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Tuesday’s media day for the Patriots featured some interesting quotes from quite a few players as they met with reporters in Arizona leading up to Sunday’s showdown with the Seahawks.

There were some entertaining moments, including Rob Gronkowski singing Katy Perry’s “Roar”, among some other good quotes from Robert Kraft, Darrelle Revis, LeGarrette Blount, and many others.  Here are some of the highlights:

From Patriots owner Robert Kraft:


“I love being around the guys. There isn’t one guy in our locker room that I wouldn’t be pleased to have at our dinner table.” – Robert Kraft (USA TODAY Images)

– Kraft spoke at length on Tuesday about the admiration he has for the players in the locker room, saying there’s not one player he wouldn’t welcome into his own home.  “After my family, my team is my passion,” said Kraft.  “I love being around the guys. There isn’t one guy in our locker room that I wouldn’t be pleased to have at our dinner table. They’re great guys. I can relate to all of them. That’s just fun for me. I would pay to do it. I guess I am.”

– He also gave some insight into his thoughts of Pete Carroll’s tenure in New England, saying he shoulders part of the blame for their lack of success while Carroll coached the team.  “When I hired Pete, I was coming off my first experience as an owner,” said Kraft.  “He’s pretty special to be around. He’s a lot of fun. He’s not your typical head coach in the NFL. He’s also very smart, and especially in defenses, very capable.  Coming off the situation I had been in – although I had a great coach – I believed in more checks and balances like my other businesses, and I think I handicapped Pete from doing as good a job as he could have done because I was coming off a situation I was reacting to. So, then when I was privileged to hire Bill Belichick, I think my evolution as an owner and trying to understand how to be a good owner and run a franchise, I think I matured to the point where I knew how to set it up and then see how the person performed. I think having Bill Belichick as my head coach, I don’t think I could have a better one. I also think my partner, Paul Allen, has done very well with Pete Carroll. So, it will be fun on Sunday.”

– Kraft also said that Rob Gronkowski’s demeanor in the locker room is a big asset to his teammates.  “He’s really the same guy,” said Kraft when talking about the difference between Gronkowski as a rookie to now.  “In our next life, a lot of people might want to be Rob because he never has a bad day. It’s great for the locker room. When he walks through the locker room, his spirit, sense of camaraderie and no matter how many injuries he’s had, he’s always upbeat and positive. He’s just a great guy to have around. His levity always loosens things up.”

From Cornerback Darrelle Revis:


“We found a way as a team, as a unit, to go out there and stick together and play just tough football and play great ball and we did that.” – Darrelle Revis
(USA TODAY Images)

– On Tuesday, Revis talked about the adversity the team dealt with in 2014, and he’s proud that the Patriots are in the position their in.  “Our schedule was very tough,” said Revis. “It was tough. We played against some great quarterbacks, some great teams. We found a way as a team, as a unit, to go out there and stick together and play just tough football and play great ball and we did that. Overall, we had ups and downs. There was the controversy with deflate-gate and all of that, but that’s adversity. Adversity strikes every time and I think as a team, as a whole, we’ve handled that well. There’s one more game and we are just trying to weed that out and focus on our ultimate goal and that’s holding up the Lombardi Trophy.”

– When asked about the fact Jets fans have to see him wearing a rival uniform, Revis put the blame in that decision on Jets management for letting him go to begin with.  “It’s not really my fault,” said Revis.  “I didn’t make the call. Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that’s the situation. That’s how I look at it.”

– Revis also admitted he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from teammate Devin McCourty.  “Devin, he’s outstanding,” said Revis.  “He’s been outstanding before I got here and he’s continuing to be outstanding. I feel like he’s the best free safety in the league. He has so much range out there. He’s so fast. I think the biggest thing I respect him for and appreciate him is how he studies the game and how he knows the game so well. He’s a student of the game and he works so hard at it. It’s crazy. It’s pretty awesome to get feedback from other guys and see how hard they work.”

From Linebacker Rob Ninkovich:

– Ninkovich talked about his opportunity to play in the Super Bowl, and he’s excited about Sunday’s game.  “Really, having the opportunity is huge,” said Ninkovich. “For me, it’s capitalizing on another great opportunity. We worked very hard to get to this point, so we’ve just got to go out there and play well in all three phrases.”


“We worked very hard to get to this point, so we’ve just got to go out there and play well in all three phrases.” – Rob Ninkovich
(USA TODAY Images)

- The veteran told the media Tuesday that he’s got a good relationship with former Patriots linebacker Roosevelt Colvin.  “He’s a great guy,” said Ninkovich. “He texts me all the time. We talk, and he’s a really good dude.”

– Ninkovich had some kind words for teammate Vince Wilfork, who he admits is one of the players he works very well with.  “Playing with Vince is awesome,” said Ninkovich.  “His experience and his ability to communicate with me during the game is huge. When you’re with somebody, when you’re next to somebody for a long time, the communication has to be really good, but also you really don’t have to talk too much to know what he’s trying to do or what I’m trying to do. That’s maybe a hand signal, maybe looking at him and saying, ‘Hey, I’m doing this,’ and just give him a little eye, and he understands what I’m doing. Having him back this year was awesome. There’s nothing like having a big body next to you that can take up two guys.”

– While talking about his mindset for achieving his goal, Ninkovich said he believes that going after what you’re passionate about is the key to success.  “Just the never giving up mentality and continuing to fight, going after what you’re passionate about and what you aspire to do,” said Ninkovich.  “I think that you can go after your goals and go after things that you want to do. I’m a big believer in putting all your eggs in one basket. Some people say don’t do that, but I put it all on what I want to do. If I don’t make it, then I’m better for going after it.”

– He also admitted that the film “Rudy” is one he watched before the Patriots match-up against Indianapolis.  “I’m not going to lie, I watched it last week before the game just to get me going,” said Ninkovich.  “I’ve been watching that movie since I was a kid.”

From DT Vince Wilfork:

– Wilfork said on Tuesday he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch.  “Yeah, he’s unbelievable,” said Wilfork.  “This team is built to run the football. They are built to play football. You look at this time – everything in a football team you want, they have. They have the right mindset, the physicality, they make plays, their playmakers make plays all the time. It seems like they’re always in tune with the game. They’re a really good fourth quarter football team. They play really, really good situational football. We’re going to have to be at our best the whole game to be successful against this team.”


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(USA TODAY Images)

- The veteran talked about what it was like to be sidelined last year with his Achilles, and he missed being out there with his teammates.   “Me being out of football last year, it was one of those things that I never imagined being hurt and being away from my teammates and not being able to be on the field with them,” said Wilfork. “My main goal this year coming back was to make sure I was healthy and help my team win. I think we all play football because it’s a team effort. It’s not just one individual. We have a bunch of individuals doing their job, which leads to team success. My goal to the team was to come back healthy and better than I was and hopefully we can get the job done moving forward. Everything I thought about in the offseason – the way I trained, everything that I did, everything was set up for the team – not just my myself, but as a team. I knew if I was at my best, everybody around me would be at their best. That’s how I approached this offseason.”

– He admitted on Tuesday that he had read about the odds against him making a proper recovery and being able to play at a high level, but that didn’t stop him from proving people wrong.  “I was reading all these stories about a person my age, my size, coming back from this injury,” said Wilfork.  “Sometimes I tell people I’m not human. Don’t put me in that stat, and I believe that. That’s one of the most things that really drove me, just to hear all the gallows saying that I can’t come back off of it because of my weight and my age and all that stuff. When I went to work I went to work. My training staff, they got me right. My people back home in Florida got me right, my wife got me right. I literally killed myself every day to make sure I’m all right (coming off his injury), and I think I’m as strong as I’ve ever been, and I’ve never looked back from it.”

– Wilfork had some nice things to say about his wife Bianca, who he credits for pushing him. “She’s always been my rock. No matter what happened – good or bad – she’s always right there and the one person I can always come to and get the truth. Being out of football last year, she was the one person that really pushed me to the limit. She woke me up every day at 5:00, 6:00 in the morning and we’d work out three times a day. Sometimes we’d go to bed at 10:00, 11:00 at night just because she knew how important it is to me, and I thank her for that. She’s the one who really got me in tune and got my mind to saying, ‘What I need to do now in my career is this.’ We looked at it and said, ‘This is going to be a challenge,’ but at the same time, I’m always up for challenges. She pushed me to the max. I’m very grateful to have her in my life.”


