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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Koppen mostly mum on return to Gillette

By David Lefort

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We caught up briefly with Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dan Koppen after Sunday’s game, but the long-time Patriot wasn’t in the mood to reflect on playing at Gillette Stadium for the first time as a visiting player after his team’s loss.

“We lost. All that matters is wins and losses,” Koppen said when asked if it felt surreal to be in the visitor’s locker room of the place he called home for nine seasons. “It’s different, but in the end it’s just a game. We lost.”

Koppen was one of the final cuts the Patriots made before the season began and he caught on with the Broncos. He was thrust into the starting center role Sunday against the Patriots due to an injury to J.D. Walton.

The theme in the Patriots’ locker room after the game was the extensive use of the no-huddle offense and the increased reliance on the ground attack to control the game. These aren’t exactly the same Patriots from Koppen’s heyday, but he wasn’t interested in breaking down the differences in the New England attack.

“They ran their offense and they did it well,” Koppen said.