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Patriots Locker Room Quotes - 12/31/2010

QUARTERBACK BRIAN HOYER

Q: What has your preparation been like this season?

BH: I've been getting in the film room with [Quarterbacks Coach] Bill O'Brien and focusing on defenses and things like that. There's not a day that goes by in here where I come in and don't learn something new.

Q: What does the team's turnover differential mean to you?

BH: I think it's something that we emphasize. Everybody emphasizes it, but we've just done a good job of protecting the ball. It's something that's one of our goals every week: to protect the football. If you're not giving the opponent extra opportunities, you're not hurting yourself and giving them more chances to win.

CORNERBACK KYLE ARRINGTON

Q: Is it tough to balance the idea of getting rest versus keeping momentum going?

KA: No, we're not worried about that. We're just going to go out there and play. You have 16 games on your schedule every year and you plan on playing all of them going into the season. It's no different. We're going to go out there and do our job.

Q: Does the possibility of being injured in a meaningless game make you nervous?

KA: You really can't think about that. Injuries are part of the game and you can't go into a game worried about getting hurt. That's definitely not in the back of anyone's mind.

Q: How far has the secondary come this season in terms of what you've accomplished and your confidence level?

KA: We definitely have progressed and we've bettered our chemistry and relationships both on and off the field. By no means are we where we want to be ultimately, so we're just going to keep chipping away at it.

RUNNING BACK DANNY WOODHEAD

Q: Is it tough to balance the idea of getting rest versus keeping momentum going?

DW: We have a game this weekend and that's the most important thing. We have to get ready for Miami. Anything else - that's not what we're worried about. [We will] go out today and have a good practice in our preparation for Miami.

Q: How much does the team take on the personality of its coach?

DW: We trust our coach and everything and we're just taking it one day at a time. That's what we've tried to do the whole season and that's what we're going to continue to do and just try to be ready for this weekend.

Q: Now being in the huddle with Tom Brady, what do you appreciate about him that you didn't see before?

DW: He's a great quarterback. I don't know what I can really explain besides that he is a great quarterback. It's definitely nice to be in the huddle with him instead of against him.

Q: How did he greet you and help you out when you arrived here in Foxborough?

DW: If I have a question, he's always there to help out. He wants to make sure that everyone is on the same page with him. He's definitely been a big help.

Q: Could there be a better sign of how good a team is than a plus-27 turnover differential?

DW: We just try to take care of the ball. We go into every game [with the notion that] ball security is No. 1. The defense has done a great job of forcing turnovers also, and things have worked out. But we have to focus every single day.

Q: Is there any source of pride for the offense to hit a milestone such as BenJarvus Green-Ellis approaching 1,000 yards?

DW: It would definitely be cool for him to get 1,000 yards, but whatever the game shows us…maybe the pass is working or maybe the run is working. We're just going to go out there and do our best, but it would definitely be cool.

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