“That’s all I know is hard work.” – Julian Edelman (USA TODAY Images)

From WR Julian Edelman:

– Edelman had some kind words for his former college coach at Kent State, Doug Martin, on Tuesday, giving him credit for believing in him and helping him get to where he is today.  “Huge part. Coach Martin is one of the only coaches who believed in me that I could play quarterback at a Division I level. He’s a part of where I am at right now, so I am very thankful for him.”

– The veteran receiver talked about Gronkowski, who he said is just a lot of fun to have in the locker room.  “Rob is a great teammate,” said Edelman.  “He’s a big goofball, a big baby. All he cares about is football and football. You love having him in the locker room. He makes things fun. He works hard. He’s all about this team. It’s great to have him. He’s one of the best.”

– When asked why the Patriots are so good, Edelman came back with a pretty good answer.  “I don’t know. I think there’s a common factor there, of this guy named Tom Brady,” said Edelman.  “He’s pretty good. He and we have some coaches that work their tails off. The scouting department knowing who they want and all of that kind of stuff. They all work together. I don’t know, you’d have to ask Coach (Bill) Belichick on that one.”

– Edelman also talked about where his work ethic comes from, and he credited his parents for that.  “That’s all I know is hard work,” said Edelman.  “I’ve had a father who I watched growing up that I wouldn’t see in the morning and he’d come home at 5 o’clock at night and he did that every day. I don’t know if that’s from him or it’s in the blood or whatever, but that’s kind of how we do it in my household. My mom has been a hard worker, whatever she had to do, she did it. I guess it would have to go through there.”

From TE Rob Gronkowski:

– A media member tried to bait the tight end into making a bold prediction for this weekend’s match-up.  It didn’t work.  His response?  “The game will be on Sunday.”


“Definitely don’t take the game for granted anymore.” – Rob Gronkowski.
(USA TODAY Images)

– Gronkowski was asked about the experience of being sidelined the past couple of years while he battled injuries, and he told the media he doesn’t take football for granted anymore.  “It’s definitely a tough experience, man,” said Gronkowski. “Definitely don’t take the game for granted anymore. It’s an honor to be out there on the field with my teammates and all. Throughout the whole year, especially this time of the year, going to the Super Bowl, being out on the practice field, helping my team do its job and just going out and practicing hard. I’m super excited for this game Sunday.”

– When asked about battling Seattle’s defense, Gronkowski also said that the opportunity to battle the best defense is “an honor”.  “Always. You always want to play against the best,” said Gronkowski.  “This is what the Super Bowl is played for, going against the best. It’s a great opportunity to see where we’re at when we get out on the field. Definitely an honor to be going against a very good defense.”

– Who’s the worst dancer on the team?  “Julian Edelman,” said Gronkowski. “He’s the worst dancer.”  The best?  “Best dancer? I mean, since I’m the only one who really whips out my dance moves, I’d have to go with myself.”

– When asked when he started feeling healthy, Gronkowski said that in Week 5, everything “just kicked in”.  “Totally back to my old self,” said Gronkowski.  “I mean, coming out of training camp I got competitive and treated my knees all week. It just all kicked in. My body felt good. Going into that Cincinnati game in Week 5, everything just kicked in and I felt good.”

– Gronkowski told reporters that he’s liked having the Microsoft Surface tablets on the sideline this season.  “The tablet? You get pictures right there,” said Gronkowski.  “You get to see the defense right there, right after the play when you come to the sidelines. That’s a pretty cool technology now. You get to see what defense they’re in, where they’re at and then go out to the next series. It’s all on a tablet. That’s pretty cool.”

From RB LeGarrette Blount:

– The Patriots running back said on Tuesday that he has plenty of respect for the Seahawks defense but he’s confident heading into this weekend. “Obviously they’re a pretty good defense,” said Blount. “They were good enough to get here, they were good enough to get here last year, so we are going to put a plan together to hopefully make sure we come out victorious.”


“I’m excited to be a part of something special and be a part of the reason why we’re here.” – LeGarrette Blount
(USA TODAY Images)

– Coming off of his big performance against Indianapolis in rainy conditions, Blount said that it meant a lot that the team trusted him to carry the ball as much as he did. “Just the fact that they trusted me enough to carry the ball that many times and put the game in my hands, it means a lot,” said Blount. “I’m excited to be a part of something special and be a part of the reason why we’re here.”

– Blount had some kind words for Brady, and feels having him as his quarterback always gives them a good chance to win. “Personally, I feel like he’s probably going to go down as the best quarterback to ever play the game,” said Blount. “When he’s on your side, you always have a chance of winning the game, no matter what the score is or who you’re playing against.”

– A lot of has obviously been made of Seattle’s defense, but Blount made it clear he’s not scared of them by any means. “I don’t care about them being the top defense, that doesn’t bother me,” said Blount. “They were good enough to get here, just like we were good enough to get here. They’re not immortal. They can be beaten.”

– The veteran emphasized ball security during his press conference, which is an area he said he’s focused on. “I’ve always been told that you can’t win the game without the football,” said Blount. “If you give the football away you have no control of the game. We have to continue to protect it and continue to have it in our hands as much as possible and don’t let it hit the ground and don’t let anybody else get ahold of it. You can’t win the game without the football.”

– Blount discussed why he’s been such a good fit in New England, but emphasized the fact they have the best QB on their side as one of the key reasons they’ve been so successful. “No, they’re a winning franchise, before I came apart of it and now that I’m a part of it,” said Blount. “They’ve always been a winning franchise and obviously they’ve got the best quarterback in the league on their side and it’s always hard to beat him. Once you have the best quarterback in the league and possibly the best quarterback in NFL history on your side, you always have a chance to win.”


Robert Kraft made some strong statements Monday night, and said he expects an apology from the league if the investigation ultimately finds they didn’t do anything wrong. (USA TODAY Images)

STATEMENT FROM PATRIOTS OWNER ROBERT KRAFT ON MONDAY NIGHT:

“On the plane ride out here, I prepared a few remarks, which I’d like to read to you. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to express what an honor it is to be here and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. I know how difficult it is to get to this game, and I appreciate the work of everyone who helps host the event. We are anticipating a great game against the defending Super Bowl Champ Seattle Seahawks.”

“Given the events of the last week, I want to take a minute to address the air pressure matter, before we kick off this week’s media availabilities. I’ve spoken with coach Belichick. I’ve spoken with Tom Brady. I have taken the opportunity to understand to the best of my abilities what goes on in the preparation of game day footballs and I want to make it clear, that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate in this process or in violation of NFL rules. Tom, Bill and I have been together for 15 years. They are my guys. They are part of my family and Bill, Tom and I have had many difficult discussions over the years and I have never known them to lie to me. That is why I am confident in saying what I just said and it bothers me greatly that their reputations and integrity, and by association that of our team, has been called into question this past week.”

“As I said on Friday in my prepared statement, we welcome the league’s investigation and the involvement of attorney Wells. I am confident that this investigation will uncover whatever the facts were that took place last Sunday and the science of how game balls react to changes in the environment. This would be in direct contrast to the public discourse, which has been driven by media leaks as opposed to actual data and facts. Because of this, many jump to conclusions and made strong accusations against our coach, quarterback and staff, questioning the integrity of all involved.”

“If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs, I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team and in particular coach Belichick and Tom Brady for what they have had to endure this past week. I am disappointed in the way this entire matter has been handled and reported upon. We expect hard facts, as opposed to circumstantial leaked evidence to drive the conclusion of this investigation.”

“In closing, I would like to say to all the fans of the National Football league and especially the amazing fans of the New England Patriots that I and our entire organization believe strongly in the integrity of the game and the rules of fair play, properly, equitably and fairly enforced.”

Here’s the full transcription of Bill Belichick’s press conference on Saturday with the Patriots media.

