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Patriots Postgame Quotes 11/29

PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK

Opening statement
"I was really proud of the way our team fought tonight. I thought we gave tremendous effort and played really hard. Obviously there were some things that we could have done better, could have coached better, could have played better, but guys really played hard and I have all the respect in the world for this football team, the way they competed so proud of what – the way they went at battle tonight, disappointed in the end result, but have to get back to work this week for Philadelphia."

On TE Rob Gronkowski's injury
"I have no updates. I don't have an update."

On offensive pass interference calls this season
"I think you should talk to them. Talk to the League. I'm sure they have all the answers on that, so talk to them."

On how he will move forward from the injuries to his offense
"I don't know. I'll work on that this week."

On how he personally felt seeing Gronkowski's injury
"What do you think?"

On the low tackle to Gronkowski
"Look, I'm not going to talk about the play."

On how TE Scott Chandler and QB Tom Brady's performance to send the game to overtime
"I've said it about the whole team. Yeah, they competed hard. They competed all the way. Fought hard. All of them."

On confusion with the clock toward the end of regulation
"About what? Yeah."

On the momentum shift in the game
"Look, there were a lot of big plays in the game, so there were a lot of plays."

On the Broncos' play with QB Brock Osweiler
"It was a very competitive game. Both teams played hard."

On if there will be tests for Gronkowski
"I just walked off the field."

On regrouping following the loss
"We play 16 games. It's a challenge every week."

On if the weather conditions affected play
"We've played in a lot worse. It wasn't a perfect day, but I wouldn't say it – we've played in a lot worse than that."

TOM BRADY, QUARTERBACK

On last drive in regulation
"It was a great drive. A lot of guys made good plays. [K] Steve [Gostkowski] made a great kick. I was glad we had a chance. We ultimately didn't make the critical plays when we needed to. We had plenty of opportunities out there and it just wasn't our night. 

On pass interference calls
I have no idea. They have meetings about it, but I have no clue.

On [TE] Rob Gronkowski injury
Yep, absolutely he has been through a lot. He is a tough guy. Hopefully it's not too serious and our fingers are crossed.

On if he thought the hit on Rob Gronkowski was a dirty play
I hate to see it, but it really is the only the way defenders can hit now. I bet if you asked the players they would really rather go high than low. I don't think it's dirty I just think that is how football is played now.

On all the injuries to the offense
We will keep fighting. We lost tonight and it was a tough game. We had to come on the road and had a big lead and didn't make enough plays in the fourth quarter. It is tough to win and when you lose good players it hurts. It always hurts to lose. We had plenty of opportunities to win and we will try to get back to work this week and figure out how to put a plan together that we are confident about next week.

On [TE] Scott Chandler's contributions
We will need to rely on him quite a bit. He is going to be a major contributor for our team. It was good to see him do that and we will see how it will go going forward.

On replacing Rob Gronkowski and injuries
He is the best tight end in football. It is so hard to see these guys get hurt this way. I always have so much respect for guys that play this game because you risk a lot to play. I think a lot of times that gets overlooked because you sacrifice a lot and guys sacrifice their bodies. It is hard to see your friends get taken down like that. It is part of this sport and we understand that, but I also have a lot of respect for guys that take the field. 

MALCOLM BUTLER, CORNERBACK 

On if the increasing number of injuries for the Patriots becomes a frustration
"When you're out there, it's a 100 percent risk you can get injured. You don't want those things to happen, but it's next man up and you just have to keep on moving."

On if he was surprised by how the game ended
"I knew it was going to be a dog fight for 60 minutes. I knew it was going to come down to the end, which it did, but we just came up short. There are a lot of lessons learned from this game."

On how difficult it was to see TE Rob Gronkowski get carted off the field
"It's really sad, but like I said before, it's 100 percent risk going out there, and I don't think [Broncos S Darian Stewart] meant to do it intentionally or anything. We're just playing football. Sadly, that had to happen, but you just have to keep on moving forward."

On feeling there were a lot of missed opportunities
"I think we missed a couple of opportunities and we didn't make the plays when we needed to. We made plays, but we just didn't make the plays when they counted most. We have to learn from it and keep moving forward, it's plain and simple."

SCOTT CHANDLER, TIGHT END

On TE Rob Gronkowski's injury
"It's tough. You never want to see a guy go down on your team, much less your position group or a guy like Gronk. I don't know what his injury is, so we'll see where we go from here."

