On if this ever gets old:
"That was awesome...that was awesome. What a game. Just proud of the guys. Fought through a lot of adversity, a lot of mental toughness. We grinded it out, pretty sweet."
On if he ever feels like he's cutting it too close:
"I mean, we're not trying to give them those leads and certainly our execution wasn't great. But we came through when we needed to. We've been playing 60-minutes all year, we're 10-3, so it was a great win."
On his concern about Rob Gronkowski and the fact he took a vicious hit on the play:
"He did. I don't know what the circumstances are, but we're all there with him. We love him, he's a big part of this team, so we'll see where he's at."
On if this tempers the win at all with moving forward with the season:
"Yeah, I mean it hurts to see any of those guys go down. Certainly with Gronk, and we've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players, so we've just got to keep bouncing back. I always say, 'no one feels sorry for the Patriots.' I think we all feel sorry for Rob, but I don't think anyone feels sorry for the Patriots. But we're with him, we support him."
On if he has any thoughts on the hit and if there's anything he would say as a player that's been in the league:
"I mean, I've seen it all at this point. They make the rules, and you try to play within them. You can't hit in the head, so those guys, they're lowering their target area and it's unfortunate to see anyone get hurt. It's a physical game and you hate to see guys get hurt."
On what was going through his mind when they got the onside kick back:
"It was unbelievable. I came over to the sideline after we scored and Josh said, 'We're going for the middle bunt'. So I kind of stood up to get a good look, and he kicked a perfect ball. That was awesome. We work on that all the time, if it comes up once a year, great, and if it works, I mean it's incredible. We got the [pass interference] and then scored on the next play. That was incredible."
On the fact they still had to drive down the field and score again:
"Yeah, we did and we had a short field because they called the unnecessary roughness. So we were on the forty and then hit a play to Danny [Amnedola] and then got the [pass interference] on Josh where he beat the corner and then threw it in on the next play, so that was pretty awesome."
On if they ever surprise themselves with their ability to come back in these situations:
"Sure, and it didn't look good there at that point and they scored, and it didn't look good, but we just have to keep fighting. and sometimes you may come up short, but it's not going to be lack of effort or lack or toughness. We showed that we have some of that."
"Well, that was another wild one. Once again, have to give our team a lot of credit for the way they played, and the plays they made there at the end of the game. Some real good individual efforts, got a lot of, obviously, contributions from everybody. Huge kick by Steve [Gostkowski], and a couple big scores there offensively and we were able to keep them out of field goal range at the end. Cleveland played about like I thought they would. I mean, they're young, they're aggressive, they played hard, they played well. We certainly have a lot of room for improvement, a lot of things we've got to do better, but it's always good to come out with a win in spite of everything that happened. Rob [Gronkowski] was taken to the hospital for observation and evaluation on his injury, so that's all I have on that."
On what these unbelievable comebacks say about his team:
"I don't know. I mean each one has its own dynamics and own special circumstances, but we had to make just about every play that we made at the end today and fortunately we did. Usually when you put yourself in that kind of situation it doesn't always happen that way and if one little thing goes wrong, then it doesn't work out. Fortunately it did today."
On the type of onside kick they picked in that situation and what went into that decision:
"I'd rather not talk about the strategy of that. That stuff's going to come up again. We do what we think's best, let's put it that way."
On whether or not there's more disappointment to be in a situation like that to begin with or if there's elation that they won the game:
"No, we're excited to win, absolutely. We're excited to win. It's hard to win in this league and Cleveland's a good football team and they played well today. No, we're definitely excited to win. Yeah."
On if he had any issue with TJ Ward going low on Gronkowski in that situation:
"I think that's a question you should take up with the league Tom [Curran]."
On if he's ever had a feeling like this after a game like that, and how he even puts it into words:
"I mean I just tried. Sorry if it wasn't good enough for you. [Room Erupts in Laughter] I tried the best. We put ourselves in a bad situation, we were down by whatever it was, 12-points, went into our 2-minute drive, hit a couple plays, got the ball down the field. We had an extra timeout because we didn't stop them down there, they threw the two passes in those kind of 'run it' type of situations that were good calls by [Browns offensive coordinator] Norv [Turner] and well executed, obviously, by Cleveland. So we didn't get to use our final timeouts and fortunately had one left there. We tried to run the ball in and they stopped us. So we had an extra timeout to use there to give ourselves a little bit more time and then the onside kick, and trying to get the ball down the field again. We're just playing them one play at a time. That's all you can do. You're down by two scores, all you can you is score once, and then get the ball back and then score again. I mean, you can't score 14-points in one play. It's a sequence and series of plays. I don't know how else to put it. I'll find something more eloquent to do that."
On the contributions by the running backs today:
"We got contributions from all of them like we usually do. I've got a lot of confidence in all those guys. They all do a good job. We ran with the ball, we caught it, made some big plays in different ways coming out of the backfield, checkdowns, runs, getting it in the end zone, so those guys did a good job. I mean obviously we have to play with more consistency. We had our moments, and then we had a lot of moments that weren't very good too. But we had some production."
On if from where he was standing if he saw a problem with the hit on Gronkowski:
"That's not for me to judge."
On if the victory is tempered at all because of his injury:
"Anytime a player gets hurt, you never like to see that. But I don't even know what the extent of his injury is yet so I don't want to jump to conclusions on that."
On what this game says about Tom Brady:
"Obviously we've seen Tom do this many times before, so I think it's probably all been said before. But he did it again, that's what it says. He did it again. Him and a lot of the other guys, he had a lot of help out there."
On with all the injuries if he's ever been in a situation where it's been this bad:
On the "next man up" with all these injuries, and the fact this is really stretching it:
"You just take them one play at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time. Whatever it is, we'll deal with whatever we have to deal with."
On the play buy Matthew Mulligan when he tried to jump over the defender, if that's something he's coached:
"Just being aggressive, trying to make a play. A lot of times when you see a big guy like that running with the ball, those guys will come in and try to tackle low. I mean certainly Cleveland's defensive backs do a lot of that, so he was trying to hurdle the guy he probably thought was going to go low."
On how Shane Vereen has evolved positionally:
"Shane, the more opportunity he's gotten, the more he's been able to do for us. His rookie year in the Kansas City game, in the limited chances he had that year he was productive. Last year we had some depth in our backfield and when he got an opportunity to play, he did a good job. He obviously had a good game against Buffalo and then missed the next eight weeks. So when he's been in there, he's been pretty productive for us. It's just there have been times and reasons over the course of his career, for one reason or another, where his opportunities have been somewhat limited. But when he's been in there...and our other backs have done well too. It's not like they haven't been productive. They've all taken advantage of their opportunities, they all deserve to play, and they've all done well for us."
On the fact his team plays well with the game on the line, and how he's able to keep his team and have them not panic when there's a sense of urgency down the stretch:
"Well, I mean we practice all these situations. So I think it's just the recognition of,'This is what the situation is that we've practiced, this is what we need to do in this situation, we have to try and go out there and try and execute it'. I think that's really the short end of it. You never know what's going to come up, you don't know what situations are going to happen in a game, you just have to take them as they come and as they come then you have plays, or you have calls or you have things that you've prepared for in those situations and you just have to recognize that, 'This is it, and this is what we need to do'. I think that really is the entire team, that's not one guy. I mean one guy can't tell ten other guys what to do on every play. As a team we have to recognize that, 'This is the situation, this is the play, this is what we're looking for, this is what we're going to try and do'. Again, overall our team has done a reasonably good job of that this year, particularly today. I mean that's about as hard as it gets today with being down by two scores with two minutes and, I don't know, twenty seconds or whatever it was left in the game, something like that. We dug ourselves in a big hole but they made the plays they needed to make to get out of it. So you have to give them credit for that. But that's what we practice for. Probably think we should practice the other stuff and avoid those situations, right? Do a better job of that? [Smiles]."
On the resolve of he and his football team and their ability to get the job done when it seems the chips are stacked against them:
"We've got some of that. I wish we could start fast and put the foot on the gas pedal the whole way, but we just got behind a little bit and played a lot better in the second half. Still have plenty of chances to convert even more, and we've got to figure out a way to keep moving the ball, getting the ball in the end zone. But a lot of guys made some really big plays. James Develin and Jules [Julian Edelman], I mean everyone contributed. Steve [Gostkowski] made some great kicks."
On what it says about Develin, who hasn't had a lot of reps and despite all the different alignments he didn't have to correct where he was lining up:
"Yeah, he knows right where to go. He knows his job, his responsibility. He gets lined up and they were matching us with some different personnel groupings. Whatever we've asked of him, for example, he's done a great job of coming in understanding what to do and doing a great job of it."
On if he saw anything differently in the first half compared to the second:
"I'll watch the tape and figure it out, but I mean it's just...whatever we're doing's not good enough and we can't keep getting behind because you've got to play too well in the second half to overcome. Turnovers...those never help. We did a good job with penalties today, I mean we didn't get sacked. One of the best fronts in football and to not get sacked, they can really rush the quarterback. We had some good match-ups. We made a lot of plays, we probably had more opportunities to make plays. They're pretty good in the secondary. Those guys played really hard. It's a good defense. They're the number one rated pass defense in the league. Now we have to play our best."
On if after seeing the way they played in the second half if he's starting to see what kind of team he has:
"Yeah, I mean we figured it out a little bit last week too. But it was good to get a win on the road. We talked about that because we've lost the last three on the road. Our communication needs to be better, in and out of the huddle. Our execution on critical third downs is important. Really making some clutch plays like we did on defense, that last stop they made, really saved the game for us."
On his running backs stepping up for them:
"LeGarrette [Blount] ran really hard. Shane [Vereen]'s doing a great job for us coming back off being out for a while. And then Brandon [Bolden] got a lot of touches too so all those guys contributed. We're going to need them all. That's one of the strengths of our team. They all can run, they run hard, they usually find the hole, and if we've got good numbers, we usually gain pretty good yards."
On if it makes him feel good that they can dial things up on offense when the game is on the line:
"Yeah, and I think our coaches do a great job of getting to the adjustments that we need to make because you go through the first half and you don't produce much at all, and then the coaches come in at half time and they say, 'OK, well these are the things that we're going to have to do to move the ball. We started with a great drive there to start the third quarter and then scored again, and then scored again, and then scored again, and it was just, it was really a great way for us to play offense."
On Rob Gronkowski getting open and being able to take advantage of those routes:
"Yeah, he made some good plays. The touchdown was a great play, it was kind of an adjustment. He was covered early and then wheeled out of the route and made a great catch. And then the catch in the third quarter to drag those guys down the field was awesome too. He made a great play on a catch and run there. Whenever he gets going, the rest of us get going. I hope he realizes the importance for him to be able to play that kind of style for us. It really helps everyone out."
On if he's concerned that wins like this can mask deficiencies that can kill a team in the playoffs:
"Yeah, I mean, there's going to be one team that's happy at the end of the year, that's just the way it is. I mean, we're trying to do our best, trying to go out there and execute the game plan. Certainly it's not always perfect. But every team has talent, it's tough to win on the road, and especially getting behind 17-7, you pump a lot of life into them there. It ended up being a dogfight for us, but we found a way to pull it out and I think that's the most important thing is no matter what the situation, if you're ahead late, if you're behind late, you've got to figure out a way to win it at the end."
"It went right down to the wire. They're solid in all three phases of the game. Just came down to a couple plays and once again, I'm proud of our guys for making the plays they needed to make. We got good contributions from all three units. Obviously the offense put a lot of points on the board and that was important. We got the stops that we needed at the end defensively and a couple big kicks from Steve [Gostkowski], Ryan [Allen], and those units the punt unit, the field goal unit, coming through in key situations there so that we could execute those plays. Again, certainly a lot of things we need to work on, need to do better. But overall, proud of the team for the way they hung in there and made the plays they needed to make at the end. Hopefully we can just build on that, do a better job earlier in the game...just keep digging ourselves in a hole here. We've got to try to do a better job here when we get started instead of leaving it all in the second half. But it was a good offensive performance against a good defense to put up, whatever it was, 27 points in the second half."
