Q: Can you talk about the two conversions you had on that last drive to Welker and then to Woodhead?
TB: Those were big. Getting the ball to Wes is important. He always comes up with the plays. On the one to Woody, they were blitzing and he came out of there and saw him kind of flash open. He made a great catch and broke a great tackle to get the yards we needed for the first down. An 80-yard drive there in a critical situation, that’s something that we’ve been missing a little bit this year. It’s good to come out of it knowing we can convert on those plays.
Q: Are you impressed with the team’s mental toughness and the ability to improve?
TB: We’re winning close games. We’re winning tough games and I think that’s what it takes. You’ve got to win on the road. You’ve got to beat good teams. You’ve got to win when you're down. You’ve got to come from behind in the fourth quarter. You’ve got to keep the lead when you have it in the fourth quarter. All those things we talk about. Coach Belichick stands up here and talks to us and that’s what he really preaches. I think it’s nice when we can go out on the field and execute it.
Q: Can you talk about all of the young guys you have on the team this year? Are you surprised how productive they are being? That’s not always how it goes.
TB: I think they’re kind of there learning as they’re going. And it’s up to the older guys to really do our job as well. There are a lot of young guys. We have plenty of veteran guys, too, though, that are great examples of what we need. Guys like Wes and Deion for the receiver group. A guy like Alge [Crumpler] for the tight end group. Guys like Sammy [Morris], Freddy [Taylor] and Kevin [Faulk] for the running back group. The O-line is a bunch of veterans. Within each group there are people that really lead the way and the young guys are doing a great job of taking the leadership and doing something with it. All those guys are contributing and we’re going to need it all year.
Q: You guys had nine carries for nine yards at half time. What were the adjustments that you made at halftime?
TB: I don’t know. I don’t know. I just listen to the run plays and call them, so I don’t know what they saw. They found a few things that were working. It was good. You're right, Benny [Green-Ellis] had a huge game and made some big runs. I think Alge is a friggin’ great blocker. He’s a dominating blocker in there. The O-line played great. No sacks against a front like that is pretty impressive. [I] had great time all day to make some throws and guys in the passing game came up great, too, so it was a great effort.