New England Patriots Links 10/11/11 - Belichick Respects Toughness of Team

Andre Carter familiarizes Mark Sanchez with the Patriots pass rush.

Bill Belichick responds to a question about Tom Brady's earlier comment on WEEI about how 'a lot of guys played really tough,' fighting through sickness Sunday.

I think everybody has something. We've played what, nine games now. A lot of practices, a lot of games, I'm sure a lot of guys are banged up. We have them, the Jets have them, everybody has them. That's just part of the game. I think we have a lot of tough guys on our team. We have guys that are out there practicing that are less than 100 percent. We have guys that are playing that are less than 100 percent. They're working hard and they're playing hard, so I have a lot of respect for that, both physically and mentally, the toughness that they showed in a tough game. There was a lot of good contact in that game yesterday.

I'm sure every team has that, too. But I respect what our guys are doing and the way they did it yesterday, both through the week of practice and out there in the game.

Tom Brady was happy with the win Sunday but thought the offense could have played better, including himself.

... I expect a lot out of our team just like our coaches do and all the players do, but I thought we were capable of playing better than we did yesterday. Even though we won, yeah I feel great about that. Believe me, I know how tough it is to win and how much it sucks to lose. We played a good team yesterday that has been a tough opponent for us and is a tough opponent every single time we play them, but I thought that we made it a little tougher than we needed it to be.

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