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Vince Wilfork Postgame Transcript 10/26: 'Everybody was in tune with our focus'

New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork addresses the media following the team's Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears.


Q:** Did you have any idea this was going to be a landslide?

VW: No, but I knew we had a good week of practice. I think it really came together for us. Leaving the field Friday we really had a good feeling about the game plan. Everybody was in tune with our focus. I didn't know it as going to be like this, but I was looking for a good, good football game. We showed that we were ready to play tonight.

Q: Was it good to see Rob Gronkowski back to his old self?

VW: Oh yeah. That was a good feeling. I mean, that's the old Gronk we all know. It's a good time to come right in the middle of the season against a good football team. It's good just to see us put it together: offense, defense and special teams. We just put it together tonight. Going into this week, defensively we talked about just eliminating bad plays and we did that tonight. The one penalty that we did have on the one third down, it led to points and they ended up getting 23 points tonight, but at the same time I think we played a good, solid football game defensively. I think everybody came to work ready to work. It's a great win for us going forward and we're going to be on to Denver real quick. They have the jump on us, but at the same time, if we prepare the way we did this week, we should have another good game.


The New England Patriots take on the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Q:** Can you talk about the emotion of the first few drives? You guys were really amped up on defense.

VW: I mean, we know – the defense, we know everybody is going to come and try to test us on the ground. Until we show we can consistently stop the run, teams are going to do that. Even though Chicago is a passing team, they came in the first two drives wanting to establish the run game. We knew it, but I think we got off to a good start. The offense put some points up on the board and then it was a dog fight for them trying to dig out of the hole. We just wanted to keep pressure on them, keep playing aggressive, play calling aggressive, defense playing aggressive, offense playing aggressive. The more we can do that, the better things will be. We can't get complacent, we can't relax. We've just go to keep the pedal to the metal.

Q: With what you have in the next five games – some tough competition like Denver next week –is it a little bit if a comfort to put together a game like this?

VW: This game, we'll look back and say, 'You know what, we've got to start it now. Let's continue to keep it going. Everything that we did this past week to get prepared for Chicago, if we take the same attitude that we did for this, good things will happen to us.' We're not looking further than our next opponent and that's the Denver Broncos, being one of the best teams in the league coming here to play us. It's going to be a tough, tough game for us, even though we're playing at home. It's a great football team. We understand that. Like I said, if we do what we did last week in practice and prepare the way we did, we'll be ok.

Q: Can you talk about the guys who stepped up in Chandler Jones' place?

VW: They stepped up big. [Dominique] Easley came in and played well. Rob [Ninkovich] had a great game. You name it. [Brandon] Browner had a huge game. [Darrelle] Revis was being Revis. Devin [McCourty], everybody – it all came together for us. It wasn't just one person, but a lot of people make a lot of plays tonight. Going forward, that's what we're going to need. We're going to need guys to step up individually and it will ultimately help the team. It's just another step in the right direction for us. We can't hang our hat on this win for too long. Like I said, Denver has a jump on us, but at the same time, we're going to have to get to work, come in here tomorrow and get on them. We actually have some time today being that we played at one o'clock – get home and start watching some film. We just need to prepare the way we did this past week.

Q: Believing you can play this well is different than actually doing it. Does actually doing it say something to you guys?

VW: I mean, we know – every week we say, 'Eliminate bad football and we'll be OK.' We even took the time this week to go back and look at plays we had that weren't so good over the course of the year and just said, 'If we take away half of the plays or a third of the plays what kind of defense will we be?' And it's a totally different defense. I mean, you're talking about a top 5, top 10 defense in all areas. So I think a lot of guys took that to heard. We showed that and we understood it and we wanted to play well. Like I said, it started with a great week of practice. We had a great week. We had an extra day and we got some use out of it. A lot of guys came in ready to work. I think it just goes to show you – I think it's something that we ere can always look back on and say, 'You know what, we put it in the bank, we did this, this is what we did and this was the outcome. If we continue to do this, maybe we'll have more outcomes like that.' It's going to be hard to beat us if we continue to play the way we played today. It's going to be very tough for teams to come in and beat us. We just have to take that mindset and say, 'You know what, we're going to prepare like this every week and we're going to eliminate the bad football,' and let's see what happens after that.

Q: You have a bunch of no-name guys out there and you're getting it done. Does that surprise you at all?

VW: It doesn't surprise me because like I said, this is a great team that we have. I mean, guys coming from everywhere, free agents, guys we just picked up a couple days ago, beginning of the season, they came in and fit right in. they understand what we need and what we want from them and they work hard. We all work hard individually. We work hard. That's what we have to do to be successful at this level and it showed tonight. Like I said, I don't think there was one person that really didn't focus in and commit themselves to this week. That's what it's going to have to be like for the rest of the year. We have to commit ourselves each week, prepare each week the best we can and just put it out there on game day and hopefully that's good enough. But it will be good enough if we continue to do the right things and just eliminate the bad football, the penalties, stupid penalties, just eliminate those things, being able to get off the field on third down, good red area, create turnover opportunities, get our offense the ball back and good things will happen. We're too good of a football team for things not to happen when we do it right. We're on the right path.

Q: Have you ever been a part of a game where you've seen three touchdowns so quickly like that?

VW: The one game I've seen was the Thanksgiving game against the Jets – I don' know what it was, 45 seconds or whatever it may be. That's rare. We always talk about taking advantage of opportunities and we did that tonight. We came in with a game plan saying, 'This is how we want to play and if we play this way, we will be successful' and it worked out well for us.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the rematch with Denver?

VW: Well, I didn't play last year. But I don't think that anything we did in the previous year will have anything to do with this year's team. Every year is different. They have different players; we have different players. So some scheme stuff may change, but we'll come in tomorrow and whatever they have for us, we'll get right to work. We know we have a good football team coming to play here. They've showed they can win on the road. They've showed they can win anywhere. They've showed they can play good football and we know we're going to need our best to beat them. It's going to start with tonight watching film. It's going to start tomorrow coming in and getting started on them. Like I said, they have a jump on us but we have to catch up. We have to do a lot of studying on our own and put a lot of time and effort in this week just to get back on schedule, to get close to where they're at because they've been off since Thursday night. We have a challenge ahead of us but like I said, if we take the steps we did last week coming into this week, we'll be OK.

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