The New England Patriots met with the media today, saying generally that their local Super Bowl practices got off to a solid start yesterday.
“We could be here for four or five days talking about the Seahawks," coach Bill Belichick said. "We haven’t played them since 2012, so looking at their 2013 season and the 2014 season, I mean, we’ve learned volumes and volumes about them. From a practice standpoint, we’re probably at the typical midweek point in practice. Worked on some things yesterday, we’ll come back and work on some more things today. We have to correct and adjust and make sure that we understand some of the things that happened yesterday so that we can get them better executed the next time it happens, most likely in the game. But there will be a couple of things that we’ll probably go back over and redo over again. But we can’t redo yesterday’s practice. We’ve got to move on. There are good things out there. There are things that we can build on and run about the way we hope they will, and there are things that either we as a staff need to modify and adjust a little bit or the players need to adjust a little bit based on the technique, the look, or whatever it happens to be. That’s the way it usually goes during the week and this week’s probably not going to be any different than any other one in regards to that.”
“Every year takes on a little different element," quarterback Tom Brady said. "I think there are different ways to prepare. Everyone has a different style that they like to do in order to prepare and be confident going into the game. Some guys love to watch a lot of film. One of the best tackles I ever played with, Matt Light, used to say, ‘I don’t like watching film because it just screws me up. When I get out there I just want to be able to react.’ I like to watch as much as I possibly can and get a real feel for everything that I’m going to see out there. I have a meeting with (Patriots Head) Coach (Bill) Belichick every week to talk about all the defensive players and go over their strengths and weaknesses. I’m pretty efficient at this point. I spend a lot of time doing it. Like I said the other day, I’ve seen a lot of film on this team. I feel like I know these guys pretty well, but you still have to go out and execute. It’s one thing to be able to anticipate things, and that’s what the goal is as an offensive player, but add a pass rush and different elements and situations, you’ve got to be able to react and think quickly. Ultimately go out there and execute, make good throws, get to the guys that are open, make good decisions and you’ve got to do that for a sustained period of time against a great defense.”
Brady also says his cold is better, thanks.
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“I think I’ve been through it plenty of times," he said. "You know, the winter months, like I said, it kind of ran through my house. I’m glad it happened early in the week. I feel a lot better. It was good to run around yesterday. I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I’ll be ready to go.”
I'll be back with more from the session soon.