After the Patriots cruised to a 38-24 victory on Monday night, Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood up at his press conference and showed how different he is from Jets coach Rex Ryan.
Instead of boldly proclaiming that his team is a powerhouse, Belichick talked about how much the Patriots still need to improve.
“I thought it was competitive tonight, but there’s still a lot of things that we need to do better, that’s obvious,” Belichick said. “We’ve got to go back to work, it’s the first game of the season, we’ve got 15 more in the regular season, and hopefully we can improve on a weekly basis. I mean that’s what we need to do. We’re a long way from being a good football team right now.”
Tom Brady racked up 517 passing yards, but Belichick doesn’t want anyone calling his performance a masterpiece.
“We’ve certainly got a long way to go,” Belichick said. “That was certainly no Rembrandt performance, but fortunately it was good enough.”
Yes, I’d say the Patriots looked good enough on Monday night.