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Bill Belichick talks Jason Witten, Cowboys, and the missed “Bat” call during Seattle game

Bill Belichick spoke to the media about the upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys during his weekly phone conference with the media.

Belichick talked Jason Witten, extra points, and last night’s controversial no call at the end of Seattle and Detriot’s game.

“I think we’ve seen many examples of that,” Belichick said about last night’s ending. “I could give you several examples of games like that where a play that might have been reviewed properly in the last couple minutes of the game would have or could have changed the outcome of the game. I mean, look, the procedures that are in place are in place. I think the officials work hard to do a good job. I think Dean [Blandino] does a really good job of communicating with the clubs and trying to get everybody on the same page. But the volume of the rules, the number of people that are involved, the closeness – I don’t know if that’s the right word – of so many plays, how tough it is to officiate and all the procedures that have to be dealt with, the protocols and so forth. It’s a lot of volume there. I don’t really feel any differently than I’ve felt, and I think I’ve gone on record on this stuff before, so I’ll just leave it at that.”

He also talked about his secondary and if he’s settled on a permanent grouping yet.

“Every year has its own individual characteristics and players on the team and the roles that they develop for themselves and that the team needs to place them in for us to be in the most competitive position possible. We have some players back there that weren’t with us last year. We have quite a few players that were. There is definitely a mixture there,” Belichick said. “We’ve always been a team that’s tried to do what we feel is best to play the specific opponent that we have, and that includes different personnel groupings, sometimes different positions, sometimes different schemes. But that’s a part of what we do in varying degrees. I think that’s always been a component of it. Some games may look a little more different to the fans or the media or even ourselves than others. Some may look kind of the same. Some may look a little more different. I think they’re all different, but as I said, the appearance sometimes can be a little more or less than others. Again, it’s all an attempt to try to put ourselves in the most competitive position we can. We ask a lot of those guys and everybody on the team to do that. They do a good job of it. They have versatility. They’ve all played multiple roles – inside, outside, man, zone, flipping over, not flipping over, matching up, not matching up – a lot of different combinations. We do that in training camp and in the spring to try to give ourselves some versatility and flexibility. Sometimes we end up using more of it or less of it than others, but eventually it seems like we always need it, so we work on those things and how they come up from game to game just really depends on that individual game and the game plan. What we do this week doesn’t necessarily have a great correlation to next week, but that includes all three phases of the game – not just defense and not just the secondary. You’ll probably see that on offense and even in the kicking game too. Bottom line is we ask them to do quite a bit so we have some versatility back there and then we try to do the things that we feel are best. It’s a good group to work with. They really work well together, help each other out, study together, have a lot of good camaraderie and communication, and we still have a lot of work to do. We’ll see how it all comes together this week.”

You can read the entire transcript HERE.


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