Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver
Q: What went wrong today offensively?
TO: We didn't execute
training camp and preseason games. We kept ourselves out of the game early in the game. There were some opportunities early, and a lot of those mistakes, we can't fault anybody but ourselves. You saw how we made some adjustments. We went to the no-huddle a little bit and we were able to move the ball a little bit down the field. Early in the game we got behind.
Q: What about you leaving the field early before the half?
TO: Coach said he would address that. (On same subject)
TO: Coach said he would address that. (On same subject)
TO: Coach said he would address that. Guys, how many ways are you going to ask me? I don't know how many ways I'm going to answer you.
Q: Why would the coach need to address that?
TO: He said he would address it.
Q: They went to you early on, trying to get you involved early on.
TO: There were some opportunities early where they played press and there were some miscues. Like I said, I think I should have had that first ball. I think I had it and I was bringing it down and I think it popped out on his helmet, or what have you. Again, those are some of the mistakes - I would say they are mistakes we need to [correct] and plays we need to make.
Q: It didn't seem like you guys were picking up very many yards after the catch?
TO: I think if you look at the situation, they played a lot of two-man, so it was a lot of zone. And so it's not going to be a whole lot of run and catch. We had some opportunities where we had them in cover-three and man-to-man and we didn't take advantage of that. That's what I alluded to earlier on, the first ball that he threw to me. Those are things that we're going to get better with. We've just got to take this game and take it for what it's worth. We know that we had some opportunities that we let go. We've just got to play better in all phases of the game. (On the Patriots' young secondary)
TO: Yeah, they did what they were supposed to do. Again, we didn't do what we were supposed to do. They suit up just like we do and, again, it wasn't so much what they did. It was more or less what we didn't do.
Q: They pretty much played you cover-two?
TO: Again, if you saw in the game early, they played us in a lot of man and there were some one-on-one matches. Once they got the lead, they played a lot of cover-two man. It was a situation where guys in the slot, tight ends, [Jordan] Shipley, they had to make some tough catches and find some holes in the zones. (On his role in the offense)
TO: Just the thought and the feel that I'm involved and I'm able and I'm capable of making some plays and being able to run some routes down the field and definitely get some opportunities. I think that's all I've ever asked for. We're going to get better. Trust me, we're disappointed about the loss, but at the same time, there's a lot to build from. My message to the guys is it's not how you start; it's how you finish. Honestly, I think we know that we were capable of winning this game. Offensively we've got to help the defense out. (On the Patriots playing cover-two)
TO: Once you go cover-two and the safeties are on the hash pretty much guys on the outside have to outside release. There were a couple of plays there where DBs or linebackers just did get their hands on the ball. It was just a matter of connecting. That's how it goes sometimes. (On the passing game)
TO: No, I mean, it wasn't that. It was just, as a receiver and as this offense and speaking for both Chad [Ochocinco] and myself, we're just going with the opportunities that are called out there. It's Carson [Palmer]'s job as a quarterback to assess the defense and we take advantage of what they give us. Again, early in the game you saw that we took some shots and we didn't connect on those. Again, as they padded the lead, they went to more of a defensive preventive type situation and that was a lot of cover-two.
Q: How do you assess Jordan Shipley and how does he stack up compared to a guy like Wes Welker?
TO: We've just got to keep working at it. He's definitely going to be a great player. As you saw [on] one of the third-down plays, he made a great catch over the middle, where they tied it up and we got a first down. That was huge for us. We're going to get better. Again, I'm very proud of what we've accomplished. I know that for the team, we're disappointed. But there's a lot out there that we can do
Q: Both you and Chad Ochocinco surpassed a milestone today. Is that something you realize in the moment or not until later when you reflect?
TO: I don't even know what milestone I surpassed. All I know is we didn't win the game. And that's pretty much where my focus was today.
Q: You surpassed 15,000 yards.
TO: News to me. Pat myself on the back.
Andrew Whitworth, Offensive Tackle
(On no huddle offense)
"When you get in the no huddle there's not a whole lot of things different you're doing. We were able to have success, we were able to run the football and throw quick passes and the deep passes and everything we really wanted. We were able to drive down the field. That's not scripted plays is what I'm saying. So to be able to do that it shows that you're good offensively. In '06 and '05 that's more what we did every game. This first game is a game you feel out offensively, how are we going to be."
(On practice moving forward)
"I think this is what defines professional football. If you're a professional football player then you're going to do everything possible to figure out what we got to do to do better. The guys that just take this game for granted, they lay on it and they allow themselves to not be good at things. The guys we have on this football team are going to work. I can promise you just like last year when we lost the opener, this is going to be a driving force. We're going to have to build off this and that's the kind of team we are."
Chinedum Ndukwe, Safety
"We didn't do the simple things."
(On fundamentals defense was lacking)
"We have to tackle better. We didn't get out-schemed or anything like that."
