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Bodden: Patriots 'first and foremost'

Posted by Albert Breer  February 18, 2010 04:00 PM

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On playing with Tom Brady ... "It’s unbelievable. Let me tell you, we played them in 2007, Cleveland did, and just to hear Tom Brady, the way he commanded the field, the way he demanded players to play well, to hear the little things he was saying, and then coming to the team and seeing how much of a leader he is, how much of a competitor he is, how much of just a great player he is, it’s amazing to play with a quarterback like that."

On whether the system in New England was rigid ... "Bill Belichick’s one of the best coaches there is. So you can’t really question what he does and how he does things, because he’s been successful with it. He knows what it takes to win. But he also listens to his players, as far as if things work or don’t work."

On the playoff loss to Baltimore ...  "I was as shocked as anybody. Not saying you know you’re going to win, but with the Patriots, and I didn’t have this with other teams, you confident going into those games. ... Things didn’t go right early, and it’s kinda hard to come back against a team like that."

On what the Patriots defense needs to get better ..."We had some pass rush issues, we didn’t get that many sacks. And when Vince (Wilfork) was out or Tiny (Warren) was out, we had young guys, but I think the young guys stepped up and played well, and that just gives them experience going into next year. I think we have a lot of good young players, not just defensive line, but linebackers and the secondary. So it’s just little things here and there and just playing better."

On seeing Mark Sanchez at the Super Bowl after intercepting him three times ... "I thanked him a lot when I saw him down there in Miami."

On his overall experience in New England ... "My experience was great. As soon as I walked in the locker room, I felt like it was right. I felt good about the situation, the players were nothing but nice to me."
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