Bill Belichick spent the majority of his Tuesday conference call talking about game prep for the Ravens, but also hit on some Patriots or football-related topics.
Here are some leftovers from his Q&A with reporters:
Are the defensive wrinkles you see from coordinator Dean Pees based on stuff he did when coaching in New Englandbetween 2004-2009?
BB: "I dont think were seeing anything revolutionary; things that are a little different from some of the things they did last year or things theyre doing more of this year wrinkles in their dime package and things like that. Its not anything that weve never seen before, like I said, some of the percentages of it or the emphasis on it, those things change from year to year. Even if the coordinator didnt change, some of those things would change anyway."
What have you seen from the guys who have been tabbed to fill injured linebacker Terrell Suggs role?
BB: "They all are a little bit different. Albert McClellan is in there too. Theyre all a little bit different but theyre talented players and theyre still very good defensively. They play well as a unit and the players that have stepped in for him, which is a combination of all those guys, they all do a good job."
It sounds like you guys are going to be adding Kellen Winslow. What does he add to the mix?
BB: "Im not going to talk about any players that arent on the current active roster."
How have expectations, whether its from you or the coaching fraternity, changed with regard to kickers when it comes to making field goals through the years? It seems like the improvement level has gone up drastically since youve entered the game. How does that play into your expectation as a coach?
BB: "I think, just fundamentally, anytime you send your field goal unit out onto the field, theres only one reason why youre sending them out there. As a coach, if youre not confident in that unit then you shouldnt be putting them out there on the field. The only reason they go out there is to score points. Why else would they be out there?"
When you were coaching in the '70s and early 80's, was it 'OK, were sending them out there but our fingers are crossed?'
BB: "No, I can honestly say I never felt like that, no. I coached special teams for a number of years early in my career and Ive been a head coach for quite a few years and I can honestly say . . . I think one time when I was with the Giants, we tried a 73-yard field goal with one second left at the end of the half or something like that. Other than that kick, I cant think of a time that Ive ever sent that unit out onto the field that I wasnt confident that we would score."
Any update on Aaron Hernandez, who suffered a low-ankle sprain in last Sunday's game against the Cardinals?
BB: "We will have one Wednesday, tomorrow after practice."