New England Patriots: Bill Belichick Speaks At OTA’s


Yesterday the New England Patriots opened practice to the media, and afterwords, Bill Belichick addressed reporters.

Here is the official transcript:

BB: Alright, so [we’re] wrapping up week two here. Six practices, I think we’re getting a little bit better each day, just try to keep building on our base and a good foundation. We have a lot of guys working different positions, different groups. It’s not really about that. It’s about everybody getting an opportunity to learn what’s going on and execute it and us trying to build our overall system, which we’ll continue to do that next week. It’s a four-day week, so hopefully we’re ready to build into that and just keep pushing ahead.

Q: What’s the most important thing in this process – is it number of reps or number of correct reps?

BB: We have a lot of players out there and they’re in different phases. Some guys have done a lot of it, some guys haven’t done very much of it. So, it’s a little bit of everything. Each guy is different, but we try to do the best we can to get everybody caught up and on the same page as much as possible.

Q: It had been 10 years since you last won a Super Bowl. After winning this year, did you have to consult any notes or talk to anyone about going into this season?

BB: No.

Q: What does a player like Devin McCourty mean in a stage like this? Is he an asset on the field in regards to the teaching portion of OTAs?

BB: Yeah, of course. Devin does a great job for us. He’s like everybody else – he’s out here trying to do his job, trying to refine his skills, and that’s what everybody else is trying to do.

Q: Jimmy Jean is kind of a unique, older prospect. What drew you guys to him?

BB: He played competitively in the kicking game and defensively at corner there at UAB, so we’ll see how it goes.

Q: Did you like the execution of the offense in the two-minute drill near the end of practice?

BB: We do some good things. There are a lot of things we need to work on.

Q: In a session like today, how important are X’s and O’s, as well as building chemistry between the position groups?

BB: Everything we do out here is important. Otherwise, we wouldn’t do it, or we should be doing something else. We try to take the things that we feel are most beneficial and put together a practice schedule so that we can get the best utilization of the limited amount of time we have out here. We have a lot of people and we’re just trying to make the most out of it. Everything we do is important, or we should be doing something else.

Q: You’ve watched a lot of film over the years on Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski over the years. Will you go see the Entourage movie?

BB: Right now, we’ll go watch movies of practice.

Q: What are your impressions of Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain? They’re new to the team, but have some NFL experience.

BB: We have a lot of guys in that category. I think evaluations really come in training camp when we get the pads on, be able to work at a higher, competitive pace. Right now, it’s more of a teaching camp. But they’re doing fine.