|12.07.10 at 2:17 am ET|
FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Patriots, here’s the transcript of Bill Belichick’s postgame press conference:
BB: Well that was a really great effort by our players tonight. I’m really proud of them. I thought that this was the best 60 minutes of football we’ve played all year. We had a good week of practice and everybody was really focused and we just got a lot of solid play from really everybody. It was a good night for us. We’ll take it. The Jets are a good football team. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from them, but tonight was our night. I’m glad it could be on Tedy Bruschi night. I’m sure this is a game that Tedy is proud of and he was a part of many like this, so I think we got a little inspiration from him tonight
Q: You guys went for it on fourth-and-two toward the end of the first half toward the open end of the stadium. In pregame warm-ups it looked pretty windy down there.
BB: It was.
Q: How much did that affect your decision?
BB: I think it affected it. You know, we kicked earlier but that was fourth-and-seven or eight, whatever it was. Fourth-and-two just kind of felt like it was fourth-and-short and we’d have a pretty good chance to [convert], instead of the long field goal. It was a tough kick. That was a heck of a kick by Shayne [Graham], the first one. What was it 43 yards or something? With the wind and it was a cross wind’¦It was a tough kick, but he hooked it right in perfectly, just the way I would like to hit a golf shot but never can. But that was really a big part of the decision. If it had been fourth-and-nine, we would have kicked it again.
Q: On Brandon Spikes‘ pick, how did he end up with it? Did he just do his normal thing?
BB: Yeah, that’s where he was on the coverage. It looked like a play-action pass, what we call a pop pass where they fake in there hard and try to hit it over the middle, similar to the play the Colts scored against us on. Similar to that. Brandon made a great play; he made a nice catch. You know, Pepper [Johnson] throws balls at all of those guys every week, fires it in there and makes them catch the ball. And it was kind of like the be-on-the-line drill that the linebackers do with Pepper every Friday, so it was a nice catch
Q: It looked like you threw a lot of different guys out there in different fronts and did some shifting. Do you think that played a role in your success tonight?
BB: Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know. We played about what we usually play. I don’t think it was any big deal. I’m sure it’s nothing that they haven’t seen before. Read the rest of this entry »
|12.07.10 at 2:09 am ET|
It was Holmes who smiled and smirked at the notion of a rookie defensive back covering him.
“Negative,” said Holmes. “That was proven in the Super Bowl two years ago when they had a rookie follow me around the whole game. I wouldn’t do it if I was them.”
Well, Holmes did catch seven balls for 72 utterly meaningless yards but it was McCourty who made one of three interceptions of Mark Sanchez as the Patriots defense played like Tom Brady – both with a huge point to prove.
“Just out there having fun, man,” McCourty said. “He said something about me in the paper earlier. I’m not worried about that. You have to come out and play. I’m more worried about this team and how I can help the team win each time we go out there and play.”
McCourty said he could sense the team was going to have a good game on defense just based on week of practice they had.
“That was one of the most competitive weeks we had against each other in practice all season,” he said.
The bigger the game, the better McCourty seems to play. That was again the case Monday night as he collected his third interception in as many games to help frustrate Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in a 45-3 demolition. Monday night marked the third straight game McCourty has registered an interception.
This time, the Jets offense featured offensive threats such as Edwards, Holmes and Dustin Keller. But Sanchez looked helpless and was kept out of the end zone due to the work of McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Darius Butler, Patrick Chung and James Sanders.
McCourty intercepted Sanchez with the Patriots already ahead, 31-3, on a pass intended for Edwards. It led to another Brady TD drive of over 90 yards. It was his sixth pick of the season, just two shy of the Patriots record for a rookie set by Mike Haynes in 1976.
The consensus is that Lions rookie nose tackle Ndamukong Suh will win the Defensive Rookie of the Year with 10 sacks – an unheard of number for an interior lineman. But don’t tell that to another powerful defensive lineman, Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
“We’ve been able to make some plays,” Wilfork said. “I think McCourty – as a rookie – he’s probably the best in his position in the league, hands down. I put him up against any corner you throw at me. He is a helluva football player. He’s going to get better and better and he works his tail off.”
|12.07.10 at 1:47 am ET|
FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Patriots, here are the game notes from the Patriots’ 45-3 win over the Jets:
BRADY SETS NFL RECORD FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES WON AS A STARTING QB
Tom Brady set an NFL record for most consecutive home wins as a starting quarterback. Tonight’s win over the Jets was Brady’s 26th straight win in a regular-season home start, passing Brett Favre‘s previous record of 25 straight wins (1995-98) for the NFL record. The last time the Patriots lost a regular-season home game in which Brady started was on Nov. 12, 2006 against the New York Jets.
MOST CONSECUTIVE REGULAR-SEASON HOME GAMES WON AS A STARTING QB
Player Team Years Streak
Tom Brady NE 2006-Present 26
Brett Favre GB 1995-98 25
John Elway DEN 1996-98 22
Bob Griese MIA 1971-74 20
Randall Cunningham PHI 1990-94 20
DOMINANT IN FOXBOROUGH
The Patriots won their 14th straight regular-season home game, and have not lost a regular-season game in Foxborough since Nov. 30, 2008. New England’s 14-game home winning streak is double the next longest current streak in the NFL (Atlanta, 7). The Patriots are one of just three teams (along with Atlanta and Kansas City) that have current streaks of more than four straight home wins. New England’s 14 straight regular-season home wins are the second longest such streak in team history, trailing only the team-record 18 straight home wins from Dec. 2002 to Sept. 2005.
