Kevin Faulk: ‘We have to keep our heads up’
|11.09.11 at 3:06 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Eyebrows were raised last Sunday at Gillette when Kevin Faulk was a pregame scratch, just one week after making his return from right knee surgery that ended his 2010 season in – of all places – the Meadowlands.
Now, Faulk has a chance to return to the scene of the crime. Will he be ready to go?
“I’m ready to roll,” Faulk said Wednesday, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that his health is not the issues. “Whatever happens, happens.
“Let’s just go out there and play football, work on our mistakes and try to win a game on Sunday. That was Sunday. That was last week. We’re talking about a whole different week now. We’re focusing on the Jets and trying to get our team rolling again.”
Sunday gave him to watch the recent Patriots offensive struggles from a distance.
“I’ve seen us not producing,” he said. “I’ve seen us not putting up enough points to win the football game for our team. That’s what we haven’t been doing.”
Is there a reason why?
“If we found out the reason, we wouldn’t be talking about this right now. Going out to practice, working on new things and trying to get things done.”
Is it all about execution?
“You can say that but we have to play better, as a football team, as players.”
While a leader on the team, Faulk steered clear of any Albert Haynesworth reaction or analysis.
“That what coaches do,” Faulk said. “We play football. We don’t worry about none of that.”
He has been and is still working with Chad Ochocinco on the practice field.
“He’s working hard like every other guy on the football team,” he said. “You can see it. It’s showing. You just have to keep going. Everything we’re doing right now, like coach said, ‘we have to do it better.’ It doesn’t matter how good we thought it was, it’s got to be better, it has to be better.”
As for returning to the Meadowlands on Sunday night – and the chance for revenge against the same team that ended his season on the same field it ended – Faulk stopped short of saying it’s motivating him.
“I don’t know about righting some wrongs,” Faulk said. “Right now, it’s in my head but it’s kind of way back in the back of my head. Right now, it’s about helping my team win a football game.”
And then there is the not-so-small matter of winning a football game. The Patriots desperately could use a win against the Jets to not only avoid their first three-game skid since 2002 but restore order and confidence in their locker room.
“Like always, when things don’t go your way for a couple of weeks or so, you always start questioning,” Faulk said. “That’s just human nature. But at the same time, you just have to get back to what you were doing and having fun, and playing football.
“We have no choice. This is our job. That’s like if you were having a bad day at work, you wouldn’t be giving it up. We’re here to help the football team win games. We have to keep our heads up.”