**Q: How does it feel to be settled in a six-year deal?**
G: It feels great. Anytime you come into the NFL and get a six-year contract like when I first came in, and then to get an extension for eight years, I'm definitely elated.
Q: What does it mean to get that much money up front?
G: Well it means I'm going to be around for a while and also it gives me a little financial security. That's one thing that us players, as NFL players, we come to the league and you definitely want that. I feel that I've reached my goal, and now I continue to play like I've been playing and try to get some wins and help the team.
Q: After Lawyer Milloy signed his extension, he is having one of his best years, do you think that will happen with you?
G: I'll definitely go out and try to do that every year whether I get paid or not. That's just the way I play. That's my whole goal, to come out and help the team win and play with my teammates and have fun.
Q: Was it your priority to get the deal done before the end of the season?
G: Not really. I was really focused in on the season. My agent was really the one that was pushing it before the season. I think as far as like the cap and things like that, it was important to get it done before the season was over with.
Q: Are you surprised that it was finished before the season finished?
G: Yes, it is. I'm happy, but I kinda wanted it done before the season, so in a sense I didn't know if it was going to get done, but I'm happy.
Q: How do you feel about your performance this season?
G: I'm definitely not happy about it. I'm would trade not having good stats for some wins, but we're not having either one of them. I guess that kind of tells the way the season is going. I'm having a bad season now, I'm don't want to say real bad, but it's a down season as far as numbers are concerned personally. We're not doing things as an offense or as a whole team to win.
Q: The one criticism that people do make of you, or have made of you in the past is that, people say, 'Okay, he's a great receiver, Great receivers get double-covered. Shouldn't a great receiver be able to get open even if he is double-covered. Say the way, compare you to a Marvin Harrison, who was in your draft class and has more weapons around him –
G: Right, you said it right there, there's more weapons around you. You're definitely going to get double-covered, but you can't get double-covered the whole game on every play. I think the Colts, in situations like where teams are double teaming single receivers, they find ways to get them the ball as far as match-up wise maybe on one or two plays and that maybe the tale of the game. Like you saw Marvin Harrison have against us. He doubled some, but when he was singled up, he got those two long balls and that was two big plays for them.
Q: Are you getting double-teamed every play?
G: I wouldn't say all the time. I mean, it's to the point where I don't know if we're going into the game anticipating that I'm going to get double-covered, but Troy's (Brown) having a good season right now as far as his numbers. We're not taking advantage I don't think of a lot of different things that the defense is doing to us, but we can't do anything about that because we don't have a great running game right now. I think you have to have a running game to complement the pass and we don't have either.
Q: Are you having trouble against press coverage at all this season?
G: No, no, I mean press coverage has never been a problem for me, never. I don't know whoever wrote that or whoever said that, but I've never had problems getting off on bump-and-run. If anything, I like it for a corner to play press coverage it gives you a chance to be manned up. That's how you want to play the game one-on-one. So, I've never had a problem with that.
Q: With a bigger contract comes bigger pressure, how are you going to handle that?
G: I don't look at it that way. I look at it the same as when I came in here as the seventh pick in the first round that one year, there was pressure. Therefore, I'm kind of used to it. But I'm going to go out. I try hard every week and every day. As long as I keep that in perspective I'll be able to handle it.
Q: Is it easier for you to play for this coaching staff than the previous?
G: I don't really get into all that because I really don't play for the administration, I play for myself and I play for my teammates that are out there actually playing the game. Coaches don't play the game. As far as the way the coaching scheme is going right now, obviously we're not winning, I guess that can tell itself right there.
Q: Obviously you would not have gotten this contract if the current coaching staff thought you were worthy.
G: Definitely. Definitely. I'm thankful that Coach Belichick really feels that I deserve this and he wants me around here for the long haul, but at the same time I felt that I've done all I can for the Patriot organization.
Q: What about going to Cleveland this week, where you've had previous success?
G: I do. I'm not going to lie. I do. Deep down inside, I feel that I can have another game like I had last year. That's the kind of game I try to expect to have every game, but unfortunately game plans, and how the defense scheme against me and things like that dictate the outcome of the game.
Q: What weapons are missing from the offense?
G: We don't have that dominant running attack. Whereas the guy popped one for 20 or 30 yards here maybe even take a long one 50 or 60 yards. When you have that presence there, the defense has to line up to stop the run. That leaves you one-on-one. A lot of times the cornerbacks, because they have to bring the safeties down, and therefore it is easier to pass against. Now, they don't even bring the safeties down, the only stop our run with six or seven guys in the box.
Q: If the safeties are stopping the run, does that make it easier for wide receivers?
G: Definitely, no doubt, no doubt. Since we can't run, then we can't pass. Then also if we can't pass, so then we can't run. So, it is like it hurts both phases of the game.
Q: Has this been ongoing?
G: Exactly. Even last year our running attack wasn't so great, but we had guys like Ben Coates and Shawn Jefferson out there that demanded attention. Right now, I think we're still in search of…I mean Rod Rutledge and (Eric) Bjornson played pretty good in the tight end spot, but they don't have that presence, that demanding presence where they're out there catching the ball down the field where the safeties have to stick them. That also can leave you one-on-one with corners, but we just don't have any of that right now.
Q: How has that made playing?
G: It's a little frustrating, but you still go out there with the mindset that you want to win and do all you can to try to help the team win.
Q: Do the defensive backs say anything to you?
G: No, not really. They really don't say too much. If anything, some of the ones I know, they might say something like, 'Why aren't they throwing the ball to you more?' or something like that, but other than that, it is nothing much.
Q: Getting back to the offense, is it just a case of not having the players?
G: I would say that's pretty much the big factor. We don't have players right now that I think that we need to be a real sound offense. But we have some guys out here that have heart, that are going to give it all that they got. Like I said, if we can go out there and put a couple wins together, I think we can change it around.
Q: If John Friesz is the quarterback, does that change the offense?
G: I don't think it will change anything, as far as anything negative. John has practiced with us a couple times. I felt last week in practice he looked good. Unfortunately some things in the game didn't go our way, but I think John will be okay.
Q: Other than the athleticism, what is the difference between John Friesz and Michael Bishop?
G: I haven't played with Michael yet, so I couldn't really tell you what Michael brings to the table. I know what he does in practice and practice is not the game, and therefore I can't really go into that.