|12.23.09 at 6:17 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A between Tom Brady and the media this morning at Gillette Stadium:
Q: Can you talk about some of the challenges you’ve faced personally this year, now that it’s coming to an end more or less – coming off the injury and things of that nature?
TB: Well, I think it’s been a very rewarding year in a lot of senses. Obviously, it’s fun to be back here playing with my teammates and it’s something I missed out on last year. And to be in the playoff hunt, our goals are still ahead of us and we have some great opportunities. Like all of us, I’ve battled some adversities and all of my teammates have too, so it’s really just part of what this profession is. A lot of it is being mentally tough and bouncing back from things that don’t necessarily go our way and then being able to just continue to respond. I’m looking forward to seeing what we do this week. I think it’s going to be – you know, obviously, if we win, we win the division. That’s a great goal for us.
Q: You know how there are golfers who shoot in the low 70s all the time and then they take some time off and come back and shoot in the 80s and then say, ‘You know what? I just can’t do it at this point. If I can’t play at a high level, I’m not going to do it.’ You have played this sport at as high a level as anyone could. How difficult is it for you sometimes to keep your patience and not throw your clubs when things don’t go exactly the way you would want them to?
TB: Well, it’s hard. I think you always want it to be the best that it ever was, and I think with that comes a lot of different circumstances. You know, a guy like Peyton [Manning] who threw 49 touchdowns – I don’t know what year that was, ’04, ’05, something like that – and then you don’t really reach even in the mid-30s after that. It’s just – I think some years it just happens that way. Things turn out right. I think we did a lot of great things, obviously, offensively in ‘07. We had a lot of great things that went our way and the offense always takes on a different identity every year. This year our identity is certainly different than it was last year and the year before that, and with the new players and with the new scheme, different teams, different opponents, different game planning. I mean, I think a lot of it goes into that, and ultimately, you’ve got to go down and execute, too. And I wish I could have done that, certainly, better at times this year, you know, but I’m still working at it.
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|12.23.09 at 6:14 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A between Bill Belichick and the media this morning at Gillette Stadium:
BB: OK, we’re at it here today on Jacksonville. Things we’ve been talking about the last couple days, [they are a] big, physical team. I think that by and large at every position they’re probably bigger and faster than what the average standards are in the National Football League. They play that way. They’re strong. They’re fast. [They’re] real good in the kicking game. [They have] an explosive offense, a lot of big-play guys. The quarterback’s a very mobile and active guy. I think we all know about the running backs and the tight ends. [They have] a big defensive front. [There’re] a lot of challenges this week. They are a team that we haven’t seen in a couple years, but we have a little history with. A lot of other things are not the same, but there is some carryover. Defensively, with Mel [Tucker] down there, he’s brought a little bit of a different look to their defense with a 3-4 type element to it that they’ve added. It’s another thing to prepare for. It’s a good team. They’re tough. They’re consistent. They’re fundamentally sound and they don’t make a lot of mistakes. They make you go out there and beat them – very few penalties, not many interceptions. They make you go out there and beat them.
Q: With the holiday, what does the week of preparation look like?
BB: It will be a normal Wednesday [and] Thursday for us and kind of a normal Friday, shortened down here a bit, but we’ll be here on Friday, sorry.
Q: Can you talk about the practical role you’ve seen Torry Holt have in that offense?
BB: I couldn’t really comment on that, but he’s a very good technique player. He ran a great route against Miami, the double move there on third and 15 or whatever it was. [He] split double coverage and made a big play. He’s a good technique route runner and I’m sure that helped the other receivers. He’s very good at attacking a defender’s leverage and knows how to get open, knows how to run routes and he does it very effectively. He’s got good skill, good size, good hands, quickness, gets down the field [and] still makes some big plays down the field. I think he’s one of the best receivers over the last decade or so. He’s still very productive. They have a nice compliment of receivers. Their tight ends are really their receivers. The receivers [get] a lot of balls and the running backs. Of course, [Maurice] Jones-Drew’s got 50 catches. They spread the ball around pretty good. It’s hard to just say, ‘Well this is the guy they go to.’ They pretty much go to everybody and they make a lot of big plays, too.
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|12.23.09 at 4:51 pm ET|
Jaguars Injury Report
Did Not Participate
CB Rashean Mathis (groin)
DT John Henderson (shoulder)
|12.23.09 at 4:28 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Randy Moss (not injury related)
LB Tully Banta-Cain (not injury related)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)
WR Sam Aiken (shoulder)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
G Stephen Neal (ankle)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DL Myron Pryor (chest)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
CB Leigh Bodden (thigh)
RB Fred Taylor (ankle)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
|12.23.09 at 3:00 pm ET|
FOXBORO–Wednesday in the locker room Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Jarvis Green and Dan Koppen all discussed having to practice on Christmas Day. Brady also talked about the AFC playoff picture and the past decade in Boston sports.
|12.23.09 at 1:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Inside a frigid Gillette Stadium, the Patriots returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon. Tom Brady and Randy Moss were absent, as was linebacker Tully Banta-Cain.
The team practiced in sweats and shells in the blustery cold. Defensive linemen Vince Wilfork [foot] and Ty Warren [ankle] returned to practice after missing last week’s game in Buffalo.
Temperatures are expected to approach the mid-40s with a chance of showers for Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff at Gillette.
|12.23.09 at 12:58 pm ET|
FOXBORO – It’s not something you expect to hear from Tom Brady entering Week 16.
But he admitted on Wednesday morning – two days before Christmas – that the Patriots are still searching for an offensive identity.
“I think that’s probably something we’re still working at,” Brady acknowledged. “We’re still trying to find the right combinations of things. We’re a pretty balanced team, I think. We try to run it. We try to throw it. Last week, we ran it more than we threw it. Other weeks we’ve thrown it.
“I think we’re trying to figure out these teams and trying to find what their weak spots are and attack those. We’ve had a lot of guys in and out, too. A guy like Fred [Taylor] or Sammy [Morris] has been out.”
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