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Pats 37, Jets 16: Quotes from New England locker room

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  November 14, 2011 01:46 AM

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Here are some selected quotes from the Patriots after their 37-16 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium:

Bill Belichick
"It's really great to come in here and win. We're proud of our players. So many guys stepped up today. Really everybody that dressed played a huge role in the victory. We had a good week of practice and our preparation was good. I thought we did a pretty good job of executing against a good team. They won three straight. They were on a big roll here. It took a good effort to win tonight, but our guys did it for us. All the credit needs to go to the players. They really prepared well (and) never got down even though we lost a couple of tough games. Kept the attitude up, kept the preparation up, practiced well and came out here and competed as hard as they could tonight. They really deserved it. They were the better team tonight. Our players did a great job. Give them credit and now we need to turn the page and we've got another big one on Monday night. it's good to walk out of here with a win."

On having new starters on defense:
"You've got to give the credit to the players. They prepared all week. They were ready to go and they went out there and did their job. (Patrick) Chung was a game-time decision. He wasn't able to go so Sterling (Moore) was the next guy up. Unfortunately we lost Devin (McCourty) there, Antwaun (Molden) stepped in. We lost (Brandon) Spikes, so we moved (Jerod) Mayo to Mike [linebacker] and Jeff (Tarpinian) stepped in. Tracy (White) did a good job for us on the sub. We got a lot of plays out of a lot of guys. They played really hard tonight and played well."

On sweeping the Jets:
"Of course division games are important, no question. But we're not even at Thanksgiving yet. There's a lot of football left in the season. One football game won't win you much. But it's a good win and we're happy to have it. We have a lot of football left."

On whether he had to simplify the defense:
"I'd say we pretty much played what we practiced. We altered a couple of things during the game based on some of the things the Jets were doing. The players handled it well and we made some adjustments during the game. They communicated well and they handled it well. We didn't really have a lot of missed assignments. They caught some passes on us and then got a couple of runs on us where they did a good job. For the most part, we were where we were supposed to be and trying to play the right thing. Overall I thought we did a decent job, certainly getting the lead there in the fourth quarter, that helped turn it into a one-dimensional game. That helped us."

DE Andre Carter
On his franchise-record 4.5 sacks:
"I tell everyone, God is great. This is a game I will always remember and I'm still shocked. Regardless, I'm just happy we won. That is the most important thing."

How he defines the Patriots:
"We are a team that goes out and finds a way to win. It was frustrating to lose two close games back to back. We had to look in the mirror and say to ourselves, 'what will be our defining moment?' We just had to go out and play the game we are capable of playing."

LB Rob Ninkovich
On his first interception:
"I was just dropping back in coverage, I think the receiver missed it, Mayo tipped it, and it came my way. It was one of those lucky tips, the ball came right to me."

On his second interception:
"That was a nice one. I'll be interested to see that one on tape. That was the icing on the cake."

On the performance of the defense:
"Our defense has been up and down from week to week, and hasn't been where we want it to be. It is a work in progress. The two previous losses were tough, and we had to bounce back. We knew this week was huge for our defense."

DT Vince Wilfork
On if the win is a confidence builder:
"It's a great win. We had a lot of guys roll in. Whether from injury or playing certain guys in certain situations. Bill (Belichick) challenged us this week - he said there's going to be some moving parts. Guys playing certain positions, playing a lot of football. Roles are going to be changing. You have to be ready to rock and roll. It showed tonight. Those guys stepped in and did a great job. This is a young football team but at the same time they work hard."

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