On if he can put his finger on what happened in the first half:
"Yeah, we're not playing well enough. We're not coaching well enough. We're not playing well enough. Yeah, that's...sure - we're not doing a good enough job, in any area. From opening kickoff, from the defense, to the offense, you know, just, I mean, none of it's good enough. Got to do a better job of coaching, got to do a better job of preparing, got to do a better job of executing."
On how much of it is halftime adjustments and how much of it is just execution?
"I don't know...I don't know."
On if he made any significant adjustments at halftime:
"Yeah, we always make adjustments. Sure, every game. We always make adjustments. Sure. You prepare for a game, and then you see how it unfolds and then you make adjustments during the game, make adjustments after the first series."
On the special teams units with Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen and the field goals made and the fact they weren't easy kicks:
"No, they sure weren't. Yeah, and the first one was what, 56, 57 whatever it was. That was a good operation by those guys. They've been consistent all year and our field goal team has been consistent protection-wise. They've done a good job. Haven't had a lot of close calls on the rushes. But they're timing and execution was on, and it needed to be because those were, like you said, those were hard kicks."
On the fact he showed confidence in Gostkowski by letting him attempt those kicks:
"Yeah, well, we have confidence in Steve, we have confidence in that whole unit. We tried one in the first half from 50, whatever it was, 57, 58. That was probably a bad decision on my part, we would have been better off punting that ball. Just on the distance, it was a tough kick. But he hit it good, he gave it a shot, but we have confidence when we send him out there and he's come through, really all year for us."
On his thoughts on Keenum:
"They played well. They were well balanced. They ran the ball, they threw it. He's an athletic guy back there, made some good throws. Scored 31 points, I mean they obviously gave us trouble, in the red area especially. Knocked all those in for touchdowns, except for one. But they did a good job. They did a good job running the ball, did a good job throwing it."
On if the Texans played that much better after how they played against Jacksonville:
"They're a good football team. I don't care what their record is. They've got good players, they're well-coached, they've got a good football team. I've said that all week. It's basically the same team we saw last year. They had a great record last year. They've added some guys, obviously like Hopkins, Swearinger, the inside linebackers and all that. But they've got a good football team. They've been in...I mean every game's been close. The last six, seven games have all come down, kind of like this one did, right to the end."
On the reason why Stevan Ridley was inactive:
"Was there any reason why? Because there was 46 other players active ahead of him."
On how much of a concern it's been that they've been behind at the half by double digits in several of them:
"Yeah, that's not the way we want to play. Hopefully I can find a way to coach better than what I've done and see if we can find a way to get ahead."
On the fact they've scored a lot of points in the 3rd quarter in recent weeks and if it's adjusments, Tom Bady feeling more comfortable after halftime, or what he attributes it to:
"Just doing a better job. I mean, we haven't like, re-invented the game. We've just basically done the same thing in the second half we've done in the first half, we've just done it better. We had some good match-ups in the second half that Josh [McDaniels] did a good job of matching our personnel groups and formations up. We had some good match-ups and Tom and our receivers were able to take advantage of them and we were able to keep them honest somewhat with the running game. Those guys did a good job, I mean, again, that's a good defensive unit. Real good."
On if he's starting to feel the impact of Rob Gronkowski with the offense:
"When we get a good match-up with him, then Tom has a lot of confidence in going to him. If it's not, then we go to other guys. We've been having good production from everybody offensively. Our receivers, our tight ends, and our backs, we've got to continue to do that."
On ending their road losing streak and how big a plus it is:
"It's a big plus. It's a big plus. We've got to find a way to win on the road. Fortunately this week, we did it. The last three, we were kind of in a similar situation to this and didn't do it. Like I said, we got a couple big stops defensively, got a couple of big drives offensively when we needed them at the end, and we got a couple big kicks. Those were good."
Particularly with a veteran quarterback, why he thinks they've struggled on the road:
"I don't know."
On if there was any thought about going for it on 4th-and-2, or if they just had that much confidence in their kicker:
"Yeah, I mean, those points gave us the lead. I don't think you want to pass up an opportunity to take a lead in a tie game like that and Steve made it look like a good decision."
On James Develin carrying the football:
"Yeah, ran hard. James is a tough kid. He's been dependable for us all year in the roles that we've asked him to perform. I mean, obviously he's not out there on every play, but whether it's been in the kicking game or offensively, he does a lot of the dirty work blocking, has some tough blocks, tough assignments, he gets his hands dirty, but he does a good job with that. He's a tough, competitive guy that's got good playing strength, and he's not afraid to stick his nose in there. You need a few guys like that."
On if there's any concern about giving up [inaudible - sounded like rushing yards]:
"I don't think we played the way we needed to play in any area of the team. There's plenty of room for improvement, no doubt about that. From kickoff coverage, to defensively giving up long drives, not playing well in the red area, offensively not being able to do much in the first half. Just plenty of things we need to work on. We'll go back to work on those this week."
On what he thought of the way Keenum played today:
"I thought their whole team played well. He was very competitive, made some good throws, was elusive in the pocket, we had trouble getting to him a few times, managed the game well. I thought he did a good job. I mean, the interception was on a...he got hit as he threw it, right? It wasn't an inaccurate throw, he just got hit. As he's usually done since he's been in there he hasn't given the defense many opportunities to get their hands on the ball and he's managed the team well. They've got some good receivers. Hopkins, obviously Johnson, Martin, it's a good group."
"So this is what Belichick feels like I guess."
On what this says about the mental toughness his team has coming into the second half down 24-0:
"I mean, coach preaches to be a tough smart football team, and we weren't playing like that in the first half. We went in there and we basically said, 'Let's just start over and play each play and play for the next play and not try and win it all on one play. We went out there, made some plays, and we did that. We've done it a few times, we've executed situations like that and it was good to come off a short week and be able to go out there and get a win."
On his responsibilities as a punt returner in the situation Welker was in to get everyone's attention and get them away from the football:
"You know, Scotty [O'Brien], our special teams coordinator, usually puts us in the right position. We'll have a scouting report on where he's going to kick it, and as a returner, we always try to get the ball, and if you can't, you've got to yell a 'Peter' call and make sure your guys aren't there. I didn't see the play, so I can't comment on it."
On if that was crazy a turnaround as he's been a part of:
"I've been in some crazy turnarounds. I don't know. It's the most recent one. But like I said, it was good to show mental toughness as a team. We've had to come back and drive the ball in crucial situations a few times this year and we've executed it pretty well. Even in the loss against the Panthers. I mean, you could take away from that that we had a minute and we went down the field and we were able to still have a chance to win the game, and that's what you want to do is have a chance to win the game, and we did that, and we were able to execute it out this time."
On after his two touchdown performance and his returns if he walked off the field feeling like he had a good night:
"Well, I fumbled a punt, after I muffed one, so that's not that good. But I haven't even thought about it. Today, my number was called a few times and I was able to have a couple of opportunities and I just try to take advantage of them. A couple games back it was KT [Kenbrell Thompkins], AD [Aaron Dobson], Danny [Amendola], I mean, that's our job. Our job is to go out there, get open and catch the football and I was able to do that a few times."
On how big a factor the wind was for them:
"It was a pretty decent effect, in the kicking game more so than the passing game. But both sides had to deal with it. We muffed one so...I'll probably get yelled at for that one, so we'll see."
On the fact they said one play at a time but to get the first one was huge:
"We've gone out and we've practiced a bunch in opening the third quarter up. We've kind of struggled with that in the past few games, a couple games back. Coaches created the situation in practice where we simulate coming off halftime and doing the third quarter stuff and I think it's been really working and that's what we did. You looked at everyone in the huddle and everyone was all business because we knew we just turned the ball over too many times in the first half and we were able to not turn the ball over and get a couple, and defense did their job, we did our job, we were able to play complimentary football, handle the punts, and the kickoffs, and it was a good team comeback victory."
On how they're able to simulate those situations in practice:
"You'll have to ask coach on that. I don't want to get in trouble."
On how they were able to make the switch in the second half down 24-0:
"Well, I talk about it all the time so you're bored of hearing it, but our execution was a lot better and we didn't give ourselves a chance in the first half with the turnovers. They got a big lead, we found ways to just put one play after the next one, and the next one, and the next one, and ended up scoring some points. We got the lead, and then we didn't do much after that until the defense really bailed us out. It was a good team win, that's a real good football team, and I'm glad we got the win."
