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Drew Bledsoe Press Conf.

Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, MADrew Bledsoe speaks to the press.



            **Q:  Can you talk about how frustrating this game was?**  

D: It's pretty frustrating, yeah. We did things that we haven't done in a year. We turned the ball over especially early in the game, spotted them 14 points. From there on, we tried to continue to run the ball some, but we were fairly ineffective there. Then late in the game, when we get into a one-dimensional ballgame and you're throwing it all the time, that's hard for us right now, to protect in those situations and work the ball downfield.

Q: What happened today?

D: Like I said, the Jets had a very nice game plan coming in. They came in with the idea of taking away our quick throws, forcing our protection to hold up longer. We were able to make a few big plays down the field. I think we made two big plays down the field, but we weren't able to take advantage of their game plan enough. It is a credit to them for coming up with something that made it difficult for us and we didn't handle it well enough.

Q: Did you have to play extra careful after the two early turnovers?

D: No, no, you still go and attack them. After we kind of figured out what we trying to do against us, I'm looking and I said, 'Okay, let's lock them up. Let's work them downfield a little bit and try take advantage and make some big plays.' But we just weren't able to do that. It wasn't a situation where you start to play more carefully; you just try to come with your same attack. We came out after halftime with the idea of coming after them with the same stuff that we came after them with that we intended to come after them with in the second half, and we weren't quite good enough.

Q: When you go with five wide receivers, is it a matter of their bringing more people that you have to block?

D: I think it was the first sack of the second half, that was my mistake, the guy's coming off that side and he's hot, and I thought the slide was going the other way, so that's my mistake, the first time. When you try to do it again, they're bringing more than you can block, and you have to get rid of the ball quickly, and that's what you have to do.

Q: The empty backfield didn't seem to work out. Did you want to go away from it?

D: No, I think the way we were looking at it, that was our best chance to make plays was to spread them out. If they were coming, at least we would know where they were coming from blitz-wise. Then we had to take advantage of it by making plays and we didn't do that.

Q: Did you know you were going to get a free shot on those plays?

D: Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes you're going to get a shot and you have throw the ball, but like I say, the one time it was just watch and throw, but if the guy is hot, it is my guy. I have to get rid of the ball.

Q: After taking a few steps forward, how many steps backwards today?

D: It's one game, it's one step back. We're two-and-five now, really at the bottom of the pile looking up at everybody else right now. This is really a key game for us to kind of get back into the mix a little bit. It doesn't change the fact that we're coming in this week, that we're coming in to play the division champions at their place, so we have a huge battle for us. We have to try and come back and try to get the next one.

Q: Talk about the interception intended for Tony Simmons. It looked like you got pretty frustrated there.

D: It was a desperate situation, third and forever, I chucked the ball down there and it ended up intercepted, that's all I've got to say about that.

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