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New England Patriots Postgame Quotes 11/3

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and select players comment on their 37-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 3, 2019.


Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, November 3, 2019

(Opening statement) "There is really not much to say tonight. Obviously, we didn't do anything normal, certainly didn't coach well. Give them credit, they were better than we were tonight, certainly the better team. We all have to do a better job."

(on the difference of watching Lamar Jackson on tape vs. live) "I don't know. Right now, they are not on the schedule, so we don't have to worry about them."

(on self-inflicting mistakes) "They played better than all of us."

(on if he considered going for it on fourth down before the half) "We took the points."

(on the development of WR Mohamed Sanu Sr.) "Like I said, we all need to do a better job."

(on if he can take anything from fighting back from down 17) "We competed out there. It just wasn't good enough. We all have got to do a better job, starting with me."

(on what QB Lamar Jackson's performance says about their defense) "They were better well coached, and they have a lot of weapons."

(on if the Ravens' offense showed what he expected) "They always have a couple new wrinkles; they do that every week."

(on if there was anything specific he didn't have the team prepared for) "It's obvious."

(on if he saw fatigue in his defense after the Ravens' 9-minute drive) "They had a couple key plays in situations."

(on the effect of WR Julian Edelman's fumble in the third quarter) "I don't know."

(on if he saw what caused the neutral zone infractions) "I couldn't see."


Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, November 3, 2019

(on the game tonight) "I give them a lot of credit. They played a good game. They made a lot of plays offensively and defensively. We just didn't match them. When you're on the road, you've got to play well in all three phases. Offensively, we didn't do a good enough job; too many missed opportunities."

(on your connection with WR Mohamed Sanu Sr.) "[Mohamed Sanu Sr.] played hard; all the guys played hard. Most of the guys were out there all night. At different times, we had really good rhythm, and at other times, we just couldn't get into a rhythm. That's NFL football. We've got to do better than we did tonight."

(on how WR Julian Edelman's fumble shifted momentum) "[Julian Edelman] was just trying to get yards. They made a good play. Give them credit. Those types of plays, good defenses make. He avoided the first tackle, and then the other guy got his hands on him and punched the ball out. I was happy with the way we responded. Then we came back and scored again."

(on what the team can take from this game heading into the bye week) "Losses always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself. We obviously have a lot of work to do. Tonight, obviously was not good enough. When you get beat by 17 points, that's not what we're all about. Give the Ravens credit, they played really well. They took advantage of their opportunities, and that's what it takes."

(on if the bye week is coming at a good time) "It is what it is."

(on not running sub-packages in the game) "We just thought that they'd give us the best approach to win. Guys were out there playing hard. We went with the guys that we thought would give us the best chance to win, and those guys played hard. Everybody has to contribute at some point and come in and take advantage of the opportunities when they get them."

(on Mohamed Sanu Sr.'s improved performance) "We threw the ball a lot, so it's going to be spread around to quite a few people. I'm happy he made a bunch of plays. I'm happy that Julian [Edelman] made a bunch of plays. All of us have to make a bunch more plays."

(on the ability to score touchdowns in the red zone) "Those are important plays. It really hasn't been a strength for us all year. We're going to have to figure it out."


Postgame Press Conference
Sunday, November 3, 2019

(on if QB Lamar Jackson was a bigger problem than expected) "I think overall it was their whole offense. We knew they had one of the best running attacks in the NFL. They were really able to run the ball, and I think because we struggled to stop the run, that pretty much gave them control of the game. Possessions, down and distance; they got to be comfortable all game. We got them in a couple third-and-longs, and we were able to get off the field, but for the majority of the game, they were able to play on their terms. That's what probably hurt us the most; just [not] having control of the game."

(on his thoughts of the first quarter) "They had control. We just really couldn't get anything going. We even got them to kick, and then we're offsides; it was a lack of focus and concentration. I think we're aware of that, but when you're playing against good football teams, you can't have those plays. I think that's something we know. When we play in these types of games against a good football team that's coming off a bye week, they were ready to go. They had a couple of schemes that we hadn't seen that worked out. I think overall that was not our biggest issue. I think it was stopping the run. It started on the first drive, not giving up the big play right away, and then they slowly and methodically moved down the field. Then you give up the big play. That's where they feel most comfortable. The first quarter was kind of what the whole game ended up looking like. Obviously, we had a couple of plays in a couple of series here and there. Even in the fourth quarter, the long drive crushed us."

