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Drew Bledsoe Press Conf.

Pro Player Stadium - Miami, FLDrew Bledsoe speaks to the press.



            **Q: It doesn't get any easier, does it?**  

D: No. Obviously this is a very difficult situation. What we are faced with now is a situation where we can do one of two things. We can come back and battle, compete and try to win as many ballgames as we can for the next 12. Or, guys can fold up their tent and pack it in. That's what we're faced with. I can only guarantee you for myself what I am going to do. I am going to bring as many guys with me as I can. We are going to come out and compete and fight and try to win as many ballgames as we can in the last 12.

Q: How tough is this particular Dolphins defense?

D: They are very, very good. There's no doubt about that. We knew that coming in. We knew that we had to capitalize on every opportunity that we had, and we didn't do it. Once again we had opportunities, and we didn't make the plays that we needed to. I had my opportunities, but I made a few bad throws in there. We had spots where we could have changed some situations, and I didn't get that part of it done.

Q: Are you concerned that you are going to have to look in the eyes of some of these guys and see who is with you and who is not going to fold up the tent?

D: The guys that I have been with, the guys I have been around, I think I know. Lawyer Milloy, Ted Johnson, Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, Terry Glenn, the guys I've been around. I know Kevin Faulk is going to be there. I'm assuming that the whole team is going to come with us. That's what I expect. If it's not there, it will be addressed by us as captains and by the coaches. But I expect everybody to come in tomorrow and then come back Wednesday and be ready to fight.

Q: What is the confidence level of this team?

D: I think these guys understand why we are losing these games. We're competing. I don't see a lack of effort in any one of these games. We're playing hard, but we are just simply doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. We haven't turned the ball over much at all, but we've turned it over at exactly the wrong time. We haven't had a number of penalties, but we've had them at exactly the wrong time. Those are the mistakes that are killing us. We're playing good teams to this point, and we are going to continue to play good teams. If we make the mistakes that we've made at the wrong times like we have made them, we're going to have a tough time.

Q: Was Bjornson held on the last play?

D: I thought he was. I thought he was interfered with. Obviously that was why I ran up to the official like that. But he didn't see it that way, and that's his judgement call. That's what we live with.

Q: Was that the match-up that you wanted on that play?

D: Yes, the intent there was to get the match-up against the smaller guy on Bjornson, who played receiver in college and is a very good receiver. I wanted to put the ball up there and let him go get it. Whether it's a linebacker he can outrun or a small defensive back that he can go up over the top of, we felt like we could get a good match-up in that situation. We didn't come up with the play.

Q: What happened with the Kevin Faulk fumble in the first half?

D: It's a turnover, and when you turn the ball over it's hard to overcome that. Kevin, in his two years, has not been that type of player for us. Obviously that is something that he will feel terrible about. When you have an opportunity against a defense like Miami and you don't capitalize, you really hurt yourself. You are not going to get that many opportunities against the Dolphins defense the way they are playing.

Q: With the fourth-down play-action fake to Terry [Glenn], did you think that might be the momentum swing you needed?

D: I thought so. I came to the sideline and asked for it, because I was thinking it might be a good time to go over the top with it. We had the play set up as a short yardage play. The original design was to use it on a third-and-short where we knew we would go for it on fourth down. But at that point in the ballgame we needed a play to get going. We knew on fourth down that they were obviously going to expect the run. We thought it might be an opportunity.

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