They said it: Patriots edition

Posted Sept. 14, 2011 @ 11:12 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Here is what was said by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien following the team's Week One win. All quotes taken from transcripts provided by the Patriots.

Belichick on what needs to be improved: "There are a lot of areas. We had the ball on the one-yard line ready to score a touchdown and we end up getting knocked out of field-goal range and couldn't get a field goal before the half. We really weren't able to close out the game at the end of the game with a couple of first downs that we could have made. We stalled out there after the second quarter. The good thing was, offensively, whenever Miami scored or started to change the momentum of the game a little bit, our offense was able to come back and drive the ball and score points and change that momentum around, so that was great. But we still had things that we need to do better. There were some things that we got away with, with some substitutions. At times I don't think Miami was where they wanted to be or there was something on their side of the ball that wasn't quite right. And it's great that we could take advantage of it, but those opportunities won't always be there. I'm sure as teams get more experienced with their communication and get further into the season, you'll see less and less of that. We're just trying to keep ironing out all the little details and that's really across the board — its offense, defense, special teams."

Caserio on the Chargers' offense: "They lost (Darren) Sproles, but between (Mike) Tolbert and Ryan Mathews in the running game and the passing game for that matter out of the backfield, they present some issues. And then (Antonio) Gates is as good a tight end as there is in the league. They've got a bunch of big receivers: (Malcom) Floyd had a lot of production for them last year. (Vincent) Jackson looks like he's back at playing at a high level. I think across the board, this is a good football team. A.J. (Smith) and Coach (Norv) Turner, they've put together a solid group. We're certainly going to have our hands full. This has been a consistent, high-performing team for a number of years now, so we're going to have to prepare on a short week and get ready to go out there and play our best game to date."

Caserio on WR Matthew Slater: "I think since the day Matthew been here, he's worked hard. There's probably a no more professional player out there than Matthew Slater. He shows up, he does his job, he puts the team first, he's attentive, and he's worked at his craft and he's made himself into a better football player. And that's really what we ask of any player — to come in each day and try to improve. There are plenty of opportunities to improve your performance as a player and Matt has taken advantage of his opportunities, whether it's in the kicking game or offensively. So it's a credit to Matthew and his work ethic and his approach and really, the players electing him as a captain — I think that speaks volumes as to what his teammates and fellow players think of him."

O'Brien on the Chargers' defense: "(They're) a very disciplined defense. They're an aggressive defense. They've got a lot of good players at every position: (Eric) Weddle the safety, Bob Sanders, obviously, (Quentin) Jammer and (Antoine) Cason at the corners — those guys are playing well. Their nickel, Dante Hughes, is a really good player, (he's a) tough, quick, good player. Their front with (Shaun) Phillips and those guys in there — those guys are good players, their linebackers... When they got to their nickel defense and (when) Antwan Barnes is in there rushing, they're pretty much ... they're an excellent defense that's an aggressive one that's going to be a real challenge for us."