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Bill Belichick: Patriots “nowhere close to where we need to be”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looked as good as ever in Friday night’s preseason game against the Buccaneers. So Patriots coach Bill Belichick was probably in a great mood after the game, gushing about how wonderful his team is, right?

Not quite.

“Our team is still in a growing stage,” Belichick said after the game. “We have a lot of work to do. We’re nowhere close to where we need to be for the opener or for the 16-game regular season schedule. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to stay at it. It’s not over by any means. We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be. Training camp is not over. Let me make that perfectly clear.”

OK, that’s perfectly clear. The Patriots have looked pretty good through two preseason games, but that’s a long, long way from the point where Belichick would be willing to celebrate.

Belichick is about five and a half months from the point where he would be willing to celebrate.

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33 Responses to “Bill Belichick: Patriots “nowhere close to where we need to be””
  1. timb12 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:49 PM

    Can you imagine what Tebow’s rating on madden is going to be? It will probably bring their team rating down a couple of points. And BB can’t have that!

  2. razorbyrd says: Aug 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    it’s Coach Bill… he’ll be saying the same things in Week 5, Week 14, and the week leading up to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game…

  3. sellout1983 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    Good.

  4. footballradioshow says: Aug 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    Typical Belichick – needs to go back, look at the film, just figure out how to get better.

  5. cardslifer says: Aug 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    Hard nosed coach with the best player in the NFL.

    I’m sure he will make due with what he has.

    As long as Brady doesn’t run for his life or spend more time on his back (ie. Rodgers and Romo) he will take them to the playoffs.

  6. kev86 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    Coughlin like angle. Well played coach. Keep em working!

  7. CKL says: Aug 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    The only time BB really gushes about Pats players is when a player he respects retires, like Bruschi, Faulk or Brown. One of the signs in the Pats lockerroom says “don’t believe the hype”. He especially doesn’t want his young guys to think they’ve arrived based on some good plays in preseason.

  8. mattwalshvideo says: Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    We need to go back and look at the film, both the legal and illegal.

  9. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM

    this team is going to be slapped around once again in the playoffs by their kryptonite

    #REPEAT

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    The Patriots are going to score plenty points. No doubt about that. It’s the defense that can hold this team back.

  11. jonnydapat says: Aug 17, 2013 1:27 PM

    @wearethechampsandyouarenot, when you wake from your hydrated dream you’ll find that last year is over and that you have a huge mess on your hands.

  12. 6ball says: Aug 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    .

    @videotool

    You’ve wasted six years of your life on a joke that isn’t funny. Well played.

    .

  13. surfinbird1 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:33 PM

    Sign Zack Sudfeld. That kid is the ONLY reason Mallet got a touchdown.

  14. TheWizard says: Aug 17, 2013 1:39 PM

    Bill would say that regardless of the circumstances, but at this point in time the defense is giving up too many big plays which has become normal for that unit the last couple years.

    I’m sure he’d like that to stop before week 1.

  15. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 17, 2013 1:42 PM

    HAS BEEN! give it up belicheat the patriots window is now closed. MOVE OVER, the NINERS ARE HERE!!!

  16. piratefreedom says: Aug 17, 2013 1:42 PM

    “So Patriots coach Bill Belichick was probably in a great mood after the game, gushing about how wonderful his team is, right?”

    Gold Jerry! Gold!

  17. patriots123456 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:44 PM

    Straight from his old Boss’s (Parcells) school of coaching, don’t ever take your foot off the accelerator…

    Never stop trying to improve…

  18. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 17, 2013 2:41 PM

    Ravens > Pats forever & always

    *thumbs down if you agree

  19. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 17, 2013 2:50 PM

    belicheat should review the hernandez home surveillence video…..

  20. sschmiggles says: Aug 17, 2013 2:51 PM

    this team is going to be slapped around once again in the playoffs by their kryptonite
    _____________________

    Lol, you beat us twice last year, and only by a point in the regular season, and now you’re our “kryptonite”?

    Are you aware that your team still has a losing record against the pats? I bet the jets thought they were our kryptonite a couple years ago as well.

  21. terripet says: Aug 17, 2013 3:29 PM

    this guy is the biggest phony.

  22. terripet says: Aug 17, 2013 3:30 PM

    Go to walpole st. prison there are many guys you can put on your roster

  23. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 17, 2013 1:04 PM
    We need to go back and look at the film, both the legal and illegal.

    —————————————-

    You need some new material!

  24. tigerlilac says: Aug 17, 2013 3:49 PM

    Can you imagine being a football fan and not appreciating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? If these clowns lived during Leonardo Da Vinci’s heyday they probably would have questioned his talent as well. You don’t have to like someone to appreciate their talent but it does make the observation more fun.

  25. bookofelisha10 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:01 PM

    looks like belichick is in midseason form already

  26. omikeyboy says: Aug 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    I’m as big a Fin fan as there is, but if you don’t respect Belichick, and Brady you’re in denial.

  27. asthebeaver says: Aug 17, 2013 4:29 PM

    And by “we” he means Tebow.

  28. themagicfanguy says: Aug 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    The fact that every team has some sort of team dedicated troll now is what I find funny. They all sound like idiots, and they know it.

  29. jrcoop says: Aug 17, 2013 5:41 PM

    He realizes the significance of games against the Eagles and Buc’s, especially in the preseason. Both teams made a lot of lesser teams look good last year.

  30. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:17 PM

    Bill your not fooling anyone with that statement. Come on you have to try better than that.

  31. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 17, 2013 7:36 PM

    sschmiggles says:

    Lol, you beat us twice last year, and only by a point in the regular season, and now you’re our “kryptonite”?

    Are you aware that your team still has a losing record against the pats? I bet the jets thought they were our kryptonite a couple years ago as well.
    ——
    son, we’ve played you in the playoffs 3 out of the last 4 years — ALL of them in NE — and won 2 of those handily (1 of which was on our way to a world championship). we also “swept” you last year.

    you & i both know who your daddy is

    #OWN

  32. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 17, 2013 8:33 PM

    NOT a genius. Only as good as the game film he recorded.

  33. jolink653 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:07 AM

    Patriots are 7-3 all time against the Ravens…what are you talking about? And you conveniently forgot to mention Billy Cundiff’s little mishap the season before last…face it: if anyone owns anyone here, the Patriots would own the Ravens based on that record

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