Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley to discuss the Patriots’ 30-7 win over the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley on demand page.

With the win in hand, Belichick became the seventh head coach in league history to win 200 games. Belichick credited those he was able to coach as he reached the landmark win total.

“That means I coached a lot of good players, that’s what that means,” Belichick said. “Those guys are the ones that win them. They go out there and they’re the ones who make the plays. I’ve been very fortunate to coach a lot of great players.”

Continued Belichick: “When I got into coaching, it certainly wasn’t for the money. It was because I enjoyed the game and the competitiveness of it and all that goes with football. Twenty-five dollars a week, that isn’t why you do it. But things have worked out well financially since then, so I have no complaints about that. But that’s not why I got into it. As a head coach you just try and have the best year you can have each year. I don’t think in 1991 I was thinking about 2014. I probably wasn’t thinking about 1993 too much either. I was probably thinking about 1991. That’s kind of what our job is, year to year and week to week. So right now I’m just thinking about Oakland.”

The absence of running back Adrian Peterson from Sunday’s game forced the Vikings rely on backup tailbacks. Belichick said the change did not affect the Patriots’ defensive scheme in any way.

“They still have good quality backs,” Belichick said. “I think that Norv [Turner], the system that he runs is still pretty much his system. I think it would have been no different if a player got hurt on the first series or first quarter of the game. They would probably do what they would kind of normally do with the other 10 guys. It’s really hard to change an entire offense or defense when one guy goes out. It’s easier to try and replace whoever that person is and work around it the best you can.”

Unlike Week 1 against the Dolphins, the Patriots ran the ball effectively against the Minnesota defense. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined to rush for 141 yards for the game.

“It’s easy to commit to something when it’s going fairly well,” Belichick said of the ground game. “When you’re averaging two yards a carry, it’s hard to stay committed to it. You got to out there and gain yards. If you’re gaining yards it’s a lot easier to continue to do that. The score certainly played into the situation, so we were able to hand the ball off more. We were gaining more with our run game.”

Chandler Jones had one of the highlights of the game, blocking and running back a Blair Walsh field goal attempt for a touchdown. Belichick noted the play was one the entire staff should get credit for.

“It was a good team play, a real good combination of a good scheme from (special teams coach Scott O’Brien) and assistant special teams coach Joe Judge), and a good execution by the players,” Belichick said. “Chandler had good space that was created by his teammates and Chandler did a good job of coming through and flattening down the line and getting in front of the guard, not running up the field, but getting in front of the guard where the ball was in flight. He was able to get his hands up and made a great play on the scoop and score.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On West Coast teams having to play 1:00 p.m. ET games on the East Coast, as the Raiders will do when visiting the Patriots on Sunday: “For every long week, there’s a short week. For every long trip, there’s a short trip. It all evens out in the end the way the schedule’s set up. Sooner or later the East Coast plays on the West Coast, the West Coast plays on the East Coast. It all evens out. Every time we talk about a short week, there’s somewhere along the lines a long week to make up for it. And all the other teams have the pretty much the same deal.”

On getting the game ball after the game from owner Robert Kraft: “Honestly I kind of lost track of all that. When [Kraft] started to make the presentation, I wasn’t really sure what he was doing. I started to make the presentation and I realized it was about me. It’s very flattering to be listed with those other great coaches. I’ve been very fortunate to coach a lot of good players.”

On his very first win as an NFL head coach and coaching the Browns in his first year, which was a 20-0 win over the Patriots: “We weren’t a very good team. No lead was really safe, too safe with us.”

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Andrew Battifarano

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork joined Dale & Holley on Monday to discuss New England’s 30-7 win over the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley on demand page.

Against the Dolphins in Week 1, the Patriots defense allowed 23 unanswered points in the second half. Wilfork said after the game that the Patriots would step up their performance against the Vikings. The defense did just that, allowing just one touchdown early in the game against Minnesota.

“I think we did pretty well,” Wilfork said of the defense. “Everything wasn’t perfect but it definitely was a step in the right direction. Going into that game just kind of felt that this week was a good week for us to get back on track and start playing the way we want to play. That was a huge step forward for us. We just have to continue to just keep grinding away, this week, weeks after this. It’s going to get tougher. Every game gets tougher. Every game is more important.”

