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Tom Brady Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Posted Dec 2, 2012

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady addresses the media at Sun Life Stadium following a regular season game versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

(On the win today)
“That wasn’t ugly, that was a great win. They made it tough on us, no question about it and I thought we fought hard. We made some critical plays when we needed to, we knew it was going to be tough, and it was. They played really well and challenged us every single play. We made some plays when we needed to so it was a great win.”

(On Wes Welker and Stevan Ridley)
“Those two guys have had great years but we’ve had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys and we’re going to need to continue to have that. Coach said the season starts now so we’re 1-0 when we need to be.”

(On their last drive)
“It was good execution. I thought that we did a good job making some critical plays when we needed to. The running game was huge, I thought the running backs ran really hard, protected the ball and got some great blocking up front. It’s what we needed at that time. It’s a very good run defense, a good group of linebackers, they’re physical and they rush the passer and they really made it tough on us today.”

(On his relationship with Wes Welker)
“He’s an unbelievable player, and teammate and friend. Nothing that he does ever surprises me. He expects the best out of himself every single day and that’s what he brings to practice and what he brings to the games. We couldn’t be in this situation without him so I’m glad he’s on our team and not the Dolphins.”

(On the season starting now)
“This is when the best teams really start to separate themselves. Your depth is challenged, your mental toughness is challenged, fighting through the bumps and bruises of a long season is a challenge and getting contributions from a lot of people is a challenge. That’s what you need this time of year. You have to continue to get better and better and better and string games together and string practices together so when you need it the most you have it in the bank.”

(On not letting themselves look ahead)
“It’s easy, I think we’re a long ways from that and you can’t play in that game without improvement in December. The month of November and December is when that’s really important. I think we’ve done that, we keep working hard, we listen to our coaching and we’ve won some great games here in the last six weeks.”

(On Rob Gronkowski)
“He hates being out. He’s as competitive as anybody so it’s hard to really match what he’s able to do for us offensively, but the guys who have been in there have done a great job. They’ve really stepped up to the challenge. No one was quite sure what was going to happen and how we were going to react because it was the first time that he’s been out but the guys have responded well. We need to continue that, we’ve got as tough a game as we’ve played all year coming up next Monday night.”

(On winning another division title)
“It was great and to be 5-0 in the division is a pretty good mark against teams that always play us tough. We’ve had some tough teams against the Bills, the first game against the Bills was tough through the third quarter, it was tough against the Jets in overtime and obviously tough today. That’s what it takes, you’ve got to beat the teams in your division, we’re 5-0 and we’ve got a huge game coming up.”

(On their field position today)
“We got great field position today. The defense got some big turnovers for us in their scoring area. We didn’t necessarily convert as often as we’d like but those are important points. It’s nice to put some points on the board. I wish they would have all been touchdowns but we’ve got to execute better in order to do that.”

(On how tough the game was today)
“The last three times we’ve been down here in December we’ve lost so that tells you it’s challenging to play down here this time of year. The crowd was into it, they were into it so it’s not supposed to be easy. It wasn’t today and I thought they played really well, they played really well defensively and competed their butts off, and so did we and that’s what it came down to in the end.”