Patriots sign RB LeGarrette Blount

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The Patriots have signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a 2 year deal, the team announced.

Blount was released by the Steelers on Wedsenday, and resigned with the Pats this morning.

The RB was upset after the Steelers Monday Night win because he did not receive any carries. For some reason, he and the Steelers were not a good fit and could not make the union last, unlike the 2013 season he had with the Patriots.

In 2013, Blount was a big hit in Boston, and had great success with the Pats. Returning to New England will benefit the Pats and Blount. 

In 2013 with the Pats, Blount rushed for almost 800 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Blount will join rookie Jonas Gray, and Shane Vereen on the active roster. The Pats other running backs include special teams ace Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. 

Vereen is the pass catcher and Gray is the short yardage, tough running, and hard-hitting goal line back. Blount will be the home run hitter. He can break free and score from anywhere on the field. This move boosts the Pats running attack even more.

According to ESPN, Blount will get the veteran minimum plus incentives. The 2 year deal gives the Pats the option to keep Blount in 2015.

This is a good move by the Pats, a lot of fans were disappointed with Blount leaving, and now he’s back.

I just hope Blount brings the “selfie” celebration to New England.

 

NFL Week 12 Capsule – Lions vs Patriots

DETROIT LIONS (7-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-2)

SERIES

LIONS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-2 Belichick: 3-3
LAST WEEK L 14-6 at Cardinals W 42-20 at Colts
LAST GAME 11/25/10: Patriots 45 at Lions 24. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 341 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots WRs Wes Welker & Deion Branch combine for 203 receiving yards & 4 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/03/06: Patriots 28, Lions 21. New England RB Corey Dillon rushes for 3 TDs & WR Reche Caldwell adds 8 receptions for 112 yards. Patriots LB Mike Vrabel records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 85 (NE). XM: 85 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 226-369-2679-13-9-85.0 Brady: 233-364-2649-24 (T3C)-5-102.0 (3C)
RUSHING Bell: 122-442-3.6-3 Gray: 70-330-4.7-4
RECEIVING Tate: 68 (1C)-950 (2C)-14.0-3 Edelman: 59-606-10.3-2
OFFENSE 332.3 380.4
TAKE/GIVE +3 +11 (1C)
DEFENSE 290.3 (1L) 351.8
SACKS Ansah: 5.5 Ninkovich: 5
INTs Quin: 3 (T3C) McCourty, Revis: 2
PUNTING Martin: 46.7 (3C) Allen: 46.3
KICKING Prater: 35 (8/8 PAT; 9/12 FG) Gostkowski: 107 (1L) (35/35 PAT; 24/25 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,760 yards (306.7 per game) & 19 TDs in past 9 vs. AFC. Reached 20,000 pass yards (20,136) in 71st game last week, fastest in NFL history. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 17,334 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH had 113 rush yards in 12/24/11 game at NE (with Mia.). RB THEO RIDDICK has rec. TD in 3 of past 4…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 14 rec. TDs in past 15 vs. AFC. Has 91 catches for 1,634 yards (116.7 per game) & 12 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,657 rec. yards & 106.7 rec. yards per game. In past 7, WR GOLDEN TATE has 52 catches for 749 yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs, incl. 5 100-yard games. Has 26 catches for 359 yards (119.7 per game) & TD in past 3 vs. AFC…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 96 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack in only meeting. In past 5, DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Last week, LB JOSH BYNES & CB CASSIUS VAUGHN each had INT…PATRIOTS: Aim for 7th consecutive win…In last meeting, QB TOM BRADY completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 pct.) for 341 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating…Last week, RB JONAS GRAY rushed for career-high 201 yards & tied single-game club record with 4 TDs (RANDY MOSS, 4 TD catches on 11/18/07). In 3 starts in 2014, RB SHANE VEREEN has 226 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 135 rec.) & 2 TD catches…In past 6, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 40 catches for 587 yards & 6 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 3. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads league with 51 TD catches. Last week, surpassed BEN COATES (50) & RANDY MOSS (50) for most TD rec. in Pats history. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 81 scrimmage yards last week (50 rec., 31 rush). WR BRANDON LA FELL has 5 TDs in past 7. TE TIM WRIGHT has 4 TDs in past 6, incl. 2-yarder vs. Colts…LB AKEEM AYERS has sack in 2 of past 3 since joining NE in Week 8. In past 5, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 4 sacks, INT & FR. S DEVIN MC COURTY had 2 INTs (tied for career-high) in last meeting. Had INT last week vs. Colts.

