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Vince Wilfork Conference Call Transcript - 10/13/2010

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork addresses the Baltimore media in his conference call on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

On whether they draw motivation from last year's playoff loss against the Ravens:

"No, last year was last year, and that's how we're keeping it. It's a good film to pick out a few things to go over and cover, just to see the way the Ravens play football. But as far as dwelling over it? No. We're way past that. This is a different Ravens team; they added so much firepower on offense, and then their defense is always one of the best in the league. And I think hands down, they're probably one of the best teams in the NFL right now. So, we've got our work cut out for us, but at the same time, hopefully we can get to work on Sunday and walk away with a 'W.'"

On what makes RB Ray Rice so effective:

"Well, first of all, he does everything in the backfield that a back can do. A lot of times you have a back that's one-dimensional - either he can run or catch. But this guy, he can do it all. On third downs he doesn't have to come out of the game, and he's just got a low center of gravity. He's a tough runner. And you know what? You've got to give a lot of credit to the offensive line, too. They're one of the best around; they play well together, they're tough, they're physical, and they want to pound the rock. So, we know coming into this game that we're pretty sure they're going to do what they do - and that's be physical, play fast, be aggressive. That's what they do, and why change it now? If you've been so successful, why change it now? But he's probably one of the better running backs around the league right now."

On whether losing WR Randy Moss makes any difference as far as the team is concerned:

"We're way past Randy. I mean, it's about the Patriots and Baltimore Ravens right now, so that's old in this locker room."

On his assessment of the Ravens interior offensive line:

"Like I said, those guys play well together in there. They're tough, they play physical, and to be part of a Ravens team, you have to be tough and physical. You can just tell the way they play. And that's what they've been doing, and they're playing well this year. They play together. I don't think... They have all the confidence in the world, and they should because of the success they've had over the years, going back to last year and this year. So, it's going to be a tough matchup for us with the... You know, we talk about the offensive line, and the quarterback, and the backs and everything, but you have to remember that they've got two good receivers that came in: Anquan [Boldin] and T.J. [Houshmandzadeh] they brought in, and [Todd] Heap is healthy. So offensively, they probably are the best offense around. You've got a couple good ones out there, but they rank probably up there with the best. So, we've got to do a really good job defensively, in just taking care of what we need to take care of and take it one game at a time."

On whether he's noticed that QB Joe Flacco is getting rid of the ball faster this year and avoiding more sacks and how he can disrupt that:

"Well, he is doing a really good job of getting the ball out and letting his receivers and backs, letting them make plays in the passing game. He's getting better as time goes on. He's going to be probably another good one down the road. And for us, we've got to put pressure on him. You know, every week we go in saying, 'Hey, we've got to control this, we've got to control that.' But this week it's like we've got to control everything. Like I said, with how explosive this offense is, they can score on one play, and they can score in a hurry. But Flacco is going to make sure he gets the ball to his playmakers, and his playmakers are going to make sure they be that playmaker difference. So, we've got our hands tied, we've got our hands full, but at the same time, this is NFL football. So, we've got to be prepared and ready to play come Sunday."

On whether he remembers what went wrong for the Patriots on Rice's opening play 83-yard TD run in last year's playoff game:

"No, I can't remember what went wrong there. But I'll tell you what: It was a crease that he hit, and then it was a regular play. I mean, we played that play 100 times before, and it's just a crease he hit, and then he was out of the gates. So yeah, just little things like that, and like I say, we'll learn from the past. And that's something that we'll try to do this week, because last year was last year, and it's a whole new season. Like I said, both teams changed. [There are] new faces on both teams, so hey, this year is this year, and that's the way we want to keep it."

On how the defensive side of the ball is coming together in New England with a lot of new faces there:

"We're playing well. Everything's not perfect, but guys want to play, guys are willing to play. They want to learn and get better each week, so we've just got to do... Every week we have to go in and keep grinding - keep grinding. We can't ever just get relaxed and think we're done with getting better, because every week you can learn. I think this group of guys, they understand that. So, practice hard. I mean, it's everything that you want in a team. It's a long season. It's a long season, and hopefully, we can continue to get better and get things after it."

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