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BenJarvus Green-Ellis Postgame Transcript

Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis addresses the media during his postgame press conference at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

Q: You look like you might have been a little bit tired on that last drive.

BG: No sir, coach runs us enough during practice that we don't get tired.

Q: You were down on one knee at one point.

BG: We had called a time out but no.

Q: Can you talk about the significance of running the ball on that last drive and forcing them to use their timeouts?

BG: When you get in those situations you have to play situational football and obviously you don't want to give them the ball back and give them a chance to go down and score and we were able to do that tonight so that's always a plus. We had a game where we weren't able to finish with the ball in our hands - I can't remember which game it was this year but we pride ourselves on being able to do that.

Q: As a running back, how much is that a point of pride for you to be able to run the ball at the end and kill the clock?

BG: It's always a challenge and you always want to be able to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park and we were able to do those things but it's just not an individual effort. There are always 11 guys out there. Nothing happens without those guys up front and I think they did an extremely good job of getting to where we need to get to and allow me to make reads and cuts off those guys.

Q: Coach Belichick talked about Tom Brady checking into certain plays. On the consecutive eight-yard runs, did it feel like he was checking into those looks?

BG: Of course. That's something we worked on all week and that's a part of Tom's [Brady] job is to come up and get us in good looks and of course, he's always on the top of his game and today he was and he got us into some of those checks and we were checking to come up with two or three plays and he picked the right one and we were able to execute.

Q: It seems like the running game is being more and more productive each week. What do you attribute that to?

BG: Working hard at practice. Kind of with the new rules, we've been in one padded practice a week. It's kind of important that we get those things taken care during the week when we do have those pads on and we're taking pride in those things and being able to complement the passing game. Obviously our passing game is doing well, so we want to be an offense where we can be able to do whatever we want to do - run or pass and compliment our defense. Those things help when you're able to keep the other team's offense off the field.

Q: Both Coach Belichick and Vince Wilfork talked about the importance of having a good week of practice. Can you talk about that?

BG: Yes, we understand that we always have to come out and have a good week of practice. It dates back to last year - when we don't have good weeks of practice, we don't play well. It's very imperative for us to come out and have good weeks of practice and on Wednesday, Thursday and just preparation starting - actually starts tonight getting ready for Dallas, putting the Jets game behind us and kind of get ahead on those guys. It's always imperative for us to have a good week of practice and come out. We don't have all day out there so we have to make sure that we're running those plays and getting them right the first time.

Q: Have you noticed a direct correlation, the past few weeks your production has been up and Thomas Welch and Nate Solder have been lining up as extra tight ends?

BG: I think in all situations we're doing whatever it takes to win. We're not making excuses about anything that's going on and Thomas Welch and Nate Solder, they're doing a good job of whatever we're asking people to do, everyone is stepping up and just going out there and getting it done. Hats off to those guys for learning multiple positions. It's a team effort. We only have 53 guys and 45 active on Sunday so everyone has to pull their weight.

Q: How nice was it to see Aaron Hernandez back out there?

BG: It's always fun. Aaron is one of my good friends and being able to talk to him on the bench and have good camaraderie. With him being back out there, it's excellent. You want to have everyone out there playing. When we get everyone out there, I think that we have a lot of weapons, so it's always fun to get everyone out there and just contribute.

Q: You seem to like those throwback uniforms. Last year, you had a great game in the throwback and this year you played well too.

BG: Red is my favorite color first off. I actually like the red throwbacks - [they] are my favorite uniforms here but any one we put on, I want to go out and perform but I like those red ones a lot.

Q: When you keep getting the ball time after time, do you ever want to rest? Very few players get the ball that many times on the final drive.

BG: I don't even really pay attention to how many times or what's going on. I just know that if it's a situation where if he comes up and it's a pass look, he's going to pass it. And if it's a running look, if they're giving us the run, he's going to check it for the run. You have to be ready for anything. So we could be back there, he could hand it off, I could be back there, I could be blocking. I could be back there and I could be going out for a pass so you have to be ready for all things in those situations. I think we're doing a good job of whatever they're giving us, we're taking it and moving the ball down the field.

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