Monday, January 3, 2011
Leftovers from Bill Belichick
By Mike Reiss
Some leftovers from Bill Belichick's conference call with reporters Monday:
Solid reviews for rookie WR Taylor Price. The rookie receiver was active for a game for the first time this season (26 snaps played, 3 receptions) and Belichick was asked what he saw. "I thought he did some good things, caught the ball inside, caught it in some traffic. [There were] some other things that he could have done better, but I thought he showed up and made some positive plays for us."
Cracking the whip on special teams. While Julian Edelman's 94-yard punt return for a touchdown was a special teams highlight, Belichick wasn't impressed with much else on special teams. Outside of kickoff coverage (minus the last return), Belichick felt the units were inconsistent. "I think there is still some room for improvement; there are still a lot of things we can work on."
Offensive line rotation builds depth. Belichick cautioned from reading too much into the rotation along the offensive line, in terms of what players might be first off the bench in an emergency. "Part of the evaluation yesterday is to see who could do what," he said.
Kyle Love on kickoff coverage. What was 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive lineman Kyle Love doing on the kickoff coverage unit late in the game? "You never know when you might need an extra guy," Belichick explained. As for Love's performance in that role, Belichick said, "I thought he was pretty competitive running down there and covering."
Praise for the team's approach. When asked if it has been a "hard sell" when telling players there is room for improvement, Belichick praised the players for their consistent approach of coming to work every day and working to get better. "I think that’s a great attitude and a great approach to have," he said. "I think, really, all of us should be that way."