Here’s what Tom Brady had to say after the Patriots’ first regular-season win

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Tom Brady passes under pressure in the first half against the New Orleans Saints. –AP Photo/Bill Feig

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The press conference sentiment was much lighter in Week 2 than it was in Week 1 for quarterback Tom Brady. Here’s everything he said to the media following the Patriots’ 36-20 win over the Saints:

On the team’s competitiveness and attitude: “It was a good four quarters of great competition. We got off to a good start. We did some good situational things. We left some out there I think, but it was a good win. To be 0-1 with a 10-day break felt like a year, but it was good to go out there and get a win.”

On this week’s performance versus last week’s: “I think all the veterans had a chance to say what they wanted to say to their different groups, whether it was your own unit or your offense or defense or the whole team. The NFL is tough, every game is tough, every quarter is tough, every play is tough, and you can’t take it for granted. In order to win, you have to go out there and compete and compete as hard as you can on every play. We did a good job of that today, and I’m glad it resulted in a great win for our team.”

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On the offseason chatter that the way to beat the Patriots is to play more man-coverage defense: “There’s a lot of different formulas. At this point, I’ve played a lot of different things. Man, zone, blitz, I mean everything. I think good defense is good defense and good offense is good offense. It comes down to a lot of individual matchups, winning them, and making the plays. Whether it’s man or zone, everyone has to be on the same page. If you’re going to get man, you better beat it, if you’re going to get zone you better beat it, if they’re going to blitz you better beat it. Otherwise, you’re just going to get more of it.”

On James White: “A lot of big plays. Every time he touches the ball, it’s important. He is just so dependable, consistent, tough, and hardworking. He shows up to work every day to do his job as best as he can with the best attitude. He is team-first all the time, and he’s just a great teammate. I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, and James is right there at the top. I just love his effort and style. They have a great room, that backfield, and Ivan Fears does a great job with them. We got a lot out of the running back position today.”

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On how the running backs match up against defenses: “I think all offseason we were trying to put different guys in different positions. We have a lot of versatile running backs. Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, James White, Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee catches the ball well, and all of them are good matchups against linebackers. If we get them, great. And if we don’t, then we will have to do other things. If we have to run it, then we will run it. I thought they all ran hard, made some great runs, made some great cuts , and protected the ball well. It was a really good game.”

On the interception that got called back due to the Saints having too many men up field: “Well, I snapped it, and I was looking right at him when I snapped it, and he was probably three or four yards away from the sideline. I was just trying to get the penalty. I didn’t see a penalty on the field, and I said, ‘What the heck? I saw him.’ They said they were going to review it, there was 12 on the field, and we got the call. I wish they would have thrown it right away to take away all of the drama.”

On fighting against the flag that was thrown on Chris Hogan’s first-quarter touchdown:” “When I saw it, I thought he was pretty close. Those are some judgement calls sometimes with a yard or a yard in a half. They ran something on the next drive and threw a touchdown pass. He was like three yards down the field. I was like “If we got away with one then they definitely got away with one.’ I went out there and thought ours was legal. It is just a man coverage play. Everyone has them and the officials call them differently. I thought me made a good play and it was a big touchdown.”

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On his touchdown with Rob Gronkowski: “He had a crossing route and I was able to hold onto the ball with great protection. We sort of made eye contact. I think he me just put some air on it and I saw it was open behind him. If he does wheel then the linebacker doesn’t have any vision on me and it worked out just like I hoped. I let it go, he turned, found it, caught it, and ran. He’s a tough guy to tackle in the open field. It was a big play in the game and we need some more plays like that. If a play breaks down, it is not necessarily the first type of the route call. Guys make adjustments, work hard on their routes, sound cover, and find open space. When you make those type of plays like that, it hurts the defense pretty bad.”

On how the team rebounds after a loss: “I don’t know. We try to put a lot into it every week. You don’t win every game, obviously. You try to compete as hard as you can. I would say there is definitely a level of critiquing that you do when you do lose that you don’t really do when you win and our coaches were all over us this week. They want us to get it right and to get it right now. All of these games are important, going on the road it’s hard to win in this league. I thought it was a great team effort in all three phases.”

On the Boston fans at the Superdome: “That was good. Hopefully they are all on Bourbon Street. It is a good road game to come to. I heard them. There was a lot kind of spread out on that first level. It was great to see that support. We’ve had that a different places and it was fun. It’s always great coming on the road and it starts with all the crowd noise and the momentum and then at the end they are cheering for our team. It was a great way to end the game.”