Randy Moss Goes Off After The Game
September 12, 2010

Here are Randy Moss’s comments from after the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Bengals. This transcription was provided by the Patriots Media Team and as best I can tell, has not been edited for content.

RM: Before I get to questions, I’d like to say something. I’ve been here for three years. This is my fourth season. I understand the business and the nature and I understand that you all have a job to do. When it comes to football, I take my job seriously, I say [that] time and time again. But I think there is, I don’t really want to say here in the organization, but I think around here in the New England area, a lot of people don’t want to see me do good. And the reason why, I don’t know. I really don’t care. But I just want to let you all know, you all [are] the ones that are doing all the writing, all the pen, the pad and ink. I don’t have any. So, anything that I may say will get blown out of proportion. Earlier in the week, I got asked a question about me being here and me being unhappy. And me being unhappy doesn’t have anything to do with me toning my game down. I’m here, and I understand my role. My role is to take the ball deep and take the top off the defense. I think earlier in the week, a lot of people were coming at me wrong about me being unhappy. That’s like, for instance, if you worked for somebody, everybody in here you work for somebody, unless you are independent, and if you’re boss comes to you, sometimes you want your boss to tell you you’re doing a good job. That’s every man or woman who works for somebody. You want your boss to come through and be able to say he read your column last night or this morning. He liked your column. And that’s just the way [it is] with football. If you do a good job and think that you’re doing a good job, you want to be appreciated. I really don’t think that, me personally, that I’m appreciated. I don’t want you all to take anything out of context that I’m saying because I am a man and this is a job. I take my job very seriously, to heart. I want to let you all now and I want to let the fans, the real fans of the New England Patriots know, I’m not here to start any trouble. I’m here to play my last year out of my contract. And I’ve said time and time again, before I signed my first contract here, I want to be here in New England. There’s a great group of guys here. Well coached group here. And I never said that I wanted to leave New England. But I think that a lot of things that have been written or been said are looking at me in a negative light. And I don’t want it to be in a negative light. I just want everybody to understand, you can print it. I don’t care how you put it on your ink, I want to be here as a Patriot. I love being here. But I just think from a business standpoint, this probably will be my last year here as a Patriot. And I’m not retiring. I’m still going to play some football. I just want to get that off my chest and let you all understand that this is a business. Now I’ll open it up for questions.

Q: Why do you think that people don’t want to see you succeed?

RM: I’ve got a long history. My history has nothing to do with anything too, too bad. Everybody has a certain mystique about them. I guess that people just don’t like the way that I carry myself. If that’s what it is, then that’s what it is.

Q: What people are you talking about?

RM: I don’t know. I read. You might not be one. You could be one. But I’m not pointing fingers at any man or woman. I’m just telling you straight up. We’re football players. Everybody’s not going to write in their column today everything’s going to be positive. There’s going to be some negatives. I’m just thinking that the journey that I’ve taken to get to where I’m at, 13 years, I don’t really feel that I’m very liked. And I’m not saying from you all. I don’t really give a damn if you like me to be honest with you.

Q: Do you mean the fans?

RM: Listen here, what I’m trying to say is, I get a lot of negative publicity on any word that I say. For instance, the word that I used this week was ‘unhappy.’ And I don’t know who took it, but word got back to me that that started a domino [effect] about me being unhappy. But then I just told you all about you working for somebody and you having a boss, you would like to feel appreciated. I’m not saying that I’m not appreciated here. But I would like to feel that sometimes. This is the last year of my contract. Nothing has been discussed. There’s not been anything said. Not a letter. Nothing. I’m not saying that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my job let’s me go to another team, then that’s what it’s going to be. But for right now, I’m still in a contract for the New England Patriots, and I have a job to do. So I’m going to play my year out and do the best of my ability.

Q: Do you understand how bad this looks after a 38-24 win to stand up here and talk about the contract?

RM: I can honestly say this, ‘I don’t really talk much.’ And I don’t want to take away from the win. But I think that before this season gets started, I don’t want it to be week 10, week 11, week 12, and we’re sitting here talking about a contract. What I want to let you all know is, I know this is the last year of my contract and I’m here to play it out. And I want to play some damn good football. That’s basically what I’m trying to tell you. I don’t want to wait until week 12 or 13. Every week is not going to be good for me. I have two and three guys on me sometimes. I don’t wait until week 9, 10 or 11 that I have a bad game, and now the tables turn on me. ‘Oh he doesn’t want to be here.’ That’s what I don’t want to happen. I’m not disrespecting the organization. I’m not disrespecting my teammates for the victory that we had today against the Cincinnati Bengals. But I think that this is my first time talking this year, and I want to get it out there. I’m definitely not being disgruntled or disrespectful. Like I said, this is my first time talking.

Q: But it’s going to get spun that way.