OPENING STATEMENT:

“So I want to take this opportunity to share some information.  I spent a significant amount of time this past week learning as much as I could learn, more than I could ever imagine, to tell you the truth about bladders, air gauges, stitching, pressure, game day ball preparation, rubdowns, and so forth… Trying to be as helpful as I can here and share with you what I’ve learned having coached for 40 years in the National Football League, played for several years growing up in a football family,  being around this game my entire life, it’s clear that I don’t know much about this area.  Over the last few days I’ve learned a lot more than I ever knew, like exponentially more.  I feel like this is important because there have been questions raised and I believe now  100% that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter and I just feel that on behalf of everyone in the organization, everyone that’s involved in this organization, that we need to say something.”

“I’ve talked to and gathered a lot of information from members of our staff.  I have talked to other people familiar with this subject in other organizations and we have performed an internal study of the process and I think there’s certainly other things that I can do and there’s maybe other research that can be done, but I’d say at this time I definitely have enough information to share with you.  And so based on the events of today, I feel like now’s the time to do it rather than wait and so I know this is kind of an impromptu thing but that’s just the way it worked out.”

“First of all, let me start with the process.  As Tom explained on Thursday, the most important part of the football for the quarterback is the feel of the ball.  I don’t think there’s any question about that.  And the exterior feel of the ball is not only critical, but it’s also very easily identifiable.  When I feel a football, I can feel the difference between slippery and tacky.  I can feel the difference of the texture of the ball of to what degree it’s broken in.  If you put five balls out there, which ball’s broken in the most, which ball’s broken in the least, that’s easy to identify and that’s the essence of the preparation.  We prepare our balls over time and we use them in practice, and that preparation process continues right up until the balls are given to the officials prior to the game.  That’s when they are finalized – if I can use that word.  I would say that in that process, I’ve handled dozens of balls over the past week.  The texture of the balls is very easy to identify.  The pressure of the balls, footballs, is a whole different story.  It’s much more difficult to feel or identify.  So the focus of our pregame preparation for the footballs is based on texture and feel, and I think Tom went into that extensively on Thursday and he obviously could go through it a lot better than I can because he’s the one that touched them, but that’s the heart of the process.”

“So we simulated a game day situation in terms of the preparation of the footballs and where the footballs were at various points in time during the day or night as the case was Sunday and I would say that our preparation process for the footballs is what we do, I can’t speak for anybody else, it’s what we do and that process, we have found, raises the psi approximately one pound.  So that process of creating a tackiness, a texture, the right feel, whatever that feel is, it’s a sensation for the quarterback – what’s the right feel – that process elevates the psi approximately one pound based on what our study showed, which was multiple balls, multiple examples in the process as we would do for a game.  It’s not one football.  When the balls are delivered to the officials’ locker room, the officials were asked to inflate them to 12.5 psi, what exactly they did, I don’t know, but for the purposes of our study, that’s what we did.  We set them at 12.5.  That’s at the discretion of the official though, regardless of what we ask for, it’s the official’s discretion to put them where he wants.”

“Again, that’s done in a controlled climate.  The footballs are prepared in our locker room, they’re delivered to the officials’ locker room,  Which is a controlled environment, it’s whatever we have here, is what we have there.  When the footballs go out onto the field into game conditions, whatever those conditions are, whether it’s hot and humid, whether it’s cold and damp, whether it’s cold and dry, whatever it is, that’s where the footballs are played with and that’s where the measurements would be different than what they are, possibly different than what they are, in a controlled environment, and that’s what we found.  We found that once the footballs were on the field over an extended period of time, in other words, they were adjusted to the climatic conditions and also the fact that the balls reached an equilibrium without the rubbing process, after that had run it’s course and the footballs had reached an equilibrium, that they were down approximately one and a half pounds per square inch.  When we brought the footballs back in after that process and retested them in a controlled environment as we have here, then those measurements rose approximately one half pound per square inch.  So the net of one and a half, back to a half, is approximately one pound per square inch, to one and a half.”

“Now we all know that air pressure is a function of the atmospheric conditions, it’s a function of that. So if there’s activity in the ball relative to the rubbing process, I think that explains why when we gave them to the officials and the officials put it at let’s say twelve and half, if that’s in fact what they did, that once the ball reached its equilibrium state, it probably was closer to eleven and a half.  But, again, that’s just our measurements we can’t speak specifically to what happened because we have no way of touching the footballs other than once the officials have them, we don’t touch them except or when we play with them in the game.  But it’s similar to the concept of when you get into your car and the light comes on and it says low tire pressure because the car’s been sitting in the driveway outside overnight and you start it up and you start driving it and the light goes off, it’s a similar concept to that.  So the atmospheric conditions as well as the true equilibrium of the ball is critical to the measurement.  At no time were any of our footballs prepared anywhere other than in the locker room, or in an area very close to that.  Never in a heated room or heated condition, that has absolutely never taken place to anyone’s knowledge or anyone’s recollection and I mean, that just didn’t happen.”

“When you measure a football, there are a number of different issues that come up.  Number one, gauges, there are multiple types of gauges and the accuracy of one gauge relative to another, there’s variance there, we’re talking about air pressure, all right? So there’s some variance there. Clearly all footballs are different.  So footballs that come out of a similar pack, a similar box, a similar preparation, each ball has its own unique individual characteristics because it’s not a man-made piece of equipment.  It’s an animal’s skin, it’s a bladder, it’s stitching, it’s laces and each one has its own unique characteristics. So whatever you do with that football, if you do the same thing with another one, it might be close, but there’s a variance between each individual football.  Footballs do not get measured during the game.  We have no way of knowing, until we went through this exercise, that this has really taken place.  So when we hand the balls to the officials, the officials put them at, whatever they put them at, but let’s just say it’s twelve-and-a-half, that’s where they put them.  Then the air pressure at that point from then on until  the end of the game, we have no knowledge and honestly it’s never been a concern.  So what is a concern is the texture of the footballs, and again, that’s the point that Tom hit on hard on Thursday.”

“We had our quarterbacks look at a number of footballs and they were unable to differentiate a one pound per square inch difference in those footballs. They were unable to do it.  On a two pound differential, there was some degree of differentiation, but certainly not a consistent one. A couple of ones they could pick out, but they were also wrong in some of the other ones that they had.  So you’re welcome to do that yourself and I can tell you from all of the footballs I’ve handled over the last week, I can’t tell the difference if there’s a one pound difference or half a pound difference in any of the footballs.”

“Again, anyone who has seen us practice knows that we make it harder, not easier, to handle the ball and our players train in conditions that a lot of people would recommend that we not drive in.  That’s what they do.  They’re a physically and mentally tough team that works hard, that trains hard, that prepares and have met every challenge that I’ve put in front them.  And I know that, because I work them every day.  This team was the best team in the AFC in the regular season.  We won two games in the playoffs against two good football teams.  The best team in the postseason, and that’s what this team is and I know that because I’ve been with them every day and I’m proud of this team.”

“So I just want to share with you what I’ve learned over the past week.  I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time that I’ve put into this relative to the other important challenge in front of us.  I’m not a scientist.  I’m not an expert in footballs.  I’m not an expert in football measurements.  I’m just telling you what I know.  I would not say that I’m Mona Lisa-Vito of the football world as she was in the car expertise area, all right? And at no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage, quite the opposite.  We feel like we followed the rules of the game to the letter in our preparations, in our procedures, and in the way that we handle every game that we competitively play in as it relates to this matter.  We try to do everything right, we try to err on the side of caution, it’s been that way now for many years.  Anything that’s close, we stay as far away from the line as we can.  And in this case I can say that we are, as far as I know in everything that I can do, we did everything as right as we could do it.  And we welcome the league’s investigation into this matter.  I think there are a number of things that need to be looked into, on a number of levels, but that’s not for this conversation, I’m sure it will be taken up at another point in time. And this is the end of this subject for me, for a long time.  O.K.?  We have a huge game, a huge challenge for our football team,  and that’s where that focus is going to go.  I’ve spent more than enough time on this and I’m happy to share this information with you to try to tell you some of the things that I have learned over the last week, which I’ve learned way more than I ever thought I would learn.  The process, the whole thing, is much more complex… I mean there are a lot of variables that I was unaware of.  It sounds simple, and I’m not trying to say that we’re trying to land a guy on the moon, but there’s a lot of things here that are a little hard to get a  handle on and again, there’s a variance in so many of these things.”

