Negative plays in positive win

October, 8, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite his team amassing 444 yards of total offense (including 251 on the ground) during Sunday's win over the Broncos, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said it wasn't all positive on Sunday.

He highlighted a handful of negatives play during his Monday afternoon news conference.

"Offensively, we had four penalties. We had I think four negative runs, four sacks," he said. "We fumbled a couple of times, we lost one of them, a couple other times where the ball came out. Defensively, we had I think it was one run over 10 yards, I think it was six passes over 10 yards, the kickoff return, including penalties. One penalty we had, we had a penalty in the kicking game, we had a penalty [on] a return out past the 30-yard line. I'm not saying any of those are like back-breaking plays, but they were all plays we'd like to play better, so I'd start with those. That's a handful, two handfuls, or whatever it is."

He later noted a missed opportunity to advance the Patriots' lead to 14 points before the end of the first half, when the offense instead settled for a field goal to take a 17-7 lead. On 3rd & goal on the drive, the offense hurried to the line (as it had been doing throughout the series), and running back Brandon Bolden was stuffed for a loss by Broncos linebacker Von Miller.

"We didn't get the one in at the end of the half, that's another thing that we could have handled better," he said.

When asked what could've been done differently on that specific play, Belichick took ownership for the situation.

"I just could've done a better job [with] the whole situation," he said. "The play, the whole thing, it wasn't a great personal highlight for me."

That play notwithstanding, Belichick was pleased with the offense's red-zone efficiency.

"We were able to get down there a little bit more than they were, and convert those into touchdowns, which I think is what we needed to do yesterday," he continued. "Usually when you play Peyton [Manning] and a team like that, you usually don't want two or three field goals, you've got to get the ball in the end zone."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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