Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/21/13
Nfl-new-england-patriots

Another season has ended with a crushing defeat for the Patriots. And while Bill Belichick was certainly upset following Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to the Ravens, he was his usual self while addressing the media. What that means is that Belichick provided succinct — and rather uninteresting — answers to a variety of questions, while making it clear that the Ravens are a “good football team.” Belichick was undoubtedly frustrated, though, as he even skipped a postgame interview with CBS, which drew the ire of analyst Shannon Sharpe. The transcript of Belichick’s postgame news conference is below. Belichick: Obviously a disappointing end to an overall pretty positive season. Tonight we just didn’t do enough things well enough to win. Give the Ravens credit; they’re a good football team. They just outplayed us and outcoached us tonight. They just made more plays than we did. That’s pretty much the story. What did they change in the second half that made it so difficult for you guys to score points? Belichick: They did a good job. I wouldn’t say it was anything they didn’t do in the first half. They just did a better job than we did. How much did the injury to Aqib Talib change your plan on defense? Belichick: We had to make some adjustments. We lost Kyle [Love], we lost Talib. Were you disappointed with the pass rush? You didn’t have the effective pass rush like you usually do. Belichick: I don’t think anything was really as good as it needed to be tonight. [We] gave up too many points, didn’t score enough. I’d say we probably came up a little short in every area. How disappointing is it to you that you’ve gone eight years without winning a Super Bowl? Belichick: I don’t know. I’m just focused on this game. What did you see in the play where Stevan Ridley fumbled? It looked very close as to whether he was down or not. Belichick: That was the official’s call. What was your opinion of the play? Belichick: It’s their call. They ruled it a turnover so it’s an official review. It’s not anything I can do. Did you have a chance to see the replay and what did you think? Belichick: It doesn’t make any difference. The officials call the game. Did you think Wes Welker’s drop on third down changed the game? Belichick: There are a lot of plays in the game. There a lot of things we could have done better, all of us. Like I said, it really wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t as good as the Ravens tonight. That’s why they’re moving on and we’re not. They were just better than we were in really everything. How disappointed are you that you couldn’t take advantage of the field position you had and they did not have in the first half? Belichick: We’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t win. I said that right off the bat. We’re disappointed in the results. What else do you want me to say? How big do you think the field position was in the first half? Belichick: I don’t know. It was certainly to our advantage. We had a 13-7 lead. Look, we missed a lot of opportunities tonight. We were 1-for-3 in the red area; we couldn’t stop them in the red area. We gave up too many points and didn’t score enough. How much did losing Aqib Talib impact what you wanted to do defensively? Belichick: We had to make some adjustments, yeah. Did you want to have Aqib Talib match up and when he went out you couldn’t do that? Belichick: We had to make some adjustments to what we were doing. When Kyle [Love] went out and when Talib went out, we had to make some adjustments. But that’s the National Football League. What happened on the last drive of the first half? Tom Brady ran, slid and ended up calling the timeout with four seconds left. Belichick: Because if we had snapped the ball and run the ball, I think if we hadn’t scored, we wouldn’t have had time to get another play off, so we wanted to take the three points. Was there any thought to calling an immediate timeout right after he slid? Belichick: Not really, no, because I thought we could get up there, or we wanted to try to get up there and clock it and have time to run a play and have the timeout to kick the field goal. So no, not really. I guess if we had known that it would take as long as it did to get the ball finally clocked, but then we didn’t get a great look on the play. Tom [Brady] actually called timeout at the same time I did so we just didn’t have it. Did they make any defensive adjustments in the second half? Belichick: No, I thought they pretty much played what they played in the second half, that’s what they played in the first half. How would you evaluate the running game tonight? Belichick: I think everything could have been a little better, that’s the bottom line. Nothing was really good enough. A lot of things were OK, it was competitive but it wasn’t as good as the Ravens tonight, in any area. We just came up short. On the punt from the 35-yard line, was there any thought of kicking the field goal there? Belichick: No, there was no thought of kicking a field goal.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Sumlin: Texas A&M players have 'chip on their shoulder'

WATCH: Elvis Andrus steals home against Padres

Seahawks went on Hawaiian vacation to ease SB tension

Robert Kraft: Deflategate 'most overblown story' in NFL

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Jim Tressel once sent touching note to family of Michigan OL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Sony cut 'Concussion' scenes to avoid angering NFL

Ryan Clark: Trent Richardson is 'worst RB of all time'

Report: David Feherty won't be back at CBS Sports

Warren Moon: RG3 needs to start taking the blame

Lovullo: I don’t see Hanley Ramirez playing left field again in 2015

Judge Berman’s one-sentence order repeats Deflategate decision timeline

Harbaugh named starting QB but won't announce it

Ohio State downplays revenge talk ahead of Va. Tech rematch

WATCH: D-backs pitcher fails on quick pitch attempt

Ex-FSU WR Snoop Minnis trolls rival Florida in great way

Suspicous photo may lead to drug test for CC Sabathia

How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

Jack Eichel plans to move in with teammate Matt Moulson

Report: Bills GM 'went rogue’ in cutting Fred Jackson

Terrance Knighton irked by Redskins-Kardsashians comparison

Connor Cook on not being named Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'

Danny Amendola’s advice to those on roster bubble? ‘Control what you can’

Dallas Cowboys: Rookies to watch

Apple reportedly sought exclusive rights to new Bill Simmons podcast

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker