New England Patriots Links 10/31/11 - All Tricks, No Treats in Pittsburgh

Andre Carter, with two sacks yesterday, was one of the few on defense who showed up to play.

Vince Wilfork assesses the defensive performance Sunday.

We just didn't play well. We had them in long down situations, but we just couldn't overcome. Playing against a team like that, if you can't get off the field on third down, it's going to be a long day as you saw. You have to give them a lot of credit. They came up with a good game plan. They attacked us and they executed their game plan. We obviously didn't. We have to get back to the drawing board. There's a lot of football left to play. We have to take this one in stride and take it like a man. We win as a team, we lose as a team. We'll get moving tomorrow, and it's on to New York.

We just didn't come to play today. I'm not going to say it was the bye week, or whatever it was. We just didn't come to play today and it showed. How frustrating was it to not get off the field on so many 3rd downs? 
Very frustrating. We talk about getting them in 2nd and long, 3rd and long and taking advantage of those situations. We had them in those situations but we didn't take advantage of it. It was a team effort. You can't say it was the defensive backs, you can't say it was us. I think collectively we didn't do a good job defensively, when it comes down to it. Like I said, you win as a team, you lose as a team. Take it like a man. Take it as a team and move forward. We have to be able to fix it and move on.

Deion Branch said the Steelers didn't do anything surprising yesterday.

They came in and played. They did what they had to do. They did their style, and we didn't do what we're supposed to do. If you look at it, we had a lot of penalties and a lot of three-and-outs. We didn't score from the red zone every time. We know there are things that we're good at that we didn't do. They took advantage of it, but I would say that most of that stuff is self-inflicted. We just have to work on our stuff and get better at what we're doing. Especially those three-and-outs, that's bad football.

When we get on the football field, we have to take advantage of opportunities. We didn't do it. The defense did a great job, even though they drove the ball down the field, they didn't get in the end zone. Our job was to go out and do the same thing, but we didn't. We didn't convert on third down, we didn't convert from the red zone. We had too many flags flying. That's the game of football. You minimize all the mistakes, flags, three-and-outs, and score in the red area, and we didn't do any of them.

We felt like we had a good week of preparation, and we didn't show up. That's the part that's frustrating. Coach Belichick did a great job of working us and installing everything that we needed to win this game. We had a great two weeks of practice, and we just didn't go out and show what we did in practice. We just didn't do it.

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