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Mon, 08/29/2011 - 6:28pm  

Belichick: Ochocinco is 'getting better'

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on the Big Show on Monday and discussed the progress of Chad Ochocinco and the news that Belichick would be the subject of an NFL Films documentary in September. But Belichick was first asked about the 34-10 loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. 

"We just made it easier for them with turnovers and long-yardage situations with negative plays and sacks and penalties," Belichick said. "We were just inconsistent in a lot of areas and were never able to get it going and really get it back into a completive game."

Chad Ochocinco was targeted four times but did not have a catch on Saturday. The receiver has had several drops in his two preseason appearances and has seemingly struggled to learn the nuances of the New England offense, but Belichick sees progress in his recent performance.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. Without a doubt. He's made a lot of strides with the offense in the time that he's been here, we've thrown a lot at him and there's still a ways to go," Belichick said. "I think getting open, catching the ball, working on timing with the quarterback in the passing game and the coordination with the other receivers and so forth, the passing game is so dependent on that. I think as a total unit we have got to do a better job but Chad is working hard and he's definitely getting better."

"Bill Belichick: A Football Life" will premiere on NFL Films on September 15. The documentary follows Belichick during the entire 2009 season, the first time a coach was wired for sound for an entire NFL season. It may strike some as a surprise that the famously reticent Belichick agreed to be the subject of such a study, but he pointed to his respect for Steve Sabol and NFL Films.

"I know that they do things the right way," Belichick said. "They call themselves the keepers of the flame and we owe a lot to NFL Films for the history that they've kept and they way they present the game. So when they came to me about it, with my 35th year in the league and the 50th anniversary season of the Patriots, we talked about that aspect of history and decided that we would try to accommodate them. It wasn't something that we took lightly and I'd say it was a one-time thing. For better or for worse there is a record of that season." 

To hear the entire interview click on the Big Show audio on demand page. For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.




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