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Patriots Postgame Quotes 10/11

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and select players comment on their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 11, 2015.


"It's a good feeling to come down here and win.  I'm really proud of our team today. I thought we got great complementary football from all three phases.  In our offense, defense, special teams, the way we started the game.  We had a quick series on defense.   Good punt return. Put our offense in good field position.  We had several of those during the day.  Couple of turnovers in the second half but real good field position.  The kicking game - Stephen kicked the ball well.  We had a big punt.  Good coverage by Sheard and a great kick by Ryan.  I thought that was really big for us. Defensively, we didn't give up many big plays.  We played ok on third down.  Got off the field quite a bit in the first half.  Gave our offense some field position and we really took advantage of it.  The Cowboys are a really good football team.  Defensively, they gave us a look that we really hadn't seen them do before.  They played a lot of the game in a dime defense.   Kind of a 3-2 look with McClain and Lee in the middle.  I thought Josh and the offensive staff did a good job, and the players, making some in-game adjustments to deal with the look they gave us, there.  Overall, good to come down here and win.  I thought we got real good contributions from everybody. Had a good week of work, practice.  These guys were ready to go.  The players played a solid game.  I give them all the credit in the world. They did a good job."

On the front seven.
"It was a big challenge.  They've got an excellent running game. Good backs, really good offensive line, obviously a good tight end – Witten - fullback.  It was just team defense.  The guys on the edge did a good job, they didn't give up a lot of easy yards outside.  I thought we did a decent job on the line of scrimmage.  They hit us on some cutback runs for some four-and-five yarders that we could have played better, but overall, not bad.  I thought we tacked pretty well today.  This is a good team, a lot of good runners.  Beasley, Whitehead, obviously the backs, McFadden, Randle.  Getting those guys on the ground isn't that easy.  I thought overall we did a decent job of that. Our front played well.  Really worked hard on run defense going all the way back to the bye week last Wednesday."

On the play of Jamie Collins' and how Jerod Mayo and Jonathan Freeny played after Dont'a Hightower's injury.
"Again, I thought we had good team defense.  Our secondary played well.  Linebackers were in on a lot of the plays up front.  It was competitive with their good offensive line.  Jaime, I don't know what he had out there but he was in on a lot of them (tackles).  Had couple of good pressures.  Sheard gave us some pressures as well.  We had a good mix of run defense, pass rush.  We had a lot of different guys step up and make plays but Jaime seemed to be all over the field.  There was a good play we had on the fumble where Sheard jammed Witten, kind of kept him from getting into his route.  Good game, good team defense."

*On the play of Dion Lewis.  *
"Dion's been giving us a lot of productive plays, both running and passing.  Some inside plays, some outside plays, some run-after-catch plays.  He's been doing it for us all year. He's a hard guy to tackle.  He's tough when he gets a little bit of space."

On Tom Brady's toughness and resilience after taking so many hits in the first half.
"Tom's one of the toughest players in the league."

Was the number of hits he took in the first half a concern?
"It's a combination of things.  I think we need to do a better job overall with our offensive execution.  Getting rid of the ball, getting open and blocking, so it's a little bit of everthing."

Did you expect Greg Hardy to have such a good game?
"He's a good player.  I said that all week. McClain, too."

*On the Cowboys starting the game with three linemen instead of their usual four. *
"It was a new look they hadn't shown before, that was that 3-2 dime defense with Lee playing inside.  It was a new look.  It took a little while for us to adjust to it, to get a handle on what they were doing.  I thought that our players and coaches did a good job making those adjustments during the game and throughout the game.  It was definitely a different look and they obviously were going to come up and get on us and match it up. That caused us some problems but we scored 30 points.  I think that caused them some problems, too.  Competitive game."

What adjustments did you make at halftime?
"Like I just said, we made those adjustments from the first series. We didn't wait until halftime.  There's nothing magic about halftime.  As soon as we see what they're doing, we need to get ready to address it."


On Feeling the Pressure of the Cowboys Defense
"It's a good front. They've got big team speed. I was probably holding the ball a bit to long on some of the plays. The offensive line, I think they did a great job. I see some adjustments in different things. Four games into the year, you can't practice everything. All we can do is make the adjustments and hope we do better next week."

Overall Performance of the Cowboys Defense
"They have some good personnel on defense. I think they gave us a few different fronts, a few different coverages. They came in with an approach and I thought we settled in, made some plays to start the second half. We did play better."

On RDE Greg Hardy and WLB Sean Lee
"I think those great players, I think two players. They (Cowboys) had play nix and they have a good defense."

On Today's Game
"That was a big win for us. Going on the road is never easy, especially when they get two key guys back. They really are a good team." They (Cowboys) obviously gave us some trick plays, but we got by with the win."

On RB Dion Lewis
"He's pretty unique. He's done a great job for us and I think his coming in has made a huge impact on our team. I'm sure he had a lot of weak in himself, obviously missing a lot of football last year. He's just been an amazing player for our team in four games. You got to keep it going. It's a long season. We are four games into it and we got to get ready to go and get all those back in it this year."

On Adjustments Made In the Second Half
"I think we just made a couple of more plays."


"I can just focus on doing what I can to help this team win and go out there to work as hard as I can."

*On his TD: *
"I was trying to catch the ball and let my instincts take over after that…I was just to make a play, trying not to get hit…I was just trying to make a great play for my team. It was a great way to get us some momentum in the game."

