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Belichick “real proud” of the Patriots

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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.

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  1. tallguyme says: Feb 6, 2012 3:37 PM

    OK Bill, but for the love of God, get us some talent on defense and a legit #1 wideout and we’ll go at it again in SB47.

  2. gcsuk says: Feb 6, 2012 3:38 PM

    Why shouldn’t he be? Patriots fans should be proud as well. #1 seed in the AFC, 3 SB wins, 5 SB appearances in the last decade or so? BB is a fantastic coach who really gets the most out of his players. He did a fantastic job with a lot of “no name” players this year.

    There is no dishonor in losing a close one in the SB. 15 other AFC teams would be happy to switch places with you.

  3. skeefe1976 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    “tallguyme” amen, brother. How about drafting any Alabama Crimson Tide defenders who are available when our draft spots pop up. We need some more attitude on D to join up with Spikes, Mayo & Chung. RE: the WR, Brandon Lloyd is all but signed up due to Josh McD, but the 6’2 stud from Rutgers would be another nice Scarlet Knight addition…

  4. airraid77 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    That team had no buisness being in the superbowl…NONE! No running game, horrific pass defense, NO run defense…..and they got to the sb and one could argue within one play of the ultimate prize…..YIKES……THE GIANTS, RAVENS, PACKERS, 49ers, Cowboys, steelers…..ALL ARE MORE COMPLETE TEAMS……All really are better teams.

  5. jenniferxxx says: Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    30 other teams were watching this game on TV.

  6. duncanthecat says: Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    New England would be competing with Minnesosta for SuperBowls lost if they hadn’t cheated in the ones they supposedly won.

  7. jtchernak says: Feb 6, 2012 3:44 PM

    Im proud also but how can you say our d sucks when it gave up only 19 points the 49ers held then to 20 give me a break

  8. rexryanstoecheese says: Feb 6, 2012 3:46 PM

    Bill,
    The FANS of NEW England are also extremely proud of this team.

    Sincerely,
    Patriot Nation

  9. lightofkolob says: Feb 6, 2012 3:46 PM

    Hey Bill Call Randy Moss pkease

  10. dgforreal says: Feb 6, 2012 3:46 PM

    My favorite HC in the league without a doubt.

  11. steelwarriors55 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:48 PM

    Pats fans arent honnest enough to admit it but pleaseeee the only reason why this team went to the super bowl is because of the strength of their schedule.Including playoffs,they only played 3 teams above .500(steelers,giants and ravens) and only won one of the 3 games which they should have lost if it wasnt for the drop and missed FG.They played the Broncos (that lost like 4 of their last 5) in the playoffs which was a gimme(only my team was bad enough to lose to the Broncos) and then they had a shot against a team that went 9-7 and was probably the best chance they had to win in the NFC and still lost.Yes he should be proud that he went to the super bowl with such a young team that is still rebuilding,but when you look at the whole picture I dont think that the Pats are that good.

  12. askbri says: Feb 6, 2012 3:48 PM

    Haven’t won a Super Bowl since they were caught cheating… But hey, at least Eli Manning owns Brady! Eli is 2-0 versus the “new” Jim Kelly.

  13. skeefe1976 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:48 PM

    “airraid77″ anyone who refers to it as the “superbowl” is obviously not a true football fan, but your idiotic comments seal the deal. If they were more complete teams, why are they sitting on their asses watching the game?

  14. conbro8 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:49 PM

    airraid77 says:Feb 6, 2012 3:40 PM

    That team had no buisness being in the superbowl…NONE! No running game, horrific pass defense, NO run defense…..and they got to the sb and one could argue within one play of the ultimate prize…..YIKES……THE GIANTS, RAVENS, PACKERS, 49ers, Cowboys, steelers…..ALL ARE MORE COMPLETE TEAMS……All really are better teams.
    ======================
    LOL– the “PACKERS” had the 32nd best defense in the NFL this year (also known as the WORST defense in the NFL). The Patriots had the 31st defense. Know your facts.

  15. airraid77 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    cheating would mean the pats shouldnt have gotten to the superbowl….remember they were caught cheating the 1st game of the year……NOT in the superbowl….and they got to the sb that year……….

  16. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    I just heard that press conf. on the radio and while I’m a bit of a BB apologist, that was as cryptic as I’ve ever heard him.

    Bill, I can’t imagine the disappointment you must feel right now but would it kill you to be remotely human in a public settling like that?

  17. justwinbaby29 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:55 PM

    Mr. Kraft should check the deed. Because it seems like Eli Manning owns the New England Patriots.

  18. peezwizz says: Feb 6, 2012 4:02 PM

    I’m still so thankful for being a Patriots fan.

    IMO New England isn’t finished, and after 2 horrible superbowl losses, if they ever end up getting a 4th ring it’s gonna feel like the first.

    There are so many teams in the gutter… NE isn’t one of them.

