FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick felt as though he needed something this week to get his players focused on the Dolphins after an emotional win over in Arizona, he was given a gift in the form of the game film from Week 17 last season.
"I'd say the thing that's most etched in my mind and I'm sure our team is the last time we went down [to Miami]," Belichick said early in Wednesday's press conference. "That was a pretty rough day for us. Other than James White breaking a tackle, we barely had 100 of offense. Couldn't play defense. Couldn't really do anything."
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The Patriots coach was feisty throughout the presser, continuously bringing up last year's performance on South Beach, when the Patriots lost 20-10 and lost out on their opportunity for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
Move on? Should be no problem to move on, Belichick insisted.
"Pretty easy," Belichick said. "All you have to do is turn on our game against Miami last year. Sickening. Doesn't take long at all. I don't know if you had a chance to see that or not. Wasn't very good. Bad coaching. Bad plan. Bad. Period."
What about Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill? How much has he improved in Belichick's eyes?
"Since he killed us last year? Pretty good," Belichick scoffed. "He's a good quarterback."
One thing the organization has done in order to limit the number of distractions as the team readies for its season-opener is remove the massive banner of Tom Brady on the Gillette Stadium light house. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said that he wanted players to be focused on the task at hand, but given the opportunity to respond to the banner's removal, Belichick chose not to acknowledge it.
"Talking about Miami," Belichick said. "Preparing for Miami. I've been talking about Miami. I've been working on Miami. Don't do concerts. Don't do banners. Don't do parking. Don't do concessions. Just try to coach the team."