“So I’ll take a couple questions, and then I’m moving on.”

On if the NFL shares with him the pregame documented psi:

“You would have to talk to the NFL about anything they did or didn’t do.”

On if he doesn’t know if they documented it:

“Look, Tom [Curran of CNNSE], we could sit here and talk about some of this stuff for two hours.  All right?  You want to ask the league any questions about what they do or don’t do, you should ask the league.  I’m just telling you what I’ve learned and the study that we’ve done and the experience that I’ve had over the last few days in looking into this matter.  That’s all I can tell you.  I’m not a scientist and I’m not a league official.”

On if he feels after the work he put in this week if they’ll be exonerated:

“I just told you what I think. That’s what I think right there.”

On if the game preparation has been compromised over the time they’ve spent on this:

“Well, I’ve spent a lot the week game planning, a lot of this week, yeah.”

On if he feels that any of it was compromised spending time on this:

“Look, I told you, I thought this was an important issue and we addressed it.  So we did.”

On reiterating that he felt it was the atmospheric conditions and trusting that the officials filling the balls to 12.5 psi:

“Look, you take the atmospheric conditions out of it, because if the balls are measured in the same atmospheric conditions, than it’s a non-factor.  But if you measure a ball in a controlled condition like this and you measure a ball on, let’s just say the night that we played Baltimore, there’s no way they’re the same.  You take that ball and set it outside and the ball becomes accustomed to those climatic conditions and those temperatures, there’s no way it’s the same.  Now if you take it out and bring it back in and let it sit for x amount of time, then, you know, it probably is the same.  So no, that’s not the issue, although depending on where balls were measured and how they were measured, I mean, that’s a whole other discussion.  The situation is the preparation of the ball caused the ball to, I would say, be artificially high in psi when it was set to the regulated level and then it reached its equilibrium at some point later on, an hour, two hours, into the game, whatever it was, that that level was below what was set in this climatic condition.  I think that’s exactly what happened.  And I think anybody who  wants to do those experiments should go ahead and do it themselves.  Don’t take my word for it.  But, I’m telling you, we’re trying to get an answer to this, and that’s what we have.”

On the fact he tries to err on the side of caution and stay on that side of the rules, but the videotaping, it was clear that they were pushing that:

“I mean, look, that’s a whole other discussion.  The guy’s giving signals out in front of eighty thousand people, O.K.?  So we filmed him taking signals out in front of eighty thousand people like there were a lot of other teams doing at that time too, O.K.?  But forget about that.  If we were wrong, than we’ve been disciplined for that.”

On the fact that’s clearly not trying to err on the side of caution:

“The guy’s in front of eighty thousand people.  Eighty thousand people saw it, everybody’s sideline saw it, everybody sees our guy in front of eighty thousand people.  I mean, there he is.  So it was wrong, we were disciplined for it, that’s it.  We never did it again, we’re never going to do it again and anything else that’s close, we’re not going to do either.”

On the fact he just said they always err on the side of caution:

“We always do.  We always have.  But I mean, anything that’s even remotely close, we’re on the side of caution.”

On if they had any science people help in the investigation:

“We talked to a lot of people.”

On how much time they spent on it:

“I don’t know, I didn’t log it.”

On if he’s relieved by what he found with their investigation:

“Look, I came in here Thursday and I told you that I didn’t have any answers.  And I’m very confident in the things that we’ve talked about, the study that we did, the going through with a fine tooth comb, everything, I’m 100% confident in everything that I’ve told you.  That’s what I believe, that’s what I know, that’s what it is.  I’m as transparent as I can be on this one.  Period.”

On if that’s a “yes” that he’s relieved by their study:

“I did what I did, no, I’m not using those adjectives.  I told you what I did, that’s what it is.”

On if he thinks there’s something that happened for it to rise 1.5, did they put them in front of heaters, dryers:

“No, it was never put in front of a heater, I just said that.”

On when they’re preparing it, what made it rise:

“You rub it, you try to get the texture the way the quarterback wants it.”

On the fact he’s just trying to establish…

“I just said that.  And I said that in no time was the ball ever put in any type of a heated environment.”

On them rubbing the football vigorously…

“We rub it to get the ball to the proper texture.  I mean I don’t know what’s vigorous, what isn’t vigorous, I mean we’re not polishing fine China here.  We’re trying to get a football to the proper texture that the quarterback wants it to grip it.  Does that stimulate something inside the ball to raise the psi?  I would say yes, it does.”

On after all the research they’ve done what they do differently moving forward:

“Well, you’re getting into another whole area here.  You’re getting into a another whole area as it relates to the next game. Yes”

On if they’re trying to prevent it [Inaudible]:

“That’s exactly right.  And that’s exactly why this whole process was done, for that very reason.  And I don’t know the answer to that question, but that’s a very important question.”

 

 

On how tough it was game-planning knowing what their fate was having secured the number one seed:

“I think we tried to go out there and give great effort.  You know, they’re a good team.  They make it tough on you.  They made it tough on us down there when we played them and they made it tough today.  So, they’ve got a good team, but, you know, we’re looking forward.  It’s tough.  We always hate losing, absolutely.  We didn’t make enough plays to win, but hopefully we make them in a couple weeks.”

On his comfort level with the protection he’s getting from the offensive line heading into this postseason:

“I think, everything works together.  It’s not only the protection, the routes and the throws and the catches, offensive football and scoring points is about great execution and if it’s anything less than that, it’s hard to score unless somebody makes really a spectacular play.  So if you have a breakdown on a throw, if you have a breakdown on a block, if you have a breakdown on a route, usually it doesn’t result in a good play and I think obviously the first half, we didn’t have enough good plays to score enough points.  We’re trying and hopefully we do a lot better job in a couple weeks.  That’s what it’s going to take.”

On how concerned people should be about the offense after their struggles the last couple of weeks:

“Yeah … we’re confident, I mean we have a lot of confidence as an offense.  We’ve been able to score points against a lot of good teams, a lot of good defenses.  Nothing that we’ve done this past season is going to help in two weeks from now.  What’s going to matter is how well we prepare this week and how well we prepare next week and how ready we are to go whenever we play.  So, we’ll have a lot of confidence.  I’m not worried about us lacking confidence, going out there and executing.  We’ve got a lot of good players.”

On when he goes back and looks at film if it’s about execution or if it’s about teams having a lot of film on them and taking things away:

“That’s a good question.  I mean, I think it ultimately comes down to, like I said, how well we execute.  I think we’ve played some pretty good defenses and defenses that really challenge you.  We’ll be challenged in a couple weeks, hopefully we’re ready to meet the challenge.  I’d expect us to be at our best.  That’s what this time of year requires.  We’ll be playing a great football team, whoever it is.  I think we’ve got a pretty good team, we’ll see where we’re at.”

On Brian Tyms and how important it was to get into a groove with him:

“Yeah, he made a couple good plays there early.  You know, he’s done a good job since he’s got here, trying to understand the offense and what he needs to do to really incorporate himself and find a role.  It was good to see him make some plays today, you know, we’re going to need it in a couple weeks.  Hopefully, Gronk is ready to roll and Jules [Julian Edelman] is ready to roll and all the guys up front are ready to roll, and that’s important.  It’s good when you have your very good football players out there, we had a lot of good football players out there today that made some plays, we just didn’t make enough of them today.  But we’ve got to be able to go out and do it in a couple weeks, make a lot of good plays.”

Tom Brady Post Game Transcript: ‘We’ve got to keep fighting’

On how proud he is of his team being able to make plays when they needed them:

“We made plenty of good ones in the fourth quarter to come from behind, so that was great.  Defensively we played great again and I’m glad it came out the way that it did, makes for a better Christmas.  It’s always tough to get a win here.   They’re a good team.  They always play us pretty hard and we got their best today.  We obviously didn’t do a very good job there in the first three quarters.  We found a little rhythm there in the second half and got some points on the board, made some plays at the end.  So it’s about making the critical plays and we found a way to do it.”