  19. nyyankeedave says: Feb 6, 2012 4:04 PM

    I ain’t a Pats fan (far from it) but folks in Boston giving Brady heat need to cram it. Without him they’re 5-11. They almost won a 4th SB with smoke and mirrors. Kudos.

  20. kinguga says: Feb 6, 2012 4:09 PM

    The Pats don’t have much time left. Belichick and Brady have been the two driving forces and both men are well past their respective primes.

  21. capslockkey says: Feb 6, 2012 4:12 PM

    Misleading headline. Putting real proud in quotes made me think he was saying it sarcastically.

  22. tv426 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    airraid77 says: Feb 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    cheating would mean the pats shouldnt have gotten to the superbowl….remember they were caught cheating the 1st game of the year……NOT in the superbowl….and they got to the sb that year……….
    _____________________________________
    The taping of other teams signals goes back (as far as we know) to the Super Bowl with the Rams and it continued until they got caught, years later.

    Brady/Belicheater post season record before then – 12-2, since then – 4-3 with 2 SBs lost.

    You figure it out.

  23. 2sausage11 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:18 PM

    Bill get us a deep WR and some CBs

  24. dolphinatic13 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:19 PM

    Sorry Billy boy, but as soon as somebody puts Brady on his butt he gets pissed and can’t play….Thank you Giants for putting that team away for a second time in 4yrs…Thank you.

  25. wakexxl says: Feb 6, 2012 4:24 PM

    All I can say is “WOW” I love my Pats but I definetly did not see them making it to the superbowl with this squad, really looked like a rebuilding year. I know its upseting when your team loses the biggest game of all sports but they still made it to the Superbowl!!

    For all you retards bringing up spygate, listen to what you are saying, you are bashing a team for making it to the superbowl twice in the last five years. Good god!!! most teams cant make the superbowl twice in 40 years.

    I am proud to be a Pats fan, I know this team will only get better.

  26. starry098 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    PATRIOTS!!

  27. 6ball says: Feb 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    .

    The other guys (Giants) can play a little ball too. They left a few other good teams in their wake. Beating Green Bay and San Francisco on the road made a believer out of me.

    .

  28. ynot1381 says: Feb 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    New England is 64-16 since SpyGate.

    They may have not won any Superbowls, but they have two appearances. They will continue to compete on a yearly basis. That is all you can ask.

  29. outlawshark says: Feb 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    Actually, the Denver Broncos are the only NFL team to admit to cheating in their Super Bowl winning years.

  30. adlent says: Feb 6, 2012 4:28 PM

    Not a Pats fan, but I’ve always felt that the Patriots “cheating” was sort of like when colleges look the other way as their star players get cash and other benefits. Everyone probably did it, but no one outs the other. It is just easy to hate on the Pats for it since they’ve been such a dominant team for the last decade.

  31. kelvinmchale says: Feb 6, 2012 4:40 PM

    So let me get this straight, all you people like Rob Parker who bring up the fact that they haven’t won anything since Spygate. Why is that relevant again? So you’re saying they need to record the opposing teams signals to win the actual Super Bowl, even though they clearly didn’t need them to win ten consecutive games before the Super Bowl? Do you see how ridiculous that sounds now? Do you even think it through before you say/post this nonsense?

  32. waccoforflacco says: Feb 6, 2012 4:43 PM

    We owe it all to Bernard Pollard.

    GO RAVENS

  33. weepingjebus says: Feb 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    The Patriots overachieved all year, and while the loss is tough to swallow they have nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t look now, but I think they also have 2 first round and 2 second round picks coming up…

  34. 3octaveFart says: Feb 6, 2012 4:59 PM

    The Patriots now join the Broncos, Bills and Vikings, as 4-time Super Bowl losers…
    Aw, that’s a shame.

  35. thetruth146 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    Anyone who thinks spygate makes the pats superbowl wins illegitimate knows nothing about football. Take a look at what Jimmy Johnson says about the subject.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2008/02/23/jimmy-johnson-thinks-spygate-is-overblown/

    If you still think the pats wins don’t count that means you can take away two cowboys superbowls as well as the colts recent superbowl. Im sure theres many many more, but Belicheck is too much of a man and has too much respect for the game to rat a fellow coach out

  36. airraid77 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:10 PM

    so he is even a better for getting two far less talented team to the sb AFTER THE CHEATING? and since those superbowls were close? he must had some co-cheater opposing him?
    so he is lombardi, I thought so to.

  37. j0esixpack says: Feb 6, 2012 5:15 PM

    It was extremely unprobable that the Patriots would make it to the Super Bowl… Half their secondary was cut or injured and Belichick was able to bring a bunch of UFAs and rookies all the way to the Big Game.

    Even Belichick’s strategy to allow a TD to give the team a chance to win with 50 seconds left was impressive though I’m sure haters will twist this into an allegation of “cheating”

    Fans of other teams may hate Belichick and the Pats but I have to think that free agents who want a shot at a ring won’t forget that on average every other year for 10 years Belichick and Brady have had their team in the Super Bowl.

