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Patriots Postgame Quotes - 9/14/2008

New England Patriots players comment on their 19-10 win over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on Sunday, September 14, 2008.


On the win...The goal is to score more points than the opponent, and that's what we did today. It was a great win for us.

On the win being 'extra-satisfying'...It's always satisfying to get a win. It's never about the doubters. It's about having belief in yourself, and I've always had the belief in myself that I could go out there and do it.

On the Patriots' coaches calling different plays for him...The coaches make the calls each and every week based upon what the defense does. The coaches are going to put us in the best position on the field in terms of play calling and what they think will win the game.

On whether he received any advice from Tom Brady...I talked to Tom a lot. We had many different conversations on many different aspects of the game. His big advice was to go out there, mange the game, be smart with the football, and that we have enough good players on this team to win if I do that.

On his first start since 1999...It was my first start since, what, the seventh grade? It was exciting. I went out there and it felt good. I didn't have too many butterflies. When you get out there and start playing, it just comes down to playing football. You just have to have fun and execute the offense.

On one of the Patriots' players rubbing his head for good luck...I don't know if it was for good luck. I'm sweating like crazy right now.

On Jets QB Brett Favre's interception...Let's hope that a lot of quarterbacks do that throughout the year. He's a great quarterback and I remember watching him growing up. It will be a memorable first step for me.

On the Patriots running backs...They did a great job. The running backs ran hard all game and the offensive line was great. We have great tandem of backs and we're definitely going to lean on those guys.

On it being a relief that his first start is over...It's nice. It's a relief to have it over with a win. If it wasn't a win, I'd definitely be saying something different.

On feeling comfortable with the offense after three years...I feel comfortable. I work hard each and every day with the game plan and how I prepare. I have a guy like Tom Brady to watch and learn from, so I take a lot of advice from him.

On his composure and control of the offense...A lot of it is the comfort level. It's my fourth year and it just comes down to going out there, and when you hear the play called, make sure to execute it.

On fist pump at the end of the game...It's a big win on the road in a division game. It's exciting and a special moment.

On whether he had problems controlling his emotions...Not really. It comes down to just playing football.

On his confidence knowing the coaches had not changed the game plan much...That's the biggest thing for us. We're going to do what we need to do each and every week to win, and that's what the coaches are going to do. Just because I step in at the quarterback position and don't have as much experience as Tom, we're still going to have to do the same things each and every week to win games. I felt good out there and about the game plan.

On the long pass to Randy Moss...I didn't really see it. I was on the ground at the time. I just threw it up there and I was hoping to hear the crowd go (sigh) because it's an away game. I didn't see the end result of it.

On whether he sees this as a first step...I definitely look at it like that. I'm still maturing as a quarterback. As I continue to go and make more starts, hopefully, I will make a few less mistakes and defenses will recognize that. It's definitely a stepping stone for me, no doubt about that.

On the Patriots drive following the Jets touchdown...Just the fact that we had to go down and put some points on the board, or try to run out the clock. We were able to achieve that with a few clutch first downs. It was a big drive for us.

On what he needs to improve...I'll have to watch the film and tell you next week.


On stopping Favre...There was no added incentive. It doesn't matter who you put behind center, our job is to stop them and win the ball game. You watch the film and you can see they're a vastly improved team with a lot of skilled players who are talented. We wanted to contain them and we did a pretty good job of that.

On keeping everyone in front of him...You can't let people float around. He (Favre) has the uncanny ability to break loose, look you off, pump three times over here and then throw the ball all the way over there. Just like he did to Laveranues Coles on the broken play when he swung it across his body and Coles took off for 40 or 50 yards. You can't allow Brett to do those types of things because it lets them gain confidence. We wanted to not be sitting ducks out there by lining up and letting him know the type of coverage we were playing. We just showed him some different looks and moved around a little bit to let him adjust to what we were doing.

On the significance of the win...It's a nice win. A division win is a nice win. Especially out here in New York against a vastly improved Jets team. But it's a win, it's number two. We're going to enjoy it for 24 hours and then we're going to look at film and see what we can do to get better. We're going to see them again. They're going to get better and we're going to get better.

On the goal line stand...I think it was more of a confidence booster for us. We needed that because that's where we struggled last year. Really being able to go out there and have the proper communication and being able to make a couple of plays down there was huge for us.

On having a healthy Richard Seymour...Richard is so versatile. He can play inside or outside. A guy that when he's healthy he's the best in the game. To have him back healthy and just excited to play football means a lot to us because he is one of the leaders of this team and is defiantly a big time playmaker.

On Matt Cassel's confidence after this game...Any time you go out there and win by playing and controlling the team you gain confidence. Just like with us in the red zone as a defense. I'm really proud of Matt for hanging in there and doing the right things. He is the quarterback, so now he is our leader.


On the running backs' preparation...We don't take anything for granted. Regardless if we are passing or running the ball we have a job to do. One week we may be asked to run the ball. One week we may be asked to pass protect. It doesn't matter. All around we have a job to do.

On if the running backs made a conscious effort to step up this week...It's always a conscious effort to go out and do our best. If you do anything less than your best, you lose football games.

On Kevin Faulk's catch of a deflected pass...It was a good catch. Faulk is capable of doing that. I'm sure he's been doing that over the course of his career.

On getting extended playing time...It felt great. My first role when I became a Jet was to be a "4-minute back". Today I was able to get back into that role and to do it as a Patriot and felt good. It let me know where I am and what I have to work on. It fees good to walk away with a victory.

On the J-E-T-S chant...I came out and heard them yelling it. I said to myself " I hope this is the only time I hear it". It was good to come here and hear the love that I received from the fans and walk out with a victory.

On if Matt Cassel can play better...That's not for me to answer. It's not my job to critique another player. I know I left yards out there. My man made a tackle on a punt. I did some good things but I also have some things to take care of.

On if he's excited to get carries...I'm just geared up to put my uniform on. That's two victories two weeks in a row and they didn't come in week 9 or week 10. It feels good.

On if players rallied around Matt Cassel...He has a job to do. We rally around the team. After all these years of playing against the Patriots, I wondered why they are so good. Being a Patriot, I realize what it is; the total team effort. Just get your job done, and it comes from the head coach.

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