On Chad Ochocinco and former Patriot turned ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi's comments yesterday that Ochocinco needs to stop being in awe of Brady and the offense and "get with the program":
"Chadís a Ė from the day that heís got here heís worked really hard to be a part of this offense and be involved so I donít know when he said that or what he said, but I know that weíre counting on him to be a huge contributor, and he expects that too. He expects to be out there making plays. When I'm out there in the huddle with him heís very excited about being out there and making catches and doing the right thing and being in the right spot. Heís definitely done that over the course of training camp, so anyone thatís been at training camp knows that heís been a part of what weíre trying to do since the day we got him so Iím excited for him, Iím excited for our offense.
"We need to clean some things up and when we do I think we can be very efficient out there. There were some things the other night that I definitely thought we could have done a better job of and I donít mean that in an egotistical way, thatís just a fact. We definitely made big plays, which contributed to getting the ball in the end zone, butÖwe had three three-and-outs, thatís something that as an offense you never want a three-and-out and we had three of them, so those are things that weíre going to need to find ways to improve on. And itís early in the year and Iím glad when we make mistakes that we can still win the game and weíve got to continue to do that."
On topping 500 passing yards:
"Well, I didnít realize until late in fourth quarter. Look, thatís part of our job, you know? Some days you donít have opportunity to throw for that many yards Ė some days you throw for 200 yards and itís a great day and some days you throw for 100 yards and the reason is, youíre trying to take what the defense is giving you. And thereís going to be days when we run the ball great, thereís other days where itís more of a ball-possession game and thereís other nights where you have an opportunity that the matchups you get and the coverages you get and the way that the players are playing around me Ė really itís my job to do that. I gotta make the throw to the open guys, I gotta be able to see the field, thatís part of my job. So whether I throw for 200 yards or 20 yards, as long as weíre winning, especially at this point Ė Iíve been on teams that won 18 straight games or 21 straight games, Iíve won Super Bowls Ė yardage and touchdowns, none of that really means anything to me anymore. Really itís about winning the game and moving on to the next week and making improvements so that the margin of error may be smaller. Thatís what we have to be prepared to do."
Do you wonder how many more opportunities you'll get (to win championships)?
"Iíve always said I want to play a long time, thatís been a goal of mine for a long time; Iím really committed to that. I just love this game, I love football, and I really donít imagine myself ever doing anything else. I really do appreciate it. I understand the sacrifices I make and that we all make, for doing something that we love to do, and I think Iím very blessed to play a game that I love. The competitive nature of the quarterback position and the challenges mentally and physically, those are things that youíll always miss but I really missed them a few years ago when I was hurt and I realized Ė not that anyone wants to realize it that way Ė but when you miss a year, you realize how important a part of your life it is. So you know, everything that I do is to make sure that Iím out there playing every week Ė a lot of the nutrition and sleep and body work that I get and preparation that I take to be out there every week, thatís another part I enjoy. Iíve always enjoyed that, so hopefully that takes me a long way. Sometimes thatís out of your control, but thereís nothing more I love to do than run out on the Gillette Stadium field, like I will be doing this Sunday, to lead our team. Thatís really what I love to do."
On whether there will be an adjustment from Dan Koppen to Dan Connolly at center:
"Thereís always adjustments, ĎKopeí and I, weíve been together for a long time and he knows me very well and I think thereís a great relationship between quarterback and center. But the nice part is Danís been here for a while, heís been a reserve center for a long time, itís not his natural position but at the same time the way he stepped in and performed the other night was huge for us. We have a week of practice with him, you know, itís always more challenging when a guyís just thrown into a game, especially at the center position, but he performed great and weíre going to have a week of practice to get on the same page and heís going to be in there as long as he needs to be. Heís been a damn good player, and weíll adjust and move on."