HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on what LB-Mike Vrabel means to the defense) Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"Mike's done a good job for us for quite a while. Tough guy, good pass rusher, good against the run. A real versatile player, he's done a lot of different things for us. Last week, he plays on offense, recovered an onside kick at the end of the game, so he's a really versatile player and a very valuable one for us."
HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on how much he enjoys this rivalry and coaching against the Colts and in a game like this) Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"It's a huge challenge. The Colts are the best team in football. They're champions, no one has beat them. They do everything well. They're very good on offense and defense. They don't turn the ball over. They don't give up big plays. They're versatile, they can stop the run and they can rush the passer. They can run it, they can throw it, they can play action. They can have a possession passing game when they want to, they can get it down the field. I think the most impressive thing is how few mistakes they make. They don't give up plays, they make them. They don't turn the ball over, not that many penalties. They are a very error-free team that forces their opponents, and in this case us this week, to play an absolutely, almost perfect game just to compete against them. They're just so efficient and they execute extremely well."
HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on it sounding like he was describing his own team in his previous remarks) Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"We've had a lot more negative runs than they've had, we've had more turnovers, we've given up more big plays. I don't think we're quite in their category."
HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on the decision to be so active last offseason) Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"It just worked out that way. We had some opportunities, and we were able to work out agreements with the players and their representatives, and it just kind of turned out that way. We've made those kind of commitments in the past, like other teams have. It was just kind of the way it worked out."
HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on the Colts secondary) Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"Defense is playing well. I mean, they're outstanding. I think that (Tim) Jennings and (Kelvin) Hayden have done a good job, (Marlin) Jackson of course played in the slot last year. The safeties, (Antoine) Bethea and (Bob) Sanders, they do a good job just like they've done in the past. The corners have done well, the pass rush is good. They don't give up many plays, they tackle well. They really make you earn everything and earn every yard and earn your points. Therefore, they're not giving up very many. The people that have stepped in, the linebackers, (Freddy) Keiaho for (Cato) June and the corners for (Nick) Harper and (Jason) David, they've played good, solid football, and they've played well as a team."
HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK (on with the way both offenses protect the ball, does that magnify turnovers) Wednesday, October 31, 2007