RM: Somebody’s going to spin it. Anything that I say is going to get spun around. I’m not trying to take away from the victory that we had today. It’s been a long offseason for us. Bill [Belichick] put us through a lot of hard work. From a physical standpoint, I’m paying for it. The victory today that we had against the Cincinnati Bengals was definitely well deserved because we prepared for it. By me ramping off for me as an individual, like I said, I don’t want to take away from what we did. I just want to get it off my chest because this is my first time talking this year. You’re not going to hear much from me this year. That’s basically what I’m trying to tell you. So I’m getting it out of the way now.

Q: So if the organization comes to you and offers you a contract extension, would you sign it?

RM: I don’t want to talk about contracts. I just want to let you all know that I’m here to play my last season out. If an opportunity later on in the season presents itself for me to be a New England Patriot, I will accept that. But if it doesn’t, I must move on. That’s basically what I’m trying to tell you. Like I say, week 9, 10 or 11 down the road, I don’t want things to fall back on my lap. This is week one, so I’m trying to get it out there right now. Everybody can print it however you copy it.

Q: What if that opportunity presents itself this offseason?

RM: This offseason? I don’t really want to get to that. I’m 33 years old. I think that when you’re brought into this league earlier, you’re played off what you’re capable of doing. I’ve already showed that I can play still at a high level at age 33. For me to be offered a contract after this season is over, I think that would be a smack in my face. So I don’t even really want to get into that.

Q: So do you think it’s time to go somewhere else?

RM: Regardless of what I’m sitting here saying, you all are going to write what you want to write. All I’m saying is I’m not here to start any trouble. I’m going to play my year out to the best of my ability and try to play some damn good football. That’s what I trained myself to do this offseason to play some damn good football and help this team win. And that’s what I want to do.

Q: What did you mean that this offseason Bill Belichick put you through a lot and you’re paying for it physically?

RM: He never let up. We started out from OTAs. You local writers know that [in the past] Bill has given me maybe a day here or there off. I haven’t [had] any. From a physical standpoint, I’m kind of feeling [it]. It’s nothing bad, it’s just old age, I guess.

Q: What part of your old age body is feeling it?

RM: Probably legs. Low back, legs. That’s nothing that a massage and a cold tub won’t cure. I’m not young. I’m old. For us to go out and play on this grass and pound on this turf, doesn’t really feel good. I’m happy to be in this position. I’m very blessed, as I say time and time again. I just want to make the best of this. I don’t want this to be a negative. I want this to be a positive. Win or lose, I still want to come out and play some good football.

Q: Tom Brady has gone out of his way to say that he wants you and he appreciates you. How much does that mean?

RM: It means a lot coming from Tom. He’s the face and the leader of this team. We do a lot of talking daily. Tom knows how I feel about this being my last year. Bill might call me into his office tomorrow, but then again, you all know that this is my first time talking this season. I’m not going to be up here talking every week. And you’re not going to find me in the locker room. Well you’re going to find me, but you’re not going to get me to talk because I’m not here to talk. I’m here to play. It’s definitely very, very helpful for Tom to come to my defense saying that he wants me here because I love playing here. I don’t want to leave here. I don’t. But the business aspect of it, I’ve got to look out for me and my family. So that’s where I’m coming from.

Q: Do you feel like you were misunderstood after the team charity event when you had headphones on?

RM: I really don’t want to get into it. That’s more in-house. So we just take it. Whoever wrote what they wanted to write, and my music was playing whatever I wanted to listen to.

Q: From our perspective, it looks like you just came off your best camp in New England. Would you agree with that?

RM: Since I’ve been here, yes. And that’s why I’m very excited about this season. The Cincinnati Bengals are a good football team. They won their division. They’re a playoff team. So for us to be able to come out and play some good football, we can hang our hats on today. But we have a great task next week with the Jets. Hopefully, Baltimore will beat them up pretty good. Or beat each other up Monday. So we can get a good game on Sunday. I’ve definitely been up and down just because I don’t know what to except. The only thing I can do is take care of me. And that’s to go out here and prepare each day, work hard, and do whatever I can to help this team win.

Q: Are you excited to see Darrelle Revis next week?

RM: Am I excited to see Revis? I think I am because there was a lot of talk last year. And I’m not taking anything from him. He did do some good things last year to be the shutdown corner that he is. And I’m not scared to say this—I prided my offseason on Revis. Like I said, I take pride in what I do, but what he did last year was something that even opened my eyes up as a wide receiver; that there’s a cornerback out here that I really have to be on my A game. So I prided my offseason on staying off of Revis Island.

Q: If you would talk more frequently, do you think you could resolve some of the issues and misconceptions about what people write about you?

RM: If I honestly cared about what you all write, I think I would be up here talking to you every day, every single day. I probably [would] have a couple of [your] phone numbers in my phone and vice versa. But I really don’t care.

Q: You seem upset.

RM: I’m not upset. No, I’m not upset. This is my 13th year. This isn’t my 2nd or 3rd year. You know what I’m saying. My 13th year in the league, anything that I might say might most of the time get blown out of context or get blown out of proportion. By the word that I used, me being ‘unhappy,’ it’s not that I’m mad or trying to be disgruntled. I’m hurt. You give me a word.