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson did not play in Sunday’s game because a domestic abuse incident with his son. Despite not having to go against one of the league’s best running backs, Wilfork said he wished the Patriots could have faced him.

“I was kind of bummed out because I really wanted us to face a good back,” Wilfork said. “Not saying that the backs they had weren’t good, but when you talk about Adrian Peterson, he’s one of the best in the game. I thought it’d be a good challenge for us defensively to go in off of a performance that we had a week before, with a running back that definitely knows what he’s doing. But we didn’t get it. But at the same time, we didn’t let that affect how we went into the game plan.”

The Patriots defense also used used a multitude of packages throughout the game to contain the Vikings offense.

“We know sometimes it might be a 3-4, it might be a nickel package, it may be a sub package, it might a 4-3, depending on what that team is doing, how we want to attack them. But it’s good to go in and out on different defenses and have the personnel to do that and I think we do. I think we do have the personnel to go from whatever defense that we want to run. I think that’s what makes this defense pretty special because we have the guys that can do that from the front all the way to the back.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On the the Peterson arrest and Vikings handling of it: “I try not to get into it because everybody has their own opinion. That’s something I’m not going to touch. I’m not going to go there. It’s difficult for him to deal with something like that, to listen to outsiders, or listen to me speak on what he has going on in his personal life is disrespectful.”

On playing the first home game of the year on Sunday against the Raiders: “You’re home. You feel more comfortable playing at your place. Not just from a schedule standpoint. This is our backyard. You have to be able to win at home. And it starts this week. We’re going to have some games here, it’s going to be tough. Every game is tough. When you’re dealing with home, you have to take care of your backyard.”

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Andrew Battifarano

Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly inter

Tedy Bruschi (Getty Images)

Tedy Bruschi (Getty Images)

Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly interview on WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, slammed the Vikings for their decision to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson after a one-game suspension in the aftermath of his arrest on charges of reckless or negligent injuries inflicted on his 4-year-old son.

Bruschi suggested that the incident and its handling “sickens” him, and that Peterson has no business being back on the field. He decried Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s statement suggesting that the Vikings will let Peterson play in deference to “due process” as the facts of the case are examined by the legal system.

“It was hard to cover the NFL, hard to be a former player. I just tried so hard during my 13 years in the NFL to progress as an individual also, to realize that I know I’m still playing the same sport that I did in college and in high school, but your progression as an individual must continue in terms of getting better in terms of who you are, what you believe, the actions that you take. Some of these guys, they just don’t understand and they can’t learn. They can’t learn,” said Bruschi. “Violence, it’s a terrible excuse not to use your mind, not to think, not to find another alternative, not to find another way to solve a problem that you may have in your life. It’s just a shame to almost be a former player in the NFL right now with some of the issues having to dealt with.

“The reinstatement, that can’t happen. That can’t happen. The words due process, I’m really getting tired of hearing those words from powerful people in terms of, you’re making the decisions. It’s your organization. It’s your team. You own a team. It’s yours,” Bruschi said. “The owners are using, or whoever it may be, you’re using due process as something to hide behind, something to hide behind where you don’t say, ‘This is what I believe in, and I don’t care what’s going on. This is the action I’m going to take.’ It seems like they’re afraid to state what they believe. That’s sort of a shame because we’re dealing with some pretty sensitive issues here with child abuse and domestic violence. The fact that one owner, you won’t take the lead. You won’t take the lead and do something. I know what happened to Ray Rice and how he was basically cut from the Ravens. The words due process, it’s really such a cop-out to me in how they’re using it and how cowardly they’ve been using those two words.”

Bruschi said that, if he were Peterson’s teammate, he would find it hard to stomach having Peterson back on the active roster.

“Let’s say I’m a Minnesota Viking. He gets reinstated and he’s probably with the team right now,” Bruschi imagined. “It’s something to where, now I shake my head because my organization decided to put him back to us. It’s not like I’m going up to him, shaking his hand, giving him some dap and giving him a hug, ‘Welcome back, man, it’s good to have you.’ I can’t do that. I can’t do that based on what I know has happened.