Patriots remain atop the Power Rankings

Jonas Gray celebrates after a 200 yard performance. (Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

Jonas Gray celebrates after a 200 yard performance.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

The Patriots remain atop the ESPN’s power rankings this week after beating the Colts soundly on the road. The Colts dropped from number 7 to number 9 overall on ESPN.com and dropped from 6 to number 9 on NFL.com’s power rankings. The Pats next matchup comes against the Lions and they rank number 7 overall, a one spot drop off after their loss to the Cardinals on ESPN.com. On NFL.com the Lions didn’t move on NFL.com’s power rankings, remaining at number 8.

To see the full rankings on NFL.com then go here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000430335/article/nfl-power-rankings-week-12-packers-chiefs-rise-browns-fall

Here’s the full rankings from ESPN.com:

RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

Like we’ve been saying all year, you must stop Jonas Gray to beat the Patriots. Well, maybe not, but 201 yards and a franchise-record four rushing touchdowns buried the Colts.
2

Last Week: 2

The last time the Cardinals were 9-1, they played home games in Chicago and Harry Truman was in office (1948). Arizona’s six-game win streak is the team’s best since 1977.
3

2
Last Week: 5

Human victory cigar Matt Flynn has appeared in five of Green Bay’s past six games. Imagine the possibilities if Aaron Rodgers threw for a full 60 minutes.
4

1
Last Week: 3

Denver scored seven points, the fewest by the Broncos with Peyton Manning as quarterback. Manning’s NFL-record 15-game streak with multiple touchdown passes was snapped in Sunday’s shocker.
5
Chiefs
7-3

5
Last Week: 10

Wide receivers are overrated. The 7-3 Chiefs still have no touchdown receptions by wide receivers this season. Seven wide receivers have more yards than all Chiefs wide receivers combined (917).
6

2
Last Week: 8

Facing Eli Manning is a welcome return from the bye week for the Cowboys’ defense, which has a takeaway in nine straight games since Week 1.
7
Lions
7-3

1
Last Week: 6

Sunday was Detroit’s first game this season without a sack, and the Lions allowed Drew Stanton to throw for a career-high 306 yards and his second-career multi-TD game.
8
Eagles
7-3

4
Last Week: 4

Philadelphia allowed 53 points to the Packers Sunday, the most allowed by the Eagles since 1972 (62-10 loss to Giants). The Packers had no turnovers, snapping Philly’s 21-game takeaway streak.
9
Colts
6-4

2
Last Week: 7

Coby Fleener quietly was outstanding Sunday, posting a career-high 144 receiving yards on seven catches. With Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw out, they’ll need more of that from Fleener.
10
49ers
6-4

2
Last Week: 12

Who says the 49ers’ defense is struggling? San Francisco had five interceptions Sunday, its most in a game since Week 10 of 2009 against the Bears.
11

2
Last Week: 9

Jamaal Charles exploited the hole left by Brandon Mebane’s injury. The Chiefs had 6.3 yards per rush and 5.0 yards before contact per rush, most against Seattle since 2013.
12

2
Last Week: 14

Le’Veon Bell had 196 rush yards between the tackles Monday, 51 more than any player in a game this season. The last Steeler with more was Willie Parker in 2006.
13
Bengals
6-3-1

