New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was in his usual, ahem, happy mood when talking with reporters ahead of Saturday’s playoff game against the Chiefs (it’s at 3:35 p.m. on CBS).
In a shocking twist, Belichick didn’t want to talk about defensive end Chandler Jones’ health scare last weekend.
Here are five of the noteworthy (or funny) things he said. You can read more at The Boston Globe, which has the audio to the entire news conference:
1. On the Chiefs’ 11-game winning streak
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“We prepare the same for everybody. We prepare to face the team that we face, OK? We can’t control what their record was or wasn’t: 0-12, 12-0, 15-0, we don’t have any control over that. OK? All we can control is the team that we play, and our performance against that team. So that’s what we try to do. We try to prepare our team to play against our opponent. We don’t worry their record, what it was or wasn’t, we don’t worry about how many yards they gained or didn’t gain. We try to prepare our team to play the opponent that we’re playing. This week Kansas City. It’s the same way we do against every other team that we face. It’s really not that hard.”
2. On Saturday’s game and the Chiefs
“We have a lot of respect for Andy (Reid) and the job that he and the staff do. Everything is pointing toward us being at our best and an optimum performance on Saturday afternoon.”
3. On the Patriots’ sustained success under Belichick
“I don’t know, I don’t really care about that. I just worry the Chiefs this week.”
4. On how his eye is feeling and how he was hurt
5. How they will use Chandler Jones in Saturday’s game
“Well, we’ll find out on Saturday. I could just Xerox you a copy of the game plan and you can send it over to Kansas City and look at it. It might be easier for all of us.”