Leftovers from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s conference call on Tuesday morning:
Emphasis on ball security. The Patriots fumbled the ball twice and had running back Shane Vereen’s fumble overturned, but recovered both of them to maintain possession of the football. When asked about the toughness of wide receiver Julian Edelman to recover his own fumble among four Ravens defenders, Belichick dialed the question back to ball security.
“I’d say the bottom line on all that is we have to do a much better job of taking care of the ball,” Belichick said. “We had really four potential turnovers -- one interception and three fumbles that we could have lost. We just have to do a better job of taking care of all those balls. Yeah, it speaks to the toughness of getting in there and fighting for the ball and all that, but we have to have better ball security than that, period.”
Do your job. It’s Belichick’s mantra, as he pointed out that experience at this point of the season doesn’t matter so long as everyone does their job.
“I don’t think it really matters how many games you’ve played or how long you’ve been here. Some of us have been here a long time; some of us haven’t. It’s just about everybody doing their job and that’s really what it is this time of year,” he said.
Containing Luck’s mobility. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is setting records with his arm, but his ability to run adds an extra element to the Colts’ offense.
“He’s like a sixth receiver you have to cover,” Belichick said. “He can run, but again, if he extends the play then he has the ability to create big plays. We’ve seen him do that multiple times throughout his career already.
“The play he made against Denver where he kept the ball on about the 9-, 10-yard line in the red area and ran it in for an easy touchdown -- it was called back, but it was an easy touchdown. It’s another guy you have to defend in the running game, the passing game in terms of his ability to scramble and make first-down yardage on possession-type downs.”
On Vontae Davis. Colts cornerback Vontae Davis had an excellent game covering the right side of the field against the Broncos. Belichick says it’s not a surprise that Davis has elevated his level of play.
“Well, yeah, Davis is a good player,” Belichick said. “[He was] a high draft pick by Miami, a guy we’ve seen quite a bit of. He’s got good length, he can run, he’s got good toughness, tackles well. For a corner, he’s got a physical style of play. I think he’s pretty good at everything. He’s good.”