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Patriots - Press Conferences Archives for 2013-10

Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference Transcript


Here's what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to say following the Patriots overtime loss to the Jets:

On their issues on 3rd down:

"We haven't been good on third down all year and I think obviously that's a big problem.  You can't stay on the field and help our defense out.   We have to be better in all areas, certainly we have to be better on third down and in the red area.  But there's no excuses.  We just didn't play well.  I've got to do a better job out there, and that's what I need to do."

On if he saw anything different about the way they attacked him in the second half:

"No, I mean they're a good defense.  They're a good defense, they put pressure on you in all areas.  We didn't do anything offensively to slow them down at all.  It started off poorly.  We had a great opportunity to take control of the game, we didn't.  Fought our way back, had plenty of chances, we just didn't get it done."

On his thoughts on Rob Gronkowski in his first game back:

"I mean he played his butt off.  All the guys played hard and there was a lot of effort.  We played hard, we played for as long as we could, we just didn't make enough plays.   This team, this defense, is a good defense and they're well coached.  There's no easy plays out there, you've got to earn them, and we just didn't do enough to earn them today."

On if the frustrating part was the fact they were so close on so many plays:

"Yeah, we're close, and we're close a lot.  We've just got to start making them.  From all of us, the balls have to be better thrown, everyone has to look at themselves and do a better job because what we're doing right now isn't good enough.  You come out of a day like this where we're, you know, one conversion on third down and we have to do a better job all the way around.  Everybody on offense has to look at what they need to do better job and certainly make it a point of emphasis.  It's got to be a strength for us going forward.  It can't be, you know, 1-of-12.  We're not going to win many football games being 1-of-12."

On the fact they've struggled in the 3rd quarter this season and what he can point to for that:

"I think it's really poor execution.  Like I said, we had a great opportunity to take control of the game and we didn't.   We fought hard, we just didn't do what it takes to beat a good defense."

On what happened on the interception:

"Gronk had a crossing route, he flashed open, I threw it, and the guy made a good play and that's a ball I shouldn't throw.   You can't do that, throw interceptions for touchdowns.  That's one way to get you beat."

On if it's fair to say the guy made a great play:

"He made a good play.  I mean he undercuts inside routes and Gronk was running across the field and I'm sure they were coached that way, and he made the play. That's what it takes, takes good plays and he made it.  We had some opportunities where we have chances to make plays, and we've got guys that we've got throw it, we've got to catch it, we've got to run with it, and that's what our job on offense is to do and the only way score points is to do it consistently.  But we're just not doing it consistently enough to march the ball down the field and put it in the end zone."

On his thoughts on the penalty:

"I don't know.  I didn't really see it.  I don't know what the call is.  I don't even know what they called, I just saw the flags."

On what he feels it says about Chris Jones for sitting there and answering the questions (in the locker room):

"He's playing hard.  That whole defense has really rallied.  They lost some veteran leadership but they come in here and they fight.  They were on the field a lot early on and made some plays there for us, made some plays for the team.  All those guys.  The young guys who have been in there, Chris, Joe [Vellano], Logan [Ryan] made some plays, Michael Buchanan's making plays, so I think offensively we need to do a better job of helping the defense out.  We've got to convert more on third down, we've got to take advantage of the opportunities that we have and we're plenty capable, it's not that we don't do it, we just don't do it on a consistent basis.  I mean, it's a team sport, and as a team we're just not there yet.  We've got a lot of football to play, hopefully we can correct it."

On the last drive of regulation and if he felt rust had to do with why Gronkowski didn't catch it:

"No, he ran a great route and we gave him an opportunity and he probably makes that 99 out of 100 but it was just one of those days where it didn't happen for us.  We still had plenty of other opportunities after that. It really shouldn't have come down to that play if we had been executing better over the course of the day.  But they put pressure on you, the coverage is going to be tight, and they're going to be tight throws, we've got to throw, we've got to make the plays when we're there."

