Highlights from Warren Q&A

June, 8, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren appeared in front of the media for the first time this offseason, and fielded a handful of questions.

Here’s a rundown of some of the sound bites from the conversation:

On whether there is less of a need for big defensive linemen given the amount of passing that takes place in the league.
The game’s going to come down to basic fundamental and techniques, no matter if it’s passing or running. (You’ve) just gotta have guys that are fundamentally sound and know their jobs.

On if concentrating during OTA’s can be a struggle.
It’s not a struggle, but it’s just one of the little things, one of the small keys of the game that’s very important. The concentration level of the team, to see Tom putting an emphasis on it today, he emphasizes it, then the entire team should be.

On the leadership of Tom Brady.
Tom is the guy in the front, but it’s a team of leaders and that’s the thing that I appreciate about being here so much. As much as in the forefront it’s Tom, it’s pretty much the entire team of leaders.

At what point do you turn the page from one season to the next?
When the final whistles blown and the clock strikes zero, it’s on to the next season.

How has the game evolved since you came into the league?
The game’s evolved since I came in the league, but it’s still the game of football, you’ve got to play it between the lines.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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