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Patriots Locker Room Quotes 1/11

Read partial transcripts from select players in the Patriots locker room on Friday, January 11, 2019.


Trent Brown, Offensive Line

(On the advantage of the home crowd in the playoffs)

"It's the playoffs. I feel like much of that may not even matter. Everybody knows what's at stake and everybody knows what we're playing for here, so I don't think that really matters."

(On the Chargers pass rush against the Ravens)

That's two great pass rushers [Mevlin Ingram and Joey Bosa]. I didn't really think too much. We've got to try our best to stop it. I've got to play against both of them."

Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver

(On the advantage of the home crowd in this game)

"They help us out a lot. But obviously, we've got to help ourselves out. We've got to play a great football game, a complete game, we can't mess up, and we have to be on both mentally and physically, because they pose a great match up for us and they're going to make it tough."

(On if practicing in the cold provides an advantage)

"I don't think so. I know that they [the Chargers] can't prepare for it physically, but obviously mentally, they can. It just comes down to playing football at the end of the day and who executes better. I don't think the weather should factor in, but we do get to practice in it and that's a plus."

(On if the Chargers should have stayed on the East Coast following their win over Baltimore)

"I don't know. It is a lot of travel, but they got a couple of days to recoup and I'm guessing they're probably coming here early. I don't know that [for a fact], but they'll be ready. They're well-coached and I know their coach will have them ready. Obviously they've got Philip Rivers and he's a leader of the team and I know he's going to have them ready too."

(On the Chargers confidence level after winning in Baltimore)

"I think it helps them a lot. A win in the playoffs gives any team a lot of confidence. They know this is going to be hostile territory just like it was in Baltimore, so they're ready for it."

Julian Edelman, Wide Receiver

(On what he sees from the Chargers defense)

"I see a group that gets after the quarterback, that covers well, that mixes things up. It'll be the best defense we've played thus far so it's definitely going to be a challenge. We've got to be able to take advantage of these next 48 hours to prepare the best we possibly can."

(On helping the younger players prepare for their playoff game)

"Well, hey, I haven't played in one of these games in a year so I don't think the experience factor really helps you all that much because every year you hear about someone new. But the sense of urgency definitely is up and I just try to go out there and lead by example. You tell guys here and there what it's about but I'm in that same boat right now."

Chris Hogan, Wide Receiver

(On the Chargers defense)

"They have a lot of playmakers, they create a lot of plays, create a lot of turnovers, they're fast. So it'll be a great challenge for us and I think we're excited about going out there on Sunday and trying to play our best football." 

(On being the home team)

"At the end of the day it comes down to playing good football. This is the playoffs. This is a one-game season and I think that's what our focus is, going out there and playing the best football that we can, that we have all year and putting everything that we have into this game because the winner moves on and the loser doesn't. That's just our focus, a good 60 minutes of football, all three phases playing together and hopefully we can do that."

(On how his playoff experience affects his mentality)

"I think at the end of the day, talking about playoff experience, it really comes down to playing good football. You can have all the experience in the world and come out and not play well and you can have a guy that's played in one playoff game before and come out and play the best football he ever has. So I think the playoff experience really comes down to just going out there, being as prepared as possible, and that starts throughout the week and just playing good football."

Sony Michel, Running Back

(On the importance of playing physical football and running the ball effectively)

"As a running back, yeah that's the mindset. That's our job, we want to do the best we can running the football because that's what we do most of the time. To be able to do that, you've got to be physical and that's just part of the game."

(On the physicality of the Chargers defense)

"It's going to be a physical game. I'm excited, this is what we play the game for."

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