Cedric Benson, Running Back
(On what as a veteran you take from the game)
"You go back and look at the film, be sure to make improvements you saw that you could have. It's a tough loss and there are a lot of areas to improve.
(On hurry up offense)
"I don't know, I guess they had a better game plan for us. They played better than we did today. There were a lot of good things we did do late but we ran out of time and we ran out of chances.
Jermaine Gresham, Tight End
(On first NFL game and TD)
"It was definitely a learning experience something I really needed to get out of the way. I learned a lot from this game. I'm just ready to get back next week so I can get better, and do my part to help the team."
(On going no huddle)
"I think it got us into a groove and we were able to work it well."
(On the Patriots working on all three team aspects)
"We will have to go back and assess the film, look at it and try to get better."
Leon Hall, Cornerback
(On the poor play)
"We weren't ourselves today. We didn't come close to playing as well we were prepared to play. I think we prepared real well. Coming into this game I think we were real comfortable as a unit. We just didn't play well today."
(On giving up a lot of yards)
"Today was really unacceptable. You can say what you want to say, but it is really on the on the defensive backs whatever the coverage it is really on the defensive backs."
(On getting back into it next week)
"You got to look at it tomorrow and forget about it. Baltimore is coming to our house next week and we just have to prepare well for them."
Bobbie Williams, Guard
(On today's game)
"It is definitely something that we got to go back and look at tomorrow. We definitely didn't play up to our performance level. There is no need to jump on the sword yet. This is something we can learn from. We had a lot of turnovers and we just didn't perform to our best in all three phases of the game. The no huddle is one of our weapons we are going to utilize that some more. This is the first game and we would have liked to have a victory on the road."
Mike Nugent, Kicker
(On matching his career long with a 54-yard field goal)
It feels good to do, but it is not like I am thinking about it when I am out there. I lined it up and kicked it. We had good execution, a good snap, a good hold. Everything worked. It is nice. At the time I was hoping we were coming back, that it would get us going.
Tank Johnson, Defensive Tackle(On losing)
There are no excuses. We got beat. We got beat in all aspects of the game. We have to go back and look at film. Right now it is hard to tell what went wrong. It happens so fast out there. We need to look at the film and analyze our mistakes.
(On if New England did anything they didn't expect)
No, I think we came in prepared, they executed well. They just beat us. They played a very good game. We have to go back and work on improving.
Jordan Shipley, Wide Receiver
(On the long pass that fell short of the goal line to end the first half)
We threw it up there, and my job is to go get it. It is about timing the jump right. You go as far as the ball is thrown then go up and get it. I came down with it but fell just short of the end zone. It was disappointing not to get in, when we executed that play. We do practice it, but we came up short.
(On the offense)
We played much better in the second half. It took us a while to get going. I thought we improved as the game went on. We have to get back at it and get better right away though.
Chris Crocker, Safety
(On overall game)
They were just hitting on all cylinders. They play really well on offense. They only had to punt the ball one time. If you can't get them off the field, it's going to be very tough.
(On the defense's struggles)
They (New England) are very efficient. That is a very efficient offense. They executed well and they beat us. There are no excuses after a game like this. We have to fix this. We try to take away each team's best option. With [Wes] Welker, and [Kevin] Faulk, Randy [Moss]...we just didn't get it done.
(On playing at Gillette Stadium)
I think each time you go on the road you have to deal with crowd noise. We were prepared, we felt like we had a good game plan leading up to this game, but we just did not play well.
Leon Hall, Cornerback
(On 45-yard reception by Aaron Hernandez)
Yeah, that hurt definitely. You don't want stuff like that to happen, but it happens and you have to man up in the red zone and stop them.
(On amount of time Brady had to throw effecting coverage)
I really don't think about it like that. They ask me to cover for 10 seconds then I cover for 10 seconds, or 1 second, it really doesn't matter. You've just got to cover no matter what.
Adam Jones, Cornerback
The most physical team is going to win. We looked a little sluggish and we got behind. We were playing catch-up and there is no room for error. We have to go back to the drawing board and stay together as a team. This is probably the best team we are going to have to play.
(On special teams play)
I wouldn't just give those guys all the glory. We didn't live up to ourselves today. We did that to ourselves today. They were more physical, my hats off to them, they were more physical, but I don't think they are a better team than us.
Bernard Scott, Halfback
(On if they felt like they were getting into stride in the second half)
We felt like we were getting into our rhythm and playing our game, but we were behind and we couldn't afford any mistakes. It just hurt us when we got behind.
(On play of Patriots defense)
We knew their defense was young but they surprised us. We knew they were going to be physical, but I didn't expect them to make the plays they made. We made some mistakes, but they were making plays. They are professionals; that's what they get paid to do. Like I said, I take my hat off to them, they are a hell of a team.