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Patriots Locker Room Quotes 12/22: Brandon Bolden and Tim Wright

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden and tight end Tim Wright address the media in the locker room at Gillette Stadium on Monday, December 22, 2014.



(On rooting for the Bengals tonight)** "I don't even think I'm watching the game tonight. I've actually got a birthday party I've got to get to. Nobody is really talking about it. Everybody is still trying to recover from the Jets game, the war we had yesterday, so I think everybody is going to take the rest of the day to try to just recover. If they watch football, they do, but I don't think anybody is rooting for anybody."

(On the pride of playing special teams) "We work at it. We work at it every day, day-in and day-out. We work at it, we talk about it, we go in and watch extra film on it. It's just players. We don't have any coaches there; we have like a players' special teams meeting. We talk about it so everybody can get comfortable with what they're doing and their assignment, so we can go out there and execute."

(On special teams coach Scott O'Brien's leadership)"He tells us what to look for. He tells us what to watch for when we're watching film. He kind of gives you little headers and pointers to what you're looking for so you're not just watching film blindly. He does a really good job of pointing out the small things and making sure we capitalize on those small things."

(On disappointment in the offense yesterday)"I mean, it wasn't our best game. I would say everyone was pretty disappointed because we didn't put our best foot forward."

(On being prepared when you're called into the game on offense, specifically yesterday on third-and-one) "To be honest, I was kind of just hanging on the sideline just praying like, 'Please don't make us go out there and punt again, let's go ahead and seal this game,' and [coach] goes, 'Brandon, get in there.' 'OK, let's go.' So it was one of those moments I kind of was actually just sitting back just watching the offense go, and they told me to run out there and get in. I ran out there and got in and got a nice run out of it."

(On the call on his key first down run and if the original play was to go by the center) "We kind of had an idea that they were going to try to take away [the middle] because we had run the quarterback sneak a few times for a first down. They did a real good job of making sure we didn't have that. They took away both 'A' gaps, both 'B' gaps, so nothing was going inside. We knew we had to go outside with the ball. We got out there and there was so much room and space. I actually told Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] to let the guy go because I didn't want to get the holding penalty. So I yelled to Gronk, 'Let him go,' and Gronk let him go, so I got around the edge and we got the first down."

(On Buffalo's defense) "Buffalo's defense is real good, and they've been playing real great in the second half of the season, so we are going to have to go in and get on this film as quick as possible and go out there and execute."



(On halftime adjustments)** "We just had to refocus, just look at what we were doing in the first half and just collectively come together in the second half. We pulled out the win, and now it's time to focus on the Bills and end on a good note."

(On Denver's game against Cincinnati on Monday night) "It's going to be a good game. We're not really looking past what has to go on with the Bills, what's coming up next for us, but it's going to be a good game for them."

(On the team securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if Denver loses) "Yeah, that's what I'm hearing, but [we're] just focused on the Bills."

(On Vince Wilfork's blocked field goal) "Every play is crucial – all the details that go into it throughout practice that we practice every day that come up big for us when they do. He made a great play, and it came up big for us."

(On if personnel stability helped the offensive line settle down in the second half) "I guess it did. Guys got into a rhythm. We've got great players in the locker room, great players that can step in and get the job done. I guess once they got the confidence going, it got going well for us."

(On if going up-tempo settled the offense down) "It just changes the look for us. Like I said, we're a very diverse offense. We've got things that we can fall on, so that's what we did, and it came up big for us.

(On if winning a close game when they didn't play their best is a blessing a disguise) "Yeah, we put examples on film, things that we can look and study getting ready for the Bills, just areas we can focus on and cleaning up some detail stuff and just getting better."

(On the Bills defense) "[They're a] great team. They've been playing well the second half of the year. We've really got to get going on them early, and it's going to be a great week of preparation for us."

(On if special teams is more important to the Patriots compared to other NFL teams) "I feel all phases of the game, collectively, help you win or lose. I feel like if you don't have a good special teams group, it can really hurt you. We take a lot of pride here at the Patriots with our special teams and they come up big for us. It's going to take all three phases of the game to really get us going where we want to go."

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