“It’s just another thing that, I’d be conflicted. I’ve got to go into my cocoon now and just do my job, whatever position I might be playing — linebacker, kicker, whatever. I’m just going to do my job and although I disagree with what the organization’s decisions that they’re making, I’ve still got to do something for myself and my family and continue to conduct myself the way that I do and then just worry about that, because the whole team — the all-for-one, one-for-all thing — sort of goes out the door now that you’re bringing back Adrian Peterson. … Everyone has read the reports and knows what he did to a four-year-old child. I can’t have that.”

Bruschi suggested that the Vikings’ failure to take more decisive action could have considerable repercussions going forward.

“I think it’s an unreasonable message they’re sending to athletes in high school and college that this happened, the news came out, Adrian Peterson said that he saw a psychologist, it’s all good and now he’s back with the team. These professional athletes, they’re entitled. They feel entitled. I know what it feels like,” said Bruschi. “Now this happens, OK, I got deactivated for a game but now I’m back guys. I believe he still got paid for that game and now I’m back. So what message are we really trying to send in terms of having repercussions for your actions? There aren’t, still. There are none. He’s back with the team. He hasn’t been punished accordingly. I know that due process, you have to wait for that to play out — a cop-out.

“But there’s no accountability. There’s no accountability for some of these guys. They’re sending a message that athletes are entitled. They’re special. There’s special treatment for the exceptional athlete, because if Adrian Peterson wasn’t a former MVP and the best running back in the league, he’s gone. Believe that. Believe that. So, I don’t know what kind of message they’re trying to send in Minnesota, in Carolina, in San Francisco. I just wish they’d go, ‘This is what I believe in. This is wrong. This is the action that I’m taking.’

“I’ve read what you’ve read, guys. The 14 to 15 strikes to a 4-year-old boy. A 4-year-old boy, fellas — the size of a 4-year-old child compared to the size of Adrian Peterson and the strikes with a stick, with a switch, with a whip, whatever you want to call it. … It sickens me. It sickens me guys. I’m even more upset that he’s already back,” he said. “The message was sent. The statement’s out. It looks like the Vikings are all good with it. He’s back with the team and it looks like he might play. You can’t change what happened, but going forward, their opportunity to make a difference and to send a message to all athletes, they dropped the ball. They failed.”

Given the nature of the charges, Bruschi said that teams should not defer to due process but instead should be proactive even while a case of physical abuse remains unresolved in the legal system.

“My solution, I don’t have a brilliant solution, but while you’re thinking about it, they should be off the field. … They need to be off the field,” said Bruschi. “You put them back on the field and you’re telling them and you’re telling other athletes that are in the locker room that if I do something that’s even close to this, now I have an idea of what will happen. I’ll get deactivated one game with pay and then I’ll possibly be reinstated.”

Bruschi also took some time to digest the Patriots’ 30-7 victory over the Vikings on Sunday. He said that, aside from the Pats‘ lack of depth at linebacker and the need to have Chandler Jones as a defensive end or outside linebacker rather than interior down lineman, there was little that could be learned against an inferior Vikings opponent.

“Let’s not get excited about a victory over a Minnesota Vikings team like that,” said Bruschi. “They were garbage.”

To listen to Bruschi’s interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

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Alex Speier

Adrian Peterson issued a statement Monday regarding the child abuse charges that have been leveled against him:

My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’€™s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

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Christopher Price
Julian Edelman had 6 catches and a TD to help the Pats even their record at 1-1. He spoke with Lou, Christian, and Tim to talk about Chandler Jones' lightning speed on the FG block return.

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The Patriots were flagged for 15 penalties on Sunday in their win over the Vikings, not including the calls that were declined or offset. Through two games, New England has been hit with 24 penalties and assessed 263 penalty yards.

The Patriots were flagged for 15 penalties on Sunday in their win over the Vikings, not including the calls that were declined or offset. Through two games, New England has been hit with 24 penalties and assessed 263 penalty yards. That stands in stark contrast to last season, when the Patriots had seven penalties in their first two games of the season and didn’t hit the 24-penalty mark until their fifth game of the year.

On a conference call with the media, coach Bill Belichick said it was something that the Patriots “absolutely” need to address going forward.

“It’s way too much. We can’€™t keep doing that. We had a lot of penalties last week, we had a lot of penalties this week,” he said. “it’€™s not just the penalties — it’€™s the yardage, it’€™s too many personal fouls. We had two interference penalties on their last drive that got [Minnesota] almost down there the whole length of the field. It must have been almost 60 yards in penalties it seemed like. Things like that, we just can’€™t afford them.

