New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with certainly pleased with his team’s 25-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second preseason game. He was delighted to see the entire team play at a high level, even if there were times where the Patriots could have looked better.
“I think tonight was the end of a real good week for us,” Belichick said in his postgame press conference, according to Patriots.com. “We had great practices against the Bucs and had a real competitive game here tonight – a lot of good situations came up. We got to play a lot of players. We’ll take a look at the film tomorrow and see how everything turned out. I thought we had a good effort, especially early, got off to a good start, got ahead in the game and played competitively all the way through. Like I said, it was a good week for us. We’ll just turn the page here and head on to Detroit. This will be a little quicker turnaround for us. It will be another big week for us in training camp to get our team ready this year.”
It was certainly an interesting week for New England, who practiced against Tampa Bay. With quarterback Tom Brady having a very serious injury scare and several players fighting for roster spots, there was certainly plenty of excitement surrounding the Patriots.
Brady looked great despite spraining his knee, while the rest of the players are clearly in line of where a Super Bowl-contending team must be this time of year. It will be interesting to watch how the players finish off the last two weeks of preseason as the competition is guaranteed to heat up.