On if he thinks he’s becoming too bold with running the football himself:

“I just hope I can keep doing it.  If I can make one or two of those a game, it helps.  I thought I had an opportunity to make a couple more that I just missed on…kind of scrambled out there and I had Shane [Vereen] in the end zone open and I threw it at his feet.  I would have loved to have hit that one.  But they’re a good team.  They challenge you in a lot of ways and certainly they have a good rush, they’ve got some real good guys, some good match-ups, they always do every week, they get a lot of pressure.  Kind of kept us off balance early and we figured a way to settle it down a little bit in the second half and we played a little bit better.”

On what it does to a team to be able to keep winning close, division games:

“Yeah, they’re slim margins and I think it always comes down to the last play.  I can’t … I just wish we’d play better for 60-minutes and we just haven’t figured out a way to play against these guys as well as we possibly can.  So we’ve got to keep fighting.  Sometimes you’ve got to grind them out.  It’s tough to win games in the NFL, certainly on the road against Division opponents, Divison Rivals, but we’ve got a big one coming up next week.  We’ve got to finish strong at home in the division, it’d be great to get to 5-1, especially after losing the first division game, to win four straight has been great.  Five straight, it’ll be good to have four straight, got to win the fifth one.  I didn’t add too many times.”

On what they did by keeping a couple of guys in to slow them down in the second half:

“That was good.  We got into a little rhythm there, I think it settled a few things down.  But we’ve got to sustain it and get it in the end zone down there.  We kind of came up short on that 3rd and one, or 3rd and two, whatever it was.  We’ve just got to finish those drives, especially with key drives like that where you finally can get a little momentum, a little rhythm, but we just … You know, it was a good defense.  They challenged us, had a long field all day, we got a couple good short fields that we took advantage of but the defense really stepped up when we needed it to.”

On if it’s stylistic in terms of what the Jets do in how they attacked them:

“It could be.  I think this is a team that is, they do a lot of things well.  They’ve got a good scheme.  They’ve got good players.  They’ve got a good rush, good in the middle of the defense, good middle linebacker, good safeties.  The corners played good today.  So I just think we got their best and I think we kind of sputtered there, got out of rhythm, finally found a little rhythm there in the second half and scored enough points.”

On if the fact they doubled Gronkowski was part of the problem:

“Yeah, we just weren’t very productive in the pass game in general.  So whether it was really Gronk, or JoJo [Brandon] LaFell, or Danny, we didn’t really find a rhythm all day.”

On what Amendola was able to provide without Julian Edelman:

“Did a great job.  He’s really been looking forward to this opportunity.  I thought he did a great job in there in the role that he played and he’s a very good player for us.  He did a good job returning some great kicks and punts.  It will be good to get Jules back next week.  Hopefully he can get back next week.”

On the interception he threw to LaFell:

“It’s a come back, we just couldn’t hit it.  Hate to do that, hate to have those things come up.  I’m glad our defense held.  Ended up working out for us in a weird way, but I wish those things didn’t happen.”

On the fact they have so much success going up tempo and why they don’t do it more:

“That’s a good question, and I think there’s definitely times where we do a good job with it.  I don’t know.  That’s a good question.  We do it at different times and sometimes it works and… I don’t know.”

On if after all the sacks if he’s still concerned about the protection:

“I think they’re giving good protection, I just think our communication wasn’t great with a lot of things where we just all weren’t on the same page.  And when you do that, especially against a team that moves a lot of guys in and out of their defensive front and they blitz linebackers and safeties and, you know, they’ve got a lot of guys coming, our communication has to be on point and it’s kind of sputtered.  We’ve got to be able to do a better job of that, especially here down the stretch.”

On how happy he was to see Vince Wilfork’s hand get in the way of that kick:

“Awesome.  He’s always a big time play-maker for us, so he’s a great player, and he always makes great plays.  You really count on those guys, especially when the offense wasn’t doing as well, to get plays like that from Vince, Jamie Collins, Hightower, Revis, Browner, I mean all those guys in there are doing a great job.”

On his thoughts on Brandon Bolden’s final run to close it out:

“Just a phenomenal run.  I mean, he’s a great back.  Just great to give him the ball and he’s got such great explosion, he can turn the corner, his role on special teams is huge so he’s just a great player for us whenever he gets the opportunity and his number gets called, he always takes advantage of it.  He made some, just great runs tonight.”

On how many of these games are just him versus Rex Ryan mentally:

“It’s a smart defense, it’s really … quality players on the defensive line and the linebacker level.  They’ve played together for a long time, they get pressure on you, they kind of get you off balance early and then you’re thinking about things all day and it just keeps you out of rhythm.  I think we did some good things with the tempo to settle that down to kind of find a little rhythm, but we just didn’t score enough points, or a lot of points.  We’ve got to be able to do a better job than what we did.”

OPENING STATEMENT:

“Another tough game down here.  It was good to win.  I felt like our team needed to make a lot of fourth quarter to win, and they did.  We made them in all three phases.  A lot of key plays at the end that our players came through on, just one right after another.  From the turnover, to the touchdown, to the sack, long field goal, blocked field goal, running out the clock, we were able to make the plays we needed to make at the end of the game and that’s a credit to the players.  We’ll take this one, and move on to Buffalo.”

On with Julian Edelman being out how big Danny Amendola was for them:

“Danny did a good job, LaFell did a good job, those guys came up with a couple real big catches for us in key situations.  Yeah, Danny was…you know…had a big punt return, thought that gave us a little spark there, not that we were able to do a whole lot with it but we…he gave us a spark there in the first half.  So yeah, he came up big, but so did LaFell.  I thought we were able to get a little more consistency offensively in the second half.”

On what it says about his team that they are able to make those plays in the fourth quarter:

“Well, that’s what a team is.  We all count on eachother.  Each guy’s got an opportunity to help us in one way or another.  You never know when it is, or how it’s going to turn out, but when we need them, we need them and they continue to step up.  Different guys, different situations, different phases of the game.  But we played good complementary football in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter and that’s what we needed to do to win.”

On how important Ryan Allen has been to them:

“He’s really hit the ball well three weeks in a row.  I think he’s done a real good job.  We had a couple big field position plays there, there was a lot of field position in the whole first half in terms of the punting game and he’s done a good job for us.”

If this was the type of game he expected from Rex Ryan and the Jets coming in:

“I mean, we’ve played a lot of games like this against the Jets.”

On with the absence of Dan Connolly and his reasoning for the offensive line rotation:

“Well, they’ve got a real good front.  We used Nate [Solder] some as a tight end and [Cameron Fleming] a little bit, but mostly Nate and then kind of rotated the guard situation in there with Josh [Kline] and Cam Fleming at that right guard…well, left guard for Josh, and then right guard for Cam and [Ryan Wendell] flipped back over to the left guard so we had a couple different combinations in there on the line.  But I mean, look, it’s a battle.  They’ve got a real good front.  They’ve got a lot of good players up there.  They’re well coached, they’ve got a good front that’s hard to block, and we battled them.”

On his thoughts on his special teams unit being able to get blocks, how much credit goes to Special Teams Coach Scott O’Brien, etc:

“Well, having coached special teams for a significant part of my career, I know how that goes.  If you see a guy block a kick or you get pressure in a certain area, you try to stop that and then that usually creates opportunities for somebody else.  We’ve gotten them from different guys in different gaps and if a team concentrates too much on trying to stop one guy and leaves an opening somewhere else, then we’ve got to be able to take advantage of that.  We had a stem there, we stemmed right before the snap and kind of changed our alignment a little bit.  It was a long kick, kind of like the one that we had in New England.  So like Chris [Jones] did, Vince got his hand up, ball was probably a little bit low, but it had to be on a long kick like that.  Again, the key to blocking the kick was getting in front of the ball. Vince put himself there and made the play.”

On the fact the sack by Dont’a Hightower was a key sack in the red zone:

“It was, that was a real big play.  That was a look that we hadn’t run the whole game.  I thought Matt Patricia made a great call in that situation and then the sack, I wouldn’t say knocked them out of field goal range, but certainly made it a much tougher field goal.  It kind of looked like they were going to punt it there with the timeout…well, I mean that was the play they were going to run.  They took the timeout, and then it looked like they changed their mind and went back and decided to kick it.  But I think those yards really probably had a lot to do with all the strategy and the changes there and probably, in the end, helped us a little bit by making it a longer kick probably forced a little bit lower trajectory.  That was a big play.  We got a number of big plays today defensively and it wasn’t perfect, but we cut down on the penalty situation on defense, so that was encouraging.”