Q: You said not being wanted.

RM: That’s a good way to put it. I don’t want anything negative to come out of this like it usually does. You know what I’m talking about. I don’t really care about a lot of the extracurricular stuff that you write. I know me. I know what I’m here for. I’m definitely excited about this season. I don’t want people to take away from that. So that’s why I said I wanted to get it out week one and not wait to week 11, 12 or 13 down the road to get it out.

Q: Do you expect to get called into Bill Belichick’s office tomorrow?

RM: If I do, then I’m just going to have to explain to Bill how I feel. Put it like this: it’s already going to be headlines anyway about me talking about my contract. Then again, I really don’t care. It’s a job. This is a business. If you understand the business, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from. But if you don’t understand the business, this is not football. Football leaves you in college and high school. This is a job. If you understand the nature of this job, then you understand where I’m coming from. That’s all I’m saying. I’m old. I’m not ready to leave the league yet, but I still have a family to provide for. All I’m saying is, if I’m wanted here, I want to be here. If I’m not going to be here, then that’s it. It’s as simple as that. That’s all I’m saying.

Q: Do you have a good relationship with Robert Kraft?

RM: It’s fair. Mr. Kraft is a busy man, and he’s not seen around here a lot during the week. But on the weekends, he’s here. We have a relationship. Is it where I want to be or where he wants it to be? I don’t know. I really don’t know how busy his schedule is, but as a owner, we have a fair relationship.

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Patriots-Bengals Postgame: Tom Brady
September 12, 2010

Transcription provided by the Patriots Media Relations team.

Q: Did you get a new ride yet?

TB: I did. I did. I just wanted to get the 2011, so I had to crash the 2010.

Q: The week you had, obviously you capped it off with a win today, but what a week.

TB: It was a fun day today, I’ll tell you that. The celebration after the game is what it’s all about. We have a lot of new faces in here, and we’ve been working pretty hard for the entire offseason. Coach said a lot of really meaningful things last night and one of them [was], ‘You know guys, this is when we start keeping score. All of the work we’ve put in, this is what it’s all about.’ So it was good to come out. We started really fast. The defense made some really big plays: two returns for touchdowns, which really sparked us. And then throwing it to Wes [Welker] and scoring a couple touchdowns was good, too. Everyone contributed; I think that was the good part about today.

Q: What does it mean for Wes Welker to score that first touchdown?

TB: It was awesome. I spent a lot of time with him this offseason and the determination that he has is pretty remarkable. [He’s an] extremely mentally tough person. I knew in February, as a matter of fact, or March, that he was going to be back out on the field opening day. It just shows what his mind is all about. He’s really overcome a lot in his career and this thing is only going to make him better.

Q: Can you tell us anything about his emotions on the sidelines after scoring?

TB: Wes is pretty cool. There are times when he gets pretty excited, but I think this was…He’s out there still feeling it out probably a little bit, so everything was a little bit tame. I’m sure he’s going to be pretty excited tonight. It was good contribution for everybody: Aaron Hernandez made a bunch of big plays on touchdown drives. Freddy [Taylor] ran the ball great. The offensive line protected awesome. It was really a good day for us out there.

Q: What does the versatility of the tight ends do for you guys?

TB: All three of those guys – Alge [Crumpler] made a big catch coming out [in] the second half there on third down that got called back from a penalty. And Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] made catches on the touchdown. Not only can they block, but they’re all able to catch the ball, too. It creates different mismatches out there. Sometimes they have tough times getting lined up with the formations. It looks like that’s what happened with the one there to Aaron late in the game. He’s open and he makes a big run after catch.

Q: We haven’t talked to you since Thursday. Can you walk us through the emotions of the day with the accident and then signing your contract later in the day?

TB: Well, it’s unfortunate what happened Thursday morning. I’m sure a lot of people have been involved in accidents, but it’s a scary thing. But fortunately I was okay. Hopefully the people in the other car are recovering quickly and well. But it was a scary thing for both of us – for both people involved. But of course, I’ve got to come down and get ready for the game and I knew that. I had to be here for my teammates. I called and said I’d be a little bit late and then went out to practice and prepared. It was good. It was good. It was a good week. It was a good week. I’m glad it’s over, but it was a good week.

Q: Were you aware of all the misinformation out there about the accident? Did you get calls from your family concerned about things that weren’t true?

TB: No, I got a lot of calls. They just hear you’re in an accident, and it’s 3:30 in the morning where my family lives when it happened, so they wake up to a bunch of text messages. I called my dad pretty quick and just said ‘Dad, I’m fine.’ It wasn’t too much other than that.

Q: Protection was pretty good today. The hardest hit you took was maybe Thursday?

TB: They played great, the offensive line. They really handled…that’s a good front, too, with [Robert] Geathers and [Antwan] Odom and the blitz packages they run. I thought we did a good job handling the blitz and I think what happened was we hit some big plays on the blitz early so it slowed them down a little bit, but it’s a great offensive line. Those two tackles are special players and Steve [Neal], Dan Connolly – the way he stepped in. And [Dan] Koppen has been a rock there for a long time. It’s as good an offensive line as we’ve ever had. We’re going to need it all year. I’ll tell you, that’s what we’re going to need.