On if he saw things open up with Gronkowski out there:

"Oh, of course.  I mean, he's one of the best players in the NFL   You saw what he does today.  It's his first game back, and all of us have to do a  better job.  No one's obviously doing it perfect out there, there's a lot of room for improvement.  We've got to get back to work.  We've got a tough division opponent coming in that's playing well and we've got to try to go beat them."

On if he's surprised on the fact they're not executing well:

"You know, we're working hard in practice and we're trying to get the job done.  It's just for one reason or another, we're not quite there yet.  We're not clicking how we need to on third down, in the red area, and we've been inconsistent certainly in the passing game and we've got to try and figure out how to get better and work hard at it so we can get better."

Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference Transcript


Here's what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had to say following their overtime loss to the Jets:

OPENING STATEMENT:

"All right, well, obviously a disappointing loss for us today.  I just didn't feel like we did anything well enough, the way we needed to do it.  Coaching, playing, offense, defense, special teams, you name it.  We just made too many mistakes.  We just didn't play and coach well enough today.  Just got to do a better job.  I know we're better than that, but we weren't today."

On his thoughts on the field goal penalty and how it was explained to him:

"They called us for pushing."

On if he was told if it was during or before:

"Before.  It was on the field goal for pushing."

On if he felt it was a legitimate call:

"We weren't on the second level when we pushed him, no."

On their struggles on third down today:

"We didn't perform well enough.  Like I said we've got to coach better, we've got to play better.  We've just got to do a better job. We just weren't consistent.'

On what he thought of Gronkowski in his first game back:

"I don't know, I'll have to look at the film."

On what the basis was for that penalty call:

"You can't push from the second level.  I didn't think we did that."

On the fact this seems to be the first time it's been called and if it makes it more bothersome:

"I don't know."

On if the Jets changed anything in the second half in terms of the way they approached Brady because they seemed to get to him more:

"No, I don't think so.  I mean they mixed it up, but I think it was kind of the same...pretty much the same mix, saw a lot of dime on 3rd down.  I'll have to look at the film to see if there was anything I've missed, but it looked like it was...that they mixed it in the first half and it looks like they mixed it in the second half pretty much the same calls."

On if Geno Smith looked like a better quarterback than the player they saw earlier in the season:

"Hey played well enough to win today, so give him credit for that."

On what he saw from Rob Gronkowski today:

"I thought we went out there, we all competed.  We just didn't make enough plays.  Just didn't play well enough, didn't coach well enough. I think we'll have to take a look at the film and see how everybody did.  I couldn't evaluate all those guys out there today."

On their third down issues and if there was any particular reason why they struggled:

"Yeah, we just didn't do well enough, obviously.  We've got to coach better,  we've got to play better, just got to make some of those plays.

On what the explanation was that was given to him following the penalty:

"Yeah, we've already been through that three times."

On the fact he mentioned it needs to be at the second level and if it was a reviewable penalty:

"There's no reviews in overtime."

On if that's a new rule:

"Yes.  Yes.  They eliminated the pushing on the second level."

Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference Transcript


Here's what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to say following the Patriots come-from-behind win over the Saints on Sunday:

On if when he threw the pick at the end, if he thought it was over or of he thought they'd get the ball back:

"Well, we talked about that before the drive. We said even if we miss the fourth down play, we could still get the ball back at some point and go down and score.  And then our defense made a great stop. They punted the ball to the 25, 30 and guys made a bunch of plays there at the end. Guys made big time catches, and it was just a great game."

On having him describe the touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 10 seconds left in the game:

"Yeah, well, we had everybody going to the end zone and he kind of snuck into the corner, and I put it up there for him and he came down and made a great catch. There were a lot of great catches there at the end. Julian [Edelman], the seam ball to start the drive and then Austin [Collie] had a fourth-down catch. AD [Aaron Dobson] came back, caught an in-cut, that was a big play. So that was great situational football and a great win against a really good team. We're 5-1, we're just grinding.  Hopefully we can use this as a little bit of momentum going into next week."

On what this says about his confidence in the receivers to keep going back to them despite more dropped passes:

"Well, I have confidence in those guys. We're just working hard every day to try to get better. It was certainly not perfect out there. I think we're definitely just, like I said, grinding. We're just trying to get better every day in practice and every game and these situations that are coming up, we're learning from them. The receivers have done a great job. Mike Hooman [Hoomanawanui] really has stood in there and done a great job for us at the tight end spot. The backs all ran hard. So it was a great all around win.

On what it means to go to a guy like Austin Collie who literally just got here, on the final drive:

"Well, he's earned the confidence of everybody, so we had a situation where we put him on the field and see what he could do and see if he could help us win a game and he did. So that was a great thing and that's what we need. That's what a football teams are all about, using all 53 guys on the roster to try to move the ball down the field and get it in the end zone one way or another. Today it took us 59 minutes and 55 seconds. We needed all the time and it took all the time.  A great way to finish.

On the fact he  spoke on Wednesday about the need for a complementary win and if this what he was looking for: 

"Yeah. The defense made some huge stands. They played great when they needed to and that's a really good offense and a team that's been scoring a lot of points.  They've been playing good all year. Offensively, we've still got to do a better job getting the ball in the end zone. Like I said, there's a lot of things to improve on. It was better, but we're not quite there yet."

On if this win helps "galvanize" the team a little bit:

"Well, winning helps galvanize everything. Losing sucks and it was a rough week. You know, I think the thing is there's a lot of character and mental toughness and that really showed. We were down, but not out and we had some momentum go our way that we didn't take advantage of. And then it went their way, and then we fought and overcame some odds. So that's what football is about and you're going to have those over the course of a season and I was just proud of the way that we hung in there and never stopped fighting. "

On how surprised he was at going for it on fourth down with three minutes to go:

"We knew that we were down one and if we missed it they were going to, hopefully, kick a field goal like they did and then we'd have another chance. I don't think we were very discouraged. We just said, 'Look, we've got to do better and if we get it back we've got to certainly make more plays.' There was little margin for error there are the end based on the situation that we were in, and guys really made some great catches and certainly the last one was a great catch in the corner of the end zone."

On what this game says about the evolution of Kenbrell Thompkins as a receiver that he was the guy he went to:

"Well, he's done a great job. I mean, he's been in there a bunch and he's made a lot of plays for us this year. I think going to all those guys – Aaron made some plays, Julian made plays, Austin made plays, Hooman made some plays.   So they're all big at this point. There's no drives that aren't important or certainly no situations where things aren't important. As the game got closer to the end and the margin of error gets smaller, you've got to make better plays and that's when we were at our best."

On what led him to Kenbrell Thompkins on the touchdown pass since it wasn't like he was wide open:

"No, it was a tight throw. We were sending all the guys to the end zone and at that point you're just trying to pick a side. I looked right and then came back left and I saw 'K' made a move and then slipped behind him and I just tried to put it back there where he could make a play.  So that was pretty sweet."

On how tempo helped with the no huddle offense:

"I think sometimes it helped us a little bit because we were playing fast and you can be aggressive, and then sometimes when we didn't execute well, it didn't go very well.  I mean, it's only as good as the execution, regardless of the tempo and certainly late in the game we were going fast. But we've got to make the plays when they're there, whether we're going fast or we're going slow, all those plays are important."

On what he said to the team after his interception:

"Well, it was a bad read.  Julian was running through the defense and I put it up there and just didn't make a good throw. Everyone's a little deflated when we throw interceptions, but you've got to still bounce back. Regardless of the situation, you've got to have enough mental toughness to come through and I think our guys all believe in each other and I think we've shown that over the course of the season to get to 5-1. We've had some tough games and none of them have been easy, but 5-1 is a decent record."

On the fact fans have been talking about concerns about the team but they're always confident in him and if there's anything he'd like to say to them:

"Well, we have great fans and great support. Every time we come and play at home the crowd gives us a huge boost. Things have been pretty good here for a long time and it's a great place to play. We're trying to go out and represent the city as best we can, all of New England, and certainly winning is an important formula, too. Coach always says, 'do well in the community and try to win some football games'. That's the two things that are important to the guys that sit in this room."

On if in late game situations if he realizes how improbable it is that they're going to win the game, no matter how they've played to that point:

"I think no matter how you've played to that point, you have a situation. You have one timeout, two timeouts, three timeouts, no time outs, you're backed up. Regardless of what happens over the course of the game, you have a chance, and that's what football is all about. Interestingly, the plays in the first quarter are just as important as the plays in the fourth quarter, it's just the game's not really on the line at that point. When the game is on the line, you see what guys are made of and all those guys at the receiver position made some huge plays on the last drive."

On the fact Bill Belichick was saying that you have to have a short memory, especially after the late drives he had the interception and a couple of drops, if he feels those guys are developing to have the kind of short memory that's needed:

"You have to in football. As great as a win as this is, we've got to come to work tomorrow and we're on the clock against the Jets. They're going to be motivated. They lost, they're playing at home.  We've already played them once so no matter what happens, you have to start working on next week. We have to learn from the things we did well and learn from the things we did poorly and try to get to 6-1. That's the goal this week."

Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference Transcript


Here's what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to say following the Patriots come-from-behind win over the Saints on Sunday:

On if when he threw the pick at the end, if he thought it was over or of he thought they'd get the ball back:

"Well, we talked about that before the drive. We said even if we miss the fourth down play, we could still get the ball back at some point and go down and score.  And then our defense made a great stop. They punted the ball to the 25, 30 and guys made a bunch of plays there at the end. Guys made big time catches, and it was just a great game."

On having him describe the touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 10 seconds left in the game:

"Yeah, well, we had everybody going to the end zone and he kind of snuck into the corner, and I put it up there for him and he came down and made a great catch. There were a lot of great catches there at the end. Julian [Edelman], the seam ball to start the drive and then Austin [Collie] had a fourth-down catch. AD [Aaron Dobson] came back, caught an in-cut, that was a big play. So that was great situational football and a great win against a really good team. We're 5-1, we're just grinding.  Hopefully we can use this as a little bit of momentum going into next week."

On what this says about his confidence in the receivers to keep going back to them despite more dropped passes:

"Well, I have confidence in those guys. We're just working hard every day to try to get better. It was certainly not perfect out there. I think we're definitely just, like I said, grinding. We're just trying to get better every day in practice and every game and these situations that are coming up, we're learning from them. The receivers have done a great job. Mike Hooman [Hoomanawanui] really has stood in there and done a great job for us at the tight end spot. The backs all ran hard. So it was a great all around win.

On what it means to go to a guy like Austin Collie who literally just got here, on the final drive:

"Well, he's earned the confidence of everybody, so we had a situation where we put him on the field and see what he could do and see if he could help us win a game and he did. So that was a great thing and that's what we need. That's what a football teams are all about, using all 53 guys on the roster to try to move the ball down the field and get it in the end zone one way or another. Today it took us 59 minutes and 55 seconds. We needed all the time and it took all the time.  A great way to finish.

On the fact he  spoke on Wednesday about the need for a complementary win and if this what he was looking for: 

"Yeah. The defense made some huge stands. They played great when they needed to and that's a really good offense and a team that's been scoring a lot of points.  They've been playing good all year. Offensively, we've still got to do a better job getting the ball in the end zone. Like I said, there's a lot of things to improve on. It was better, but we're not quite there yet."

On if this win helps "galvanize" the team a little bit:

"Well, winning helps galvanize everything. Losing sucks and it was a rough week. You know, I think the thing is there's a lot of character and mental toughness and that really showed. We were down, but not out and we had some momentum go our way that we didn't take advantage of. And then it went their way, and then we fought and overcame some odds. So that's what football is about and you're going to have those over the course of a season and I was just proud of the way that we hung in there and never stopped fighting. "

On how surprised he was at going for it on fourth down with three minutes to go:

"We knew that we were down one and if we missed it they were going to, hopefully, kick a field goal like they did and then we'd have another chance. I don't think we were very discouraged. We just said, 'Look, we've got to do better and if we get it back we've got to certainly make more plays.' There was little margin for error there are the end based on the situation that we were in, and guys really made some great catches and certainly the last one was a great catch in the corner of the end zone."

On what this game says about the evolution of Kenbrell Thompkins as a receiver that he was the guy he went to:

"Well, he's done a great job. I mean, he's been in there a bunch and he's made a lot of plays for us this year. I think going to all those guys – Aaron made some plays, Julian made plays, Austin made plays, Hooman made some plays.   So they're all big at this point. There's no drives that aren't important or certainly no situations where things aren't important. As the game got closer to the end and the margin of error gets smaller, you've got to make better plays and that's when we were at our best."

On what led him to Kenbrell Thompkins on the touchdown pass since it wasn't like he was wide open:

"No, it was a tight throw. We were sending all the guys to the end zone and at that point you're just trying to pick a side. I looked right and then came back left and I saw 'K' made a move and then slipped behind him and I just tried to put it back there where he could make a play.  So that was pretty sweet."

On how tempo helped with the no huddle offense:

"I think sometimes it helped us a little bit because we were playing fast and you can be aggressive, and then sometimes when we didn't execute well, it didn't go very well.  I mean, it's only as good as the execution, regardless of the tempo and certainly late in the game we were going fast. But we've got to make the plays when they're there, whether we're going fast or we're going slow, all those plays are important."

On what he said to the team after his interception:

"Well, it was a bad read.  Julian was running through the defense and I put it up there and just didn't make a good throw. Everyone's a little deflated when we throw interceptions, but you've got to still bounce back. Regardless of the situation, you've got to have enough mental toughness to come through and I think our guys all believe in each other and I think we've shown that over the course of the season to get to 5-1. We've had some tough games and none of them have been easy, but 5-1 is a decent record."

On the fact fans have been talking about concerns about the team but they're always confident in him and if there's anything he'd like to say to them:

"Well, we have great fans and great support. Every time we come and play at home the crowd gives us a huge boost. Things have been pretty good here for a long time and it's a great place to play. We're trying to go out and represent the city as best we can, all of New England, and certainly winning is an important formula, too. Coach always says, 'do well in the community and try to win some football games'. That's the two things that are important to the guys that sit in this room."

On if in late game situations if he realizes how improbable it is that they're going to win the game, no matter how they've played to that point:

"I think no matter how you've played to that point, you have a situation. You have one timeout, two timeouts, three timeouts, no time outs, you're backed up. Regardless of what happens over the course of the game, you have a chance, and that's what football is all about. Interestingly, the plays in the first quarter are just as important as the plays in the fourth quarter, it's just the game's not really on the line at that point. When the game is on the line, you see what guys are made of and all those guys at the receiver position made some huge plays on the last drive."

On the fact Bill Belichick was saying that you have to have a short memory, especially after the late drives he had the interception and a couple of drops, if he feels those guys are developing to have the kind of short memory that's needed:

"You have to in football. As great as a win as this is, we've got to come to work tomorrow and we're on the clock against the Jets. They're going to be motivated. They lost, they're playing at home.  We've already played them once so no matter what happens, you have to start working on next week. We have to learn from the things we did well and learn from the things we did poorly and try to get to 6-1. That's the goal this week."