On the fact they secured a bye this week and how important this week coming up is:

“The Buffalo game?”

Yes:

“Yeah, absolutely.  Every game’s important.  There’s still something …. I mean every game’s important, you’re always playing for something.  But Buffalo’s got a good football team, obviously they had a big win last week against Green Bay. We had a tough game with them earlier in the year.  We had a lot of respect for that football team and it seems like they’ve gotten better through the course of the season.  So I’m sure we’ll have our hands full next week.  We’ve got to turn the page quickly and get on to them and deal with the whole, what this week is and the challenges of having the same type of preparation and so forth, but it’s the same for every team in the league so we’ve just got to do a good job with that and be ready to go.  But Buffalo’s a good football team.”

 

OPENING STATEMENT:

“It’s always good to be able to walk up here after we’ve won an AFC East Championship. Good feeling today, I think our guys really finished the game strong, 27-0 second half. Didn’t play very well in the first half, obviously, but they did a good job in the second half and we were able to get some points on the board, get a little momentum, get some turnovers, Danny had a good play on the punt return that set us up in good field position. We were able to hit some bigger plays, so it was a good second half, played 30-minutes of good football offensively and had our moments on defense and special teams in the first half. It’s good to be in this position and hopefully we can play our best football going forward. That will be our goal.”

On the end of the first half if it was a tough decision deciding what to do when they were at the 15-yard line and just ended up punting the football away:

“It wasn’t our call.”

On his thoughts on the return of Chandler Jones:

“It was good to have him back.  He’s practiced a little bit kind of sparingly the last couple weeks and then this week he was able to take a lot of reps and certainly looked like he was ready to go from a practice standpoint, a conditioning point.  I’d say this week he kind of looked like Sealver  [Siliga] looked last week relative to being ready. Different play styles, I’m not saying that.  So it was good to get him back out there.”

On his thoughts on the defense today situationally and the fact that in the first half they kept them in the game:

“You know, some good, some not so good.  We were up and down.  We were up and down.  Made some plays in the second half, able to keep them out of the end zone but we gave up a lot of yardage in the first half, played a lot of plays.  Didn’t really do much to help our offense other than the interception.  We just didn’t play well in the first half offensively.  Obviously weren’t coached very well either.  It just wasn’t very good.”

On the run by Tom Brady and the fact that after he was hit going out of bounds it seemed to light a fire under the offense:

“I thought it was a good run.  It was a third and long play, third and nine, third and ten, whatever it was.  Did a good job of seeing that in the pass rush, that’s something we’ve talked about this week.  He made a big play on that last year against them on like on a fourth and five or fourth and four, something like that where he had a scramble play in that situation.  An alert play on his part, and it was a key first down for us and we were able to punch it in after that.  But at that point in the game, that was a big third down conversion, one that you usually don’t expect to get that way, but a heads up play on his part and ran well.”

On the fact the Dolphins did score before halftime and if there was anything they did to adjust going into the second half:

“There was a lot of things we had to adjust in the second half.  We didn’t really do much of anything the way we wanted to do it in the first half other than we made a couple of big plays, but other that, I just didn’t think we played the way we needed to play.  We did a much better job in the second half of blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, defending, covering, returning, I mean, just about everything in the second half was executed better than it was in the first half.”

On his thoughts on Jamie Collins:

“Jamie continues to make big plays for us on the defensive side of the ball and in the kicking game he’s got real good length for a linebacker, tall with long arms, great jumping ability, his ability to knock down passes and reach into passing lanes or block a kick in this case.  Very obviously athletic, we all know that.  He just keeps playing faster and faster each week it seems like.  He gets a key and he’s able to make plays, whether it be in the kicking game running through, making tackles for a loss in the running game or tackles in the open field on receivers and backs.  So he’s playing well.  He’s strung together quite a few weeks here of good football for us.”

On his thoughts on now that Chandler Jones is back, how his pass rush is coming together over the final month of the season:

“Well, we’ll see.  It was certainly a good opportunity for us to rush in a game where we were ahead in the second half. That wasn’t the case in the first half and we didn’t generate that same kind of pressure so I think the score had a lot to do with it.  And we rushed well when we had the opportunity, I mean it was kind of the reverse of the game down there when they got ahead and put pressure on us, then today we got ahead and they had a hard time blocking our pass rush.  So I think the score situation has a lot to do with that.  But of course it’s good to have him back out there, it was good to get Siliga [Sealver] back last week, it was good to get Chandler [Jones] back this week.  So hopefully that will just make us stronger going forward.”

On the play Kyle Arrington made on the scoop and score on the blocked field goal:

“I mean that’s kind of what the outside guys are looking for, they’re looking for a block to put themselves in a position, which he did, to be able to attack the ball. That’s the kind of situation where there really aren’t too many guys on the other side of the ball that can tackle or are very good tacklers, so if you can just get it up and get going, a bunch of offensive linemen, a couple specialists.  Kyle’s a fast guy, once he got a little bit of space, I don’t think there’s too many guys who are going to run him down.  But he did his job.  He was in position and he took advantage of the opportunity and turned it into points.  It was a heads-up play.”

On his thoughts on Stephen Gostkowski becoming the all-time leading scorer:

“Steve’s done a great job for us.  We all know that this area of the country and this division’s certainly not the easiest to kick in.  He does a very good job of handling the conditions, he’s got a good leg so he’s got range on kickoffs and long field goals, with good height on the ball.  Good team player, always there to support his teammates, everybody in the locker room likes him, he has a good rapport with everybody.  You’re right, I’ve been really lucky.  Adam [Vinatieri], Steve, Shayne [Graham] came in here, didn’t miss a kick the half a year that he kicked or whatever it was.  Since I’ve been here they’ve all done a great job, but Steve, those are big shoes to follow there with Adam and he’s never blinked.  He’s always kicked with a lot of confidence, a lot of poise, a lot of focus.  He’s kicked with a lot of different holders, different snappers, not the easiest conditions, but he does his job.  He’s very focused, and he’s been a really dependable player for us.  I love having him on the team.  He’s a great asset to this football team both on and off the field, the locker room and productively when we need him, of course.”

On what it means to him to be in the same sentence with Curly Lambeau with 229 career regular season/postseason wins:

“It’s flattering, very flattering.  Curly’s one of the great founders, really, of the National Football League.  Spent the year at Notre Dame, brought the Notre Dame offense into the NFL, ran the box, had Championships in Green Bay, really kind of started the passing game with [Don] Hudson and Cecil [Isbell], so he was certainly not only one of the founding fathers of the league, but really one of the innovators of the league in his time.  So very flattering to be put into his category, in any sentence really.”

On what happens for a team to flip the switch after how things ended in the first half:

“I mean, what happened is we didn’t play very well in the first half and then we didn’t play very well in the last forty seconds, or minute, however much it was.  We just took some not very good football and made it worse.  Then we were able to do things a lot better in the second half.  But i think that whole sequence was just symptomatic of the whole rest of the half.  I mean, what was the difference?”


Brady and the Patriots won another division title on Sunday. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to say to the media following the Patriots 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

On how they could look so bad in the first half, and then come out and play the way they did in the second half, and how they were able to flip the switch:

“It’s a great question.  I wish I knew the answer, because we would have started that way then.  We tried to start fast and got the ball down the field and then the ball got tipped and intercepted.  Just didn’t didn’t quite go the way we wanted it to in the first half, but we did a good job responding.  So it was a great win.”

On the 17-yard run in the second half, it looked like it lit a fire under the guys and if that was the message he was trying to send:

“Well, I think it was a play we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time.  I was going to slide, but I was pretty pissed off at that time, so I figured I wouldn’t slide and wish I wouldn’t have gotten knocked down, but that’s the way it goes.”

On if he thought getting hit like that lit the guys up a little bit:

“I think the touchdown did more so on the next play. That was a great run.  But whatever it takes, I think that’s what matters.  I think all our guys responded the way we wanted to and it was good to go in there and finish them off the way we did.”