Q: Would you say Thursday morning’s accident is the hardest hit you took all week?

TB: That was a big one, but I’ll tell you, they’re all pretty similar out here. I said that to a few people. You get jolted pretty good like that. It’s kind of what it feels like. I don’t want to experience that too often.

Q: Did Peyton Manning call you and say thank you very much for signing?

TB: No, no. Peyton, I don’t know – it looked like they were losing today. I don’t know if they ended up losing, but I mean, he’s a great player. His time will come.

Q: How happy are you about your new contract?

TB: I’m more excited about the win, to tell you the truth. That’s really what it comes down to. Contracts always take care of themselves, and I think what I was most excited about was talking about football. That’s what’s most important to me and winning games and celebrating with my teammates and watching their determination and watching the hard work that they put in like Fred Taylor and Randy [Moss]. I see those guys work every day, so when we get a victory like this, it feels pretty good for all of us.

Q: Knowing that the contract is behind, what do your teammates think?

TB: I love being here. I really do. I love playing for this organization. It’s the only organization I’ve ever known, but I know a lot of people come from different places. Randy, who is one of my best friends on the team, always tells me how different this place is than other places that he’s been. That means a lot to me because those guys, I value their opinion so much. It’s a great place. If you like winning games, it’s a great place.

Q: When you can put all of that aside and concentrate on football, is that just part of your character or is that something you have developed?

TB: It’s my job, you know? It’s my job. That’s what my teammates expect me to do. They expect me to come out and do my job.

Patriots Name All-Decade Team: 2000’s Edition
March 16, 2010

From the official team press release:

“The team consists of 11 offensive, 11 defensive, four special teams players and one head coach. Four of the 27 members were also members of the 1990s All-Decade Team. Willie McGinest was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team as a defensive end and to the 2000s All-Decade Team as an outside linebacker. He joins cornerback Ty Law, safety Lawyer Milloy and kicker Adam Vinatieri as the four players with the distinction of being on both teams.”

OFFENSE
Pos Name
OT Nick Kaczur
OT Matt Light
G Joe Andruzzi
G Logan Mankins
C Dan Koppen
TE Daniel Graham
WR Troy Brown
WR Randy Moss
WR Wes Welker
QB Tom Brady
RB Corey Dillon

DEFENSE
Pos Name
DE Richard Seymour
DE Ty Warren
NT Vince Wilfork
OLB Willie McGinest
OLB Mike Vrabel
ILB Tedy Bruschi
ILB Roman Phifer
CB Ty Law
CB Asante Samuel
S Rodney Harrison
S Lawyer Milloy

SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos Name
K Adam Vinatieri
P Josh Miller
Ret Kevin Faulk
SpT Larry Izzo

Head Coach Bill Belichick

No denials from Brady and Belichick
July 31, 2009

Tom Brady this morning was asked if he wanted to recant his previous statement that his wife Gisele is pregnant and he offered no denial instead quoting David Ortiz “I don’t have all the information but once I do you will be the 1st to know.
And Bill Belichick was asked if he has ruled out signing Michael Vick and Bill said he hasn’t ruled out anything leaving that door slightly ajar. He caught himself and retreated a little but still left the door open.
Much more coming up on NewsCenter5 at 5 and 6.
-MD

Brady Transcript
May 28, 2009

Here is the transcript of Tom Brady’s comments at Thursday’s OTA as provided by the Patriots Media Relations staff:

Q: How are you feeling? Do you want to give us an update on the progress of your knee from the last two months or so?

TB: Yeah. I’ve been feeling really positive. You know, getting back into the football stuff – it’s a little different than the training you do – working out normally in the offseason, so it’s good to come out on the field. There is obviously a lot of rust by all of us being off for four months. We’re working hard to make the improvements we need to make. Thank God the season is a few months away, but we need the work and I need the work. I think everybody realizes when you come out after four months off there is a lot of work for us to do.

Q: Have you talked to any other quarterbacks who have gone through this about what their experiences were?

TB: Not really. No, I haven’t.

Q: Anyone else at all? Any players that you’ve talked to that have been through it?

TB: There have been a couple of guys on our team that have had knee injuries. It’s about staying positive and putting in the work. You’ve got to do the rehab. Nobody likes to do rehab. I’m glad we are back into the football stuff and we are back into throwing the ball on the field. That’s the stuff that I enjoy the most.

Q: Do you have to learn how to throw again with the knee the way it is?

TB: The throwing is not the problem at all. At this point it’s just about getting back to the football activity. I am doing the football activities not for my leg, but for the rest of me – my everything. My body feels really good. My arm feels good. I’m not completing as many passes as I want, but we haven’t been out here very long. I think it’s just about getting better every day. If you can do that, and you can make continuous improvements over the course of weeks and months, you’ll be a better player.

