Bill Belichick isn’t tooting the New England Patriots’ horn yet.
The Patriots are off to a hot start, but the head coach isn’t overly excited about three wins, knowing it takes a lot more than that to make it to the postseason.
“It’s nice to be 3-0, but big deal,” Belichick said in a conference call Monday. “Three wins isn’t going to get anything in this league, I’ll tell you that. It will probably just get a lot of coaches fired. And then the players will go right behind them when the coaches go. It’s not a big deal. We have a lot of work to do. We have a long way to go.
“I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job coaching or playing really in any area. We need to execute better. We need to be sharper on a lot of things. I think we’re improving and I think we’re making some progress, but we need to move faster and just do everything better. So, we’ll work hard on that. I’m sure we’ll be saying the same thing in a couple weeks, because there is still going to be a lot of football left and we need to keep getting better all the time. We leave some plays on the field and some things we can definitely do a better job of coaching on and just really everything. I don’t think there’s really any balance to it at all. It’s pretty clear-cut. We’ve got 13 regular season games left. Three wins in this league isn’t going to get you anything.”
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 119 to 70 so far this season while outgaining them 1,339 yards to 1,106 yards. They rank first in the NFL in total yards, first downs, passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.
The Patriots enter their bye week looking like the best team in their conference, so it’s scary for the rest of the AFC and NFL that Belichick thinks they can be even better.
Belichick is looking at wins, while many Patriots fans are looking at the zero in the loss column, already comparing this team the 2007 squad and thinking about another undefeated season. It might a little early for that talk just three weeks into the 2015 season, though the Patriots’ schedule is looking quite easy.
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