Conference Call: Sept. 3, 2019

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Conference Call with Pittsburgh Media
Monday, Sept. 3, 2019

Q: After the loss to the Steelers, you started running the ball more. How did you know that was the right time to go to the run game?

BB: We ran the ball all year. I think in the Chargers game, we had a lot of production in the passing game, too. Whatever we think is best. If it is run it, it’s run it. If it is throw it, it’s throw it. I don’t think that is important as long as we move the ball and score points. That is the goal of the offense, to move the ball and score points. However we can do that, we are all in favor of that.

Q: What improvements have you seen from Pittsburgh’s defense so far in the preseason?

BB: They haven’t played all that much, which isn’t that unusual in the preseason. Certainly, the addition of [Mark] Barron and [Devin] Bush gives them a lot of speed and athleticism at the linebacker spot. Guys like [Terrell] Edmunds with another year under his belt continues to get better. This is a solid group that led the league in sacks last year. They have a lot of good pass rushers. There is speed and athleticism at inside linebacker and their secondary continues to get better. It is basically the same group as last year. I am sure playing together for another year and adding a couple key pieces to the linebacker position is just improving. We couldn’t score on them last year, so that is obviously a big challenge for us.

Q: What does Chase Winovich bring to the you guys from a personality standpoint?

BB: We will just have to see. Preseason is preseason. It is a whole different ball game here. We open with the Steelers and getting into the regular season schedule. Chase has worked hard, he has improved a lot. I am glad we have him. I think he has a good future. We will just have to see how it all plays out. I am not sure at this point.

Q: Are you expecting a much different offense from the Steelers without Antonio Brown?

BB: The Steelers are a little bit of a game plan offense. They certainly have their core system, but they don’t always do the same thing. They played us differently last year than they had the time before. We have seen multiple versions of their offense. Coach [Randy] Fichtner is very experienced. They have a very experienced quarterback. Probably the most experienced offensive line in the league. We played them without Brown, too. We will just have to see what they come up with. We don’t really have any control over that. We will be ready for the variety of things they do and see how they want to attack us and what they want to feature.

Transcript courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers Media Relations Department

Laura London