New England Patriots Links 12/30/10 - Wilfork Wants A Win On Sunday

Bill Belichick talks to the press Wednesday morning about getting ready for Miami.

We're moving on to Miami today. We're going to go up in the bubble and just kind of have a longer walk-through, here. We got off to a little bit of a short week, a short start, there on Monday. As usual, Miami looks like they usually do: tough on defense, tough team to run against. They're right at the top of the league in everything, statistically, on defense. Again, the usual complements of players on offense: good running backs, good tight end, good receivers, big strong offensive line. [We've] got to be able to stop the run against these guys. [They're] playing well in the punt return game with [Davone] Bess, as usual, [and Nolan] Carroll on kickoffs. So, they're dangerous there. [They're] a good coverage team; [have] good team speed.

We've had some real good battles with these guys over the last couple of years. [We] split with them the past two seasons with Coach [Tony] Sparano down there, so this will be tough. We've got to turn it around here and get ready for another division game [and] a team that we haven't played in a while now. So, we've got to re-familiarize ourselves with the Dolphins. Even though there are a lot of the same faces, things are a little different than they were a couple months ago when we went down to Miami. So, that's where we're at.

Vince Wilfork responds to a question about resting starters this weekend and if this is a game he wants to play.

Of course. Oh yeah, I want to play football. Especially this time of year, I think the more games you play ... the more consistent you can be. That's where I stand. I want to play every game I can, crunch time. I think anybody who loves the game would want to be playing right now and I'm one of [those] guys. There are a bunch of guys in this locker room that want to play and want to win, so hopefully we can continue that this week.

[Considering what happened to Wes Welker last season, is he hesitant to play?] No, not at all. I don't think twice about going in the last game of preseason [or] the middle of the season game. I couldn't care less when I play. When I play, I play. If it's meant for somebody to get injured, you get injured. You could easily get injured off the field. So, that's something I don't worry about.

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