The Patriots media center offers audio clips of WEEI's player conversations from their Monday broadcast at Gillette stadium. Listen to Matt Cassel, Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Tedy Bruschi, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft.
- "LB Mike Vrabel took exception to RB Ricky Williams diving at his ankles. Brown appeared to be in the clear when Williams chopped Vrabel down from the side." Williams called his block "borderline".
- Rodney Harrison was upset by Williams' dirty play on Vrabel as well. The refs agreed, calling Williams on a dead ball personal foul for chop-blocking Vrabel.
- BOOOOOOO to the fans who booooed the team! Ellis Hobbs was hurt by the reaction of fans who left the game too early. The "fan" reaction was embarrassing to witness.
- Ben Watson was disgusted, but feels "It’s not bad that [the fans] were disappointed. We’re disappointed when we’re not doing things well."
- Every game at Gillette Stadium since 2002 has been sold out and fans have seen just nine losses. The next home game is on Oct. 20 against the Denver Broncos.
- Belichick noted that the offense needs to score when they're in the red zone, and they'll be working on that during the bye week.
Coach Hoodie openly confesses to reporters everything that went wrong: "We didn't move the ball on offense and couldn't stop them on defense." Got all of that?
SHOTS TAKEN FROM CLOSE RANGE
- What the cameras didn't show: Captain Randy Moss gathering the offense together after a Miami touchdown to encourage the players. Belichick says Moss is one of the most consistent players he's had in practice, games, and preparation.
- The Patriots brought in 6 defensive back free agents for workouts yesterday to keep their emergency lists fresh.
- Karen Guregian types four little words that strike revulsion in the hearts of defenses everywhere: soft-in-the-middle.
- Russ Charpentier concludes this game was an aberration and won't be the norm.
- Eric McHugh notes the stellar performance put in by Ellis Hobbs which was overshadowed by the loss.
- Bye week forecast: Watch film (as punishment?), rest, heal up, get back to work.
SHOTS TAKEN FROM AFAR
- The Sporting News says it's defense, not Cassel, that's the biggest concern.
- Mike Florio warns "Moss could turn into the guy he was during his last season in Oakland." Stay tuned...for the next media-fabricated episode of, "Moss Watch."
- Ken Ilchuck has an informative piece on the spread offense, how it can be used to win games and the handful of quarterbacks that have made it successful.
- Peter King comments on why he kept the Patriots in his "Fine Fifteen" rankings: "One horrible day in the NFL doesn't amount to a whole lot." Amen brother.