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Dan Koppen Press Conference Quotes

New England Patriots center Dan Koppen addresses the media addresses the media during his press conference at Patriots team headquarters for Super Bowl XLII in Scottsdale Arizona on January 27, 2008.

(on the last time he gave up a sack)
"I don't know. We look at it as a group. We don't look at it as individuals."

*(on if he has a feel for what the Giants will try to do on defense)
*"That's what this week's for. It's all about preparation, watching the film, watching what they did against us and trying to get to know these guys again. You try to start everything fresh. You don't want to look back at what happened. You'll get sucked into to many things. So you try to start fresh with each opponent and play it out that way."

*(on the Giants' defensive line)
*"They're physical. They're athletic. They're smart, too. When you have (Michael) Strahan and Osi (Umenyiora) off the edge, they have a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things. It's a tremendous challenge with what they bring. We know what type of group they have, especially with those front four rushers. That's going to be a tremendous challenge for us against those guys. We have to play our best."

*(on his emotions during the plane ride)
*"It's fun. We've been away from this for a couple years. But getting on the plane and coming down here. Then you see all the cameras and stuff and remember what it's like. It's a fun time for us. We're excited to be here. Also, we're here for a football game. We're not here for everything else."

*(on the rally at Gillette stadium)
*"I thought it was great, coming out there with the snow coming down. All the great fans that showed up, half the stadium was full so it was a nice send off."

*(on Tom Brady's media scrutiny)
*"I think he got a lot of publicity last week for not what he wants to get publicity for. I think he'll be OK Tom's recognizable and what he does is watched. We don't pay attention to it. If you guys want to report on it, then go ahead. Tom's a good guy who handles himself accordingly. I'm just thankful that he's on our team."

*(on the Giants' confusing blitz package)
*"It's all about seeing the game through the same set of eyes. They can bring a lot at you. They can give you a lot of different looks, run guys in and run guys out. You really don't know who's coming so you have to stick to your rules, know what the people around you are doing and try to see the game through the same set of eyes."

*(on the Patriots' offensive line being disciplined)
*"Everyone on our line has been here for a few years. They know the guys around them. They know what to expect form each other. There's a lot of trust there. We definitely have to be on the top of our game for this game."

*(on how this Super Bowl compares to his first Super Bowl experience)
*"This is why you play the game, to be able to come to the Super Bowl. It's something that you cherish for the rest of your life. It was a special flight out. It was pretty normal. I'm extremely happy to be here. All the hard work you put in during the off-season and training camp and regular season, it's a lot of time and effort. It's great to come down and play one more game."

*(on Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels)
*"He was here under Charlie (Weis). He was the quarterbacks coach beforehand. A lot of the guys have a great feel for Josh and a lot of respect for him. When he got the job, he really came in and took the reigns. It's not about age or how young he is. It's about respect and the guys have that for him. He's a smart guy that knows how to call a game. He calls what he feels is going to work. He feels the game out for what it is and does what's working. He'll get mad at you and yell but if you do something right then he'll praise you. He's very honest with you. He'll tell you how it is."

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