  38. omegalh says: Feb 6, 2012 5:17 PM

    3-0 taping defensive signals and walkthroughs.

    0-2 without taping defensive signals and walkthoughs.

  39. slickmarine says: Feb 6, 2012 5:19 PM

    @3octaveFart

    They’re not losin’, man; they’re just learnin’ more about winnin’. And with 3 more rings than most teams will EVER have, I’d say they’re learnin’ pretty quick.

  40. teddybayer123 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:14 PM

    The fact is, they haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spy Gate. It matters. As Amani Toomer told Jim Rome, “…if the Patriots lose put an asterisk on the wins they do have”.

  41. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 6, 2012 7:01 PM

    gcsuk says:Feb 6, 2012 3:38 PM

    Why shouldn’t he be? Patriots fans should be proud as well. #1 seed in the AFC, 3 SB wins, 5 SB appearances in the last decade or so? BB is a fantastic coach who really gets the most out of his players. He did a fantastic job with a lot of “no name” players this year.

    There is no dishonor in losing a close one in the SB. 15 other AFC teams would be happy to switch places with you.
    _________________________________
    gcsuk, as a fellow giants fan, there are a whole lot of times i agree with what you say. however, this time i don’t.
    patriots fans should not be proud. the fact is, even though it gets swept under the rug by the national media and warranted a patronizing slap on the wrist from the nfl, belichik (and you’re not going to convince me that brady didn’t know what was going on) is a cheater and that is nothing to be proud of. i know you can’t take away the fact that they had legitimate regular wins to get to the sb this time around (and in 42 for that matter) but i’m sorry, i can’t get past ‘spygate’ until they get an asterisk next to the sb’s they possibly won due to cheating.
    i’m going to take it one step further and question brady’s competence.
    ask yourself this… would (insert nfl qb name here) be a much better qb if they knew what the defensive schemes/signals were prior to the snap because they had seen priviledged film of the opposing teams practices prior to games?
    just sayin’

  42. steelcurtainn says: Feb 6, 2012 7:13 PM

    What else are you gonna say when you lose.

  43. kevpft says: Feb 6, 2012 7:16 PM

    Brady played just fine. A few errors by other players were killer at the worst possible time.

    The one and only real mistake the team made was trying to run out the clock on their last drive before the final NY touhcdown drive.

    When I saw them start running on that drive, I saw the rest of the game flash before my eyes: they CANNOT be trying to eat up the clock with a 2-POINT LEAD, can they? Good grief, they are!

    They should have been passing all the way down the field on that drive, going for the dagger. How they could look at a 2-point lead and not see doom written all over it is beyond me. There’s no protecting a lead like that; there’s only expanding it.

  44. db105 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:35 PM

    3octaveFart says:
    Feb 6, 2012 4:59 PM
    The Patriots now join the Broncos, Bills and Vikings, as 4-time Super Bowl losers…
    Aw, that’s a shame.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Put it in proper perspective. It takes good teams with good luck to get to Super Bowls. Are you really saying that a team losing a Super Bowl is worse than a team that couldn’t make it to the Super Bowl? Speaks volumes of the level of your intelligence.

  45. marcuswelby70 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:54 PM

    rexryanstoecheese says:
    Feb 6, 2012 3:46 PM
    Bill,
    The FANS of NEW England are also extremely proud of this team.

    Sincerely,
    Patriot Nation
    ————————————-
    Amen brother!

  46. patsfiend says: Feb 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    I’m proud of this team, too. He’s right on all counts. They fought hard in that game, and just came up a play (or bounce) short. Nothing to be angry about here.

    Now, please get us some studs on defense, Bill. Every Pats fan new the game was over when the G-Men got the ball back down 2.

    DAMN that was close!

  47. patsfiend says: Feb 7, 2012 12:20 PM

    nyyankeedave says:
    Feb 6, 2012 4:04 PM
    I ain’t a Pats fan (far from it) but folks in Boston giving Brady heat need to cram it. Without him they’re 5-11. They almost won a 4th SB with smoke and mirrors. Kudos.
    ————–
    A slice of reality from a Yankees fan. Don’t worry, Dave, there’s not that much “heat” in Boston for Brady. You are right on all counts, IMO.

    Put Brady on the Jets, and they are in the SB this year.

  48. bledsoesghost says: Feb 7, 2012 12:52 PM

    I have been reading this site since it started, pretty much since the beginning. I will never understand why they remove some reader comments without any explanation. You pour your heart out after a SB loss, you try hard to keep from saying anything too nasty or inflammatory, and *poof* you check back a half hour later and your contribution to the discussion has mysteriously disappeared. It doesn’t make sense when you read some of the insulting, pea-brained comments that people post here that don’t get removed. The least they could do is shoot you an email and let you know what it was that they found offensive or unallowable. Whatever…

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