Patriots locker room Q&A, 10/28

Posted on October 28, 2007 
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Here’s some uncut Q&A from the Patriots locker room after today’s win over the Redskins:

Richard Seymour, Defensive End
On his first game back from PUP…
I guess first I would like to say it’s definitely been a long road. It’s been a journey. This is something that I haven’t experienced in my career. I think every year is different. It presents different challenges and to say the least I think I definitely have to thank my wife for putting up with me the last weeks. I thank the training staff for preparing me to get back out on the field, my teammates and congratulate them, and the fans. Like I said, it’s been a long road but every year is different and I understand that. You just have to be able to play this game.

Rosevelt Colvin, Linebacker
On playing the Colts next week…
I’m personally going to be fired up. I’m fired up every week and try to have a great attitude and go out there and have some fun. Is there extra incentive because I’m from Indianapolis? No, but it will definitely be an opportunity to play in front of family and friends.

On if there is an extra incentive to win next week because of last year’s playoffs…
Last year was last year. We are a totally different team trying to get back to where we want to be. They are a totally different team and the best team in the league.

On the return of Richard Seymour and his performance today…
I don’t know because I really couldn’t pay attention to him. I was trying to get my job taken care of and hopefully he can continue to get better. I know he is working hard to get better himself. We will need all healthy bodies we can get to keep this thing rolling.

On the statement made to the Colts after this win…
I don’t know. You will have to ask them. We just try and go out and execute regardless of the situation and the team. The opportunities we have had this year we have and hopefully when we get another opportunity in Indianapolis next weekend we will again.

Heath Evans, Fullback
On today’s win…
It was a fun one. It was just another Patriot team win. It started this week with the coaching and we were able to execute what they put in effect. Then Tom Brady goes out there and does what he always does. Today was a patient game plan and we were going to take what they gave us. As an offense it was fun doing it.

On Maroney’s performance today…
He ran well and the film will tell us everything. He had some carries last week and it was fun to see him out there cause he is an exciting player. He caught the ball well and ran hard so I like having him back playing.

On Tom Brady running the ball…
Let’s just hope he always doesn’t do that. He did a great job tonight. His instincts and knowing what is around him and not to take a chance by throwing the ball in tight coverage, it’s just what he does. He performs week in and week out. I wouldn’t want to play for any other quarterback.

Asante Samuel, Defensive Back
On his interception…
Well, I was reading the quarterback and the receiver was doing a go-route and he threw it up and I went up at the highest point and got it.

On the coach saying that the defense needed to play harder and tackle harder and if they took it as a challenge this week…
Definitely. When the coach comes into the meeting and tells us we’re not doing something good and is mad, it makes you eat some humble pie. We take that to heart and go out and do those things to make us a better team.

On what they did to get them off the field as many times as they did today…
Being disciplined, we ran multiple coverages and just reading the quarterback, breaking on the ball and stopping the run.

On the Colts game and if he thinks that the game is on the secondary…
Yes, it is going to be a big part but it is total team defense. You know that Peyton [Manning] is going to test us a lot and that we will have to go out there with our “A” game and we will have to play a good game. Last year we didn’t stop them in the playoffs. We stopped them in the first half and then in the second half Peyton did a good job and lead his team to a victory. We will just have to play disciplined and play hard.

Ty Warren, Defensive end
On how it felt to have Richard Seymour back today…
It was good. I talked to him during the game and he was getting himself back into the grove. Richard is going to be a great help to us. He is ready and go out there full-time and do what he has to do, and when he does it is going to be something great.

On his two fumble recoveries…
I can’t remember when — I know I have had a lot of one-fumble recoveries but two – Wow, it was like I was out there Easter egg hunting or picking up a golden egg. You just have to continue to play and sometimes the ball might literally bounce in your direction.

Rodney Harrison, Safety
On the defense’s game plan heading into today’s game…
Particularly in the second half we weren’t really focused in Miami. So really the emphasis was coming out, starting fast, playing well, trying to create some turnovers and just trying to tackle better and be a second-half football team, which we struggled with in the past. I think we came out and did a good job of that.

On whether or not today’s win was the best all-around performance for the team this season…
I don’t know. I missed four games. I guess [it was]. The second half we played, we had a great fourth-down stop, made some turnovers, created some pressure. [Mike] Vrabel had a heck of a game, Rosey [Colvin] picked up a touchdown, so it was great.

On whether or not he was disappointed that the defense didn’t get the shutout…
I think any time you can leave a goose egg up there, you want to. But, heck, we shut down a group of talented guys. They only scored seven points against us and the defense played well today.

On whether the win sent a message to the Colts…
We weren’t thinking about the Colts. We were thinking about the Redskins. You have to play a 60-minute game. You have to continue to play for 60 minutes. You never know what’s going to happen. I think, more importantly for us, we improved in a lot of areas where we struggled in the past. That’s what we’re focused on. We’re not focused on what another team is going to do. We’re just focusing on the task at hand and making sure we get better for next week.

Kevin Faulk, Running Back
On the strong performance by all the running backs…
This game was an opportunity for the backs to just go out and perform. We just had to go out there and do our jobs.

On if the play of the backs showed another way the offense can put up points…
We don’t know. We just want to win games. We’re just trying to put our offense together and try to make it work.

On if today’s game was the Patriots’ best all-around performance of the season…
If you want to say that. I know there were some mistakes that we made and we just have to correct them.

On what next week’s game against the Colts mean, having two unbeaten teams play each other this late in the year…
That’s nothing we can control, having two unbeaten teams. We just know we have the Colts this week and we have to prepare for them. We’ll see them on Sunday.

On if he knew he became the Patriots’ sixth-leading receiver of all time…
Not at all, they just told me right after the game. It’s just a process. Going through what you go through to help the team win is just a process. When I’m done playing I’ll be able to celebrate, but right now there’s more work to do to try to help this team win.

Donte’ Stallworth, Wide Receiver
On whether next week’s game against the Colts feels like more than just a regular season game…
There isn’t anything that’s on the line other than the next opponent. I’m not going to downplay it. Obviously it’s going to be a big game and all that good stuff. It’s another good game against the defending world champs, so we have to make sure we bring our ‘A’ game. It’s going to be a good one.

On what the screen passes to him and the backs opens up for the offense…
It’s just a number of different things that we can do and I think that with all those calls that were making, we’re really trying to keep the defense on their toes. There’s a lot of different things that we can do and we have a lot of different options that we can go to. Guys usually perform and make do of their plays when they get them.

On whether the quarterbacks ran well…
Yeah, those guys look like running backs out there. It was good to see Tom [Brady] get in there and run, looking pretty good. And obviously [Matt] Cassel, he showed some guts by running it in there the way he did with that defense, because they were coming. We watched film all week on those guys. One thing that we preached all week was, “catch the ball, get up field, and don’t try to be the hero. Go down when you’re out-numbered.” Those guys, they play good defense.

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