New England Patriots Links 1/14/11 - Patriots Keep It Light In The Locker Room; All Business On The Field

Kyle Love told reporters how much of an influence Vince Wilfork has been on him this season.

"One hundred percent. One hundred percent. Every step of the way, every time I’ve needed him. Every time he feels like I need him. I might be kind of shy about asking him something, but he’ll tell me before I ask him. I really kind of molded myself around his play in college, watching him. A lot of guys used to tell me, ‘You play just like him.’ And I started to watch him a lot more once people started telling me that."

Vince Wilfork talks about what has been the biggest improvement on run defense in the second half of the season.

I think everybody's just been doing their job - focusing [on it], preparing a little bit more, watching more film. The more you play, the better you get. I'm a believer in the more reps you get in practice or in the game, the better you'll be. And I think some of it came with that. Early on in the year, our run phase was kind of crazy. Just seeing guys not understand the defense the way it needed to be played. So, as time went on, we got better and better and better. I think now, we're sitting back and can say, 'Okay, we've gotten better, we have to continue to get better.' We just can't sit back and say, 'Oh, we're good.' I think it's just everyone knowing their role, knowing exactly where they need to be and when they need to be there and preparation. I think everything we do can revolve around preparing. If you prepare well, if you do that, you'll be okay.

Tully Banta-Cain describes the mood at practice this week.

"You know, it's a big game and everybody is obviously getting excited about it and nerves are running wild. But we're trying to still do what we do and not get too tight. We're staying loose for the most part, but the urgency is a lot higher."

"The game is on Sunday and usually everybody goes into the game real tight, but as the game starts to play out, guys loosen up and get into the flow of it. Just the preparation part of it is really intense and the sense of urgency, like I said, is really high right now."

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