Quiet inside the Patriots' locker room

December, 7, 2009
12/07/09
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A day after a disappointing 22-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots locker room was mighty quiet with only running back Laurence Maroney and defensive end Jarvis Green going in front of the TV cameras.

Meetings appeared to disperse early and most players did the same. Here's a handful of quick hits from the locker room:

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Chris Forsberg/ESPNBoston.com Tom Brady and Robert Kraft talk in the locker room on Monday.

  • Quarterback Tom Brady was chatting with owner Robert Kraft in the middle of the locker room as the media entered. Later Kraft talked briefly with wide receiver Wes Welker.
  • Cornerback Leigh Bodden, who appeared to hurt his right biceps while tackling Dolphins running back Ricky Williams late in the second quarter of Sunday's loss, had a large icepack around the injury as he departed the locker room. Bodden returned to action in the second half of Sunday's game.
  • Asked about Darius Butler's first career start, cornerback Shawn Springs reflected back on his first pro start with Seattle, recalling how he got devoured by Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey that day. Springs said a Seattle fan berated him on his way off the field, saying he should have stayed in school at Ohio State. "I never forgot that and I never let it happen again," said Springs.
  • Maroney on going for it on fourth downs: "It makes me feel good, especially as a running back. It lets me know we have confidence in this offense, and confidence in the running game. Fourth and short, when we go for it, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get that yard or that inch. I'm going to get it."
  • Green kept it simple when asked what the Patriots need to do to get a better pass rush. "Play better," he said in a matter-of-fact tone, before echoing the company line. "Do our jobs."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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