Belichick was asked to speak on the job the defense did on third down. "We had him in some long yardage situations, which are good. We had them in the third quarter in a couple long yardage situations before Rob’s interception let them off the hook. Third down starts on first and second down. It just comes down to team defense – good pass rush, good coverage and keeping the yardage longer by playing better on first and second down. I thought we did a good job in the running game until we got to the last drive in the second quarter and Foster hit a couple long runs to the weak side on us. They scored right before the half. Because we were able to hold off a few of those runs, that put them in some third-and-long situations. It was good team defense; I don’t think it’s any one guy. Third down obviously is critical for us and our red area stop was big too." Belichick said.
Now, granted, FVP loves The Hoodie. But this is a gem that speaks volumes, and yet it's so simple. If you do the job on first and second down, then third down doesn't become such a big deal.
Stats are for losers
It is what it is.
Third down starts on first and second down.
Classic Belichick. And the media bitches that he doesn't give them anything.