New England coach Bill Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the Patriots are “ready” to go to the Super Bowl after Brady’s season ended prematurely last week with a neck injury.
The Patriots’ season ended with a 2-14 record, including a 5-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The team did not play in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Belichick said he expects the Patriots to compete at a high level this year, but added, “I think the next few weeks will tell a little bit more.”
“I think there’s a new beginning here,” Belichick said during his weekly press conference.
“I’m not ready to go there yet.
We’ve got a new starting quarterback in Josh McDaniels, a new coach in Bill Belichick. “
There’s a lot of stuff that we can get better at, but I think we’ve got to get better.”
“We’ve got a new starting quarterback in Josh McDaniels, a new coach in Bill Belichick.
I’m excited for this season.
I really am,” Belichick added.
“We’re going to compete, and I think that’s what we’re going into.”
While the Patriots did not make the playoffs last season, they were a strong playoff team.
They finished with the best record in the AFC East, and earned a wild-card berth in the NFC title game.
Brady, who missed the last four games of the regular season with a fractured right collarbone, has played well in his absence.
The Pats have the NFL’s best defense.
They allowed just one touchdown on 28 third downs in their loss to New Orleans.
They are allowing just 3.5 yards per play to opposing quarterbacks.
Belichick is optimistic that his defense can continue to improve.
“I’m really optimistic about the guys we have,” he said.
“The guys we drafted, the guys that we’re playing right now, the young guys that are going to come in, the ones that we’ve been able to put in the right situations and I’m just really optimistic and confident about them.”
The Patriots have the best offense in the NFL.
They have the league’s best rushing attack and are allowing the fewest yards per game.
The Patriots rank third in the league in rushing yards.