On the play of Julian Edelman:
"He's been so dependable and consistent all year for our team. He's been the one veteran player on offense that's been in there who's been in around. He always does a great job. He's tough, he's smart, he's disciplined. It's fun to see him do well, because he deserves it."
On what it says about his team's mental toughness to be able to fight back tonight:
"Well, that's what it's all about. You've got to put a lot of the stuff aside, you've got to forget about what happened in the first half because it was a terrible half of football. I mean, I don't even know what you coach at that point. So we came in and we talked about some of the things they were doing and then what we needed to do, which we needed to put together some good plays which would make a good drive, and then if that happened to be a few good drives, then we'd be back in the game, which ended up happening. We found a way to get back in it and then took the lead, had some chances where we could have had a bigger lead, but we'll learn from those things and try to get better."
On the touchdown to Gronkowski and his reaction on the play:
"I get pretty excited. He's been close a few times and he's gotten in a few times, so I was pretty pumped up. I'm always pretty pumped up after we score. It's nice to celebrate. Usually I'm pretty grumpy to be around so that's about the only time I get really excited is after we score a touchdown."
On the play of Kenrell Thompkins:
"He made some big plays for us. He made some big plays last week and when he gets an opportunity, he takes advantage of it. That's the great part about him, he's a real fighter. He's a tough kid, he wants to do what's best for the team, he's got a great attitude, and I love being his teammate. Hopefully he keeps making more of them."
On if they're starting to get an identity:
"Yeah, it's a little bit better on a night like tonight where the weather conditions are a factor. You've got to figure a way to do different things, and they try to stop those things, and then you've got to figure out something else to do. We've been a little bit more consistent on offense, we need to keep being that way, keep really leading the charge and it was a good win."
On the fact he had better protection in the second half and how much that helped him:
"That definitely helped. I thought the offensive line played really hard. That's a good pass rushing group, Von Miller's one of the best in the league and Shawn Phillips is a really great player so they had some inside guys that put some pressure on us early and we found a way really get the tempo of the game and then settle into our protections for what was working and we did a better job of handling them there in the second half.
"Well that was a heck of an effort by our players. I'm really proud of the way they fought back...you spot a team like Denver 24 points... Just took it one play at a time, kept fighting all the way through. We say play 60-minutes, it took a lot more than that tonight. But really proud of the way they played, the way they hung in there. It certainly wasn't a very good first half in any area. We just stuck it out and in the end, kept making some plays. Had several plays in the kicking game, got a couple turnovers there in the second half after giving them up in the first half and those were big for us. But kicking game was good, our coverage was good, that was a great punt by Ryan [Allen] there at the end getting up there high and making it a tough play. We were able to take advantage of it and Steve [Gostkowksi] knocked it through. We had a lot of guys who are heroes tonight. It's a great night to be a part of recognizing the military and Veteran's Day, and just the whole, what we've gone through in the last few weeks relative to the league recognizing all those things. President Kennedy's 50th anniversary assassination the other day and all that. Good to be a part of all that, good to be on the winning end of it and now we'll turn the page and head to Houston. But we'll enjoy this one for a little while, a couple hours anyway."
On his thought process on taking the wind in overtime:
"It was a strong wind. We just had to keep them out of the end zone, obviously and I just felt like the wind would be an advantage if we could keep them out of the end zone on that first drive, we were able to do that. The wind was significant in the game. It was definitely significant."
On what Julian Edelman brought tonight with his two touchdowns:
"Julian did a great job. First of all, he did a good job of handling the ball, especially in the 3rd and 4th quarter there. He made a couple of good runs with the ball in his hands, also got open, caught the ball. The under route he got there gave us the field position in the overtime, it was a big play. I mean, look, we had a lot of guys step up. You could rattle off 35-40 guys here and we'd be talking about every one of them. Julian's a tough competitor, all those guys are."
