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Patriots Postgame Quotes 12/27

BILL BELICHICK, HEAD COACH

Opening statement...
It was a competitive game here today. We had our chances. But in the end (we) just couldn't quite make enough plays. Give the Jets credit. That's a good football team, well-coached. They did their job. We just came up a little bit short today.

On why he chose to kick off to start overtime...
I thought that was the best thing to do.

On what his instructions to Matthew Slater were for the overtime coin toss...
There wasn't any confusion.

On how much time he spent thinking about whether or not to kick off to start overtime...
I don't know.

On how the offensive line protected Tom Brady...
They had a good defense. Obviously, the Jets are a good defensive team and we didn't really do much offensively. We had 200 yards probably halfway through the fourth quarter. We didn't stop the run very well, didn't move the ball very well (and) couldn't score. So, we just didn't do enough things to win.

On if he regrets the decision to kick off in overtime...
No. There was a pass interference penalty on third down, they got the stop, we get the ball back where we want it. Then we get picked, beat on two flag patterns. We just didn't play good enough defense.

On if he was thinking about the defense playing better than the offense when electing to kick off...
Looking at field position.

On why they didn't try to score at the end of the first half...
We didn't have very good field position. We have the ball to start the second half so we took it there.

On what he saw on Quincy Enunwa's long overtime reception...
They ran a simple deep slant and we got picked, ran into each other (and) gave up a long play. It was second and, I don't know, eight, whatever it was. They were throwing a short pass to try to get to third and short, I imagine. We ran into each other.

On if there was any confusion after the overtime coin toss...
There wasn't any confusion. I just answered that same question. There was no confusion.

On if he would have considered kicking off to start overtime under the old overtime rules...
I don't know. I'm not about hypothetical questions.

On how Steven Jackson played...
We'll see. He played a few plays, got started. We'll see how it goes.

On how Keshawn Martin played...
I thought he competed hard. I thought all our guys competed hard. We've just got to coach better, play better (and) execute better.

TOM BRADY, QUARTERBACK

On playing with so many injuries to key players...
We knew it was going to be a fourth quarter game. So I thought we did a good job battling to the end. We just didn't make enough plays to score enough points. Wish we would've won it. That's a good football team and they've got a lot of good players and they played pretty well. So, we certainly had our chances, but just didn't come away with it.

On whether he agreed with the decision to elect to kick the ball in overtime...
Whatever Coach (Belichick) decides, that's what the team does. We as players, just have to play better. It wasn't like we were tracking it up and down the field. It's certainly not an easy decision. I think we all have confidence that whatever coach decides, we have to go out there and do our job and do the best we can because he's trying to do whatever he can to help us win. And that's what we're all trying to do. They just made some nice plays during the overtime drive. So, that ended up just being the difference.

On whether he is aware of what the call was going to be if the Patriots won the coin toss...
I'm not sure how it happened today. Sometimes I go out there, sometimes I don't.

On how much of a disruption it is to continuously lose left tackles to injury...
It's tough. We've had so many guys that have stepped in and have tried to do a great job. We just had some bad luck, truthfully. The game always ebbs and flows, and (the team is) missing some guys, but like I said, I don't think we've ever used those excuses and we had opportunities to win this game. Hopefully we can get healthy and we've just got to win one game next week. I'm glad we fought to the end. It's a good football team and we can see them again, so we've just got to do a better job if we do.

On what happened on the pass that was intercepted by Darrelle Revis...
It's just one we've got to watch as a team. I mean, you hate to have them happen, certainly not throwing it to him—that would be my least favorite option on the play. It just so happened that it didn't turn out the way we wanted.

On whether it makes the result more bitter after having a great fourth quarter drive...
Yeah. I think we have some mental toughness. A lot of guys have been in and out of the lineup, lot of guys coming in off the street trying to play and help us win. It's never easy. This time of year, a lot of guys are fighting through bumps and bruises. If we just get our guys, everyone out there and practice together and see what we're made of, I think that'll be a great thing, but in the meantime, you've just got to keep, individually, trying to get better on the practice field, in the game, see what you could do better, because you never know whose number is going to be called in the playoffs. We've all got to keep working hard, see what we can accomplish this week in practice. Ultimately, we've got to go win next week, that's a huge game for us. And then you have time to try to improve and be at your best two weeks into the playoffs.

On whether the answer to offensive woes is as simple as getting Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola back from injury...
We'll see. We'll see. I think that all remains to be seen. It depends on how hard we work, how well we execute. I think the better players you have out on the field, certainly those guys have been some our most dependable plays for as long as they've been here, that always helps. No, but I wouldn't put it all on their shoulders. I think all the guys who played today have to obviously do a better job, because what we did today wasn't good enough.