3
Last Week: 16

Cincinnati looked like a brand-new offense Sunday. Andy Dalton was 6-of-8 for 127 yards and a touchdown targeting A.J. Green, a week after the duo was brutal (3-of-11, 23 yards, interception).
14
Ravens
6-4

1
Last Week: 13

Baltimore is looking for a third straight win on Monday Night Football when it travels to New Orleans, a place where the Saints have dropped two in a row.
15

2
Last Week: 17

Short and sweet for Ryan Tannehill. He was 25-of-28 for 223 yards, two touchdowns and 14 first downs on throws 10 yards or fewer Thursday.
16

1
Last Week: 15

No Charger recorded 65 receiving yards Sunday. They had at least one 65-yard receiver in their first six games this season, but none in three of the past four games.
17
Browns
6-4

6
Last Week: 11

Brian Hoyer was 4-of-14 for 103 yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Hoyer entered Sunday with a league-high 55.4 completion percentage on deep throws.
18
Texans
5-5

2
Last Week: 20

Ryan Mallett won his first career start, but he can thank Alfred Blue. Blue had 156 rushing yards, most by a Texans rookie since Steve Slaton in 2008.
19
Bills
5-5

1
Last Week: 18

Kyle Orton was 5-of-13 for 47 yards and a sack against the Dolphins’ blitz Thursday. The Jets, who blitz on one-third of dropbacks, will likely follow suit.
20
Saints
4-6

1
Last Week: 19

Jimmy Graham had three catches Sunday. The Saints are 2-5 since the start of last season when Graham has three or fewer catches and 13-6 when he has at least four.
21

2
Last Week: 23

How bad is the NFC South? The 4-6 Falcons, with their minus-17 point margin and league-worst defensive efficiency rating, currently lead the division. By rule, someone has to win.
22
Rams
4-6

3
Last Week: 25

There’s plenty to be impressed by from Sunday. Tre Mason’s 113 rushing yards are most by a Ram this year, while Kenny Britt posted his first 100-yard game since 2012.
23
Bears
4-6

4
Last Week: 27

Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions) Sunday. Cutler connected for scores with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall (twice).
24

3
Last Week: 21

Minnesota is 0-6-1 in its past seven divisional road games, so at least the Vikings get to host the red-hot Packers this week. They’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
25
Panthers
3-7-1

3
Last Week: 22

Kelvin Benjamin had nine catches for 109 yards and a touchdown Sunday, breaking Keary Colbert’s record for the most receiving yards by a Panthers rookie (set in 2004).
26
Giants
3-7

2
Last Week: 24

The Giants have at least one turnover in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league. Eli Manning is one of two active quarterbacks with multiple five-pick games.
27
Titans
2-8

2
Last Week: 29

Zach Mettenberger was 15-of-24 for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but rookie QBs are now 2-18 against Dick LeBeau’s Steeler defenses since 2004.
28
Jets
2-8

Last Week: 28

The playoffs are a tall order at this point for the 2-8 Jets, but they can play spoiler for the Bills, Dolphins (twice) and Patriots down the stretch.
29

3
Last Week: 26

Robert Griffin III has at least five sacks in five of his past seven games. His QBR, sack percentage, touchdown percentage and interception percentage have regressed since his rookie year.
30

Last Week: 30

Mike Evans (21) is the youngest player ever with a 200-yard receiving game and the first rookie with seven catches for 100 yards and a TD in three straight games.
31

Last Week: 31

Quick, who has the best defensive red zone efficiency in the league? And how many guesses would it have taken to get to the Jaguars (41.7%) if this wasn’t their caption?
32
Raiders
0-10

Last Week: 32

How did the Rams-Broncos game hurt the Raiders? Week 13 at St. Louis seemed like Oakland’s best bet for a win, plus Denver now needs to try in Week 17.

Tom Brady talks Gronk, Colts, Lions, and Dumb and Dumber

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Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the WEEI radio Dennis & Callahan show this morning.

He gushed about how good of a player Gronk is.

