|Kyle Arrington on M&M: Wes Welker ‘one of the most talented guys I’ve matched up against’||11.25.13 at 1:32 pm ET|
Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to discuss his team’s 34-31 comeback win in overtime against the Broncos on Sunday night.
After trailing 24-0 at halftime, Arrington and New England’s defense stymied Denver in the second half and paved the way for a Tom Brady-led comeback.
“We just rallied behind each other, played for each other and had confidence not only in ourselves but in our teammates,” Arrington said. “We were just battle-tested, and we’re going to fight to the very end.”
The Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to start the second half, then eventually won on a Stephen Gostkowski 31-yard field goal in overtime.
“It’s hard to play a complete 60-minute football game, but just credit our guys who just kept battling and fighting,” Arrington said. “As long as there’s time left on that clock, we’re going to battle.”
The New England offense lost three fumbles in the first quarter, putting the defense in a number of inauspicious positions.
“[There was] naturally a little frustration, because we dug ourselves quite a hole, but to come back and win it in that fashion, it’s very rewarding,” Arrington said. “To be in a hole like that, and just crawl our way out of it slowly but surely, it’s a testament to the character of the guys in our locker room.”
|Chandler Jones on M&M: ‘I get a front-row seat to watch Tom Brady and this offense go to work’||11.04.13 at 1:09 pm ET|
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and cornerback Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about Sunday’s 55-31 win over the Steelers.
Jones, Arrington and the rest of the Pats defense did not need to be at their best as New England’s Tom Brady-led offense erupted for 55 points and 610 total yards on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
“I get a front row seat to watch Tom Brady and this offense go to work, and it’s fun,” Jones said.
Brady and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dueled as both threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns.
“[Roethlisberger is] tremendous, it’s almost like playing that backyard streetball,” Arrington said.
Although the defense did not have its best showing of the season, it stepped up when necessary. The Pats forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) and sacked Roethlisberger five times. Rookie defensive back Duron Harmon and safety Devin McCourty registered the interceptions, while defensive tackle Joe Vellano recovered the fumble.
“Fourth quarter, I think we did a great job of finishing the game. Offense did a tremendous job of helping us out,” Arrington said. “It was a great team effort yesterday.”
The defensive line once again performed admirably, as Jones led the way with two sacks. Jones continues to thrive in a versatile role that puts him as a traditional defensive end at times, and as an outside linebacker as well.
|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.”
|Kyle Arrington on M&M: ‘Unfortunate and sad’ to see Vince Wilfork get hurt||09.30.13 at 12:27 pm ET|
Defensive back Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday to talk about Sunday’s 30-23 victory over the Falcons and the reported season-ending injury to Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork, one of the team’s defensive leaders, was spotted in a walking boot Sunday night. The Patriots have yet to confirm the extent of the injury to one of their defensive leaders, but reports indicate he suffered an Achilles injury that will end his season.
“Vince is one of the first guys here. People say that all the time: Well, he’s the first guy here, last one to leave. But honestly, as early as I try to get here myself, I can never beat Vince into the building,” Arrington said. “Just a tremendous guy not only on the field, but off the field. Everybody knows what kind of guy he is in the community. So, it’s unfortunate and sad to see a guy like that get hurt. Like I said, I definitely wish him the best, and hopefully he can get back soon.”
As for Sunday’s game, Arrington said he wasn’t surprised Atlanta tested the Patriots defensive backs early and often.
“It’s a talented group, especially at the skill positions,” Arrington said of the Falcons. “They played to the strengths of their team. They are a good team.”
Added Arrington: “We tried our best to take some guys away. Then the rest of us, it came down to you’re in a one-on-one battle each play.”
The defensive star was cornerback Aqib Talib, who had an interception and knocked away a fourth-down pass in the end zone in the final minute to preserve the win.
“Aqib, he brings such a tremendous work ethic to the game, at our position,” Arrington said. “It’s fun out there watching him. He’s one of those guys where I’m glad he’s on our team.”
|Patriots secondary rises to occasion, forces four Jets turnovers||09.13.13 at 2:31 am ET|
FOXBORO — With the Patriots offense having one of its worst games since 2009, the defense needed to pick up the slack in the second game of the season. That is just what it did, forcing four turnovers in the Patriots’ 13-10 win over the Jets on a warm, humid and wet night at Gillette Stadium in the home opener.
