On Thursday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had plenty to say. On Sunday night, he did at first.
“I was really proud of the way our team fought tonight,” Belichick said after New England’s 30-24 overtime loss in Denver. “I thought we gave tremendous effort and played really hard. Obviously there were some things that we could have done better, could have coached better, could have played better, but guys really played hard and I have all the respect in the world for this football team, the way they competed so proud of what — the way they went at battle tonight, disappointed in the end result, but have to get back to work this week for Philadelphia.”
Beyond that, Belichick pretty much shut it down.
Asked about the offensive pass interference penalties being called this season (tight end Rob Gronkowski now has five), Belichick said this: “I think you should talk to them. Talk to the League. I’m sure they have all the answers on that, so talk to them.”
Regarding how the team will move forward with all of the injuries sustained on offense: “I don’t know. I’ll work on that this week.”
On the low hit that injured Gronkowski: “Look, I’m not going to talk about the play.”
As to the suspect clock error that really wasn’t a clock error at the end of regulation: “About what? Yeah.”
It’s understandable that Belichick was feeling a little frustrated and, in turn, not inclined to say much. The Patriots blew a 14-point lead, losing to a team whose quarterback was making his second career start. Typically, Belichick confuses and confounds an inexperienced signal-caller.
Instead, Brock Osweiler and the Broncos put together the kind of memorable night that both ended New England’s quest for perfection and launched what could be a new era for the franchise, with Brock Osweiler becoming the latest successor to the position once held by current Broncos G.M. John Elway.