New England Patriots Links 11/24/10 - Brady Returns To Scene Of His NFL Debut Ten Years Ago

Tom Brady is fired up about this team and says the Patriots are just getting warmed up.

"Football season hasn't even started yet," Brady told reporters Tuesday. "I keep telling you guys. We aren't even half the team that hopefully we're going to be at some point here in the next five, six weeks."

Bill Belichick talks to the media about the benefit of having a balanced offense.

I think that's the toughest thing for the defense to defend is when you've got to defend everything. You have to defend inside runs, outside runs, short passes, intermediate passes, deep passes, screens, reverses. If you can make a lot of things work than it's hard for the defense to say, ‘Well, we're going to take this away,' because there's so many other things that are a problem.

On the other hand, if you can do something real well and you can just keep doing it, or do a couple things real well - you don't have to do 20 things well, sometimes you can do one or two things well - and they complement each other, then that's hard for a defense to stop, too. It isn't all about how many things you can do; it's basically about how many things you can do well.

But I think, in this league, if you can only do one thing well, it's going to be hard against NFL defenses to make that go very far. It might get you a little ways, but sooner or later, somebody's going to be able to handle it and then you have to have something else.

Bill Belichick assesses the performance of Darius Butler, and plans for him going forward.

Well, we have confidence in all the guys we put out there. I think Darius did some good things. [It] wasn't perfect, but he's worked hard in practice and I think he's improved on some things that maybe weren't quite at the level that he would want them to be at earlier in the season. And those have been showing up better in practice. I thought he did some good things in the game.

The key for him is to keep working hard, stay focused and pay attention to little details in the techniques and executing the defense. He has a lot of talent. He's a smart kid, but it's about being able to apply it on the field and take those coaching points [from] practice and the meetings and make those part of the execution on the field on Sundays, or Thursdays.





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