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New England Patriots Postgame Quotes 10/10

HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Opening Statement

"It was good to come down here and win. We haven't done that in a couple years. I thought that it certainly wasn't perfect, but we battled and played better situational football than we have than some of the other games. That was a plus. Got to give a lot of credit to Josh (McDaniels), offensive coaches, offensive line. Those guys did a good job of hanging in there. I thought they really went about the challenge this week of replacing some good players in that group, and I thought they played hard, and we got some runs there to balance off the game a little bit. Defensively, we didn't have a very good first half but made a big stop there at the end of the half, so those ended up being important points. I thought the blocked punt was a key play in the game for us, even though we only got a field goal out of it, which ended up being a three-point game. I thought that was a big momentum play and thought our kicking and special teams played well. (Andre) Roberts is a tough guy, and I thought we covered well on him both on punts and kickoffs, especially kickoffs. They are good in the kicking game. They covered well against us, too. But the blocked punt really was a big play and of course Nick Folk's field goals were obviously very important in the outcome. Yeah, just keep grinding here. Just keep trying to keep doing things better and stack good days together in our practice and preparation and continue to grind and improve here through each week of the season."

What were some things the defense started to do well in the second half after being down 22-9?

"The biggest thing was third down conversions. They converted almost every third down in the first half. Penalties, we had a couple – well, one penalty on third down conversion, hit a couple slants, short yardage plays, scramble play. It was just a – not a good – not very good on third down. We got them in third down. Just didn't win on third down. That changed in the second half. So, you know, I thought the running game, that settled down, but it was really the third down conversions that ended up being a big difference for us defensively. They did not get the time of possession, and they weren't able to sustain the drives like they did in the first half."

Have you been in a game with four backup offensive linemen?

"I was thinking about that, and I don't think I have other than the replacement games and all that back in the –

what was that '87? But you can't count that. Ted (Karras) and James (Ferendz) gave us a lot of experience and stability inside with David (Andrews), and Justin (Herron)'s been playing tackle for us and put him over on the left side for Isaiah (Wynn) and Yodny (Cajuste) played on the right side. I'm not saying it was perfect, but I thought they battled. For the most part, Mac (Jones) had some time to throw, and we made some yards in the running game to stay balanced. They would run the ball in on the goal line so that was a good thing there, too."

Did it help that you knew all week you would be missing those four starters so you could practice?

"Yeah. I mean, yeah. We are hopeful that Mike (Onwenu) might clear, but he didn't make it obviously. So, hopefully we can start to get somebody back here and start to get some reinforcements, but we've just got to make sure we don't have anything else happen. It always kind of feels like you are walking the tightrope there."

What did you see from QB Mac Jones' leadership, especially on the game-winning drive?

"I mean, Mac gave it to us all day. I thought we moved the ball. I thought he made a lot of good decisions. There were some checks that he had to make that he made throughout the day, but really the last drive was a third down conversion to Hunter and then we had a couple good runs in there. But yeah, Mac's been good for us all year in terms of his leadership, his resilience, and kind of always counting on him to do the right thing, and you know, he really does it at a high level, so it's been impressive."

What did you see on the blocked punt?

"It looked like they were in some kind of gadget punt formation, trying to I think probably get us to check into a safe look and prepare for the fake. That strategy, it takes you out of return, right. So, if you think they are going to fake it and you're just going to stand there and wait for them to run a fake and then they don't, then you just don't get any return setup. But we were able to get the call and pressure that, and we had some big guys in there so that if they did fake it, we felt like we were covered but at the same time we felt like we could pressure as well. I'm not sure exactly what happened there, but I know we had guys coming, whether it was a fake or not, and like I said, obviously they missed it there and Lawrence Guy made a great play."

Did you have a relationship with Head Coach David Culley going into this game, being around the league as long as you both have?

"I've never really crossed paths with David too much. I would say everybody else down here, but not him."

With the way the game went, especially with the offensive line, did the way that they played allow you and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels to call the game any differently? Were there things that you were willing to do later because of how they performed earlier?

"We pretty much – no, we didn't make any – I mean, there were some adjustments during the game, not saying that, but they pressured us a little bit more than some other teams in the past. But we kind of expected that based on the situation. But no, we were able to pretty much run the plays that we had planned on running. We ended up being a little bit more two-back with Jakob (Johnson) – two-backs in the backfield, Jak (Jakobi Meyers) with either Damien (Harris) or Rhamondre (Stevenson) in the second half, but we have done plenty of that all year so that really wasn't a big thing. This first half was more two tight ends and one back, and a little more of more two backs and one tight end in the second half."

