Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke to the assembled media shortly after the team plane returned to New England on Monday afternoon and said that despite losing Super Bowl XLVI, he believes his players should hold their heads high.
Asked how proud he is of his team, Belichick said, “real proud of them.”
“They worked hard all year, they competed hard all season, we won a lot of games and even the ones we didn’t win we fought all the way to the end and played very competitively,” Belichick continued. “We did that last night, just came up a little short. But I have all the respect in the world for the team and all the players, what they’ve done for over six months. It’s not about one game or one play or anything. It’s the whole body of work. I really, really enjoyed coaching this team and I have a lot of respect for them.”
Belichick said support from Patriots fans who turned out to welcome the team plane back to town is “much, much appreciated by all of us,” and he added that “There’s a lot of good memories this year.”
Even if the last memory will have a bitter taste.