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Bill Belichick: 'Incomprehensible' to expect finished product after Week 6

Ryan Hannable
October 16, 2017 - 1:03 pm

At the end of Bill Belichick's conference call on Monday, it appeared he had something to get off his chest.

Following the Patriots' 24-17 win over the Jets, much of the chatter regarding the team has been somewhat negative even though it is leading the division at 4-2. Overall, the team hasn't looked like some past Patriots teams, but it seemed like Belichick wanted to note it's unfair to expect a finished product after just six games.

"It’s incomprehensible to me how anybody could think that a team that’s practiced for six months and played 19 regular season and postseason games and had triple-digit practices, five months later, after not playing a game, after having a fraction of that type of experience, could be anywhere close to the level of execution that they were five months before that after all of the things that I just listed," he said. "I mean, it’s impossible in my view. So, each year, you start all over again. You start that process all over again. You build your team over the course of the year though practice repetitions, through preseason to regular season games, through the evolving of your scheme, and that’s why each year is different and unique.

"But, I understand I’m in the minority and most other people don’t see it that way, which is OK, but that’s the way I see it."

This was at the end of a nearly seven-minute response to a question about how week-to-week gameplan adjustments take place.

As Belichick did last week noting the leadership skills of Devin McCourty and Dont'a Hightower prior to the Tampa game, sometimes the coach has a thing or two in mind he wants to make sure gets out there and finds ways to slip them in.

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