As smart and captivating as Bill Belichick is, quotable is something he is not.
But when Belichick met the media Friday, one day after his team’s disappointing 34-31 loss to the Jets, he was philosophical about the game and where the Patriots sit today.
“(When) you go through a game like that, you look back at 20, 25, 30 plays, I don’t know,” Belichick said. “Any one of them could have made a little bit of a difference or maybe a big difference.
“I think everybody feels probably about the same way this morning as they did last night, that if I could have just done one thing differently or done one thing better or not done one thing or whatever. That’s the way I feel. I’m sure that’s the way all the players and assistant coaches feel. That’s probably the case, so we just have to get over that and put this game behind us after today and move on and start getting ready for Miami.
“But there’s still a lot of football left to play this season. I think that our biggest thing right now is just to improve and each of us keep working harder at doing a little bit better job. We’ve lost two real competitive games here in the last three weeks (to Indianapolis and the New York Jets). We just need to do a little bit more to put those on our side of the ledger. That’s what our focus will be this week and every other week.”
And if the Patriots do that, they have a chance to be the playoff force many predicted.