Vince Wilfork on D&H: Tom Brady ‘wants everybody to be as competitive as he is’
|11.15.10 at 1:44 pm ET|
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called in to the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to take part in his weekly conversation as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Following the bad week of practice leading into the Browns game, the Patriots rebounded last week with better preparation leading into Sunday night’s game vs. the Steelers, and it paid off.
Said Wilfork: “Going into this past week, it was like, ‘Let’s get a good start.’ Once we saw the film of Cleveland, we made the corrections, we put it behind us. I think everybody got off to a great start with practice. We had good practices last week and it showed yesterday. I think everybody took it upon themselves to do their job and try to play the game we needed to play. We all said we needed to play physical and we need to be aggressive against this football team, this Steelers football team. They don’t know how to play no other way but physical and aggressive. We knew we had to match that intensity if we had a chance, and I think we did a really good job of that.”
The Patriots unleashed an aggressive defense on the Steelers, and one of the byproducts was five sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. Wilfork said he was excited when he saw the game plan last Wednesday. Said Wilfork: “When we got this game plan, it was like, ‘Man, I love it. I love it.’ Like I said, it allowed us to play physical and play aggressive. And that’s how we played.”
Defensive end Mike Wright had a solid game for the Pats on Sunday night. Wilfork said Wright earned it. “Mike’s been doing it for a couple of years now,” Wilfork said. “When his number is called, he’s ready to play. ‘¦ He works his tail off. And it shows on Sunday. He’s definitely underrated, but we know what type of player he is. That’s why we put him in those certain situations. He always seems to come up big for us. Hat’s go off to that guy. He works his tail off.”
Wilfork said he missed Tom Brady‘s emotional outburst on the Patriots sideline, but he’s not surprised that the quarterback did his part to fire up his teammates. “Tom, he plays with a lot of emotion,” Wilfork said. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s so competitve, I just think he wants everybody to be as competitive as he is.”
On a lighter note, Wilfork said he still plans to have a footrace against Brady, rekindling the trash-talking they did in their respective WEEI interviews earlier this season. Wilfork said as long as the race is 40 yards or less, he won’t lose to the QB. “Anything under 40, he will not win. I guaranteee that one,” Wilfork said. “The longer it goes, the advantage is him. Look here: Anything after 40 yards, I don’t need to be running that. I’ll tell you that right now. But anything under 40 yards, he’s in trouble.”