HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK
August 2, 2022
BB: Tomorrow. Second day of camp this week, got off to a decent start yesterday, obviously there are a lot of things we need to work on. Hopefully we’ll see an improvement today. We had a chance to go through the film, clear up some things, the guys were getting used to being in pads. It’s a bit different, fundamentally, especially on the indoor lines, receivers get hit, DB block them and run force and so on. Keep stacking these days together and take a little time here and see where we stand.
Q: Yesterday I heard you mentioned when Bill Russell visited the team about 20 years ago – what do you remember from that visit and what do you remember about Bill Russell?
BB: It was great. Bill is a great person; His comments on leadership, teamwork and selflessness are all excellent. Very close to Jim Brown so I met him through Jim. Both great people.
Q: Are you happy with where you are at this point in the camp?
BB: One day in pads? We have a long way to go.
Q: You had Patrick Chung out here yesterday. You have a long history there, Attorney Milloy, Rodney Harrison – what has evolved about that position that you now have four, five of these strong security guys?
BB: Pat was pretty versatile. Pat has done a lot for us. We’ll see how other players fare. Every player has their own style and certainly the game has changed a lot over the years, from Lawyer to Rodney to our position in 2022. But yeah I’m looking forward to the group we have. It’s a good group and we have a lot of experience with Devin [McCourty]. Younger players, like [Joshuah] Bledsoe or Jabril [Peppers]who wasn’t here – not that he’s a young player, but he wasn’t here – and AP [Adrian Phillips]and [Kyle] dugg[er], so pretty deep group, pretty strong group. I’m looking forward to working with these guys and seeing if we can get them all together and see how it goes.
Q: We saw you working with offensive and defensive lines for one-on-ones yesterday. Can you introduce us to this process, on the first day of the pads, what you are working on with them in particular?
BB: I don’t remember, there were a lot of different tracks. Whatever I saw in that piece, I can’t – I don’t know.
Q: Was there a common fundamental?
BB: Yeah, there’s a lot of basics, absolutely. That’s really what offensive and defensive line play is. It’s 80 percent fundamentals.
Q: What is the other 20 percent?
BB: Recognition, anticipation. I mean taking out the talent part, that’s it. There is communication, anticipation, reaction. You position yourself so far away from the guy that it’s over quickly. Fundamentals matter. Wide receivers, DBs, they line up 25 feet apart sometimes, it’s a whole different game. Sometimes they are also nose to nose. You just have a lot more space.
Q: We saw some guys coming back from PUP yesterday, do you expect James White to be able to attend today or sometime this week?
BB: When he’s ready. That is not my decision. When he’s ready, he’s ready.
Q: What have you seen from Devin Asiasi in his third offseason? How much progress have you seen?
BB: Devin has improved a lot; I think he made a good jump again this year. He’s put in a lot of time and hard work and I think that’s reflected in what we’ve seen in the offseason program, in spring training and in training camp so far. Physically it looks good. Mentally, the experience he has gained and the trust he has gained – you can see that in his eyes. We’ll see how it goes as we get into competitive situations and slightly more padded drills, we’ll see how it all adds up. He tracks well.
Q: With the construction going on at the stadium, have you and Cam Achord started talking about how different things, including the wind, could affect kicking play?
BB: Yes, we definitely talked about it. If we come to the stadium – we’ve had a lot of concerts and activities here – but if we come to the stadium and start kicking – which is either today or tomorrow, I forget – and then we’ll practice there on Friday, that’ll give us some opportunities , to work on it. Absolutely, I think that’s definitely going to affect the game, certainly affecting kicking everywhere but especially outdoors – whatever the end is, the far end, the lighthouse end. Absolutely sure that will be a factor.
Q: Going back to the answer you gave about Nick Folk last week, is it therefore more important to have an intelligent kicker like him who can handle all of these factors that come into play?
BB: Well, yeah, I mean there’s a lot to it. Yes, I think that’s a big advantage for him. There are a lot of good kickers in the league. Ultimately, it’s all about performance and production. Nick had a lot of it.
Q: On the subject of kickers and production and performance, Jake Bailey is getting renewed – I think that says a lot about his performance and production?
BB: Yeah, good that worked out. The way the system, the NFL’s salary system, works was a little bit unique in his particular situation. We hadn’t really looked into this before, but we ended up working it out with Jake and his agent, Doug Hendrickson, so it was good to get that done. Kind of a unique situation that took some time but they were great and we had great communication. Long conversations about it and I think we’ve gotten to a point where everyone is comfortable. Good to have done it.
Q: What have you seen on Mac in the past week?
BB: You know we had a day in Pads out there like I said we have a lot of things to work on – all of them. Passing game we worked on last week, we were better Wednesday through Saturday but this week is a different kind of game: early downs, runs, game action, things we didn’t work on last week. Some things are looking good, some things we need to clean up and do better, so we’ll see how it goes. Line up a few days and see where we stand. I don’t think you can judge that by one track or one period and that’s really all we had.
Q: Some players have said that DeVante Parker fits really well on and off the field – what have you seen in that regard and what caused him to naturally gel here?
BB: We have a long way to go. DeVante has made some really good games, some things we ask of him are different – I don’t know exactly what he did in Miami, but we had some coaches down there – Chad [O’Shea]and George [Godsey] – this has been here before, but I don’t know how similar it is or not, doesn’t really matter. But yes, he showed himself positively in the spring and in the training camp. But again, we’ll see how it all fits together. Good to have him, great to work with, we’ll see how it goes. It’s a very competitive position at receiver, there’s a bunch of players who have all been productive either here or in the past few years, who are back on the team or showed up at the camps we’ve had so we’re going to do it let’s see how this all unfolds.
Q: Coming back to the defensive line, how is Henry Anderson faring in training camp after recovering from his injury last season?
BB: Good. Henry was a full participant in the offseason program. He’s been doing everything from day one: all the lifting, all the running, all the exercises and everything. So I think that’s all there is to it.
Q: We haven’t seen Brian Hoyer for a few days – are you expecting him back soon or does it look like it’s going to be a long time?
BB: No, I would expect him back pretty soon.