On whether it was hard not to get frustrated by the offensive struggles in the first half...
I think we only had three drives in the first half. We scored on one and missed two. Missed a third-and-one and then we had one other drive that didn't go well, so we didn't have a lot of plays out there. Played a little bit better in the second half. We got a big turnover that resulted in the touchdown that Jamie (Collins) ran in, that really kind of gave us a big boost right there. So, we fought, we just didn't make enough plays.

On losing players to injury each week...
I know we've had six or seven weeks where critical players have gone out for extended periods of time. I don't think anybody's feeling sorry for us. I'll say that. So, the guys who can do something about it and make a difference that are on the field have to go out and try to play well and win for this team, win for the guys who aren't out there playing with us. Every week presents different challenges. Going to Miami is going to be a great opportunity for us. It was a great opportunity being down seven in the fourth quarter and seeing what we're made of. We did a good job going down there and tying it up. (We) almost made a great interception on the one that Rob (Ninkovich) batted up in the air and that could've been the game right there, so we're close. (We) just didn't make the plays in the end.

MALCOLM BUTLER, CORNERBACK

On which injured player was the biggest factor...
It's no excuse. Whoever is out there is out there. You just have to get the plays done. It's not a guy missing that is messing up. It's just playing football. 

On the improved defense in the fourth quarter...
Just going out there and playing more aggressive. Playing good coverage. Setting the edge and filling gaps. Stopping the run game a little bit. 

On if he beats himself up for giving up the big play in overtime...
Most definitely. That is in my corner. Yeah. You're absolutely right.

On if he is taking it hard...
Most definitely. Anybody would. Not just me. 

On the pass interference penalty called on him...
Yeah, I don't have anything to say about that. I know exactly what you are talking about. Yeah. 

MATTHEW SLATER, WIDE RECEIVER

On the coin toss decision...
Before we went out for the toss Coach told us if we won the toss that we wanted to kick off. Obviously as a player, you ask three or four times just to double check because you want to make sure you got it right. So we (went) out there (and) we won the toss. We chose to kick off just like Coach instructed us to. The only confusion was whether or not we got to choose which direction we get to kick the ball. Because we won the toss and we chose to kick off, then they got to choose which way they wanted to receive the ball. That's the way it was explained to me. Obviously, we wanted to kick off. That's what Coach wanted to do so that's what we did. So when we won the toss we elected to kick off.

On what he discussed with the official...
Yeah, I was just trying to get clarification because we wanted to kick the other way but we weren't able to make that decision because we won the toss and we chose to kick off. That was the end of our decision making. We didn't get to decide which way we got to kick it off as well. 

On if he knew that he did not get to decide the direction of kickoff...
No, I didn't. That's why I asked for clarification. There's not much to it. We wanted to kick off. We won the toss. We kicked off which is what we wanted to do. 

On if he questioned Coach Belichick's decision to kick off...
No, I just asked him three or four times just to make sure I'm not the guy that goes up there (and decides), 'Yeah, we want to kick off'. So I double checked three or four times. I think he was looking at me like, 'Are you concussed?' because I kept asking him. But that's what he wanted to do. You never question Coach's decision making. He's the best in the business and we trust him fully. So that's what we did. 

JAMES WHITE, RUNNING BACK

On if he was surprised on the decision to kick off in overtime...
No, we discussed it beforehand. We knew what we were getting into. 

On the character shown in forcing overtime even with the injuries...
We didn't play as well as we wanted to. We wanted to come out with a victory. We fought until the end but we just have to play better. 

On not locking up the number one seed today...
It's tough. We just have to learn from it and move on pretty quickly. Miami is another good team. It will be another challenge for us. We just have to come out and have a great week of practice and try and get a win next week.  

On the amount of injuries for the team...
Injuries happen on every team. There are no excuses. Guys just have to step in and fill those roles and help the team win. 

STEVEN JACKSON, RUNNING BACK

On how he physically feels...
The body feels good. (I had to) get used to getting hit again, that was the main thing. (I had to) make sure I'm running through the tackles (and) getting my shoulder pads down and being in football position which I haven't been in awhile. It felt good. Now it's just to build off what I have done today.

On it being a rivalry game...
A game like this is more mentally challenging because you understand it's such an important game for both teams. It's very high in emotions. You want to make sure you're up to speed with your teammates and you're competing at a high level to help put your team in the best position to win. 

On the mood and the message in the locker room after the game...
What you would expect. We have to play better football, we have to execute better, but forget it, learn from it and move on. 

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