Soundbites from Pats players

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are some notable quotes from the locker room following Thursday’s 36-35 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams:

Cornerback Darius Butler on if the Patriots’ defensive game plan was more vanilla in the game: “I wouldn’t say that. They just came out and made plays, and we didn’t in certain situations. I didn’t in certain situations, so I’ve got to get better on that.”

Safety James Sanders on the defense’s performance: “Very disappointing. Any time you have an offense that’s moving up the field at will, it’s demoralizing. It’s disappointing as a unit that takes pride in stopping teams the way we do out there. So we need to go back and figure out what the reason was for that and do better as a defensive unit.”

Running back Sammy Morris on the first half: “[There was] terrible execution across the board. That’s the worst of it really.”

Wide receiver Brandon Tate on returning a kickoff for a touchdown: “My teammates were the ones blocking, so without them, it wouldn’t have been possible. I kept saying ‘I’m ready … this is going to be the one,’ so all the credit has to go to my teammates.”

Tate on being tackled by the kicker on his second kickoff return: “I know, the kicker got me. Everyone was laughing because the kicker got me but I tried. It’s alright.”

Cornerback Leigh Bodden on the defense’s performance: “It’s definitely disappointing. Looking at the film, we thought we could do some good things on defense but unfortunately we didn’t do what we planned and we just have to look at the film, get better from it and move on to next week.”

Defensive lineman Gerard Warren on the defense’s performance: “We couldn’t get off on third downs. That’s crucial. A big emphasis is getting off the field on third down. Taking their momentum away and getting the ball back to the offense.”