(on what changed in the second quarter to get the team going defensively) "It was two good football teams. We weren't going to lay down. Overall, in the second quarter, that's when we got them in third-and-long, where we were able to have more control and get off the field. That was a big help for us. When you play in these games, it's not about doing it for a quarter. You've got to play better throughout the game. For that quarter, we did alright. To start the second half, the offense drives, and then there was a big turnover, and as a defense, we have to step up and make a big play there, and that didn't help our offense turn it over. But then they went down and scored right away. We need to get out there and make a play; that's where we had a chance to turn the game."

(on QB Lamar Jackson's unique talent and future opponents with mobile quarterbacks) "Each week, you're going to get a challenge. Whether we play a team that runs the ball well or throws the ball averaging 400 yards a game, we've got to be able to understand what they do well and try to stop them. It's a week-by-week thing. This week, it didn't work out. We didn't win, but after the bye, we have the Eagles, so we've got to watch them and see what they do well and how to stop them. If we don't do those things, it's going to be the same result. I don't care who you play, you have to figure them out and put in the work that week and try to go out there and play well. We can't think we're going to fix every problem we've had during the season, during the bye week; it just doesn't work like that. I think if it did, you'd see a lot of better football teams."

(on what was learned from this game) "We'll sit. We got to get back to work. It's not the first game we've ever lost. We've got to get back to work and go play better the next time we're out there."

(on early struggles from QB Lamar Jackson's speed) "Some of it was his speed, but honestly, we didn't give up a whole bunch of huge plays to Lamar [Jackson]. It was their run game overall. There were times when we were good on Lamar, but then [Mark] Ingram split us, but then we'd be good on Ingram, but Lamar would get outside for seven or eight yards. Any time you play a team like this, you can't replicate that. There are definitely some adjustments, but I don't think it's one of those things where he ran around the edge and we were like, 'Dang, he's fast.' We knew he was fast. [Defensive end] John Simon had a few plays where he used the sideline and used his help. He did a good job on them. There were a couple of plays where it didn't matter who the quarterback was because we had no edge of the defense. It wasn't like he outran a guy that had the edge. They just got out there and ran their plays. I think it was more of playing fundamentally together. It was a 'do your job' game. If each guy doesn't do their job and do it well, then we're going to struggle."

(on what LB Dont'a Hightower's message on the sideline was) "Just to keep playing. When you've been playing games like we have the first couple of weeks of the season, and it's been a smooth ride, we got guys who have been here a while. We haven't gone undefeated during a regular season. I think he was just telling the guys to just keep playing. A part of this game is character. Keep playing each down, even when the game is out of hand and it's not going your way, you keep playing. That's something you have to do every time you step on the field."

(on your feelings going into the bye week) "Anytime you lose, it sucks. We'll sit on this one for an extra week, but I think sometimes an extra week can be good. We'll get to watch the film. When a team has success on you, you're going to see some of those plays again. Nobody has Lamar Jackson, but we'd be crazy to think things that they did tonight, we won't see again. So, it'll be good as a defense and as a team to be able to get in-depth on some of the things that have hurt us throughout the season. We have to be mature enough to get better as a football team."

(on facing the Ravens again) "If it happens, it happens. For us, they're not on the schedule. We have to just be ready to play the games we have left on the schedule to get to wherever that's going to be. That's more important than worrying about seeing them again. It's us making sure we're going to be where we want to be, and the rest will work itself out."


RB James White

(on losing before the bye week) "It sucks to lose regardless. Whether it is going into the bye week or not, obviously we did not play our best tonight. We will just make the corrections and come back from the bye week ready to go."

(on getting a slow start) "You never know what it is, we have just got to play better from the start. We got it going a little bit, but we just did not hold that momentum. We have got to give credit to those guys, [the Ravens] they played a good football game."

(on coming out in the second half strong and then fumbling) "We had good momentum regardless of the fumble. We still have got to go out there and play football. Like I said, those guys [the Ravens] played a good football game. We just did not play our best. So, we will come back from the bye week and make all the corrections, start ourselves and get better. We have a lot of tough guys – mentally, physically. No matter what adversity we face, we have got to keep fighting and I think that is what everybody tried to do tonight. We just did not play our best at the start of the game, and that kind of hurt us a little bit."

