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Danny Woodhead on M&M: ‘The win is the only stat this team cares about’

09.13.11 at 11:55 am ET
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Patriots running back Danny Woodhead joined Mut & Merloni Tuesday morning to discuss the Patriots season-opening win over the Dolphins Monday night. The New England offense put up a franchise-record 622 yards against Miami in a 38-24 victory that featured very little in the way of defense. While it was an impressive showing for the Patriots’ offense, Woodhead said that getting the victory is the only thing New England focuses on.

“As far as stats, the over-600 yards, when you ask the guys on the team, the offense, I don’t think that’s the biggest concern,” Woodhead said. “The win is the only stat this team cares about and I think that’s the great part about this team.”

Woodhead had a solid game of his own, rushing 14 times for 69 yards. The diminutive running back said that his size does give him an advantage in some situations.

“Leverage is definitely a key in football,” Woodhead said. “I don’t really have to get lower to get leverage (laughs).”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On how New England prepared to run the no-huddle offense: “When you talking about preparation, that’s the number one thing throughout the league. Knowing your opponent, knowing the people that you may be going up against, in my case maybe linebacks. So preparation is just a huge ordeal. When it comes to game time, we just go in and do whatever the coaches may ask us to do. Our job is to the best that we can as players and the coaches just put us in great situations.

Our strength coaches did an unbelievable job of getting us in great shape. When you’re at the end of a training camp practice and you don’t wanna run, but you are running, that stuff pays off. I think more than anything, the players making sure they do work hard during conditioning I think really pays off so you are ready for whatever may come.”

On New England’s offensive line: “We got a great group. Everyone understands whenever your number be called to be ready. I think that’s the approach that everyone on the team takes. That was the case last night, I think, the thing is everyone trusts everybody to do their job and that’s the biggest thing; we’re not second-guessing any guys.”

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