On the fact he said he was pissed off and it seems he plays better when he’s pissed off, and if it filters down to the rest of the offense:

“Yeah, and I think you’re going to have times where you play less than optimum because if you played optimum all the time, you’d score seventy five points a game, which is impossible.  So you’re going to have stretches where you get stopped on third down or you don’t convert plays you should have.  I just think it’s always good to come reassess where we’re at and I know we were all pretty pissed off at halftime.  It wasn’t the that way we … 25 plays on offense and terrible with time of possession and terrible on third down, just didn’t do anything to help our team win.  I thought we did a better job coming out there in the second half, aided by some turnovers by our defense, which our defense has just been playing incredible, which is what we’re going to need.  I’m glad we started to earn our paycheck there in the second half.  It was good to be able to do that, that was a good feeling.  We still left some opportunities out there.”

On the plays to Gronkowski:

“I wish I’d make the other throws look like that too.  He’s a big target and he makes it easy for me.  He’s just awesome.”

On the seventeen yard run and if he just didn’t slide because he didn’t want to:

“No, I could have slid.  [Laughs] But I wasn’t in the best of moods at that time.  I think if it was a bigger guy I would have thought really hard about sliding, but once I was in the secondary … things happen pretty quick for me out there, I’m not the fastest guy out there so things close down pretty quick.”

On if anyone on the sideline told him to slide next time:

“Probably tomorrow.  Yeah, probably tomorrow.  But it was a big third down and I think we, it was at that time of the game where we needed to make some big third downs and the guys gave me great protection.  They tried to … what they’ve done to us a few times is tried to rush three and double-cover some guys and I think I was pretty keyed in on that today and tried to take advantage of when they did it.  I thought we did a better job than we’ve done the last few times we’ve played them.”

On how big it was for the defense to come up big, get a couple of turnovers and turn the defense into offense for them:

“It was huge.  It was what really kept us in the game because we weren’t doing very much offensively.  They really did that last week too.  We’ve got a really good defense, so it’s good to see.  It’s good to see it.  There’s pressure to score each time we get the ball and that’s what we’re trying to do, but it’s also a good feeling knowing that if you have to punt,  you’ve got a defense that’s not going to give up points too easily.”

On his thoughts on winning the division so many times and if he thinks the fans have gotten a little spoiled:

“Well, I think it’s a … every year is a different year for us and every year we have a great opportunity to try to accomplish something.  It doesn’t start this morning, it started back in March.  There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it and I don’t think you ever take winning for granted, I certainly don’t because I know how hard it is to win.  I think we appreciate it.  I also know that we have big goals every year for our team.  This is the one that is the first one to get and it was great to be able to do it against a team that we lost to earlier in the year.  We had a great opportunity to go out there and play a lot better than we did the last time.  It’s great to win, it’s a great feeling.  That’s why we play and I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of an organization where that’s really what matters the most and to play with some really great players over the years.  I think that’s …winning and experiencing it with the players and coaches, Mr. Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and his family, it’s pretty awesome.”

Bill Belichick’s PostGame Press Conference Transcript

OPENING STATEMENT

“Well, it was, I think probably about the game we expected with the Jets. It’s always tough, a really grind it out game.  Obviously really happy for Chris [Jones] at the end after what happened last year.  I thought it was so fitting that he made that play.  So that was awesome.  It wasn’t our best.  It was good enough, but it wasn’t our best.  We’ve got to do a better job in all three phases of the game all the way around.  But I’ve got to give our team a lot of credit.   They’ve played four games in whatever it is, 17, 18 days, whatever it is, since that Kansas City game.  They’ve been tough, they’ve worked hard, they’ve really pushed themselves on the preparation.  Some guys banged up, guys having to step in and all that.  So I thought it was a real good team win for us.  Always good to win in the division, the kind of games that you’ve got to win during the year somewhere along the line.  Give the credit to the players, they made the plays when they had to make them.  I thought Danny [Amendola] really stepped up and gave us a lot of energy on the kickoff returns and obviously the touchdown catch was a great catch, so that was good too.  Hopefully we’ll get a little bit of a break here, a couple days to kind of catch our breath and then we’re right back at it.  So, good to win, we’ll enjoy it for a little while, not too long, and then turn the page and get on to Chicago.”

On if there was anything intricate done to block the field goal:

“No, there was a lot of technique.  No, those guys work hard out there, they work hard every week.  Guys you block against, they’re all different, the way they do it.  Depends on how they block and how you can attack them.  They do it differently every week depending on where we feel like we have the best chance.”

On the fact they ran with such ease and if he felt there was an adjustment period they’d have to get through without Jerod Mayo in there:

“Well, I mean, I think probably the bigger problem we had was third down.  We had our chances to get off the field on third down that would eliminate a lot of those plays.  You know, we’ve got to play the run better too…I mean, we didn’t make them punt until the 4th quarter, or whenever it was…it was late.  Luckily we played well in the red area, kept them out of the end zone and kept the points down.  But, didn’t do a good enough job in the running game, didn’t do a good enough job on our run forced, didn’t do a good enough job on third down, obviously.  We had some three and outs offensively that kept us from keeping the ball, keeping the momentum.  We just weren’t consistent enough in any phase of the game.  Didn’t cover kickoffs well, I mean, that play hurt us.  We had some breakdowns and we can’t afford them…can’t afford them.  But hey, give the Jets credit.  They played hard, they gave us a lot of problems too, so there’s always work to do.”

On the adjustments the receivers made, specifically Shane Vereen adjusting his route and the catch Danny Amendola made:

“Yeah, well Danny’s touchdown was, we had a double move outside, Tom [Brady] ended up scrambling, Danny adjusted it, Tom back-shouldered him, so that was kind of a scramble play which, that’s one of the first things we put in when we go to the red area offensively and defensively is to deal with the scramble passes, the extended plays.   Tom did a good job of buying time, put it where only Danny could get it, Danny made another great catch.  Shane [Vereen’s] play it looks like the corner just…we ran a double outside route, it looked like the corner sat on it, just dropped Shane like he was out to practice early.  I mean that really wasn’t a…it was good by Tom to see it, because Shane was kind of a clear out guy on that route, but Tom had time, he was able to scan downfield.  You don’t want to give him those kind of opportunities.  He’s not going to miss many of them.”

On the fact Amendola hasn’t gotten many touches and his use in the kicking game, if it’s affected him:

“Nobody works harder than Danny does.  Nobody works harder than Danny.  He’s working every day.  Offense, scout team, special teams, he always works hard.  He’s a really competitive kid…tough, no question about it.  I never saw that at all.”

On the thought of using Amendola in the kicking game:

“I think Pat [Chung]’s done a good job for us.  Pat’s playing a lot defense, playing a lot of plays in the kicking game.  You know, he’s the personal protector on the punt team with Nate [Solder] out, he’s played on the punt return, just to try to spread it out a little bit.  Danny’s worked back there all year and I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a little bit off Pat, but I’m not unhappy at all with what Pat’s been doing.  I think he’s done a good job, but again, just give Danny an opportunity to get some balls back there and also to kind of spread the load to everybody and, you know, one less thing that Chung’s got to really focus on because he’s got a lot of other stuff on his plate in terms of defense, punt, punt return,  nickel, dime, goal line, I mean there’s a lot of stuff there.”

 

Patriots vs Bengals: Tom Brady Post Game Press Conference Transcript

On what a difference a week makes:

“Yeah, it was a … we got off to a great start, so I think we talked about that all week.  It was a long week for every body so we wanted to start fast and we got ahead, we played from ahead for once, we ran the ball great, got some turnovers on defense, so it was a great win.”

On how much the fans picked him up when they started chanting “Brady, Brady”:

“It was awesome.  I mean, I’ve been here a while.  We have great fans, we get great support.  It’s great to play well and play in this environment.  I’m a very lucky guy.”

On the fact things seem to be settling down up front on the offensive line:

“Yeah, it’s always great to have, certainly the guys there who played their butts off tonight and a lot of guys played still, but I’ve got a lot of confidence in all those guys out there.  Whoever’s in there, they’re here for a reason.  They can play, they play well, and hopefully we can build on this.  It’s one game.  As disappointing as last monday night was, this one is great, we all feel great, but we’ve got to get back to work tomorrow because we’ve got a huge game this week against Buffalo.”

