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Thursday, August 7, 2014
Belichick, players react to preseason loss

By Mike Reiss

LANDOVER, Md. -- Veteran New England Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly in now in his 11th NFL season, so he knows not to overreact to one preseason loss in which many key players were rested. That's why he mostly kept it light following a 23-6 setback to the Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

"You can't win them all. It's a preseason game and these games are to work on your fundamentals and get you ready for the regular season," he said. "I don't foresee us having these same problems by the time we get to Miami [in the season-opener]."

Head coach Bill Belichick should find plenty of teaching points from the game.

"I don't think we did very many things the way we wanted to do them tonight," he said. "We weren't good in any phase of the game. We got the ball on the ground and we didn't play very well on defense. We didn't move the ball well and we were in too many long-yardage situations. We were not good enough in the kicking game. Overall, we have a lot of work to do. That is obvious.

"There were a few flashing moments, but not many. We have a lot of work to do and that is all of us -- coaching staff, players, offense, defense, special teams, everybody."

Veteran linebacker James Anderson, in his first season with the Patriots, said tackling and fitting better in the run game will be areas to improve.

"That's something you learn through these games -- what you need to work on, what you need to correct," he said. "We didn't perform well. Whether it's preseason or not, you don't want to perform like that."