- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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After his team endured a 34-10 throttling at the hands of the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick admitted there were few positives in the loss and pinned much of the blame on himself. Here's Belichick's opening statement:
"Well, no question about who the better team was tonight. I think that, obviously, I did a poor job of having this team ready to play and we didn’t do really anything very well, in any phase of the game -- certainly not good enough to win. The Lions are a good team, they played well. [Lions coach] Jim [Schwartz] did a great job with his team. They were a lot more efficient, a lot more ready to play; they played a hell of a lot better than our team did. I don’t feel very good about the job that I did, [and] I don’t feel very good about really anything we did tonight. We really weren’t competitive. We obviously have a lot of work to do. So, I don't think there’s any solution than to work harder, try to correct the mistakes and we have to do everything better. There’s not one area that was highlighted more than anything else. I thought we had problems in every phase of the game. Obviously, we were not coached very well and we didn’t play very well."
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