How do you think the secondary did without DB Jalen Mills today?

"As a defense, I don't think we played well very well in the first half, period, so we have to do a lot better than that. To give up two 20-play drives, giving up 80-yard touchdown, that's not very good."

QUARTERBACK MAC JONES

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

How does it feel for you, to have a come-from-behind victory?
"It felt really good. I think the offensive line did a great job and I think it all starts with them. They were doubted all week and there was this and that, and all the noise around that and they came out and they played really hard and they played together. I think I only got hit one time the whole game. So just shoutout to those guys and they are a big reason why it happened, and it was just – we just out-competed. I don't know if we out-played the other team but we definitely out-competed and that's all we can ask ourselves to do. There's a lot of stuff that I'm going to watch on film and wish I had back, but sometimes it's just – you've just got to find a way to win and it feels better to not play as well and win but learn at the same time than play okay and end up losing. So, the win feels good."

The touchdown pass to TE Hunter Henry, what did you see?

"He did a good job getting open and sometimes the ball didn't always go to him on that play, but he ran a good route and I just saw it and he made a really good catch and I had plenty of time. The offensive line gave me time back there. All those things add up and I think there's plays we left out there on the field but at the same time, we needed to just put together scoring drives, kicks or touchdowns. I think if you take away our turnovers, which one of them was obviously my fault and then Damien (Harris), it was just a bang-bang play. I think we put a lot of emphasis on that and we didn't do a good job of that. But we still fought through that and just tried to put points on the board."

Did you see TE Hunter Henry run that out in previous games?
"Yeah, he did a good job even last year just watching his like highlights and stuff. That's one of his good routes that he has a good feel for, the corner, the flag. He does a good job. Hunter is a tough guy and I think all the skill players played with toughness today. I think that's all you can ask from them is play with toughness and try to do your job and they did a good job listening in the huddle and we just tried to go out there and execute."

When you're down four starting offensive lineman, in the week of preparation, do you get with OL David Andrews and put in extra time and make sure you're on the same page?
"Yeah, I think just whoever in there, I know it was tough not to have all the guys we had previously but the guy who stepped up and played really hard all played together and it starts with me and David. David has a lot of experience under his belt. He knows pretty much everything about the offense, like the back of his hand. I think just not having that gap in the communication there's going to be some of that with a young quarterback like me, so he's always doing what he's supposed to do. The other guys did a good job protecting and listening to calls during crunch time it. Just shows that you must be ready, and they stepped up to the opportunity. I told them that after the game that they all did a good job stepping up and just taking advantage of their opportunities. They played great."

Do you think would you have been able to pull off the comeback without the defense in the second half?
"I think we definitely wouldn't have, they just played really well. Like I said we turned the ball over, so we put them in tough positions sometimes. You know, they played well all year, and it's our job to put more points up on the board so the games are not as close as they are. We have a great defense, veteran group. I have all the confidence in the world, even if something happened, that they would have gotten a stop or whatever would have happened. They just played hard and they played together, and they are a lot of fun to go against in practice. They are going to keep getting better and we need to raise our offensive bar to what they are doing on defense."

What happened on the interception?
"I just didn't throw the ball very well. Protection was fine. It was just a bad throw and I didn't step into it like I know how to do. I wish I had it back, but I've run that play a thousand times and completed it a lot, so I'll watch it on film and figure out what I could have done better. But the timing was good. The route was fine. It was just me making a bad throw."

How do you feel after the game?
"I'm good. I just got bumped and was bleeding. It's part of the game. Nothing's hurt so I feel great."

CENTER DAVID ANDREWS

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Not transcribed.

LINEBACKER JAMIE COLLINS

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Not transcribed.

KICKER NICK FOLK

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Not transcribed.

TIGHT END HUNTER HENRY

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Hunter, your thoughts on getting a win but also you seem to have a nice connection with QB Mac Jones. Take us through what you guys were doing as an offense, especially late in that game.

"First off, it's good to talk to you guys after a win. I feel like I've been talking to you last couple weeks after some tough ones. So, it's good be to on the other side of it. Yeah, it was, you know, I felt like in the first half, we played really well offensively. We moved the ball up and down the field, the fumble was very costly obviously. And then we came out the second half, stalled, threw the pick, not good. Three-and-out. But other than those two drives and the fumble, we were consistently moving the ball. I felt like really good balance today. Mac (Jones) stood back there and stood in the pocket really strong. So, was proud of him and proud of the offensive lineman that had to step up in big roles."