Q: There’s no adjustment with having to wear a brace on your leg and getting used to that?

TB: No. You don’t even really notice it. I would rather not wear, but [Head Athletic Trainer] Jim [Whalen] is forcing me to wear it, so I have to listen to him.

Q: With your lifestyle being glamorous, are you still as hungry and competitive as you’ve always been?

TB: I’m a believer that talk is real cheap. I’m someone that likes to put the work in. I know it looks glamorous at times. I think what I enjoy the most is playing football and being with my family, and those are the kind of things that I do. I’m excited to go out there and compete and anytime I have a chance to compete, I love that. Whether it’s on the practice field or the game field, which unfortunately is a few months away for us, you just have to come out – and I always enjoy that.

Q: You said last year was the halftime of your career. What did you mean by that?

TB: Well, I think we all have goals that we set for ourselves and how long you want to play. Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don’t get hit very often. I hope I have the opportunity to play for a long time. I think when you sit on the sidelines for an entire year you realize how much you love it. Not that you need that to happen to be grateful to play, but you experience things in a much different way and a way that I never experienced as an athlete. I love being out here. I love participating and being around these guys. We’re working for some big goals we set, so we just have to, like Coach Belichick says, come out here and work hard every day and do our job.

Q: Does this year off make you think about your athletic mortality?

TB: Like the end of my career?

Q: Well, did it make you think that it’s getting closer than…

TB: The reality is in this sport, you really never know with… Any day could be your last day in football. You come out and it’s a very physical game and I think you’re just grateful for having a chance to compete in practice and be on a team and having a great job. I think all of that stuff we are very happy about and happy to participate in. I don’t think about the end too often. Hopefully this is still, relatively, in the early part of my career. I guess you will have to talk to me in a few years.

Q: You used the word rust. Getting back out here does it feel like a long time? What are your emotions?

TB: I’ve been playing football for a long time so you don’t have to relearn how to do anything, you just have to go out and try to be sharp. I don’t think I’ve been very sharp the last three days in practice. It takes a lot of reps and a lot of throwing. You see the defense and you make the throws and there are adjustments you have to make on the field. The football part and understanding our offense – I mean, obviously, I have a good understanding of that – it’s just a matter of putting it together at a different speed than you can go out and practice in the bubble in March and April. It’s nice when team activities are on the field and there’s blitzes and you can signal guys and something happens and a guy slips on a route and now you have to throw to a different player. Those are the things that you’ve got to sharpen up. There’s a lot of training camp practices. There’s probably 50 training camp practices that we’ll have and I think each one of those will be valuable for all of us. I’m looking forward to those because I haven’t had the opportunity to do that in quite awhile.

Q: I would imagine your rehab is probably 75 percent done and I would think you probably still have some limitations. You don’t feel like you are 100 percent yet, do you?

TB: I feel as good as I could possibly feel. I don’t think about it. It doesn’t bother me doing anything. It’s feeling really good and it’s about as good as I can say. I’m real happy with where I’m at and I come out to these workouts happy to participate in them. That was something that was a big goal for me to be able to do.

Q: If the opening game would be two months away do you think you’d be ready or do you think you need four months?

TB: I will take every day that I have. Believe me, I’ll take every day. We have a lot of work [to do] and there are a lot of new faces and new coaches. There’s been a lot of change for us this year and we have to use it to our advantage.

Q: Did you learn anything while you were out from watching the game that you can put into practice now?

TB: Yeah, you’re not in the day-to-day of the football, which as a football player – like everybody – your job, when you’re in it every day, it’s a grind. You get up and you go to work and there is quite a routine. I didn’t have that routine this year, so there are other things that you see. I said earlier, some of those things when you are in that marathon of a season it’s just getting through the next day and getting through the game. You start complaining about the little things. When I was sitting out last year you hear all the guys start [in] November, December – that later part in the year when the guys are starting to get worn down – I’m going, ‘Come on guys, push through it, just win the game.’ That’s how Coach Belichick coaches us, and I saw it from a different perspective in that sense. So hopefully there’s no complaining from me this year.

Q: Naturally a lot of people are comparing this offense to 2007 – you have some new tools in Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis. What are your expectations and do you think it will be better?

TB: Well, we have guys that are experienced players. Obviously, Randy [Moss] and Wes [Welker] at receiver and we’ve added some tight ends and Joey and Greg are here as well. There’s a lot of work that we need to do to get on the same page. I know the kind of effort we put in in 2007 and we need to match that, and in 2008 as well – we worked hard that offseason. It didn’t work out for us in the end, but I think this year is another bit of excitement, it’s a new challenge and that’s why we are out here practicing. I don’t think you overlook anything out here. Every rep we are trying to complete is for a reason. There are signals [to learn]. We’re walking through the two-minute drill today. We’re trying to all get on the same page and that’s going to carry over into training camp and training camp carries over to the season. We have a lot of tough opponents this year. We have a challenging schedule and we are going to need the work that we have. I think the new guys – they are a bit overwhelmed with the offense and the terminology and the speed of how I’m spitting things out in the huddle and how I’m changing things at the line. We are all trying to get used to that.

