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Patriots Coaching Staff Quotes - 2/2/2012

New England Patriots coaching staff comments on the team's upcoming Super Bowl XLVI game against the New York Giants during media access at the team hotel on Thursday, February 2, 2012.


(on if there is a specific process he has with the younger offensive linemen)
"Our philosophy with the Patriots, has always been with Coach Belichick,, is to develop the roster. We do that through individual meetings with the players, all the players and the young players. We meet at 7:30 in the morning a couple days a week. When we were in pads on those days we keep them after, do one-on-one pass protection. We try to develop players. It doesn't end with just the top eight or nine guys. It transcends to everyone that you coach. That's true for all positions, not just the offensive line."

(on how much satisfaction he gets from teaching the one-on-one moments)
"Well, if you like to coach that's the essence of coaching right there teaching the game and trying to help guys get better. If that's what you value as a coach then it's the preeminent part of coaching. I really enjoy it."

(on what he has taught Bill Belichick since he has been here)

(on what Belichick has taught him)
"I think he's taught me a lot of things. I think he's taught us all a lot of things, all of us, everyone. So pretty much just leave it at that."

(on if it surprises him seeing the younger players come in and play)
"I don't know if surprise is the right word. We have expectations of guys when they come in. When we work with them and say 'Okay, we're going to play this guy'. We have expectations and we like them to meet those expectations. Those kids have all done something good, every one of them. Some guys that haven't played this year, (OT) Matt Kopa, (OG) Donald Thomas has played just a little bit. Those kids have all done a great job for us. We're anxious for next year to see how much they progress through the offseason and then training camp."

(on what he has to do as an offensive line coach to get his players conditioned for the no-huddle offense)
"The way we practice. That's the way we practice a lot of times, so they're in pretty good shape because of it."

(on if he has to do anything extra to get them prepared for the no-huddle offense)
"No, they wouldn't want us to."


(on how well the Giants' wide receivers have been playing the last couple of weeks)
"I think you're talking about some phenomenal players. They've got some great skill set and I think guys that are really coming together at the right time. Working together with the quarterback really well as far as on the same page, as far as with what they're seeing defensively. Whether it's a man-to-man coverage or zone coverage, and they're making their right route progression reads, or whether it's the right conversions in the route itself, and the quarterbacks making all the right throws right now. I think that's the biggest thing. They're really on the same page and you don't really see a lot of miscues in their offensive passing game where the receivers breaking off a seven-route and you're supposed to be going on the post or an instance like that where the quarterback and receiver are not seeing the same defensive coverage through the same set of eyes. I think that's the biggest thing to try to do in the passing game and make sure they're all seeing the same thing."

(on how his defensive backs are preparing for the matchup)
"I think they're doing a great job, obviously. They're putting in the extra time to work together and to get on the same page with each other. It's obviously shown a lot here, especially through the stretch."

(on wide receiver Julian Edelman playing defensive back and having multiple roles)
"I think all of our players on defense are aware that the more they can do then better opportunity they're going to have. All those guys are going to try and play whatever role we put them in and do it to the best of their ability. So whatever it is we need them to do, they'll go out there and do their best at it, and make sure they can execute the game plan to the fullest. (We're) real happy with all our guys that are multiple in that way. We kind of have a history with that with some guys and it's been pretty good for us so far."

(on defending the deep ball and the run game)
"Obviously, everyone in the back end will worry about the deep ball and everything getting over our head. That's truly the fastest way we can get attacked as a defense. But, along with that, the run play, if anything breaks through the line of scrimmage those secondary force guys have to be there in order to ensure the play doesn't turn into a big play, or a game breaker. It's real important for those guys to be disciplined in their assignment, understand the run course assignments that they have and where they fit in the front, accordingly."

(on what makes New England players so good)
"I think what our guys really try to do is come out every day, every week, and try to get better. I think, obviously, the season is a long stretch and we're hoping what we try to do every week is try to get better every day and every week. Hopefully, we built over a number of weeks here, throughout the season; we've been able to do that. So I don't think it's anything that just magically happens. We just have to give all the credit to the players themselves, they come in everyday, they work really hard, they study extremely hard, they work together, and they want to do the best job they can. So really we just have to give all the credit to the players for wanting to work really hard to improve themselves. That's all we're really trying to do. We've obviously got some more improvements still to do and a couple more days to get that done before we play on Sunday."

(on what allows for this team to be so successful despite all the turnover)
"I think every team is its own individual team. What we're trying to do this year is come out every week and get a little bit better, try to improve, try to build on whatever we've done the week before, and just try to always raise the level of expectations. We try to just continue with that throughout the year. We've got to give a lot of credit to the players for the work that they've done and all the commitment they've made to coming every day, and working hard to get themselves better on a daily basis. But, then also, week-to-week and month-to-month."

(on if it's hard working with an entirely different group of guys on the defense and making it back to the Super Bowl)
"Again, I think every team is its own individual team and I think this year's team was this year's team coming into training camp and that's what we knew we had. Then, you try to coach the players that you have and try to improve them every week to get them to the point where you want them to play, good, solid, fundamental football. You just take the group that you have whether it's year-by-year or week-by-week and try to do the best job you can with them, and see if you can execute the game plan for that week."

(on how specific a player needs to be to fit this defense or if it's more of a matter of lining guys up right)
"You've obviously got to do whatever is best for the ball club. Whether it's a guy that fits into the system or trying to fit the system to the guy. Whatever is going to help you win is what you're going to try and do to put the best product out on the field."

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