kind of preparation. When each groups observe collectively, then each groups have an equal alternative to observe in opposition to one another, get conversant in one another. We’re operating performs off playing cards, the opposite groups really do what they do. There’s additionally a familiarity with them in addition to competing in opposition to them. If you don’t try this, then each groups put together individually with out that kind of preparation, aggressive preparation, after which play the sport. There’s simply two alternative ways of doing it. I don’t know if one’s worse. They’re completely different and this is without doubt one of the solely alternatives we’ll ever have to do that as a result of we don’t do it throughout the season. So, we obtained a variety of good one-on-one work, we obtained a variety of good particular person work and we obtained a variety of good staff work for 3 days. It was actually helpful to do this in opposition to the Lions, however we gained’t have the ability to try this very ceaselessly, so we’ll actually need to discover ways to put together a special manner.
Q: What had been your impressions of Jake Bailey final night time?
BB: I feel our specialists carried out fairly effectively. There’s all the time room for enchancment, however in our return recreation and within the kick recreation and punting, I believed there have been some good issues. There had been issues that would have been slightly bit higher. Conditions had been good, in order that’s good, however there might be different situations that’ll be slightly more difficult. So, that’s a part of the method, only one a part of the analysis, however I feel these guys – the punters and the kicker – they’ve labored exhausting, they’ve plenty of completely different abilities. Punting, holding – Jake did some kickoffs final night time – we’ll see the way it goes, however I feel it’s positively aggressive.
And right here’s Belichick’s press convention instantly following the sport Thursday night time.