FOXBORO -- As the Patriots begin to prepare for their second preseason game, on Monday night at Gillette Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles, Bill Belichick talked about how his defense is coming together.
It's not perfected. It may never be. But at least, right now, Belichick likes their attitude and work ethic as they try to improve defensively.
"I think they're working hard," said Belichick before Wednesday's practice. "I think our defensive players, most of them have been out there quite a bit of the time. They've had a chance to work on their techniques and have been able to work together, so that's been good. Of course, we won't get to the full test until we get to the regular season, in any area of the game. We have to compete against our offense every day. But they're working hard. We'll see where we're at. We still have a long way to go. I like their attitude and work ethic. We've got good competition at several positions, so we'll see how all that works out."
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.
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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath
13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell
27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy
32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship
36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences
44:50 Matt Light interview
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most.
That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.
"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."
The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that.
"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."
And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.