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Chad Bratzke AFC Press Transcript

Bratzke: They are an offense that doesn't make very many mistakes, they don't turn the ball over very often, so we are going to have to be on our A game and play well to have a chance to win.



**Q. How different are the Patriots because last week Tom Brady had said that the receivers (Inaudible), does it make it more difficult to prepare for an offense like that?

CB:** They do a lot of different things. As you said, they get everybody involved, throw to a lot of receivers, their backs, so they are tough to prepare for. They are an offense that doesn't make very many mistakes, they don't turn the ball over very often, so we are going to have to be on our A game and play well to have a chance to win.

**Q. Ed Werder from ESPN: How concerned are you about the way your defense has played toward the end of the season and what have you done this week to try to correct it?

CB:** Well, we have at times ?? we haven't played as well as we hoped to play. And the first Denver game was a good example, we didn't play as well as we wanted to play, and the second time we played them we really turned it around, so this is the game before the game. We have to play well this week. There is not a really ?? a way to turn things around, it's more or less the fundamentals and basics and really concentrate on practice and try to understand what the Patriots do offensively and try to stop them.

**Q. Chad, are there personality traits that this Colts team has that it gets from its head coach?

CB:** Tony is my fourth head coach in the NFL, and I could say the last two years have been the most fun for me to come to work. Tony creates an atmosphere where it's fun to come to work, and I think when you enjoy coming to work, you have a chance to succeed. And I have had past coaches where it was really tough to come in and you never knew what to expect, but it's been a fun two years so far.

**Q. Why? Why is it fun? What's different?

CB:** Tony's approach, before you said he is nice, it's nice to have a nice boss, and what you see is what you get. And that's really it.

**Q. (Inaudible) Channel 13. Chad, a couple weeks ago you got your first playoff win. Do you look at this as perhaps your last opportunity to get to a Super Bowl, and how much do you talk about that whole thing with your teammates that this opportunity doesn't come along that often?

CB:** Well, it really doesn't come around too often, it hasn't for me in ten years. This is the first time I have had a playoff win, so I think you have to look at it as this is your opportunity, because you never know when it's going to come around again. Some teams have had a number of opportunities; we haven't. So I think it's important to talk about it. It's not a jinx to talk about it. It kind of gets you excited, you know what to expect, you know what to hope for, and we do talk about it, but again, we are smart enough to say we got to take it one game at a time.

**Q. Just looking at the Patriots offensive line, if you could scale it or rank it from 1 to 10, how difficult, how tough is this offensive line?

CB:** They are a tough group of guys. They really play well together, began their whole system and their scheme. They don't make many mistakes, they play well together. Each game you see it, the close ones they have been in, they get the job done. Again, I think that stems from their coaching, Tom Brady, they are just a sound football team.

**Q. As a player, how do you approach a road game? Chad, obviously you have had great success, you are coming into a place where they haven't lost at home yet, so a pretty good test there?

CB:** It is a test, but we played in Kansas City last week and they hadn't lost in a long time, either, so I think you can get caught up in those statistics and get distracted. They are a real good football team, but so are we. We happen to be coming to their stadium, and the team that plays the best is going to win, least amount of turnovers, mistakes, penalties has the best chance of winning.

**Q. Chad, were you aware of what Marcus Pollard said and how do you interpret it?

CB:** Actually, no, it was the first I heard of it, and Marcus is a very emotional guy, you know, it was a huge win for us in Kansas City, and you get a lot of guys hooting and hollering in the locker room after a big game like that, and a lot of guys are proud of who we are and what we have accomplished and want more, it's very addictive.

**Q. Is what he said inappropriate?

CB:** You know, it's funny, I think you could read just about any article and try to find something for the locker room to get guys motivated. No, it's not inappropriate. You know, he is speaking his mind and that's it.

**Q. Thank you, Chad


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