“One is too many. If each player gets one penalty, we’€™d set an all-time record. It can’€™t be well, ‘€˜I just had one penalty.’€™ We have to play penalty-free. We have to do a better job of that. We have to coach it better. We have to. Not that we haven’€™t spent a lot of time on it because we have, but that’€™s certainly an area that we need to improve in.”

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Christopher Price
Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, who had the highlight of Sunday’s 30-7 victory over the Vikings with his return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown, made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB and recounted his run to glory. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Bill Belichick noted after the game that the team works on blocking field goals every day in practice.

“Coach Belichick was right, we work on that every day. We work on it week in and week out, no matter who we’re playing. That’s one of the things we try to take pride in here in New England,” Jones said. “The biggest thing was, with blocking that kick, that was a team effort. A lot of people probably don’t understand — everyone thinks Chandler Jones went out and blocked that kick and stopped and scored — but that was 100 percent the 11 men on the New England Patriots, that was all of them. I feel like what people don’t understand is that other guys have to get penetration. Once everyone’s getting effective penetration, certain gaps opened up.”

Aided by his teammates on the outside making a charge, Jones burst through the middle to swat the ball down.

“That’s exactly what it is — guys on the outside giving 110 percent off the edge and it’s opening up things on the inside, and my gap happened to be open. Now as far as me scooping it, that was just a lucky bounce, I feel like. I blocked it right into my running lane as I was attempting to block it and the ball just one-hopped right in front of my hands and I just started running. Devin McCourty threw a great block. It was a great 11-man team effort.”

Jones said he wasn’t sure who was running alongside him, so he just kept the ball and ran as hard as he could.

“I had an interview yesterday and they asked me what was going through my mind as I ran down the field,” Jones said. “First of all, I didn’t know it was that long. I didn’t think it was that long. What was it, 58 yards? It didn’t feel like 58 yards. Our coaches do a great job of conditioning us.”

Added Jones: “What was going through my mind was just, ‘Don’t get caught. Don’t get caught.’ Because I just know when I come into the meetings Monday and we put that up on film the whole team’s probably going to laugh at me if I’m running too slow or if I get caught by a placekicker. … That’s what was going through my mind, just, ‘Don’t get caught, don’t get caught, don’t get caught, don’t get caught.’ And then I crossed the line and I said, ‘Yeah, I didn’t get caught.’ ”

The blocked kick was part of a solid overall defensive effort as the Patriots held the Vikings to just a first-quarter touchdown and nothing thereafter.

“A lot of that credit goes to our coaches,” Jones said. “They did a good job of putting me in the position to make plays, and that’s what they do a good job of week in and week out. I credit the coaches for my success, and my teammates.”

Jones said the Vikings’ success on their opening drive was a wakeup call, as the Patriots looked confused to start the game but took control thereafter.

“Ultimately I feel like we knew what we had to do. There wasn’t really much to be said,” Jones said. “Those guys came out there on that first drive and they drove on us and they scored. I felt like when we went back to that sideline we all looked at each other and we pretty much knew what we had to do, and we went out there and we definitely did it.”

Added Jones: “Guys were definitely flying around yesterday. And it’s fun. And it’s always fun. Football’s fun. I mean, that’s our job. Guys were just flying around yesterday, and it was just fun being out there. We’re out there just having fun. When we watch film today and we break it down, you’ll just see those few seconds after the clip is over, you see guys slapping hands and running around and maybe dancing. It was a great time. We have a good time out there.

“But the biggest thing ultimately is just that we’re moving forward, ready for the Oakland Raiders.”

The Vikings played without Adrian Peterson, who sat out after being charged by police in his home state of Texas for injuring his child after whipping the 4-year-old with a tree branch.

Adrian Peterson is a phenomenal player. He’s a very good player. I’m a fan of Adrian Peterson. I always have been a fan, being a fan of the sport,” Jones said. “I was kind of — not disappointed, but I feel like it would have been good, it would have been a great test for our defense to go out and compete against him. He didn’t play, that’s unfortunate, [but] we’ve just got to keep moving forward.”

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

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Jerry Spar