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Some good, some bad.
Belichick found some room for improvement after Tom Brady threw for a career-best 517 yards and the offense piled up a franchise-record 622 in Monday night’s 38-24 season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins.
“We had the ball on the 1-yard line ready to score a touchdown and we end up getting knocked out of field goal range and couldn’t get a field goal before the half,” Belichick said Tuesday.
He didn’t like the ending of the game either.
“We really weren’t able to close out the game at the end of the game with a couple of first downs that we could have made,” he said. “The good thing was, offensively, whenever Miami scored or started to change the momentum of the game a little bit, our offense was able to come back and drive the ball and score points and change that momentum around, so that was great.”
“It’s great that we could take advantage of it, but those opportunities won’t always be there,” Belichick said. “I’m sure as teams get more experienced with their communication and get further into the season, you’ll see less and less of that.
“We’re just trying to keep ironing out all the little details and that’s really across the board. It’s offense, defense, special teams. There are always things on every play, even good plays, that a lot of times aren’t done quite properly and had the (opposing) defense or the offense been in (a) different play or done things a little bit differently, then we would have had a problem.”
But Brady knows a hurry-up offense can cause problems for the team using it.
“It’s a fine line between putting pressure on a defense and playing out of control,” he said. “I thought at times we did both and you never really want to play out of control on offense. It was a good pace at times, but other times they adjusted to it. We’ve also got to find ways to execute better.”
Perhaps the costliest play on offense for the Patriots came when center Dan Koppen hurt his left ankle when Brady sneaked ahead for a first down late in the first half. He was driven off the field on a cart and Dan Connolly replaced him for the rest of the game.
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