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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Belichick on losing Gostkowski

By David Lefort

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed his team’s kicker situation during Wednesday’s press conference. Here are a few of his comments:

* On the decision to put kicker Stephen Gostkowski on season-ending IR:

“In the end we did what we felt was best for our football team. … We have to make a decision based on the information you have at that particular time. If you had two weeks to wait and make a different decision, that’s one thing. If you had a month, maybe you make a different decision. I don’t know, I don’t know what the information would be at that point in time.”

* On new kicker Shayne Graham:

“I think just his performance in the league, definitely a positive for him. He’s had a good career, outstanding career. I thought he performed well this year when he’s had an opportunity. ... He’s a good kicker, he’s had a real good career.”

* On whether there will be any bumps in the road after changing both his kicker (Graham) and long snapper (Matt Katula):

“We’ve got a few days so that doesn’t really matter, we’ll do the best we can in the time that we have. The guys have already started on it already ... we’ll get at it. They’ve all played in the league, they’re all hard working guys. I’m sure they’ll do what they can in the next few days.”