On his thoughts on the coaching staff's forecast in terms of what Denver might do and how his team needed to approach the second half:
"How the game would change? I mean I don't know why Denver would do anything different. They were up 24-0, we didn't expect them to do much different."
On the fact Denver did a little turtle action, which didn't really help them:
"That's what they did the first half, they ran the ball in the first half. I would have done the same thing they did. They ran the same plays that they hurt us with in the second half in the first half."
On the fact they got a touchdown off the fumble return...
"I understand that. But I mean they ran the ball...I don't know, maybe we're seeing different games there Tom [Curran]. I think they hurt us with the running game in the first half and they continued to run the ball. They had success with it all night. What did they end up with?"
220-yards for Moreno:
"So it didn't surprise me that they kept doing what they were doing. You have a 24-0 lead, you don't go in there at halftime and say, 'Let's change what we're doing." They didn't, fortunately we made some plays, we finished our drives, got the ball in the end zone. We turned it over a couple times, and we were able to get back in the game and make it a one score game there in the 4th quarter when we had the wind. So that was key for us to be able get back and make it a game in the 3rd quarter. The turnovers obviously helped, and finishing in the red zone helped."
On if he could feel the momentum shift and what made them click so well in the second half:
"Well, I thought we were moving the ball pretty well in the first half. But we turned it over, we couldn't finish the drives and they ended up not only with the ball, but one time they ended up with the touchdown. So you can't move the ball when you're losing it and we've got to hang on to it. Once we started doing that and converting a few third downs...we had some big plays in the red area. I mean, this is a big red area game. We were able to get the ball in and not get held to field goals. So that was huge for us, four touchdowns."
On if he was surprised that the Broncos ran the ball so much given their passing:
"Well, they have a good running game too. I've been saying all week they're a well balanced offense, I don't know anybody else that wouldn't see that. It's hard to stop everything with those guys, they've got a lot of good players."
On what he liked about the way the defense played in the second half:
"Well, I thought we hung in there. We made some plays in the passing game, we played better on 3rd down. I thought our guys competed well, and they're a tough offense to play against. I mean, look, it's hard to hold them down yardage-wise, hold them down point-wise, but I thought we hung in there and battled and I thought our corners, they deserve a ton of credit. [Aqib] Talib, [Kyle] Arrington, Alfonzo [Dennard], they're all...I mean nobody's 100% in that locker room, but they're all banged up, they fought through it, just want to go out there and compete. Devin [McCourty], Duron [Harmon], then we have Marquice [Cole] at the end jump in there, Logan Ryan, those guys, they just went up there and competed against a great group of receivers. They made some plays, but we made some too."
On his decision if he had gone back and looked at other overtime games in the new system if that's what made him feel it made sense:
"No. Nope. That was it. If it hadn't been a strong wind, we would have taken the ball."
On Brandon Bolden's performance:
"He stepped in, he gave us some quality plays. He ran hard, broke some tackles. He's a good back, all our backs have been productive for us."
[This Question Was Asked by Roosevelt Colvin] Fans want to know, who's the best linebacker you've ever coached out of the city of Indianapolis Indiana:
"[Laughs] Roosevelt Colvin."
On if he was given any explanation by the officials on the last play of the game:
"I didn't say anything. I didn't really see the play either so I don't know whether it was a good call or a bad call. We had plenty of chances, we won't make any excuses. We could have done a better job tonight. When you play good teams on the road you've got to play good for 60 minutes and we didn't. W e played O.K., shot ourselves in the foot too many times. Disappointed to lose, but we've got another big one coming up this week."
On if he realized right away that the flag was thrown, and if when he went up to the official, the official said nothing:
"I don't make the calls or the rules. I mean, I know...like I said, I didn't see it so... I wish it wouldn't have come down to that. I mean, I think there was plenty of plays we could have made. But it did, and they're going to make the call or they're not make the call. But we can play better than that."
On the 3rd and one play where he threw it out of the endzone, and if there was anything he wished he could have done differently:
"I wish we would have converted it. We didn't execute great. We had an opportunity. But that was a big play in the game and we didn't come up with it. There were a few of those where if we make the play, it puts a lot more pressure on them. But that was one of the critical ones and third and ones, you've got to make, especially on the road. We lost some close ones on the road, three of them, all pretty close games. So we've got to find a way to win them."
