New England Patriots Links 9/03/10 - Patriots End Preseason With Loss 20-17

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski celebrate after teaming up for a first quarter touchdown against the New York Giants.

Bill Belichick offers some post-game comments following the final pre-season game.

Alright, so it was a good, competitive game tonight. You know, obviously ran out of defensive linemen there at the end but you know good experience for everybody really, everybody that played there. And now we're on to Cincinnati. It's been a good preseason, long one, I think the players have worked hard. I think everyone is ready to start the season next week and we'll get at it right away. That's where we're at.

You know, I thought that overall, taking the practices and the games and all of that into account we had our ups and downs, but I think the team worked hard. I think they are in good condition. I think they'll be ready to go. I think they'll be ready to go. We've competed well for the most part on a day in, day out basis so hopefully we can carry that into Sundays.

[Asked if he was pleased with his kickoff and punt returns so far.]  We've had our moments. We've had our moments. At times it's been our deterrence. But again, it's pre-season. Teams are just kicking off, they're just covering. We're not seeing all the difficult coverage maneuvers that teams use and so forth. I think those evaluations all come in time. Now it's time to get your fundamentals down and get good at the basics, work on those, work on your overall team execution and situational awareness. It will be a whole different deal next week.

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