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Danny Woodhead Press Conference - 1/12/2011

Patriots running back Danny Woodhead addresses the media during his press conference at Gillette Stadium, on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

Q: How was your drive in this morning?

DW: It's definitely a little snowy out, but I'm here in one piece and that's really all that matters.

Q: What time did you have to leave this morning?

DW: I don't remember what time I left. It was six something, but that's pretty standard. I always have to make sure I'm in with enough amount of time to get ready for the day.

Q: You've had Rex Ryan as your head coach and you've had Bill Belichick as your head coach. We all see the differences, but operating in this system and this environment, do you find it preferable?

DW: I love being here. This is definitely where I want to be. I've had a great opportunity and I'm just trying to do the best I can and trying to get better each and every single day, whether it be in the classroom or whether it be on the field.

Q: Do you think it makes your job easier to be insulated from their approach? Does that make it easier for you to concentrate on the job ahead?

DW: I don't know. It's not something I really look at it. I'm not too worried about what's going on on the outside. That's kind of how I've always been, though. I just try to come to work every single day and get better at what I do and get better [so I can] help the team out in any way I possibly can.

Q: Why do you think that you and BenJarvus Green-Ellis complement each other so well?

DW: I don't know; do we complement each other well? I'm not one to judge. More than anything, I think Benny and I just go out and work as hard as we can every single day, out in practice [or] whether it be in the meeting rooms. And we try to do what we can for when our time comes - maybe to get the ball or block or whatever it may be to help out the rest of our teammates.

Q: Have you guys become close given how much time you spend together?

DW: Benny and I, he's one of the people right from the get-go that helped me out, and so did Freddy [Taylor], Sammy [Morris], [Kevin Faulk] - everyone's helped out. The whole running back room, I think, is a very close-knit group.

Q: Can you talk about the differences between the two times you played these guys and what made a difference the second time?

DW: I don't know, maybe just execution. Things ended up going our way in the second game. We were able to win it, but that's not something we're really looking at it. Those two games are done with. Both teams are getting ready and we're getting ready for this game, trying to make sure that we're ready for the opportunity that's coming on Sunday. Those first two games aren't something that we're looking at.

Q: Have you had a chance at all to step back and look at how your season has gone?

DW: Really, the past is the past. I'm too busy right now to really look back on what happened. I'm a New England Patriot and I think that's the most important thing - that I get ready for the next team that the New England Patriots play, it doesn't matter who it is. We have to get ready and make sure [that] we're prepared once the whistle blows on Sunday.

Q: Did you expect that you were going to be playing the role that you have played this season?

DW: That's a long time ago. I really didn't know what was going to happen. I'm just trying to work hard every single day and that's something I've tried to do throughout the whole season.

Q: Do you almost salivate as a back, seeing what's going on outside and knowing that your number is probably going to get called a lot more on Sunday?

DW: The weather is not something that I worry about too much. I'm just trying to do my job every day, whether if it's rainy or snowy. Whatever's going to happen is going to happen. I just try to make sure that I'm ready for anything.

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