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Michael Hoomanawanui on M&M: ‘It’s crunch time now’

12.16.13 at 12:18 pm ET
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Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who made an impressive one-handed touchdown catch in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the game.

Michael Hoomanawanui

Michael Hoomanawanui

“It was definitely nice to get in the end zone; it’s been a while. To do it in that fashion was kind of cool,” Hoomanawanui said. “But I told everyone last night I’d trade it in for a win in a heartbeat. Start getting better today, and move on to the Ravens.”

With Rob Gronkowski injured, Hoomanawanui expected to see the ball more.

“Definitely with Gronk out, and with what Shane Vereen has been doing, definitely knew the possibility of doubling him was definitely a possibility for them,” he said. “As for as adjustments, it wasn’t too many. We still have the same game plan and things we do down there. We’ve just got to get better and execute when the time comes.”

On the Patriots’ final drive, Hoomanawanui was targeted by Brady near the end zone but appeared to be held by a Dolphins defender.

“I’m definitely not going to make any excuses,” Hoomanawanui said. “It’s over, can’t do anything about it now. We’ve just got to move on to the Ravens and get better. I’m not going to make any excuses. … It is what it is.”

The Patriots were able to stop their trend of bad first halves Sunday, but it didn’t make enough of a difference.

“It seems like at the beginning of the season we were slow coming out at halftime, so that was an emphasis. And then later in the season it kind of flipped on us — we were good coming out at halftime and slow at the beginning. So, it’s definitely an emphasis coaches had put on us,” Hoomanawanui said. “Just got to be more focused. There’s no real game plan changes. We’ve got to do everything better. That’s what we’ve kind of been focusing on.”

Seeing numerous teammates go down with injuries has left its mark on Hoomanawanui and his teammates, but he said he can’t waste time feeling sorry for the team’s predicament.

“It’s frustrating, no doubt about it. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But it’s the NFL. Guys are going to get hurt. Every team has its problems,” Hoomanawanui said. “It stinks, but what are we going to do, sit around and cry about it? That’s not going to fix anything. I keep going back to just getting better each and every day. It’s crunch time now. Pretty much every game, you’ve got to treat it like a playoff game, or else you’ll be sitting at home very soon. So, we’ll do that starting today.”

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