The secondary in particular stepped up in the fourth quarter, intercepting Jets quarterback Geno Smith three times with the Jets threatening to tie or take the lead, including ending three of the final four Jets drives with picks.
“I thought we did a good job, especially out there on defense, coming up with huge turnovers, especially off a short week,” cornerback Kyle Arrington said. “But in the fourth quarter and a tight game on the line, it was terrific and we’re happy with the outcome.”
Leading the way was cornerback Aqib Talib, who was in on three of the four turnovers, including intercepting Smith twice in the fourth quarter, one with 48 seconds remaining in the game to clinch the win for the Patriots. The first one in the quarter came at the Patriots’ 27-yard line when the Jets were in a good position to either tie or take the lead, but following an Arrington tip, Talib was able to haul it in, abruptly ending the scoring threat. Talib also forced a fumble of Jets receiver Stephen Hill to give the Patriots the ball at the Jets’ 11-yard line setting up a field goal in the opening quarter.
“Yeah, and that’s big,” safety Devin McCourty said when asked about the defense’s ability to make timely plays. “We’ve made winning plays, and we have to continue to do that. When we went out on the field for the last drive, all we kept saying was, it didn’t matter what we had done throughout the game, it was all about getting one last stop. Aqib [Talib] made a great play to finish the game off, so we just have to keep stepping up each week.”
|Snap Judgments: Patriots escape Buffalo with 23-21 win||09.08.13 at 4:14 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK – The Patriots escaped Buffalo with a 23-21 win over the Bills, thanks to a 35-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with five seconds left. Quarterback Tom Brady ended up going 29-for-52 for 288 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. In his first game with the Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola had 10 catches for 104 yards, while Shane Vereen added 14 carries for 101 yards and 7 catches for 58 yards.
Here are a few quick notes on the game:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
-Amendola had several nice catches down the stretch for the Patriots, and kept coming back time and again despite taking a real pounding. The receiver had 10 catches for 104 yards, including several third-down receptions to keep the chains moving on the final drive.
-Julian Edelman. The receiver caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes from Brady, and other than a bad drop in the third quarter, he was one of the only real consistent offensive threats the Patriots had all afternoon. He had a 9-yard touchdown catch in the first and an 8-yard touchdown pickup in the second, and had a big 35-yard pickup on a pass play at the start of the fourth quarter that got New England to midfield. (He added a 13-yard reception midway through the fourth.) He ended up with 7 catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
-Kyle Arrington had an impressive game. In the first half, he forced a pair of fumbles (one in the first quarter and another in the second quarter), and nearly came away with an interception on a play that was later overturned on review. The Patriots turned both turnovers into points, with Brady finding Edelman on both occasions.
-Along with Edelman, Vereen was the only consistent offensive presence the Patriots had for much of the afternoon. The running back out of Cal got the bulk of the snaps after Stevan Ridley was benched following his second quarter fumble, and was able to do a very nice job moving the chains for the New England ground game. Read the rest of this entry »
|Kyle Arrington on M&M: Bills WR Stevie Johnson an ‘extreme talent’||09.03.13 at 11:39 am ET|
Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday as the Patriots prepare to open the season Sunday against the Bills.
Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson made some interesting comments this week, saying that he doesn’t believe the Patriots have anyone who can stop him and then noting he has “a lot of respect” for his friend Patrick Chung, apparently not realizing Chung left New England as a free agent in the offseason, signing with the Eagles.
“I’m going to leave that for you guys to dissect,” Arrington said.
Added Arrington of Johnson: “Extreme talent. Very, very talented. One of those all-around talents that we see. He’s not only fast, not only just shifty, not only great hands, not only possession, run after the catch. We have a great challenge on our hands. We’re getting ready.”
The Patriots defense improved during the 2012 season after a slow start, and Arrington is looking for the defense to pick up where it left off.
“Our goal is always we want to be a fast, physical, dominant defense,” he said. “I think we’ve taken some good steps in the right direction, but I know we have a long way to go. It’s going to be a long season. Everything is focused on getting ready for Buffalo this week. I guess we’ll assess where we’re at after that.”
Arrington has been moved around the defensive backfield during the preseason. He said he’s just happy to be playing, no matter where he is.
“I just love being out there on the field, being able to go out there and play football. It’s fun,” he said. “I love being on the inside, I love being on the outside. I love, like I said, just going out there and being a football player. It’s a tremendous game. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
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