December 8, 2023


Belichick was additionally requested a follow-up query about his golf sport after making a joking reference to it on Sunday.

Invoice Belichick after the Patriots’ win over the Payments. AP Picture/Michael Dwyer

The Patriots have been in a position to snap a three-game dropping streak and defeat the Payments on Sunday to offer Invoice Belichick his three hundredth profession common season win. However as he did in his postgame soundbites, Belichick shrugged off his newest profession milestone throughout his media availability on Monday.

“We’re centered on Miami proper now, so we’ll cope with that later,” he advised WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present” throughout his weekly interview.

Requested when “later” could be, Belichick laughed however declined to supply specifics.

Turning to his staff’s efficiency within the 29-25 house win (enhancing the staff’s file to 2-5), the Patriots’ coach praised his offense as a gaggle. He positioned quarterback Mac Jones — who accomplished 25 of 30 passes and threw two touchdowns, together with the game-winner late within the fourth quarter — in the identical class as the general group.

“Offensively certainly one of our higher performances,” stated Belichick. “Had some consistency, moved the ball, scored some factors. These are all good issues, and Mac’s a giant a part of that.”

On the opposite facet of the ball, the Patriots have been in a position to restrict — although not utterly include — the Payments’ offense.

A giant a part of defensive success was countering the menace posed by gifted Buffalo large receiver Stefon Diggs. Belichick referenced the plethora of succesful items the Payments characteristic on offense, however acknowledged that a lot of the main focus fell on the 29-year-old Diggs.

“Diggs is clearly the primary downside, second most focused participant within the league,” he defined.

Belichick even supplied a fast glimpse at how the Patriots designed their protection.

“There have been occasions the place we took him away,” Belichick stated of Diggs. “There have been different occasions the place we tried to make it appear to be we have been taking him away however actually weren’t, hoping that we might discourage the quarterback from throwing over there after which attempt to get the protection elsewhere and tighten it up there. Combine up some man [coverage], combine up some zone [coverage], and simply attempt to make it as tough as potential for him to get cleanly into the discharge and into his route.”

Diggs completed with six catches for 58 yards and an unorthodox landing.

“These guys did a very good job on him, however finally he received a pair on us,” Belichick admitted. “He’s a fantastic participant.”

The weekend was additionally a time for remembering Patriots legends, with the staff’s Corridor of Fame lately inducting former linebacker Mike Vrabel and longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

On Vrabel — now the top coach of the Titans — Belichick stated that it was all the time obvious how multi-talented he was, and {that a} teaching future appeared very potential.

“I feel all people that coached Mike or was round Mike might see [him] being a coach,” stated Belichick. “He was a really sensible participant, not simply at his place but additionally total situationally. After all he performed tight finish in brief yardage conditions. Performed within the kicking sport, however he all the time had an actual, pure thirst for information about situational soccer and schemes and issues like that.

“I feel you can see it with Mike and it didn’t take him lengthy to complete taking part in and go to Ohio State, then Houston, after which Tennessee,” Belichick added. “So I imply I feel he’s received a fantastic benefit with the taking part in expertise he has plus his total soccer information. He can put all of it collectively and I’m positive he does a fantastic job at Tennessee. I’m positive he’s a fantastic coach.”

And following up on a humorous second from Sunday’s postgame press convention — when Belichick in contrast a missed Payments area aim to his wayward golf sport — the Patriots’ coach was requested if he’s a “scorching canine on the flip kind-of-guy” whereas taking part in an 18-hole course.

“Certain, by no means go up a very good scorching canine,” Belichick joked.

After the radio interview, Belichick sat down for a digital press convention with reporters.

Amid the forwards and backwards conflict of division rivals, Sunday additionally produced a spike in penalties from each groups. Officers, led by head referee Clete Blakeman, flagged the Payments and Patriots a mixed 17 occasions (9 on Buffalo, eight on New England).

Belichick was requested if coaches and gamers attempt to adapt within the second to officiating is looking a sport.

“Yeah, completely,” he responded. “I feel you will get a really feel for a way that goes, and typically it goes in that path, typically it goes within the different path.”

“I feel you see that in all sports activities,” added Belichick. “Balls and strikes, or fouls in basketball, or soccer, no matter it occurs to be. There’s a sure manner that the sport is being performed that specific [day], and it could be slightly completely different from one other sport.”

An fascinating twist on the officiating was that plenty of flags have been initially thrown solely to be picked up.

“You’d should ask Clete about a few of these,” Belichick stated of the calls that have been ultimately referred to as again. “Throwing flags, choosing them up, throwing them late and no matter. It was simply form of an uncommon sport the way in which among the penalties have been referred to as all the way in which round.”

“The apparent query if it will get picked up is why did you throw it within the first place?” Belichick requested. “I don’t know. You’d should ask them that.”

One of many profitable developments for the Patriots on Sunday was the improved play from the offensive line.

A notable change was that Michael Onwenu, usually a proper guard, shifted to proper deal with.

“There have been plenty of issues concerned,” Belichick stated of the choice to maneuver Onwenu. “Had a very good dialog with Mike after the Raider sport and finally I feel everybody thought that was the perfect factor for us to do right now, so we went with it, had a very good week and thought he did a very good job for us.”

“He’s a sensible child that in all probability understands all of the completely different positions on the offensive line,” Belichick added of Onwenu. “Fairly good elementary participant and clearly has good energy.”