Some postgame sound bites

December, 13, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sound bites from both teams' locker rooms and press conferences:

1. Bill Belichick gave Wes Welker one of the highest compliments possible, comparing him to franchise icon Troy Brown. "Wes has a lot of heart. He is a heck of a football player. He shows up every day to work. I know he's been banged up but he fights through it. He goes into the corner after the puck -- he's not just scoring goals, he's going in there and digging it out in the corner."

2. Tom Brady on Welker compared to Brown: "Wes doesn't have the strength that Troy did. He's a little bit smaller, but his quickness is second to none."

3. Panthers safety Chris Harris on if he sensed Randy Moss was frustrated: "He did seem a little frustrated. If you can get to him early, it shows. He gets frustrated and might not complete 'go' routes sometimes and things of that nature if you get a good jam on him at the line. I felt our corners did extremely well against him."

4. Running back Sammy Morris on the win: "I think Tom [Brady] said it best. He said, 'We've played better and lost.'"

5. Safety James Sanders started for the first time since Week 1 –- replacing Brandon McGowan –- and finished tied for the team high with seven tackles. He had a particularly big hit on Steve Smith. "It felt great to be able to go back out there and do what I love to do -- just play ball," he said. "It's a step in the right direction."

6. Linebacker Rob Ninkovich commented on his contract extension through 2011. "It's a good feeling for someone to give me a chance. I'm happy to be here for a little bit longer and have a little more security rather than living out of a Rubbermaid bin."

7. Panthers offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau, a native of Waltham, Mass., and graduate of Bentley University, on his homecoming: “It's always exciting coming back home, playing in your home state, but it would be more exciting coming out with a win.”

8. Belichick on rotating Sebastian Vollmer into the game at both tackles spots: "We planned to play all three tackles, and I think it was probably good for them to get a little break. It's not often those guys do, and be able to come back in and be fresh and go on those long drives."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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