By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- With Week 1 getting closer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the teams captains, who havent been officially announced yet, and he responded by acknowledging New Englands solid leadership up and down the board.
I think we have a lot of good leadership on this team, regardless of who the captains are, said Belichick. Leadership will come from all the players who provide that.
When asked if Belichick ever tells players to take on more of a leadership role in the locker room, he said its just one aspect of the game that the coaching staff is telling its players to improve on.
I think we go to our players all the time and tell them what we want them to do, said Belichick. If theyre doing something well, we try and reinforce that. We tell them that theyre doing a good job with this, this is exactly what we want done, keep doing this, or this is something you need to improve on, or this is something that you could do better.
Sometimes we do that to more than one person, call them in collectively, and say, Look, heres something with you guys thats good, and heres something that isnt so good. . . . We try to coach them the best we can in all phases of the game.
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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.