Sunday, December 6, 2009
Postgame sound bites from Miami
By Mike Reiss
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Sound bites from both teams’ locker rooms after the Patriots’ 22-21 loss to the Dolphins:
1. Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas summed up the thoughts among Patriots players: “We started off the game very good but we’re just not finishing. We are not finishing games very well. That will always come back to haunt you.”
2. Bill Belichick wasn’t second-guessing himself on going for it on fourth-and-1 late in the second quarter. “I thought we could make it,” he said, noting he was also considering the field position (Miami's 6-yard line) and situation in the game (14-7 lead with 2 minutes left in the half).
3. Tom Brady on if the team is underachieving: “I think we’ve played pretty inconsistent. We have some good drives and then we have some bad drives. Everyone is trying to put their finger on it and really figure it out. It’s frustrating for all of us.”
4. Receiver Sam Aiken said his 81-yard touchdown catch -- the best of his seven-year NFL career -- was bittersweet because of the final result. "It could have been picked off. He was in position. Basically, it was just a jump ball and I went up and grabbed it."
5. Miami rookie cornerback Vontae Davis said he anticipated that Brady would try a fade to Randy Moss in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Davis picked off the pass to keep it a 21-19 game. “Our backs were against the wall, and I figured Moss/Brady, they were going to try to go up top. I knew I had to go up and attack it,” he said.
6. Dolphins players repeated a familiar theme: This was a statement game for second-year quarterback Chad Henne. “He matured and kept everybody up, like a leader,” receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said.
7. Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter said the Miami defense overcame a big hurdle, as the Dolphins blanked the Patriots in the final quarter. They entered the game having given up a league-high 134 fourth-quarter points. “It was time for us to be a real defense,” he said.