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Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference Transcript


OPENING STATEMENT:

"All right, well, a tough hard-fought game. Just, in the end they made a few more plays than we did. It came down to the wire like it usually does with the Dolphins. They're a good football team, they played well, and they just played a little better than we did today."

On what he saw down there on that final drive:

"Yeah, we made some plays. We just didn't quite make enough. Close, but just not enough."

On the fact they started off scoring points on their opening drive:

"Right, we try and do that every week. Always try to start well. Sometimes we have, sometimes we haven't. But that's always the goal."

On what he says to his team with two games to go and Baltimore next:

"That's it. One at a time. Have Baltimore next. Have a good week, get ready to play Baltimore."

On the feeling in the locker room by the team after the loss, and his thoughts and what he said to them after the game:

"As I said, it's a disappointing game.  Close, very competitive, we had our chances, and we just weren't able to make enough plays in any of the three phases that we needed to make to win.  We made some, but it just wasn't enough."

On the final play, if he saw what happened:

"It looked like he fell off the inside receiver.  We had to throw for the endzone.  Tom's going to take a shot at the end zone."

On the fact he had to feel good about their chances at the end of the game:

"We had a chance to make a play on a 4th-and-6 and we couldn't make it.  Just came up a little bit short on that one."

On the fact Stephen Gostkowski kicked it out of bounds and how big a factor that was at the end:

"As I said, we just didn't make enough plays in any of the three phases of the game to win.  [We] could have used one or two more plays in each phase of the game."

On the fact they didn't lack any confidence after what happened the last three weeks:

"I don't think the last three weeks have anything to do with this game."

On the fact they came back from behind in those games:

"Not against the Dolphins."

On if he was impressed with Ryan Tannehill's performance:

"I thought both teams played hard.  [There were] a lot of good plays made by both teams."

On what happened on the Dolphins game-winning score:

"I think we'll have to go look at it on film.  It looked like [Marcus] Thigpen ran an inside route and then returned back out.  Good throw, good catch."

On the fact a shot at winning the Division slipped through their hands:

"We'll be ready to go next week."

On if he's pleased with his defense's overall performance, with the sacks, etc:

"We came up short in every area.  I mean nothing was really good enough.  Yeah, there were some good things, but nothing was really good enough.  We've just got to do a better job all the way around; offense, defense, special teams, coaching, playing, blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, everything.  We've just got to do a better job.  I don't think any of it was bad, but it just wasn't good enough.  Or if they were a little bit better...however you want to look at it."

On if he still feels the top seed is still up for grabs with two games to go:

"I don't really know or care anything about that.  Just trying to win the game we're playing that week.  This week it's Baltimore.  So that's all we're concerned about, I don't really care about the rest of it.  There's nothing we can do about it."

On if the timeouts the Dolphins called at the end affected their strategy:

"Well, anytime there's a timeout it gives both teams an opportunity to talk about the situation.  I'm sure they took them because they wanted to see what formation we were in, or see what the look was, or get the right call, or whatever it was, and when time's out, then that gives us an opportunity to talk about what we want to do."

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