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What the Patriots are saying

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  October 4, 2009 04:43 PM

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A look at what some Patriots are saying after today's 27-21 victory over the Ravens.

Adalius Thomas
(On shutting down the Ravens offense on 4th down plays)
"That's situational football. On 4th down you have to have it and being able to know the situation and being able to know how to respond."

(On the Patriots' defensive performance)
"I think we left a lot of plays out there but other than that we won. It wasn't pretty but at the same time you take that and learn from your mistakes and try to get better."

Brandon Meriweather
(On the 4th down stop on defense in the 4th quarter)
"Coach put us in a great call. We just happened to do exactly what we were coached and situational football is something we practice everyday."

(On how impressive Joe Flacco is)
"He was very impressive. He controlled the safeties well and was doing things I don't see many quarterbacks doing. For instance, he was controlling the sfeties well with his eyes and looking off and making good reads."

(On the recent performance by the Patriots defense)
"I'm happy with the win but I think we have lot to improve on. We gave up too many big plays and couldn't get off the field on third down. We did a lot of things that good defense don't do so we have a lot of work to do."

(On the Patriots defense deflecting a lot more balls this game)
"We are just playing more aggressive and we are not letting them catch the hitches and outs. Coach is putting us in situations where we can play and that's pretty much what's been going on."

Dan Koppen
(On Tom Brady running the ball today)
"When he sees it and it's there he is not afraid to take it. We have seen him in the past just go and dive in there. He is a competitor and wants to get te ball in the end zone no matter which way he can."

(On racing Dwan Edwards for the fumble)
"It was pretty close but I didn't have the jets to get it done on that one."

(On the Patriots offensive performance in the last few weeks)
"I think we are building and getting more confident every time we go out there. We just need to keep building on this and keep getting better at the things we are doing well and improve on the things we didn't do as well. I think all the guys are on the same page. The communication is getter better and everyone is seeing the game in the same set of eyes."

Logan Mankins
(On the Patriots' offensive performance today)
"I haven't seen the film today, but I think we had a fairly decent game. We did some things well and did some things bad but that's going to happen every game. I think we better in the red zone than we have in the past so I think we are improving offensively."

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