Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his standard day-after-game conference call and said the coaching staff broke down the game Friday morning and then reviewed it with the players Friday afternoon. Belichick said there were a lot of mistakes for the team to correct, but he also saw some positives.
Overall, he still seemed down about the team's effort.
“I’m disappointed in the whole game, regardless of how the last kick turned out – whether it was good or not good. That was not the point,” he said. “I don’t think we did things as good as we are capable of doing them. When the team doesn’t perform well, that’s also a reflection of the coaching and how the coaches feel.”
Two other items of note:
Injury situation being sorted out. The Patriots had three players not finish the game – safety Brandon Meriweather (leg), defensive end Ron Brace (ankle) and cornerback Terrence Wheatley (lower leg/ankle). On the overall injury situation, Belichick said it was too early to judge if any of them were season-ending, long-term type injuries. “Sometimes things look big and they turn out to not be that significant. Other times you see things that look like they’re not that significant and they turn out to be more than that,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to speculate on any medical diagnosis at this point.
No-huddle operation wasn’t affected by umpire positioning. Unlike the Colts, who drew two penalties in the no-huddle offense for an illegal snap because the umpire had not re-set in his new position in the offensive backfield, the Patriots had no such penalties against the Rams when running their no-huddle late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter. “I don’t think it slowed us down any,” he said. “The speed is a little bit different when you are working on it to work on it from when you really got to have it.”