Q: What’s been the biggest surprise for you over the last two days?

TB: This is a hard game and it’s one of those things that if you’re not doing it every day and you’re competing at this level, you always think it’s going to get easier as you get older and you are going to complete more balls. That’s not the way it works. You’ve got to come out every day and put the work in. You can’t take anything for granted and you can’t think that because you completed it last year a certain way that that’s the way it’s going to be this year. We’ve got a group of hard working guys and I’m very appreciative of that as a member of the team because I don’t have to motivate those guys. They are really self-motivating and they’re willing to work and we are willing to put the time in together. I think we’re going to need all that hard work and commitment from everybody to make it a successful season.

Q: A lot of good things happened for you off the field this year – you were able to spend more time with your son and you got married. Can you address that and how it was?

TB: Sure. I’m a very optimistic person. I cherish those moments. There’s been great things happening in my life for a long time and certainly this year was no different and different areas of success with marriage and with children. It’s a great part of my life and so is work. I’m excited for all those things coming together. I think I’m a happier person when I’m working.

Q: You’re going to have to juggle a little more.

TB: Yeah, certainly. I think there are a lot of constraints on your time and it’s about prioritizing and doing the best you can do.

Q: You said “children” in a previous answer. Is there another one on the way?

TB: No. It’s… No. One is enough. I have dogs and that’s all I need.

Q: Aside from the knee, how rusty do you feel?

TB: I feel like it’s springtime – 50 degrees and rainy in Boston. It’s the start of a new year. I wish we’d come out and throw 90 percent completions out here every day and [have] everyone on the same page and [have] no mental errors, but because we are so new to this there are a lot of mistakes we are making. We have to try to make those improvements every day. We go in, watch our film and listen to Coach and hopefully we can build on each day. So like I said, we can look back two months from now and know that we’re prepared for training camp.

Q: When you think back about the day you were injured, is it something you put in the back of your mind?

TB: I really don’t think about it. I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve never really focused on it. I think I felt bad for myself that night and then I think I moved on after that. Since then it’s about trying to get better. There’s nothing you can do and you have to find ways to move on. Like I said, I’m grateful to be out here. To have the chance to come out here and play is something I’ve wanted to do my entire life and I’ve had the opportunity to do it for nine years and I’m at it again for my 10th. Randy [Moss] jokes that he wishes this was training camp. I think in a lot of ways we feel the same way that we are going to put the work in and we want to come out and get back to doing what we love to do.

Q: Have you talked to other players with this injury?

TB: I haven’t – just the guys on my team that are supportive and encourage me, but no one in particular that I’ve sought out.

Q: With your glamorous lifestyle, does the football field feel like a sanctuary for you?

TB: Yeah, the football field… You are one of the guys here and I enjoy that. In other parts of my life it’s just that once I had a little bit more privacy back in the past, but that’s okay and I learn to manage it and I still find ways to enjoy myself, certainly here – I always have fun here. Personally, I really enjoy the things I’m doing. This is a great place for me.

Q: At this point what could stop you from being ready for the season opener?

TB: I said anything that could stop anybody. There’re a lot of things that could happen in two months. I have to drive home this afternoon in Boston traffic, you never know what could happen. Knock on wood please. We’re out here preparing and I don’t anticipate anything. I hope there’s not. We’ll deal with something if something does… lighting striking, I don’t know.

Q: How do you feel about playing in London?

TB: I’m looking forward to that. Mr. Kraft told me last year the day that it was announced. I was excited. Especially that it’s an away game for us and a home game for them. I’d much rather play in London than at Tampa’s stadium. It’s the middle part of the year and it will be fun to play at a different place. I know the NFL works hard to expand into different countries all around world and get more fans. I think the players understand that and we’re willing to do that. We love the game and we want other people to love the game too.

Q: Randy Moss and Wes Welker talked about how their experience in the offense is really going to help what you guys had in 2007. What do you think about that showing up now and going into the year?

TB: Those two work extremely hard. They were pretty good two years ago when they got here and they were great last year. I expect them to be great this year and there isn’t any reason why they shouldn’t be. They work hard. They know the offense. They’re accountable and they’re great leaders. They need to play well. If they don’t play well then obviously we’re not going to have a very good football team. When your best players are guys that are the hardest workers – I know Coach Belichick loves that. I think all the players look up to those guys and their leadership ability.

Q: What’s the adjustment without Josh McDaniels out here?

TB: You know Josh and I had a great relationship. As a part of the NFL, things change every year. There’re 13 new head coaches and he’s one of them. I really hope that we find ways to move on without him, and we’ve already started that process. It doesn’t stop for anybody around here. You leave and someone else fills your spot and they’re anxious for the opportunity. We have to work hard to get up to speed on everything and the coaches that are in that role are doing that.

Q: Is it kind of quiet without [Mike] Vrabel?

