Leftovers from Bill Belichick

January, 24, 2012
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Leftovers from Bill Belichick's conference call with reporters today:

Matt Light's 11-year career. "Matt’s had a terrific career. Absolutely, he’s been a rock for us there for a long time, both physically and mentally as far as assignments and his mental toughness as far as consistency almost to the point where you, I don’t want to say take it for granted, but when you don’t have a lot of problems, you kind of assume that it’s solid. But it’s still a daily process on his part to prepare and physically and mentally get ready to play against some of the most athletic and some of the best players in the league and on our opponents on a weekly basis, which we’ll see again this week."

What team wants to accomplish this week. "I think there are a lot of things, but the logistics and all that, that’s part of it. That’s something that we have to deal with on any away trip. This is an extended away trip so it has some elements of that, but there are additional things. The health of the team is always important. That’s what a team is: the healthy players that you can put out there on the field. That’s always something that we try to be mindful of and do everything we can to get it to the highest level. We can get started on our opponent and understanding what they do and what we need to do against them and how those things match up and what adjustments we can anticipate or we’ve seen them make. I’d say it’s all those things."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin. "I have a lot of respect for Tom. I think he’s definitely stood the test of time in a couple organizations. He’s tough. His teams are disciplined. They play with great competitiveness and play smart. They’re a good situational football team. They force you to go out there and beat them. They do a lot of things well. That’s kind of the way Tom is: Tom is tough, he’s very detailed, he has a lot of experience, he’s an intense coach and I think that’s reflected in the way his teams play. He’s a good friend of mine that I’ve been with a long time as I’ve mentioned before."

David Tyree's catch in Super Bowl XLII. "I think we’ve talked about all that. It was a long time ago. I have a lot of comments on the record after the game and everything else. You can go back and look at all the things that happened then or some other year."

Vince Wilfork's role on the team. "He’s really the elder statesman on the defense in terms of time with the New England Patriots. There are other players that have played longer but not necessarily on this team. He’s got a great work ethic, very unselfish, does whatever we’ve asked him to do. We’ve put him in a lot of different positions: nose obviously, on the guards, outside on the tackles, gap schemes, two-gap techniques, stunts. Whatever it is, he’s a very smart football player, he’s instinctive, works really hard, very unselfish, does a great job with the younger players in terms of helping them improve and things to work on, things to make them more aware of his experience and impart that on them."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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