Belichick: Not time for evaluations

Belichick: Not time for evaluations
June 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO - The attention lavished on all things NFL is great. Certainly keeps everyone busy and – for the most part – out of trouble.

But some work is preparatory and impossible to evaluate in “real football” terms.

That’s something Bill Belichick stressed Tuesday leading into the first day of the Patriots three-day minicamp.

“With all due respect, we haven’t really done anything on the field,” Belichick replied when asked if any of the rookies have “surprised him on the field.”

“We’ve taught a lot,” said Belichick. “I think hopefully we’ve learned a lot. But we haven’t had the competition that we’re going to have in training camp. It’s just not the same. On top of that, we have a lot of guys who, even though they may know what to do, they haven’t had much experience doing it. Hopefully by the time we get to training camp, we’ll be in a little bit different position where the players will have a little bit better understanding [of] what to do, they will have done it at least in a controlled setting and then we’ll see based on the competition how they’re actually able to do it against somebody else who is competing at that same level.

"That’s when we’ll really see that. We’re not really going to see that now. Nor are we looking for that now. We don’t want to go out there and have a bunch of piles and have guys rolled up. We’re trying to teach them and get them to understand what to do to have some confidence so they can go out there and when we do get to training camp, they’re able to go out there and do it at their best level and compete against another guy who is trying to compete against them. That’s really all this is about. Now’s not the time to cut the team. It’s too early.”

A few other Beli-nuggets from the morning press conference before the midday workout.

ON AREAS THAT LAG WITHOUT CONTACT
“There are a lot of things we’ll need to do particularly in the running game (at training camp). That installation’s been held back a little bit just because we can’t do the work that we need to do on it. We’ve tried to introduce a lot of things so at least they will have heard them once before.”
 
ON TUNED UP
“I haven’t called a play in five months so I have to rebuild that myself, we all do.”
 
ON DARRELLE REVIS IMPRESSIONS
“Anytime you have personal contact with a player, you get to know the player. Revis is a good player. I’m glad we have him. We’ll keep working with him. There’s still a lot for him to learn; a new system and all that. He’s a very experienced and accomplished player. We’ll just try to fit him into the things that we’re doing, both individually and collectively with his other teammates in the secondary, especially as we get into multiple defensive back groups, where five, six, however many of them are on the field at the same time, there’s a lot of communication and adjustments, things like that, involved too. But he’s worked hard and he’s done fine.”