“He surprises me all the time, just what his ability is,” Brady said. “He’s just got incredible ability to make catches, runs, the way he blocks, just as a teammate — there’s nothing he can’t do. It’s so fun to play with people like that. Gronk has been a guy I’ve loved playing with since I’ve been here, he’s just a phenomenal player, phenomenal athlete. He’s a tough matchup for everybody because he’s big, fast, athletic and he has a great attitude. It’s the whole package with him and the biggest issue that he’s had is staying on the field and that is hard for a lot of people, and I think he’s really worked hard to put himself in a position where he can be on the field, so it’s been great to see.”

Gronkowski has seen his last two seasons shorten due to injuries so a lot of people assume he would play more cautious this year, but that 26 yard touchdown run on Sunday night was anything but cautious when Gronk ran around or through the Colts secondary. Brady said he doesn’t need to avoid hitting, but there are times when he needs to.

“I think there is definitely times to play it safe and there is other times not to, and I don’t think that was one of those times,” Brady said. “The game was still a two-score game and we were trying to really put the nail in the coffin. You don’t want to go — and I’ve talked with other players over the years about — it’s great to try and gain extra yards and all those things, but it’s also to put yourself at the risk — like cutting back into seven guys on defense and taking a big hit to gain an extra yard and get knocked out of the game and knocked out of next weeks game, and maybe knocked out of the week after that. Those things don’t make sense to me.

“Part of being a smart football player is making smart decisions and you have to evaluate the situation and you have to try and make a smart one. We all try and do that on our particular plays, with our particular job and what we’re asked to do, but at the same time doing things that are in your you can’t help the team if you’re not out there playing. In that particular situation Gronk made a great stiff-arm and cut back, really ran through the secondary, which was awesome. That is what he thought he needed to do and that is what he did. That was a great play and a great way to really end the game in a way.”

Brady talked about how important it was to play from ahead against the Colts.

“The other night we really didn’t have any negative plays, we didn’t have any negative runs, real negative passes where we lost yards,” said Brady. “We had two interceptions, but other than that it was pretty clean. It was a great way to play them. It was a great way to play them from ahead. We talked about that all week because you really don’t want to let them be two-dimensional and we really forced them into a one-dimensional game and we could really play the game on our terms all night, being able to run it like we did. It was just awesome to control the line of scrimmage like that. Every time we handed it off we were making yards, which is a great thing for our offense.”

He also talked about the Lions, the next game.

“Hard to tell, it is still pretty early in the week,” said Brady, when asked if the Lions are the best defense the team has faced. “We’re still doing the evaluation of it. They are a good team, they’ve always had a good defense and obviously it starts with their guys up front, so they get a lot of pressure — they got four guys up front and they rotate a lot of guys in and out of their front-four to get pressure. [Ndamukong] Suh has been a great player for a long time. We’ll try and put together a great plan and try and take advantage of things we see. They are athletic, they all run to the ball, they have a lot of speed. It’s a big challenge.

“It’s very different than what we faced last week, so we have to find a different way to win. We have to have a great week and that is where it starts — preparation so you can go out and play with confidence, play with anticipation and you go out and see where you’re at. If that game plan doesn’t work you try and get your game plan B as quickly as you can and if that doesn’t work you get to another one and you try and keep finding combinations all the way to the end to try and score points.”

Brady was asked about his relationship with OC Josh McDaniels and if he gets any say in the game plan.

“I’m not sure how it works for other teams. I’ve always had the opportunity to say my piece. Josh [McDaniels] and I are always talking and always meeting. Fortunately, we’ve been together for so long, I would say 98 percent of the time see things the exact same way. We’ve got a great relationship so we have great communication. We’re always trying to do what we both think is best for our team. Going out there and playing with confidence is really important for all of us. Josh having confidence to call plays and me having confidence to run plays is I think what makes a great quarterback-coordinator relationship. I think we’ve had that for a long time.”

Brady also talked about why offensive linemen prefer to run block than pass block.