TB: You noticed that too don’t you? Vrabel, Rodney [Harrison] – there is definitely not as much noise. We miss those guys and we love those guys. They are our great friends and we wish them well.

Q: Were you surprised about the Vrabel move?

TB: I’m not surprised by anything anymore. It’s part of this game and it’s part of the league. I know Mike’s happy to have a job. We are all happy to have a job. Like I said, Mike’s a great friend of all of ours. We miss him and I know he misses us, but if we ever play Kansas City than we are going to want to beat the crap out of him.

Q: Was there ever a point in your recovery that you thought you might not be ready?

TB: No, I think part of surgery and rehab is that you have setbacks and you just deal with them. It doesn’t always go as you plan it. Life doesn’t go how you plan it. It’s a matter of dealing with it [and] understanding, what do I have to do to get back on the right track. It didn’t really set me back for very long, probably just long enough from keeping me from really hurting myself.

Q: Did you pay attention to the speculation about your knee and were you amused by any of it?

TB: I’m amused by a lot.

Q: Some Pats fans might be concerned today to look at the paper and see you riding your bicycle without your helmet on. Tell me about that?

TB: Do I need a helmet?

Q: Yeah.

TB: I do? I’m not even going very fast.

Q: You have to wear a helmet.

TB: I’ll get a helmet. I’ll see if Mr. Kraft can provide me with a helmet.

Q: Have you lost weight? Are you at your playing weight?

TB: I think I’m a little more than my playing weight. I try to work on my strength a lot. There’re different things you try to find [to make] improvements on. I’ll be right back to where I need to be in a few months. I need some warm weather.

Q: Are there things you would like to do but you are holding back a little bit?

TB: I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things and other things it doesn’t work. I think as far as I’m concerned now, coming out here, I’m trying to do everything I can do and I’m trying to do everything in the offseason program since it started. It’s been good because now I come out here and there’s nothing I’m worried about. I just try to play better, which I didn’t do very well today.

Q: What do you think about Joey Galloway and Fred Taylor and the new weapons on offense?

TB: I think it’s great. I love having veteran players come onto this team because they have the experience. They know football and they know the language and terminology and the learning curve is so much accelerated for them. It’s challenging in our offense for a young player because there’s a lot that we do. It changes every week. Especially as a receiver, you might be in one spot one day and the next spot the other [day] and the route we are calling – there are three different variations to the route based on the coverage. It’s tough, so when you have a veteran player, he’s – ok yeah, I get that, I did that. When you get a rookie, he’s trying to make sure he gets out to practice on time. When you have Fred who’s excited to run the plays and now he has to learn our terminology versus the terminology he’s known… He’s excited, he feels excited to be here. That youth comes out in him, so I think hopefully we are going to get the best out of both he and Joey and Greg Lewis. I don’t know if you saw that catch he [Greg] made today, but that was ridiculous. I told him that was the one he caught in the Super Bowl – that weasel.

Q: Have you told those guys that you are trying to do something special?

TB: I think they know that we are all trying to do something special. We haven’t had the kind of season we would’ve liked going into our fifth year. There have been some ups and downs and I think we’ve realized you need to be extremely consistent in everything you do to accomplish your goals. It is challenging. Look at Miami last year – they were the division champs last year. We are not in that spot anymore, so we have to make the improvements to catch up to the other teams. We have an AFC team that won the Super Bowl, a team that we seem to play every year. When you don’t make the playoffs you’re looking up at a lot of teams. We’ve got to get back to winning some football games.

Q: How confident are you that you can be the same player that you were before the injury?

TB: We’ll see. Like I said, talk is cheap. I could sit here and tell you guys that I’m going to play until I’m 80, but that doesn’t matter. I’m going to do the best that I can do and I’m going to try to be the best leader and the best teammate and supporter of the guys on my team – it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Like I said, I’m grateful to have that chance and to be out here today. I can’t wait to get out and start playing games.

Q: For veteran guys the first time they have an injury it’s a shock. Did you go through that?

TB: I think you wake up the next day and think was that a dream? Because that’s not really how I thought it was going to go. I had never been injured and then that passes with me pretty quick though. I don’t dwell on it. I just kind of go, well that sucks. Okay, now what do we have to do? Right after, you’re hurting a little bit but then you are focusing on the things that you have to do to get better. I think it went pretty fast in a lot of ways – the rehab process and getting back here. It goes fast because there is something else to focus on and you’re always trying to make improvements just like we do on the practice field. In a different way, when you’re not practicing you’re trying to make improvements so you can get back out here with this goal in mind. It’s challenging because you’re not playing. It’s challenging because you can’t help your teammates in the role that you’ve always helped them in, but I am obviously supportive of them. I’m hoping that I can be back out there leading them once again.

Q: Was it difficult to watch the games?

TB: Watching the games wasn’t a problem – I loved that. It’s the end of the game that’s the problem, because when you win you’re like, I wasn’t a part of any of that [and] they’re all celebrating in the locker room and I’m laying on my bed. And when you lose, you are bummed because the team lost. It’s probably the emotion of a normal game. For the players there is always emotion after the game. During the game you are rooting and cheering for the guys and hoping that everyone is doing well and everyone is safe, but once the game ends you try to go to bed early.

