Leftovers from Bill Belichick

February, 2, 2011
2/02/11
8:03
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DALLAS – After Bill Belichick spoke about winning the Associated Press Coach of the Year award and trade offers for the team’s top draft picks, he was asked a few other questions during his NFL Network interview.

What was the biggest challenge to getting your team up each week while winning 14 games with so many moving parts and so many young parts?
“It was interesting, we faced a lot of different challenges this year, both in the AFC and of course the NFC schedule where we played Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota. It was really a different challenge every week and I just have to give a lot of credit to the players. They adapted, they adjusted to tough weather conditions, like the snow out in Chicago, for example. The players did a good job of staying focused and playing through those conditions. We were able to get a lot of turnovers defensively at the end of the year, and offensively we had a lot of points and special teams scores early in the year, so it all kind of balanced itself out one way or another during the course of the season.”

Two historical franchised are meeting in the Super Bowl. What are your thoughts on the game? What do you anticipate happening and who do you anticipate winning this game?
“They are both excellent football teams and we played them both in the second half of the season. I think Green Bay is very explosive offensively and they have excellent coverage people in the secondary, along with a good pass rush. I think getting [Cullen] Jenkins back is a big boost for them defensively, and of course, we didn’t play against [Aaron] Rodgers [who was injured]. The Steelers are solid. They are a very experienced team, especially on defense. They have a lot of veteran players. They’ve been in these games, these situations before, so I think the experience edge might go a little bit to Pittsburgh. The overall performance in the last 5-6 weeks of the season, probably Green Bay. It should be a heck of a game. Both are very well coached teams.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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