LONDON – Patriots coach Bill Belichick placed the bag he was carrying on the side of the room at the Grosvenor House Hotel, approached the news conference podium, and upon arrival looked out at the 100 or so media members in attendance.
“It’s good to be in London,” he said.
The Patriots touched down at London's Heathrow Airport around 7:15 a.m. local time on Friday, and about two hours later, Belichick shared a few thoughts on how the next few days will unfold for the team.
“We just got off the bus, just landed here, so we’ll try to get re-organized and acclimated to the new surroundings. Today’s kind of a transition day for us,” he said. “Tomorrow will be a normal Saturday for us, then Sunday we’ll be ready to go. Excited to be here, looking forward to the game facing the Rams, and to be in London. It’s always nice to be in London.”
Belichick downplayed the long trip and the effect it could have on the team.
“We played in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. You travel, make the adjustment, and get ready to go,” he said. “We’ve traveled every other week, half our games are on the road. It’s a little further trip, but it’s nothing that I don’t think we can handle.”
The Patriots don’t have plans to visit Wembley Stadium before the game. Belichick also said that some players who made the trip might not play.
“We’ll probably have some guys that are game-time [decisions], that we’re not 100 percent sure about,” he relayed. “We have a lot of guys that are working hard, getting a lot of extra treatment, coming in early and staying late, doing everything they can to be ready. How ready they’ll be, and what they’ll be able to do, I’m not sure if we know that 100 percent.”
In 2009, Belichick took some time to explore London, but he wasn’t sure if that would be in the plans this year. He said the first priority was to get organized and tidy up some preparations for the game.