LONGEST CURRENT NFL REGULAR SEASON HOME WINNING STREAKS
Team Wins Last Loss
New England Patriots 14 11/30/08
Atlanta Falcons 7 12/13/09
Kansas City Chiefs 6 12/20/09
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10/03/10 Read the rest of this entry »
|12.07.10 at 1:32 am ET|
FOXBORO — Courtesy of the Patriots, here’s the transcript of quarterback Tom Brady following the team’s 45-3 victory over the Jets on Monday.
Q: How sweet was this one for you?
TB: It was great. I thought we executed pretty well at times. It was a big win. We’re playing a damn good team, but it was one win. There are obviously many more big games for us here down the stretch [and] none bigger than Chicago this week, so I think we’ve got to move on pretty quick. I think we’re way behind in preparation for them [after playing Monday night] and they definitely have a jump on us. It was a good job by us tonight to come in here and play well.
Q: You threw touchdowns to four different receivers. Can you talk about the offensive line and how they protected?
TB: They played great. They always play great. I think I certainly don’t take those guys for granted. They work so hard, they take so much pride and they’re so well coached. We do a lot of stuff with our offensive line in terms of communication and they handle everything so well, so it was a good night for us.
Q: Was there something a little extra to this game though, having lost to them in New York and you having three turnovers in that last game?
TB: Well, we couldn’t afford to lose to them again. You can’t lose to the same team twice. I don’t think it’s happened here very often since I got here in 2000. If you want to win your division, which is our goal, you can’t lose to the same team twice. This is a team that’s 9-2 that’s playing pretty good football, and it wasn’t their day; it was our day. We made some plays, but we may see them again. Read the rest of this entry »
|12.07.10 at 1:18 am ET|
FOXBORO — In a game imagined by few to be so lopsided, the Jets took a thorough beating on Monday night, falling to the Patriots, 45-3, in a game that could prove to be a deciding factor as the playoff picture becomes clearer and clearer.
“We just didn’t execute in any phase,” offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “We didn’t play our brand of football. They just outperformed us today.”
“This humble pie tastes like a car tire and it goes down like peanut butter,” Jets’ defensive tackle Sione Pouha said. “That’s how it feels.”
Pouha led the Jets with eight tackles on Monday night.
Here are some more post-game quotes from the Jets: Read the rest of this entry »
|12.07.10 at 1:08 am ET|
Tom Brady has been saying all week that the Patriots couldn’t afford to lose to the Jets twice in one season and on Monday night he made sure that didn’t happen, completing 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in the Pats‘ 45-3 win.
“You can’t lose to the same team twice,” Brady said. “If you want to win your division, which is our goal, you can’t lose to the same team twice. It’s a team that [was] 9-2 and playing pretty good football. It wasn’t their day. It was our day. But we may see them again.”
Brady started out red hot in leading the Patriots to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter. He was asked if he could sense things were going to go his way. “Not me,” he said. “I don’t. I’ve seen some pretty crazy things happen. You go back to last year with some leads and we just didn’t produce much in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to continue to find way to produce in the fourth quarter. Our defense really stepped up and made some huge turnovers and got us the ball on a short field and we capitalized on it.”
As he usually does, Brady noted that, “It wasn’t perfect,” but, “All in all it was a fun night. It was fun to be a New England Patriot on Tedy Bruschi night.”
Brady completed passes to eight different receivers and hooked up on touchdown passes with Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Tate. “We have a lot of guys who have good matchups out there,” Brady said, listing Danny Woodhead and Rob Gronkowski along with the others.
“This team plays a lot of man coverage. They’ve got some real good guys and we’ve got some guys who I thought could really have some good matchups against, so that’s pretty much the way it turned out. Those guys, we expect them to make some plays for us and they did make some plays. We took advantage of some all-out blitz situations that we really haven’t done a good job with this year. We overcame some long-yardage situations. More than anything, it’s our execution.”
|12.07.10 at 12:35 am ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t often dole out a lot of praise, but he cut right to the chase after his team demolished the Jets, 45-3 Monday night. “I thought this was the best 60 minutes of football we’ve played all year,” he said. “We had a good week in practice. Everybody was really focused. We got a lot of solid play, really from everybody. It was a good night for us, we’ll take it.”
The win evened the season series and put the Patriots a game ahead of New York in the AFC East at 10-2, but this may not be the last time these two teams play as they could meet again in the playoffs. “The Jets are a good football team,” the coach said. “I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from them, but tonight was our night.”
Belichick was clearly pleased that the Patriots played this well, and won such an important game on Tedy Bruschi night. “I’m sure it’s a game that Tedy’s proud of. He was a part of many like this, so we maybe got a little inspiration from him tonight.”
Asked what Bruschi so special, Belichick noted their long history together. “Tedy was a special player for me,” he said. “My first year [here] in 96 was the year we drafted Tedy so I saw his development as a player. He brought a lot to his team and this entire organization with his attitude, his effort and his toughness. His work ethic, his playmaking ability, his leadership. He was the best. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to coach the Tedy Bruschi’s, the Troy Brown’s and the Willie McGinest’s. They meant a lot to this organization.”
Belichick was asked about his quarterback’s ability to read matchups and Tom Brady put up another sensational night, completing 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns. “That’s why Tom’s a great quarterback,” Belichick said. “Tom does a great job with that. Nobody’s better than him. That’s part of what makes Tom Brady the quarterback he is.”
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