Belichick loves joint practice with Saints

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick has coached in the NFL for 36 years, so when he ranks something highly it carries significant meaning.

That's why his comments about joint practices with the New Orleans Saints were telling this morning.

“I thought yesterday’s practice was probably one of the most productive practices that I’ve been part of in my career," Belichick said.

"Good work. Certainly good tempo. We saw a lot of things from the Saints that we haven’t seen from ourselves. They’re obviously very good and they do a lot of things well, so there were a lot of things that we were able to evaluate and also adjust to. We can walk through them and talk through them, but it’s different when a good team does them and hurts you with them, and you have to make those changes. That part of it was great. It was really good work for us all the way around, and I think our players responded well to it.”

Belichick liked the variety of situations that came up in practice, especially on special teams and in the two-minute drill. The results weren't always great, but Belichick liked the overall practice set-up and said Saints coach Sean Payton and his staff were extremely easy to work with.

A story on joint practices and how they unfolded is now posted on ESPNBoston.com.