“I think they love run blocking. That is just the sense over they years of playing with as many O-linemen that we’ve had. They’re just phenomenal, all the way around when they are able to do that and to create holes like they did the other night. Run blocking just allows them to be aggressive. Pass blocking, is obviously if you think about it, just you’re in a defensive mode and you’re trying to protect a spot on the field. Really, when you’re run blocking you can be the aggressor. It could be double-teams, down blocks, pulling around to hit smaller players, so they can really impose their will on the defense opposed to defending a spot all day.”

Brady also talked about being in Dumb and Dumber To.

“Yeah, I’ve known Bobby Farrelly (director) for a long time, so when Bobby asked me to do it, he kind of told me the part so I thought it was I’m a big fan of all their movies, obviously, so I haven’t seen the movie yet. I asked Bobby to send it to me, and he’s like I don’t have it yet, which was like a week ago and I said it’s out in theaters, so I have to get out to a theater and try and see it.”

He also talked about practicing in the cold.

“It’s cold pretty much here on out. There’s no more dome games, or any of that BS. It’s all football weather from here on out.”

NFL Week 12 Lines – Patriots Favorites At Home vs Lions

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Randy Moss would come back for Tom Brady

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Former Patriots outstanding WR Randy Moss, now Fox analyst, says he’d only come out of retirement for someone like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

The Seahawks contacted Moss after trading Percy Harvin but the wide out declined.

After that, he recently went on The Peter Schrager Podcast, and told them he’d play for Peyton Manning. 

“I’m gonna tell you this, for me to come out of retirement for a player such as Peyton Manning, I would consider that,” Moss said. “I really would consider it. I’m still in great shape, I can still run. … I’m not the most old, but just by looking at the things I see on Sundays, I can still go out there and catch some passes and catch some touchdowns.”

Moss told ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption that he still has the skills it takes to be successful in the league and he’d come back for Tom Brady.

“The one thing that people don’t understand, guys, is one day I will hopefully get to tell my story of why I retired from the game of football, it had nothing to do with the money, it had nothing to do with my physical ability. There were some things going on in my family life, going on with my children that I had to walk away from the game and be there for them as their father and as their protector.

“I’m loving what I’m doing here at Fox, don’t get it wrong, but for me to be able to come back to the game for a guy like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, guys, I might consider something like that.”

Would you guys want Randy Moss on your team?

 

Tom Brady’s Post Game Transcript

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Tom Brady spoke to the media during his press conference after beating the Colts Sunday Night.

How do you feel the team played?
“It was a great win, a real complementary win. Defense played great, kept us in it all night. We got ahead. We let them back in there with kind of a dumb interception in the first half but we came out and played a lot better in the second half. I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage which was huge and Jonas (Gray) ran great but it all starts with the big guys up front and they played a great game.”

Since struggling at the beginning of the season, do you feel the offensive line is coming together?
“Yeah, I think you have to be able to find different ways to win depending on the matchup you get and you have to devise a game plan that you think is going to work. And then once you get in there, you see if it works and if it’s going good, you kind of stay with it but you’ve got to be able to adjust. To be really one-dimensional, I thought tonight we showed great toughness, certainly on both sides of the football and special teams. We ran the ball great. We were pretty tough to tackle. We made some real big time plays when we needed. This is a team that gave up like three third downs in their last 33 attempts and I thought we did a pretty good job tonight. It was a great win; great win on the road against a damn good football team. They all get bigger from here and we will enjoy it but we will be back to work tomorrow.”

What happened on that interception late in the first half?
“It was just a bad play. It was a no-look throw, which those don’t ever end up very good. I thought I had a good look pre-snap and (Rob) Gronkowski got through there but I just put too much air on the ball and ended up lobbing it right to Mike (Adams). Hopefully there is no more of those this year.”

How quickly can you recover from an interception, especially right before halftime?
“You hate to let them back in there like that. It’s kind of a momentum play, and it was just not a good one. That doesn’t happen very often, so I’m not overly concerned about it. It was just a dumb play.”