WR Julian Edelman

(on the fumble) "You have got to move on. It put us in a hole. You cannot turn the ball over against a team like that. I felt like I let my team down, but you have got to move on. It just was not our day. You have got to tip your hat to the Baltimore Ravens, they played a good game."

(on the offense) "I do not know. I have got to watch the film."

(on playing from behind) "It is definitely different playing from behind. You do not want to play from behind against a team like this. That is what they live off of, they thrive off of. We did not play the game we wanted to. Like I said, you have to tip your hat, Baltimore played a good game, they outplayed us."

(on losing before the bye) "It is definitely tough. You have got to think about it. You have it in the back of your throat the whole time. We can go either two ways from here; we can learn from it and get better and move on, or you can go the other way. I have faith that we are going to learn from it and get back to where we need to be and go on from there." 

WR Mohamed Sanu Sr.

(on the Ravens defense) "They played a little more zone than expected, but we were able to adjust to it and try to change things up."

(on playing nearly the whole game) "We are in pretty good shape. We knew what we were getting into and we knew what to expect. This was the kind of game that you wanted to play in as an athlete, big time games. Rise up to competition. You want those kinds of moments, but we have got to make the kind of plays in order to get the win, and we did not do that today. It is one play at a time, you cannot get too high, you cannot get too low. You have got to check it off and get on to the next play."

(on his touchdown) "We practiced it. We executed it pretty good and we got the score."

(on how he feels on the offense) "I am getting better and better each step of the way. I still have a ways to go, but I am getting better and better with it. I am just learning day by day. I am just being me. If they want me to do something, I am going to go ahead and do it. I am a competitor, so I am going to find a way to do the best at it that I can."

CB Jason McCourty

(on the game) "We kept our composure throughout the whole game. We just did not play well enough to win the game versus a good football team tonight. They did a good job, whether it was pick plays, whether it was getting the ball out quick and on crucial downs they were able to make plays."

(on being 8-1) "When you lose a game, you have got to come in and try to correct things that went wrong in the game, whether you are 0-8, 8-1 or whatever. It is about getting better, and it is still early in the season. There is still a lot of football to be played, so whether we won this game or lost this game, I think after each and every game it is important to get better. Because obviously, a team like the Ravens, will get better. Every team in the NFL is trying to get better, each and every week. We fell short tonight, so it is a little more urgency when you come in the next day. Winning in this league is tough, and whenever you get a win, you are making those corrections the next day. You feel good about it, because you are able to score more points than the other team, and when that does not happen, you are a little disappointed, but the process does not change. You have to come in, you have to find out what you did not do well and make improvements in it."

TE Ben Watson

(on the Ravens' defense) "We played a good football team. They did a good job defensively on us. We were never able to get drives started early, so we were playing catch up later in the game. We had some opportunities then, but you just have to say that they did a good job."

(on needing to score when the opponent holds the ball for extended drives) "Whenever you get behind, you have to score some points to catch up. The winner is the team that scores the most points, so there's always a sense of urgency. The further you get behind, the more you have to play mistake-free."

(on how to make in-game corrections after making mistakes) "The best way to do it is to string good plays together. That's the best way to do it. We encourage each other by pointing out what we need to do. But, the best way to do that is to make one play and then string a few together; get a long drive and get points. That's what we were trying to do as the game went on."

LB Kyle Van Noy

(on facing Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' offense) "They had a good scheme today." 

(on whether there is a difference with their defense tonight compared to the first eight games of the season) "I don't think there was much difference. Credit to them. They played a better game than we did today. We have to do a better job of that."

(on whether the defense was on the field longer than they wanted to be) "Of course. We always want to get off the field. That's the objective for us to do … To get off the field as soon as possible. But they sustained really good drives. We stayed on the field too long. We have a lot of things to fix. We have the right group to do it with."

DL Lawrence Guy

(on the defensive performance) "We have to play a little bit better football. We went out there, but they played every down a little bit better than we did. We weren't able to keep [QB Lamar Jackson] in the pocket. They pretty much outperformed us. We just need to figure out what to get fixed and move forward. There was a lot of good football played, but there were a lot of mistakes being made. We need to stop the mistakes so that we can move forward."

(on giving up long drives in the second half) "We just have to play better fundamental football. That's what it breaks down to – playing down by down. They're a good team. They make good plays. It's just that we should play a little bit better overall. They pretty much outperformed us tonight, and it shows."

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