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Belichick: 2015 Patriots have 'our own story'

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Belichick: 2015 Patriots have 'our own story'

A very smiley, very relaxed Bill Belichick showed his softer side Tuesday night at the Patriots Premier, the organization’s largest fundraiser, in front of a red carpet crowd that had no problem shelling out big dough for auction events that included a film session with the Patriots Head Coach for you and seven of your best friends.

After some kind remarks about the charitable work the Kraft family has done, Belichick focused on the reason why it was probably hardest to get him to spend a couple hours on the Gillette Stadium turf in a suit and tie: his team.

“We’ve got quite a bit going on with formation of the team and preseason game in two nights, then the early start against the Steelers, but it’s a good situation to be in,” he said. “We’re all excited. The players have worked incredibly hard through the offseason, all spring, in training camp; they’ve been pushed hard. It’s been warm, the conditioning levels are good, and I think we’ll be ready to go when the time starts. We’re not there yet, but we’ll work hard to get there.”

It’s a message Belichick has delivered before, but this year is obviously a little different than what’s transpired in recent history. This year, the Pats are the reigning Super Bowl champions. But Belichick doesn’t view it that way, at least not publicly.

“There is never anything to defend,” he said. “What we accomplished last year, that banner will always fly, will always be up there. This team - this 2015 team - will write it’s own book, we’ll have our own chapters, our own story. It’s not about what somebody else, or what some other team did or didn’t do, or whatever did or didn’t happen in the past. It will be about what we accomplish this year collectively. That’s our challenge, our opportunity. That’s what we’re all looking forward to.”

Belichick also acknowledged the NFL Network’s upcoming piece on the team entitled “Do Your Job,” which will air September 9th at 8 p.m. The special airs one night before the Pats open the regular season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will feature something rare in these parts, the assistant coaches and support staff actually getting an opportunity to speak.

“A quick shoutout to the coaches,” said Belichick when talking about the program. “It will be a great opportunity for you and the fans to see the job the coaching staff does. Sometimes I get a lot of credit for really not doing all that much. They’re the ones that do a lot of the work. They set the table, working individually with the players. I’m fortunate to have a great staff - assistant coaches, strength coaches, special teams, a couple great coordinators - they just do a tremendous job along with our entire scouting staff, Nick (Caserio) and his group. I think you’ll get to see some of those people and I’m sure that will be interesting for you. I can’t thank them enough for all the support and help that they give me on a daily basis. I certainly couldn’t do it without 'em so thank you.”

QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: How the Dolphins made Tom Brady look so uncomfortable and how Miami’s defense was so effective

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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: How the Dolphins made Tom Brady look so uncomfortable and how Miami’s defense was so effective

What happened in Miami? Jerod Mayo, Tom E. Curran and Phil perry break it down in a brand new Quick Slants Podcast, presented by Papa Gino's.

(1:05) Patriots have trouble running the ball with a limited attack. The battle between the Patriots offensive line vs. the Dolphins defensive line. (5:40) Tom Brady not wanting to plant his feet, having some trepidation against the Dolphins defense. Patriots offensive line looking somewhat confused with Dolphins pressures. (10:30) Kyle Van Noy and Trey Flowers not able to play. How much does that impact the defense? Are there too many injuries on the defensive side to overcome? (14:30) Could Bill Belichick have held out some injured players so they would be healthier for the Steelers game this week? (17:30) Breaking down the type of defense the Dolphins were playing, taking away the short passes of the Patriots. (19:40) Brandin Cooks and other receivers not getting separation from Miami’s cornerbacks. (23:50) How much is Tom Brady hurt and is it affecting his throws? (26:40) Josh McDaniels gameplan, the Patriots final series and play calling at the 1 yard line. How this Dolphins loss was reminiscent of the end of the 2015 season. (30:00) Malcolm Butler's now deleted retweet of Pro Football Focus stat about Jay Cutler throwing against the blitz (32:20) What Jerod Mayo thought of Duron Harmon’s speech on the sideline to the Patriots defense. Mayo shares a story about Junior Seau and his attitude towards giving up a big plays.

PODCAST: How ‘bad energy’ and ‘lack of mental toughness’ led to Dolphins upset over Patriots

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PODCAST: How ‘bad energy’ and ‘lack of mental toughness’ led to Dolphins upset over Patriots

Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the Patriots bad energy level on the road at night and Tom Brady’s 7-9 record in Miami. Should we have seen signs of this loss coming?

(4:30) Patriots didn’t come out and play with the sense of urgency that we normally see with multiple 3 and outs and going 0-11 on 3rd down conversions. (6:30) Dolphins defense played very well and were able to tackle effectively while the Patriots had trouble in that area. Patriots defense also made Jay Cutler look good throwing the ball around. (9:35) Was there a carry over from the previous game played against Miami for Tom Brady, knowing how much he would be getting hit? (14:40) Thoughts on the Patriots signing Kenny Britt after he was released by the Browns. (17:50) The Patriots lack of a running game, how you need to establish a running game with Gronk out, and the Patriots needing to change the tempo of the offense. (21:25) Dolphins having plenty of talent and the growing confidence of their secondary and Dion Lewis being taken out of the gameplan. (23:10) Did some players on the Patriots look ahead to the Steelers and overlook the Dolphins? (24:30) How did this performance affect Koppen’s confidence of the Patriots defense? (25:45) Will the Steelers defense be able to stop the Patriots offense? Are injuries starting to creep into the mind of the Patriots?