What was the message by taking a knee right before the end of the first half?
“They came with a little momentum there and we knew we were going to get the ball to start the third, and they’re pretty good there at two-minute. So are we. We’re 14 to 10. We’re in a decent position. We’re playing well, playing on our terms. We did a much better job protecting the ball there in the second half. We made a lot of big time third downs, some big time run after catches. The defense stepped up. It was great to see the defense play like that especially when they kind of backed them up against the wall and kind of closed it out, finished strong. It was exactly what we needed.”

How did you feel about the protection you got from the offensive line and the time you had open in the pocket?
“We had great protection. I thought they all played really well up front, and that’s what we’re going to need. There were challenges, some good schemes that this team ran, and it’s very complementary between the receiving skill position players and the offensive line. If they’re going to add extra guys to the rush, then we’re going to need to get open a little bit quicker and we did that tonight. I thought we did a good job on third down, and that was a big key to the game.”

How comforting is it to have the run game to rely on?
“Whatever it takes. I think there are games that you go in and we’re not sure how good we’re going to run it, but when it’s going well, you just want to keep giving it to him. They were creating holes, and Jonas Gray was finding yards whether it was cutting back or staying with his blocks. He just had great vision tonight. He ran for almost 200 yards, so it was a pretty sweet night for a running back to be able to do that.”

Was the running game the plan from the beginning tonight?
“We always try to stay balanced. You never go in saying we’re going to run it this much or throw it this much. You try to get the runs on your terms, and if they’re going to load up and stop it, you’ve got to throw it, but if they’re not going to respect the running game, you’ve got to keep giving it to him. We kept making yards no matter what personnel group we were in, no matter what the scheme was, we did a great job getting a hat on a hat, getting downhill and making yards. It was awesome.”

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Bill Belichick’s Post Game Transcript

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked to the media Sunday Night after beating the Colts.

Opening Statement:
“That was a good win for our team today. I was really proud of our offensive line and the running game. I thought those guys did a really good job at controlling the line of scrimmage and really helped the game get under control, but overall a good solid team effort. Two weeks gave us a little more time to prepare for this one as well as the Colts did. I thought our guys really worked hard in their preparation and really came out here and we limited a couple of mistakes that we made, when we did make those, I felt that we did a really good job at trying to play the game the way that we wanted to play it, so hats off to the offensive line and the tight ends, (James) Develin, Jonas (Gray), those guys blocked well, ran well. Rob (Gronkowski) had a great run there, Julian (Edelman) had a great block and we did a good job at our run defense, those guys up front, the defensive linebackers did a nice job too making it more of a dimensional game. A lot of things the Colts are able to do here this year, fortunately they weren’t able to do them tonight so what our guys did, players played hard and I think they deserved the win.”

You’re always talking about players making the most of opportunities they have. Jonas Gray seems to be grinding it out like he should be grinding it out?

Yeah absolutely, and he did that for us in preseason. He does it for us every day out there on the practice field and works hard. I thought he ran hard tonight, real hard.”
You guys ran the ball late last year, is that carrying over this year?

Well it’s working and you can’t keep working those runs when you’re only getting a yard so if you’re handing the ball off and making yards then we will keep calling them. If you’re not, same thing throwing the ball and you’re hitting them and gaining yards then you keep throwing it, but we aren’t just going to run it, just to run it and gain nothing. We had a lot of good plays today; I thought Cam did a good job, (Michael) Hoomanawanui, Cam, and Rob (Gronkowski) played tight end on the edge along with those inside guys, (Nate) Solder and (Dan) Connolly, (Ryan) Wendell, Sebastian (Vollmer), those guys did a good job. James Develin did a great job at a lot of those lead blocks with power plays and some of those edge plays. It’s a good team effort and you have to block them all. It’s not only one guy so it was good execution from our entire team and the coaching staff did a great job at putting a good plan together, plays complemented each other and we were able to keep them off balance.”

