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Patriots coach Bill Belichick adamantly stressed not to overlook the Colts based on their record.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Peppered with questions about the Colts' record and how he will motivate his team against a winless opponent, Patriots coach Bill Belichick adamantly suggested that records are irrelevant every week in the NFL.
"[The players have] heard me talk about it every week, so they really don’t care about their record," said Belichick. "And we really don’t. What difference does it make? How somebody played two weeks go against somebody else -- I mean, who cares? Us or anybody else. It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is how we and the Colts perform against each on Sunday. That’s all that matters. Who cares who won three weeks ago in some game with some other players? It doesn’t matter.
"We talk about it every week. It doesn’t matter. There’s 16 games on our schedule and they're all the same. It’s our team against that team that week. And we look at tape and learn about our opponent, scout them, and pick up tendencies -- their strengths and weaknesses, all that. But how we match up against that team that day is all that matters. The rest of it, it’s just a bunch of garbage. You guys can write about it all you want, but it doesn't matter. Really. The winner of this game will be determined by who plays better on Sunday, not what happened four weeks ago. And this isn't a new story, but it’s like this every week. Every week."
Near the end of a nearly 21-minute press conference, it was suggested to Belichick that it might be more difficult to gauge his own team against a struggling opponent as opposed to one with a better record. And it really set Belichick off.
"I don’t agree with that," he said, interrupting the question. "So, keep going on with your soliloquy, but I just don’t agree with that. You don’t think you can gauge a team based on how a player blocks Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis? I mean, who else would you gauge it against? Are you kidding me? Covering Reggie Wayne, [Austin] Collie, and [Pierre] Garcon -- you don’t think you can gauge your coverage based on those players? I don’t care what their record is. You think there's better receivers around than them? Better pass rushers than Freeney and Mathis? I'm not sure what games you're watching here."