"I'm not scared to get hit. I get every play so I'm definitely not scared to hit. I was just running with my instincts and going with the play design, then let my instincts take over after that and do what I'm coach to do."

*More on his TD catch: *
"I just ran to the flat. It seemed like (the ball) was behind me, so I had to adjust to it. I turned around, somebody was in front of me I think – I don't  really remember, but I think somebody was in front me.  Then somebody came from the side, I ducked under and I really don't remember what happened after that."

"I was just out there playing. It's something I work hard at, so when I'm out there in the game it just comes as instincts. Just trying to make a play for my team is what it comes down to…"

*On his journey: *
"It's just how things work out. Everybody has a different path. My path was a little bit harder. I think it was God testing me to see how bad I really wanted it. Just come out here and keep working. People close to me, my family and friends, they know what kind of attitude I have and my abilities. They are not surprised at what I'm doing. I'm trying to get better every week. I've still got a lot of work to do."


"There's a lot of things we can do better. But it was great to see guys like Marcus (Cannon) come in a play, our defense held them to six points and our special teams getting good plays."

"Their defense came out and changed up what they usually do. We had to adjust. We put ourselves in terrible situations with stupid penalties on myself a couple of times. When you put yourself in hole, it's hard to get out of it. We were able to do it with adjustments and we did better in the second half."

*On his PI penalties: *
"It's a tough call. Sometimes it's just youre out playing and you hit a guy on slant route. It's just unfortunate. But that's the rules. You've got to abide by it."

*On Brady's toughness: *
"Have you seen him play for the last 15 years? He's pretty tough. I don't think anyone underrates his toughness. Tom Brady is tough, very tough."

*On playing in Dallas: *
"It was a big ol' circus with walking through the stands with this and that and the Jumbotron. It's a cool place to play. It was awesome to see all the Patriots fans out there. It seemed pretty equal, didn't it? It was loud. It doesn't surprise you. Everywhere I go, I see Patriots fans."


*On his injury: *
"It's too hard to tell. We're just going to roll forward and see what happens."

*On 2nd half adjustments: *
"Well, there were some adjustments made. We just started playing better too. I mean, we had to. We couldn't play the way we played the first half."

*On the challenge presented by Dallas: *
"They're good players. They have a good scheme and they play hard."


*On containing the run: *
"That's the best offensive line in the league. They run the ball well each week. That's how the offenses get going, through the running game. The running game creates space for the passing game and vice versa. So we knew the main thing, the main objective today, was to stop the run."

*On holding the Cowboys offense in check: *
"Everybody just doing their jobs, to be honest. Everybody had a job to do, and everybody went out there and tried their hardest to do it. Whether it was stopping the run, trying to stop Witten, keeping the quarterback in the pocket, all of those things. We did a good job of trying to carry out the game plan today."

*On how they held Witten in check: *
"Just give him different looks. Just different looks. Just different people on him. Sometimes a couple of people on him. Just trying to take him out of the game. Because once he gets going, he is a hard person to stop."


*On what the defense is showing: *
"Everybody in the locker room, on the defensive side at least, we all know everybody is capable of doing their job. We have seen eachother doing it during practice and at a lot of points during the game. … We are assuring ourselves and our teammates that we are good at doing our job and that we are trustworthy at doing our job." 

*On holding the Cowboys offense in check: *
"Everybody just had a great game. The secondary was doing a great job on the receivers. Up front we are trying to put pressure on the quarterback and stop the run. Obviously we did a descent job. There she blows. That's what happened right there."


*On the defense: *
"Just go out there and just do it every week. Did they score? We wanted to hold the offense to no touchdowns. … They did get yardage. But at the end of the day, we held our own in the red zone."

*On how the defense can build on a strong performance: *
"I think that is something we have to do every week. It is the NFL, everybody wants to run the ball. You have a lot of great backs. Definitely you have to stop the run. That is something we have been trying to do since day one. Hopefully we got a little better – I don't know what their rushing yards were – hopefully we got a little better this week."

*On holding the Cowboys offense in check: *
"Just playing hard in the red zone. I think we came up good in the red zone. Everybody sold out and gave their all."

*On how he will build on his personal contributions to the game: *
"Just continue to get better. I was talking about those two sacks, but I had a lot of mistakes, so I have to go back and watch the film and obviously get better."


*On the defense, and whether they were watching the offensive production: *
"On defense, the big thing is we are not paying attention to anything the offense does. They have a job and we have a job. So no matter if they are scoring every possession or if they are going three-and-out or kicking field goals. We just have to get the ball back. I think from playing here for a couple years, we know if we can just keep getting the ball back, no matter what they are doing, eventually they will put points on the board and we will make a run."

*On the defensive mentality: *
"Just playing. That's our job. Not allow points. We were able to do that. If we hold a team to six points, our offense will win a good amount of games."

*On holding Witten in check: *
"I think everyone knows from watching us through the years, we are always going to try to take away teams' best players. Obviously he is one of the best tight ends to play the game. Just having awareness and doing different things within the scheme to try to stop him. At times we did a good job, just not letting him be that go-to guy, and keep catching big catches and move the chains."

*On Jamie Collins: *
"Dude's not human. He was all over the field today. He made so many plays that he didn't make on paper. Just his presence. He was all over the place. That is coming from me, not watching the game but being in the game, and I could feel it. So I can't imagine just being able to watch from up top and seeing all the plays he was able to make."

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