On the fact Gronkowksi was very emotional talking about Brady, saying, his job was to go out and help “Tom be Tom” and the fact guys rallied around him:

“And I rally around them.  I love that guy, everything he’s done for this team and the attitude that he brings, he’s a phenomenal player.  He’s been through a lot, you know?  Talk about mental toughness, nobody’s got more mental toughness than him.   It’s great to play with him, all the guys, Julian [Edelman] and guys that have been around here a little bit, the new guys, Danny [Amendola] and Brandon LaFell and Aaron Dobson made some plays and Tim Wright made some plays tonight, Hooman [Michael Hoomanawanui], [James] Develin got the ball, totally unselfish.  All the guys up front played great, it was just a great win for us.”

On the fact they normally ignore the noise but this week it seemed like more people heard it:

“Well, it’s hard to be oblivious to things.  I mean, we all have tv’s or the internet.  The questions I get and the emails I get from people that are always concerned, and I’m always emailing back like, “nobody died, it’s just a loss.”  I think we’ve always done a great job putting losses behind us quickly and trying to move forward.  It doesn’t always go right, you don’t go undefeated every year.  You’re trying to build something and we’re trying to build something that is going to be tough to compete with.  So when we play like we played tonight, still it wasn’t perfect, there’s still a lot of things that we can do better and we’re going to work at it and we always do that.  We come in and we talk about things we didn’t do well and we talk about things we did do well and things we need to build on.  Our coaches do a great job of that.  We’ve got a great group.”

On the stories that there was “tension” between he and the coaching staff:

“Well, I love all those guys, all my coaches and I’ve never had any tension with any of them, truthfully. You know, it’s unfortunate that some things get said and talked about, especially when they don’t come from me and I think  when you’re in the middle of, especially a real tough week for our team to deal with things that are really outside of football that are very personal and are very personal relationships I’ve built up for a long time.  I’ve got a lot of love and trust for everybody in this building because we all count on each other, we rely on eachother,   I think the great thing about this team is when we win, we always spread it around to every body and when we lose, we always take it to heart and I think that’s probably different than what human nature is.  I think a lot of times when you lose, people start pointing fingers and instead we tend to blame ourself, which is probably a great hing for us because we can learn from our mistakes, and then we move forward trying to be a better teammate, better player, and certainly controlling what you can do, which is go out there and play your best and a lot of guys did that tonight.”

On if emotion can play into a game:

“Yeah, absolutely.  It’s a game of emotion and you can’t come out there without being at your highest.  Coach talks about it all the time.  We play once a week.  So whatever you have to do get yourself ready for that one moment.  We work hard all year round for 16 games and I think being at your peak every week for game time is what’s most important.  The guys emotionally were … I know on the flight home last week guys were wishing that we could get right back out there and do it again because we knew that were certainly a lot better than the way we played.  We played a lot better tonight and we’re going to need to play a lot better next week.”

On his emotion on that first drive:

“Well, we were all ready.   I think we were all ready.  We were ready to go out there and play a great game of football.  I thought everyone had a great week and we talked a lot about the things we needed to do to get better and we did some great things, certainly.  Not turning the ball over is helpful.  There’s still a couple too many penalties which hurt us a little bit there and getting the ball in the red area when we have a chance is going to be really important.  But, like I said, it’s a great football team we play. They’re 3-0, they’re playing really well all year and we got ahead of them and we stayed ahead, and really kept the pressure on them.”

On how satisfying the game was:

“It’s certainly on Sunday night football and to come in there and play the way played was awesome.”

On the play of the tight ends:

“They all played great.  Certainly Gronk made some great catches and runs and I wish I had gotten the ball to him a few more times in positions where he could have done something with it, but he’s a great player and getting him involved and Tim [Wright] involved, Hooman does a great job in his role, so all those guys played their butts off.”

On what passing for 50,000 yards means to him and what the conversation was between he and Julian Edelman about how was going to spike the football:

“Yeah, I mean Jules and I are great friends, we always find something to goof around with.  I love that guy and he’s just a great person and friend.  Like I said, I’m a lucky guy.   50,000 yards, it means I’ve played in the best place in the league for a long time playing for the best owner and the best coach, and being the most prepared because our coaches get us that way every week and playing with the best group of guys that are really selfless.  We always talk about what Patriot football is and I think you saw it tonight.”

On if a win like tonight can right the ship completely:

“Well … we were in first place going into the night, so things weren’t all bad.”

On whether or not it can get them back playing consistently:

“I think every week in practice, we’re trying to do that and the team that we are today is going to be very different than the team we are in two and a half months. We’ve got to make the improvements. We’ve got to get better. Certainly all of us have to play better. But it was a great night tonight, tonight it was good enough. We’re all going to try to elevate our level of play and trust and confidence in one another to keep doing something that we want to achieve. We’ve got a great opportunity this weekend and all these games count for one whether it was, like I said, Monday night after we got our butts kicked, that counts for one loss. Tonight counts for one win and next week’s going to count for one, so they’re all important. We have to be at our best next week and getting off to a great start and having a great week is the best way that I know how to prepare to be ready to be at your peak. That’s what they guys are going to work hard to do.

On the fact he has a pretty good track record of keeping track of slights and when people doubt him:

“I do?”

Yeah:

“That might be unfair.”

On whether or not there was any impetus from people saying the team was done:

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our team. I think that’s a little … we try not to get caught up in that stuff and I think you just focus on the things you can control. To ride the ups and downs of, ‘You’re great. You suck. You’re great. You suck,’ it’s exhausting. It’s exhausting enough when you’re winning to have to deal with those things and when you lose, it sucks for everybody. We don’t play this game to go out there and not play well. Guys take it to heart. I think guys worked really hard this week to get prepared for tonight. Like I said, it was a great opportunity for us to come out and show what we’re made of.”

On if wanting to play better was more of a motivation than what anyone said about the team:

“Absolutely. You know, we get paid to play football. We get paid to play it well, actually. So, we should go out there and play really well. We work really hard all year round for these moments and what we experience in the locker room after that win, you can’t put a price tag on that.”

On the first drive and the later one where they came right back:

“Two drives stick out- the first drive and then the drive when they made it 20-10 and then you came right back and made it 27-10. Can you talk about what was happening in general on those drives that hasn’t been happening lately?”

“Josh [McDaniels] talks about it all the time – ‘Guys, there’s no special plays I can call. There are no magic plays that I’m just holding. You guys have to go out there and execute.’ We worked hard on that all week. Certainly that first drive and execution was really good. We threw the ball, we caught it, we ran with it. When we ran it, we ran great, we blocked great. I mean, all of us – that’s what offensive football is all about. Unless it’s just one great individual performance on a particular, unless 11 guys are on the same page, it’s not really a successful play. Both those drives we needed great execution. We played a defense that doesn’t give up and easy plays. They don’t give up any easy yards. The way we played tonight, we played physical, we played aggressive. We went out there and got started and we played from ahead, which we haven’t done much of this season. So playing from ahead, you’ve got the whole game plan. They can’t tee off you – they’re playing from behind, they’re trying to force plays. We’ve had to do that our fair share this year and that’s not really where you want be offensively, so we stayed aggressive and ended up winning by a great margin.”

On if he had a choice if he’d start with the football or defer:

“Well, we always defer when we win, so…”

On why that is:

“It’s just a coaching decision and that’s what happens. We used to not have a chance – whenever you flipped to coin before you could choose. Whoever won the toss got the ball. It’s great to start the game and go ahead, especially at home. You know, you get great momentum, the crowd is into it. We kept them in there all night with all the guys making great plays.”

On what he said on his scramble where he got in a confrontation:

“I don’t remember. Everything was pretty emotional at that point. Everyone was pumped up. There was a lot of going back and forth tonight – a lot of jawing back and forth. We got a couple penalties out of it unfortunately, but our guys played really hard. I think we were really into it.”

On if it’s better to see that type of emotion vs being flat:

“I think, like I said, it was an emotional game and these games need to be emotion. You need to be at your emotional peak and have the highest amount of focus and determination. I think that’s what you strive for every week. However you need to get to that point. That’s where we have to be. That’s where we have to be next week at one o’clock in Buffalo.”


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