On where momentum steered in the Broncos' favor
"I just think [the Broncos] ended up making more plays than us at the end of the day. We left some out there, and I think we'll see that on the tape that there were a few more plays that we could've made."

On the frustrations of losing a close game
"That's what you have to do in the NFL. You've got to be able to finish the game. I thought we fought hard, but we just came up short."

On continued injuries to the Patriots
"I've been in the NFL long enough to know it's part of the deal. Injuries don't always pick who they come upon. It happens to everyone and you've got to be ready to move on as a team and have the next guy step up and make plays. I think if you sit there and dwell on it, it might [be overwhelming], but we can't do that. We don't have a choice. We've got to move on."

CHANDLER JONES, DEFENSIVE END

On his perspective of the game
"I'm only answering questions about Philadelphia. I'm not talking about the game. If you guys have questions about Philadelphia, go ahead."

On why he doesn't want to talk about the loss to Denver
"Because Philadelphia is a great team and we have to prepare for them. [Eagles QB] Mark Sanchez is a great quarterback. [Eagles Head Coach] Chip Kelly runs some good schemes and we have to prepare for them."

On if he doesn't feel like reflecting on the game tonight because he cannot change the outcome
"[Eagles Head Coach] Chip Kelly does a lot of different things. He does stretch zone runs, he passes the ball vertically, so we just have to prepare for that."

BRANDON LAFELL, WIDE RECEIVER

On the frustration of injuries
"It's really frustrating, but the guys who are left that are healthy and out there playing we have to find ways to put good plays together and sustain drives. We need to keep our defense off the field and put together drives down the field and put up points."

On how the team lost control of the game
"Offensively, I just think we played into their hands; we started throwing the ball a lot and just played into their hands, letting them put pressure on [Patriots QB Tom Brady] whenever they wanted. We let [Broncos CB Aqib] Talib and their defense just sit back and sit in a zone. We weren't making plays. I think for a whole quarter we went three-and-out. Every time we touched the ball in the second half it felt like we went three-and-out. Any time we did finally make a play, there was a penalty on us–whether it was holding or pushing off or whatever–it was just us getting in our own way. That was a really good defense we played tonight, but we felt like we got in our way a lot tonight."

On if TE Rob Gronkowski is out for an extended period
"[TE] Scott [Chandler] is going to have to step up. Everyone is going to have to step up–me–everybody that is healthy and is able to play. Just like the last few weeks–we've gotten hit on offense and someone has gone down and the next guy has to step up. We have to find a way to stay healthy, we have to find a way to make more plays out there as a whole offense."

On if this game was shocking in any way
"We knew it was going to be a dog fight, they're ranked in the top-five of every defensive category. We knew what type of team they were; we knew what type of offense they had–what kind of explosive wide receivers they had. We knew we couldn't come out here and keep it close, if we had a chance to put our foot throat, we had to do it, and we did not do it tonight. We allowed them to get back in the game and when you allow a team as good as this to get back in the game things like that happen."

On Patriots QB Tom Brady directing the final drive of regulation
"Tom did what he does always, giving us a chance to win. We got down there [in Broncos territory] and then 'Mr. Clutch' [Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski] got down there and kicked a field goal to send us to overtime. It was just that overtime drive, we just couldn't get it going."

LOGAN RYAN, CORNERBACK

On his success matching up against Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
"I felt like I was prepared. I felt like I did a decent job. But when you lose, you obviously look back and look at plays you wish you had back, and I wish I had a couple back at the end. You get that sick feeling in your stomach."

On if there is a state of shock after losing the first game of the season
"Me personally, I pride myself on finishing those plays in these games. I work hard enough and we work hard enough as a team to do that, and we were unable to. We've just got to go back, get back in the lab, grind harder and get ready for Philly."

On Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's injury
"You hate to see it. It's too soon to tell what it was. How hard that guy works, how great of a player and great of a guy he is, you hate to see anybody with the amount of work they put in go down and go off on the cart. You hate to see that."

On there was ever worry about the number of injuries on the team
"Never. Not one point. We felt like we had the guys out there to win that game and we felt like we should have."

On Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski's game-tying kick
"We know that our offense is always going to give us a chance. We know that our kicker is the best in the game, so we had another shot. We had another shot and we weren't able to execute. As a defense, we're going to take that on the chin, work even harder and it's probably going to make us even better."

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