Sebastian Vollmer, Kyle Arrington on M&M: ‘We had a good feeling it wasn’t going to be over’
|10.14.13 at 12:02 pm ET|
Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and defensive back Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Monday morning to talk about Sunday’s thrilling 30-27 victory over the Saints.
Vollmer, a five-year veteran, has seen Tom Brady engineer comebacks before, but this one was something special.
“It definitely doesn’t get old,” Vollmer said. “While you’re in it, while the drive is going on, you can’t think about anything else but doing your job, but just looking back, you don’t want to have anybody else behind you, orchestrating that drive. We have all the trust in the world, he’s done it so many times in his career, and once again yesterday. There’s no doubt, I don’t want anybody else in there.”
Vollmer said the players did not lose hope after squandering a couple of opportunities late.
“We had a pretty good feeling we would get the ball back,” Vollmer said. “Our defense was playing good; they gave us the ball back three times. So, we had confidence and we knew we had to deliver. I think that’s what it was, everybody concentrating on their job and going through what you had practiced before, knowing what’s probably going to come and what you have to do. I think we were all quite confident, and we knew we had a chance.”
The Saints celebrated after stopping the Patriots twice inside the final three minutes, but Vollmer said he thought his team would get another opportunity to pull out the win.
“I saw [the Saints celebrating] a little bit while I was walking off the field, but I think we all knew — at least we had strong feelings about it — that we were going to get the ball back. Luckily, we did,” Vollmer said. “We had a good feeling it wasn’t going to be over then.”
That chance came because the Patriots defense continued to play stellar football, even with the loss of some more key players (Aqib Talib, Jerod Mayo) to injury.
“Hopefully we can continue to ride this momentum,” Arrington said. “Definitely a great win. That was a heck of a football team that we played yesterday. The goal from this point is to improve every week, and we’ll take it from there.”
Added Arrington: “We play for each other. We have such a great group of guys. It’s not about yourself. Everyone understands, it’s all about the team and what’s best for the team. Everybody understands just what their job is, and then they’re working as hard as they can to get that done.”
Arrington had an interception of Drew Brees on a play in which Brees overthrew tight end Jimmy Graham.
“Brees, I guess he was going through all his progressions,” Arrington said. “The D-line was able to get some pressure on him, so he was I guess he was trying to get rid of the ball to Graham. It was kind of a higher throw. And I know as big as Jimmy is, I’m like, ‘Hopefully he’s not that big,’ so I kind of just played the overthrow.”
The injury-plagued Patriots went into the game with many predicting them to struggle against the undefeated Saints, but Vollmer said he didn’t need to use that as motivation.
“We don’t really talk about that too much, but honestly, you hear it every once in a while from the media and stuff,” Vollmer said. “But you just know they’re good, you just know that. And every player is motivated. Obviously you don’t want to be the guy that loses the game for you. So I think the motivation comes from yourself, from within.”
Touching on the Rob Gronkowski situation, Arrington said the tight end has looked solid in practice, but no one wants to rush him back before he’s ready.
“He looks a bit faster, as rangy as ever. He’s looking good,” Arrington said. “We’ll be glad to have him back whenever he’s ready. … It’s not our job to make that call. We have a tremendous training staff, the coaches, everyone knows what they’re doing. Gronk, he’ll be back when he’s ready.”
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