On if he felt that last pass to Gronkowski was catchable:
"I mean, he was kind of weaving in and out of there and I just didn't really want to throw it over his head and out of bounds so I was a little indecisive. It wasn't a great throw. No excuses, it should have been a better throw."
On the fact they settled for field goals instead of touchdowns in the red zone:
"Especially against a good defensive team. We knew they were pretty good statistically in a lot of the categories. We had opportunities to get down there, we moved the ball pretty well. We just couldn't punch it in and get enough points. We had plenty of chances, we just didn't get it done."
On the amount of pressure their front seven got on him:
"Well, they got a couple sacks and then really nothing until the last drive where they had a little pressure. But it's a passing situation, so ... they've got a good front, they get after the quarterback. We had plenty of chances. We didn't play our best. They played better than we did. They made a few more plays and that's just the way it goes sometimes."
Here's what Bill Belichick had to say following the Patriots loss to Carolina:
"Well it was obviously a tough game, came down to a few plays here and they made a couple more than we did. We had our chances, we've just got to do a better job, came up a little bit short today. Just have to go back to work and do a little bit better job."
On what he saw on the final play of the game:
"I saw the same thing you saw."
On if playing from behind hurt them tonight:
"No, we just didn't make enough plays. They made a couple more than we did. Game came down right to the wire on both ends of the field and we just couldn't make enough plays."
On the fact he said earlier this would be a low possession game and if there was any urgency on the sideline about having to take advantage of each one:
"That's what we always try to do. We always try to make the most of every possession."
On if he had to tell Aqib Talib to settle down earlier in the game after his altercation with Steven Smith:
"You know, it was two competitive guys, two good football players. Guys were both competing."
On the fact they played a team with a lot to prove in a pretty good atmosphere:
"So what's the question?"
On how he feels about his team's performance overall:
"That we came up short. It wasn't good enough. We just came up short. We have to do a better job. We just didn't make enough plays."
On if he got a sense of what the flag was for on the final play:
On if he had any idea of what the flag was for:
"There was no explanation given to me."
"No. The officials ran off the field, and I didn't see anything. I've gone through that before. The last time I tried asking an official a question about a call, that was the wrong thing to do. So I have no idea."
On if he thinks he's owed an explanation on what it was for:
"Like I've said, we've been down that road before. Didn't get one tonight, didn't get one at the Baltimore game. Guess that's the way we do it."
On the fact they ran the ball a lot to start the second half and if that was an adjustment that was made at half time:
"I thought we ran it O.K. in the first half. Thought we had decent production in the first half running the ball too. I don't know, what did we run for in the first half? Anyone have a stat? I mean, seemed like we had, I don't know, 80, 90 yards in the first half? What did we end up running for, 160? I don't know."
On the fact they had 47 yards rushing at the half:
"We had 47 yards rushing? And what did we end up with?"
"I mean, I thought we were balanced. We got sacked out of field goal range, we fumbled, and we got a personal foul penalty. So those hurt our three drives in the first half."
On if he got any official notification on the flag in the endzone being picked up:
"I saw what you saw Tom [Curran]."
On if he thought it was uncatchable, or anything like that:
"I can't answer that question."
On if he's curious and if he'll follow up with the league:
"Sure. It was the last play of the game, I don't know what happened. There was a flag thrown, and then the game was over. I don't know."
On the return of Shane Vereen:
"He was in in some passing groupings. Thought he did some good things. Obviously missed some time and there's some things he's got to work on. We weren't as consistent as we needed to be in the game, overall, in any phase. But it was good to have him back."
On the absence of Ridley:
"What about him?"
On why Ridley didn't carry the ball after the fumble until later in the game:
"Because all three of our backs contributed. We got production from all three of our backs."
(Someone coming in late) On if he got an explanation from the officials after the game:
"Yeah, that's the fourth time on that."
On how big an issue Carolina's speed was:
"I don't know. I mean every team in the league has fast receivers. They have good receivers. We're going to see good receivers next week, we saw good receivers last week against Pittsburgh. I mean, there's good receivers every week."
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