Bill Belichick's Post Game Press Conference - Patriots at Bengals


OPENING STATEMENT

"There's really not  too much to say here today.  They did a better job than we did today.  I thought that we had our chances, in the end the game came down to some red area situations that they did better in than we did.  So that was really the point differential in the game.  We've just got to go back to work.   We've got to do a better job in all phases in the game.  Hard fought game, but, they just...Bengals made more plays.  Give them credit today."

On his thoughts on how much pressure the Bengals got on Tom Brady today:

"Well, I think we really didn't do a good enough job anywhere.  Part of that's the running game, part of it's the passing game, we've just got to a better job all the way around.  But I mean, they're a good team, no question."

On why his offense seeemed "out of whack" today and if he knows why:

"We didn't perform well enough."

On if it was just a matter of execution:

"We've got to coach better, we've got to play better, and Cincinnati's good.  I mean, give them credit, they've got a good defensive club."

On if he has any word on Tommy Kelly's injury:

"No."

On how he felt Danny Amendola looked in his first game back:

"I don't know, I'll have to go look at the film.  I'm not sure."

Tom Brady's Post Game Press Conference Transcript - Patriots at Bengals


On the fact they've been depleted on offense and trying to function with different working parts:

"It wasn't our best day execution[wise]  today.  I thought we, we certainly had some opportunities there in the first half that we didn't take advantage of.  We just had too many times where we...one negative play and [it] really took us out of field position.  It just wasn't very good execution and hopefully... It's a very good defense, I give them a lot of credit, they put a lot of pressure on you in a lot of areas.  So our execution needed to be really good and it just wasn't."

On the noise, if that was an issue communication-wise:

"Yeah, it's always something that we're trying to handle on the road.  They do a pretty good job of disguising blitzes and so forth, and they got us a few times today.  Certainly there in the second half and the forth quarter.   But we had plenty of opportunity and chances in the red area to get it in, we didn't get it in. It was just a poor performance all around."

On how much of a factor the rain was on the last couple of drives:

"Well, I mean it's rain, so it is what it is.  I mean you've got to deal with whatever conditions are out there and we just didn't do a very good job executing in them."

On how it affects what he does with his grip and throwing the ball:

"We try to practice that way, so you do the best you can."

On the fact Logan Mankins felt like the offense let the defense down and if he feels the same way:

"Well, they've been playing great all year.  You can't kick two field goals and expect to win many games in the NFL.  So we can do a lot better job than that.  We're going to have to if we want to win these games.  We just can't ... silly execution errors and mental mistakes ...  it's hard to drive the ball down the field if you're always making mistakes."

On the drive when they got down to the one yard line and why it stalled out:

"Well, we tried a goal line run, they did a good job stopping us.  Then we had a goal line pass, and they stopped that one, and it came down to a third down play and we were close, we just didn't quite execute it the way we needed to.  That's the way these games are.  It comes down to a few plays.  If you make them, you put points on the board, if you don't make them, you kick field goals and certainly red area was a big difference today."

On his thoughts on the end of his touchdown pass streak at 52 straight games:

"I'm bummed we lost, I think that's all that really matters."

On the Bengals' front four and how much they disrupted his timing:

"They've got a good rush.  I said earlier in the week how capable all those guys are in rushing the quarterback and forcing you into some quick throws, throws you don't want to make and that's why they're a good defense. Because they rush, they cover, they've got good athletic linebackers, so you need to stay balanced against a team like that.  Like I said, we had our opportunities, we just couldn't take advantage of them."

On the fact he said they had mistakes and if any of them were his and if so, which ones:

"There was plenty from the quarterback stand point.  I mean there's a lot of things I can do better, so I'll work on those things this week and see if I can do better next week."

On if there was anything specific:

"I mean it's always ... things you wish you had done a little different.   Missed reads and trying to find guys that are open and make the plays.  That's what the quarterback's job is."

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