NFL Announces Legacy Games
May 5, 2009

From the Patriots PR Staff:

NFL ANNOUNCES AFL LEGACY GAMES

The NFL announced today the 16 AFL Legacy Games that will be played during the 2009 NFL season.

This season marks the 50th season for the eight original American Football League teams. As part of the celebration, the eight original AFL teams will wear historic uniforms during Legacy Games.

Eleven Legacy Games will be match-ups between the eight original AFL teams. The other five Legacy Games include the Dallas Cowboys playing the “Dallas Texans” in Kansas City (October 11, 1:00 PM ET) and the Oakland Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders’ first Thanksgiving game since 1970 (November 26, 4:15 PM ET). In addition, three of the Legacy Games feature the Miami Dolphins who joined the AFL in 1966.

To kick off the slate of Legacy Games, the Bills will take on the Tennessee Titans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, August 9. The game will be televised nationally by NBC at 8:00 PM ET.

On Monday night, September 14, ESPN will host a Monday Night Football doubleheader that will be part of the NFL’s celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the AFL. The four clubs competing that night began playing in the inaugural 1960 AFL season. The first game (7:00 PM ET ON WCVB CHANNEL 5) will send the Buffalo Bills to Foxboro to visit the New England Patriots, the decade’s winningest team (102-42 since 2000). The MNF nightcap (10:15 PM ET) will be an AFC West battle as the Oakland Raiders host the three-time defending division champ San Diego Chargers.

The American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970, played its first season in 1960 with eight teams. The original eight AFL teams were the BUFFALO BILLS, DENVER BRONCOS, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (played as the Dallas Texans), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (played as the Boston Patriots), NEW YORK JETS (played as the Titans of New York), OAKLAND RAIDERS, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, and TENNESSEE TITANS (played as the Houston Oilers). The MIAMI DOLPHINS became the ninth AFL franchise and played its first game in 1966. The CINCINNATI BENGALS followed as the tenth AFL team playing its first game during the 1968 season.

Stick To Your Day Job Coach
March 13, 2009

This YouTube clip of Charlie Weis and Bill Belichick joining Bon Jovi last night for a performance of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” at a charity function is burning up the internet… there’s a reason these guys are football coaches! Word is Bon Jovi offered $50,000 to charity for the coaches to get up there and croon.

Cassel Timeline
January 4, 2009

For those of you curious as to the deadlines the Patriots must meet if they do indeed use the franchise tag on Matt Cassel, here are the key dates for 2009, courtesy of NFL PR man Greg Aiello…

Feb 5 – First day clubs can designate Franchise or Transition players

Feb 27 – Free Agency begins

July 15 – Deadline at 4:00 p.m. New York time for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension.

Quoth the Ravens
December 21, 2008

If you have the NFL Network (or NFL Mobile or you’re logged on to NFL.com) I hope you are bundled up inside watching an incredible football game between the Ravens and Cowboys.

I know, a 9-7 game in the 3rd quarter shouldn’t be exciting. But the Ravens defense, led by Bill Belichick’s favorite non-Patriot Ed Reed, along with Ray Lewis and Bart Scott, is simply dominating this game. Tony Romo can’t seem to keep the ball out of Reed’s hands (2 INT), which probably isn’t making squabbling receivers Terrell Owens and Jason Witten too happy.

The only drama here is whether rookie QB Joe Flacco (pride of Delaware) can get the Ravens enough points to win.

They are pulling out all the stops too, calling for the fake field goal on what would have been a 40-yard attempt to get a first down. Amazing. But you can do this when your defense is playing on another level. Sure enough – it leads to a touchdown for the Ravens. 16-7 with 2:51 left in the third.

Oh yeah, this is all bad for the Patriots. If Baltimore wins this game (and next), the Patriots have to win the division to make the playoffs, and that means either the Jets or Dolphins (or both) will have to lose tomorrow.

Start rooting for Romo and TO!

Bruschi Headed Back To Boston
December 8, 2008

SportsCenter 5 Patriots Analyst Scott Zolak has learned that Tedy Bruschi is headed back to Boston to have his injured left knee examined.

It is unclear when or if Bruschi will rejoin his teammates during their week in the Bay Area preparing for Oakland.

Bruschi limped off the field early in the second quarter with a left knee injury after getting hit by teammate Mike Richardson at the end of Maurice Morris’ 4-yard run.

Bruschi’s injury is only the latest blow to a defense that has already lost Adalius Thomas and Rodney Harrison for the year, along with Pierre Woods and Vince Wilfork (lost during today’s game with a shoulder injury). The team recently brought back aging linebackers Rosevelt Colvin and Junior Seau to provide depth. Both saw action during key points in today’s game.

Mike Lynch will spend the week with the team out in the Bay Area. Look for updates on Bruschi’s condition all week on NewsCenter 5 and this weekend on Patriots All Access.