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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  February 20, 2010 10:02 PM

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On whether the Patriots ever found an offensive identity last season:
"No, I don't think we did find it. You could see each week we were sputtering at times. I think for a month or two we didn't score in the second half, and I think everybody was trying to find answers to questions that were being talked about, but we didn't try to fix it in-house.

"I've never been the one, I don't point fingers. I don't talk trash, but I think that a lot of stuff that happened to us was self-inflicted. We got to practice. We go to training camp, you work at these things it just seemed like we were trying to get better, but we just couldn't get any better."

On whether he feels the Patriots can win a Super Bowl this season:
"I think we can. We've been there. We sort of have the same guys, but I think that over the course of a couple of years we've lost some key veteran players. We lost Rodney. We lost Mike. We lost Tedy. We lost Seymour. We lost [Asante]. We lost some key veterans that were key components to the success of the New England Patriots before I even got there. I think that it's just time for the young guys to step up and really make a name for themselves. Jerod Mayo is a young player. He is the heart and soul of our defense, so hopefully a lot of guys will follow him and step up."

How much longer can you play?
"Until these wheels come off. I'm still having fun. I think when you get around a good team and a great group of guys that you fall in love with where you are. The guys that I've grown to appreciate and love -- Tom, Faulk, Wilfork -- guys like that that I enjoy coming to work every day and leaving work. I'm having fun with what I'm doing, but like I've said this is a business. This is no longer football. This is a business."

Have you talked to Wes Welker?
"I talked to him a few times right before he went in for [knee] surgery. I just didn't really know what to say, so I just said best of luck, if you need me call me. It was as simple as that."

How devastating was Wes's injury for you?
"You know I've said time and time again that me and Wes feed off each other. He was the short and I was the deep, so of course he was missed. The last game was like we tried to make up for it and Wes is the type of guy that you can't really replace what he brings to the table. So, it is a big loss for us and there is no telling when he is going to come back. Guys just got to step up."
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