New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday night defended his team’s schedule in an interview with MSNBC, saying that the team’s season opener in Week 1 was the right decision.
During the interview with the network’s Mike Reiss, Belichick said the Patriots had a tough schedule to play in, with two road games coming in Week 2 and two home games in Week 3.
“We have a really tough schedule in the regular season,” Belichick said.
“We had four road games, and then we had three home games and three home playoff games.
We’ve had a very tough schedule.
We didn’t get the bye, so I don’t know that I have an excuse, but it’s hard to do it in a week and a half.”
Belichick was asked about a possible change in the schedule following Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears, which left New England on the outside of the AFC playoffs and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
“Well, I don�t know that there�s anything that can change,� he said.”
There�s no changes.
We�re going to do what we can to make sure we have the best team we can.
And we�re doing everything we can with what we have right now.
“During a radio interview Tuesday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the team�s schedule had to be changed, and it would be a decision for the owners to make.”
They were in a position where they needed to make a decision, but I don��t think that we need to change the schedule in any way.””
It�s a tough decision, and they made the right one.
They were in a position where they needed to make a decision, but I don��t think that we need to change the schedule in any way.”
Brady was asked Monday about Belichick�s comments.
“He�s not going anywhere,� Brady said.
He said that he had an opportunity to talk with Belichick about the schedule, but Belichick was not going there.”
I�m going to be there and I�ll make sure that we get the best possible football team we possibly can. “
I�m not going away.
I�m going to be there and I�ll make sure that we get the best possible football team we possibly can.
I can tell you that I think that’s a very hard thing to do.
I think it�ll take time, and I think we�ll do it.”
Bratsa said that it was a tough day to play, but he didn�t have a problem with the team.
“The most difficult part of that day was when I went out there and saw our team, but the most difficult thing was the fact that it is hard to play on the road,� Bratsa told WEEIU’s John O�Connor. “But that�s part of the job.
That�s how you win.
And it�d be a shame if we�d lose in this game.
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