OL David Andrews said QB Mac Jones a tough son of a gun.

"Yeah, he's tough. He stands in there. It says a lot to the older guys, guys that have been around, to be that young and stand in there and fire the ball, it gives a lot of confidence to the receivers, tight ends and to the offensive lineman, too. He's doing a tremendous job."

LINEBACKER MATT JUDON

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Opening Statement

"Freak, that was a good game. All right."

How exciting was it to pull off the victory? How good did everything feel?

"It felt great, man, to just kind of comeback tough. It was a tough week. We were down linemen, down Jalen Mills. It was a tough loss Sunday night, and to go do something like that. We never got down on ourselves. I got a little down. I was a little frustrated and I think we all felt it. But we all just gelled together, came together as a team. I think Lawrence Guy's block on special teams sprung us, and we got three out of that and we got three-and-out, and offense scored. It was just freaking juiced up, man. We juiced up and it felt good to get that win. It felt good to get that win, especially when you feel like you have been playing some good ball, and just some things weren't going your way. Just to fight back like that, that's a good team, alright. They are missing some guys, a little banged up, but that's a good team. It's hard to get wins on Sundays in this league, and you cherish every one that you can get. I was really happy about it and everybody in the locker room was."

The two sacks there in the red zone, did that feel like a turning point in the game plan?

"No. It was (Lawrence Guy's) block. They still got points out of that drive. Then I believe we came out at halftime, we turned the ball over and they got points out of that drive. We finally stopped them on third down, third-and-short and Lawrence Guy just blocks the punt. It was (Lawrence Guy), correct, he got it? So, he blocks the punt and that's what turned it around. It wasn't me. It wasn't me. I wish it was, but it was definitely (Lawrence Guy), and congrats to that guy. Congrats."

The trick plays, what was the biggest change?

"It's a trick play. It's one of those kinds of things, I can't believe they got us on that. But that's what trick plays do. Usually if ran properly, which they ran it properly, got good protection, the wide receiver did a good stop block and didn't release, and it was a trick play and they only had 40 yards to go. Trick plays usually hit between 30 and 50. So that was a good call by them. They executed well, but like I said, we just came back and we didn't hang our heads. Just kept the defense in the game. Kept ourselves in the game and then the offense just started putting up points."

What's it like to play with LB Jamie Collins?

"Jamie (Collins) is way more athletic than me. He plays every spot. He plays every spot on the defense. He can do any and everything. He is kind of like a (Dont'a) Hightower. Just to have him out there, him rush the A-gap and get a sack, I think he was only out there for like two defensive snaps, and then he got a sack. I wish I could do that. But I'm on the edge, and when he's in the middle going for it, we are going to have 100 percent confidence in what Jamie can do and when Jamie is out on the field."

You were a part of some tough teams in Baltimore. What does a win like this tell you about the toughness that you have on this team?

"I said this earlier in the week, but we are not here to hang our heads. We are not here to feel down. We are not here to feel sorry for ourselves. We are all here to win games. Regardless of the score, our record, we are a really good football team. We're going to make that clear here in the upcoming weeks, but we have to just continue to grind. We have to continue to come into work, ready to work, and willing to work, and understand the stuff that we did bad and then understand the stuff that we did good, and we've got to correct it."

Was it concerning after the Buccaneers last week that you came out flat?

"We didn't come out flat. The defense came out flat, we were giving up yards, but they were hitting us on screens and stuff like that. But kudos to our offense. Our offense was kind of picking us up. Our offense was going and moving the ball. They were really moving the ball. Just unfortunate, that one turnover. But in the first half, they scored and took up the whole first quarter. Our offense scored I think on the second play of the second quarter, we are right back in it. If it wasn't for that fumble on the goal line, it would have been 12-12 or 12-13. We didn't come out flat, I don't think so. We just have to put it together. We have to put it like the second half, like we played in the second half, we have to put that in the first half. Like I said we just have to go back to work, continue to grind, continue to execute, and then just make sure when we come out on Sundays, we put it all together first, second half."

RUNNING BACK RHAMONDRE STEVENSON

Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, October, 10, 2021

Not transcribed.

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