SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Patriots are practicing at San Jose State today and before taking the field, running back Laurence Maroney answered questions from media members for just more than three minutes.
The exchange with Maroney -- who was later listed on the injury report as questionable because of a shoulder injury -- went like this:
How is your shoulder?
“I’m not speaking.” [Smiling]
How is your confidence?
“It’s kind of good. It’s nice.” [Smiling]
This last game, can you go back to your performance. We saw on the TV, [running backs] Coach [Ivan] Fears kind of getting after you a bit.
“That’s what you all saw on TV? I didn’t see that part.”
You lived it, though.
“Not really. He really wasn’t yelling. I don’t know what he was saying. I really don’t remember. He really wasn’t yelling, though. TV is [tough], man.”
How are you in general? You are taking some heat from the fans [and media] for that run where you were close to the first-down marker [and did not lunge forward].
“Is that what they said? What did the fans say? Let me know.”
They want to know [and media members want to know] why you didn’t surge forward and go for the first down.
“Hey, I have my issues. There are reasons. I’d rather not speak about them. But there are reasons.”
If we say it’s the shoulder, would you say we’re on the right track?
“Not really. Even if you hit it on the head, I’m going to tell you ‘no.’”
Keep us guessing?
When you looked back at that game against the 49ers, did you feel there were yards that you left out there?
“Most definitely. Like I said, I have issues right now. I’m trying to work through them the best I can, and trying to do the best I can with my problems.”
Does it give you confidence that last year you got off to a little bit of a slow start and came on strong – that maybe you can do the same thing again?
“This situation is a little bit different, it’s definitely a little bit different from last year. But I’m trying to make the best out of it.”
Is this an issue you’ve ever dealt with before?
“It’s a new one. It’s definitely a new one.”
Is it important to maybe try to ignore and shut out the criticism?
“Most definitely. You’re going to get criticism because, one, people really don’t know what it is. And they don’t know what you’re dealing with. All they’re going to know is what you put out there on the TV. So you’re going to get criticism until they find out exactly what is going on, and what is the problem. I really don’t pay it no attention. I just keep doing what I can do and try to make the best out of it.”
Is it tough to get in a rhythm with all the backs you have?
“Not really. There are different backs, different styles. I like it. It keeps us fresh, keeps us going, and keeps the defense tired. You go out there and one back does something good, and you get [pumped] like you did it. Now he broke [one], now let me break [one]. It’s fun out there.”
Are you confident that you’ll be able to work out or resolve whatever this issue is?
“Well, all I can say is that I’m trying. That’s all I can do at the end of the day, no matter what the media say, how they perceive me, how the fans perceive me. At the end of the day, that’s all I can do. If I was out here not trying, that’s one thing. But I’m actually out here trying to do what I can do. So I don’t really care what everybody else says. The coaches know the issue. I know the issue. And we’re trying to make the issue better, if we can.”
How much will the criticism motivate you?
“I don’t really pay attention to it. Unless you all sit here and tell me about it, I won’t know.”