Did you go into the bye week addressing the running game and make it a point of emphasis?
“We really looked at everything. We try to look at everything in that period of time. The offense, the defense, special teams, running game, passing game, all the situations. We tried to look over everything and make it better. We got rid of some things that weren’t as productive as we thought they would have been when we put them in and moved on to emphasize some things that we thought we feel were better for us and will be better for us in this game, hopefully in the second half of the season and see how it goes. Once again, I think the coaches did a good job and the players, during that Wednesday practice and Tuesday meeting really embraced what it’s like to play us and what we do well and what we don’t do well, what we need to do better for a team to play us and hopefully improved on some of those things.”
What stood out to you about Jonas Gray as you worked with him?

“Just like what we saw at Notre Dame. He’s just a smart, hard-working kid. He’s got good power. He runs hard. His game is what we saw tonight. That’s what it was in college, and we talked to Coach Kelly and some of the other players at Notre Dame that we had on our team or that were familiar with Jonas and they all kind of said the same thing. That’s just what we saw. But he works hard every day. It’s not any one thing or one great epiphany. It’s just something that he comes to work every day, does his thing and gets better. Things he needs to work on, things the coach thinks he needs to improve on, splits his pickoff, his assignments in the passing game, his reads in the running game, and he’s gotten a lot better at those.”

You get to the end of camp, there’s always tough decisions to be made and you can only have 53 guys, how tough was it at the end of camp? You might lose him there.

Yeah because he was productive in preseason. We talked about that long and hard. We really talked about bringing him up on the roster several weeks before. We did, even after the Buffalo game when he came up, but I had several conversations with him in previous weeks telling him, ‘You know that you’re close. We want to try and get you on the roster right now but we have a couple of other issues that we have to deal with.’ I think that we all felt as a coaching staff that he would be playing for us at some point this year at that final cut. Obviously we didn’t want to expose him, but we did what we felt was best.”
Rob Gronkowski has always been a very physical player. The last couple of weeks has he got more physical or have the plays he’s got involved in been more physical?

“Well, I think that Rob has always been obviously a great player and does a lot of things well, but I think he has the determination when he has the ball in his hands that he’s going to have to make guys work harder at tackling. He’s not going to go down easy, he’s not going to go out of bounds and he’s going to make them put more on the ground. He’s taken a real aggressive attitude toward that and he’s been a hard guy to tackle.”

What’s the explanation on the kick? It seemed like the ball was going to die inside the five-yard line, the game was 28-10 at the point.

“The impetus of the kick is what put it into the end zone.”

It looked like the Colts pushed it in.

“Right. Well, the explanation was that it was still the impetus. I understand what you’re saying. I asked the same question, but the explanation was that the impetus of the kick was still eventually what drove the ball into the end zone.”

Is there a confidence when you score first?

“I don’t know. I don’t think, we try to score every time we go out there. If we score first, great. There’s going to be a lot of possessions after that. There’s a lot of football left. That’s not enough to win a game or not win a game, but it certainly helps. You always want to try and score first and play from ahead. No question about that. We always try to do that.”

Where did that interception toward the end of the first half that was kind of an uncharacteristic throw by Tom Brady come from?

“Well, obviously we had two turnovers in the first half and that’s not being productive at all there. Maybe have fewer penalties with fewer turnovers that had penalties on them. Punt returns, we had two turnovers. We need to do a better job of that.”

The challenge, how much was that maybe to just slow things down a little bit?

“A little bit of both. It looked like a good catch, but it was a really close play. And that’s what they said up in the booth, he’s probably in, but it’s really close. At that point it didn’t look like we’d be the one to stop the clock a lot in the rest of the game. It did slow things down a little bit, gave us a chance to talk about our red area defense. Obviously when (Dwayne) Allen went out of the game, then all of the matchups and everything that we had gone into the game with changed a little bit. So (Jack) Doyle and (Coby) Fleener and not Allen, so some of our things in our red area didn’t let us get a chance to get that right. We were not taking the time out there anyways.”

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