Q: When you threw the pick at the end, did you think it was over? Did you have any idea you’d get the ball back again?
TB: Well, we talked about that before the drive. We said even if we miss the fourth down play, we could still get the ball back at some point and go down and score. Our defense made a great stop. They punted the ball to the 25, 30 [yard-line] and guys made a bunch of plays there at the end. Guys made big time catches. It was just a great game.
Q: Can you describe the touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 10 seconds left in the game?
TB: Yeah, well, we had everybody going to the end zone and he kind of snuck into the corner and I put it up there for him and he came down and made a great catch. There were a lot of great catches there at the ends. Julian [Edelman] with the seam ball to start the drive and then Austin [Collie] had a fourth-down catch. AD [Aaron Dobson] came back and caught an in-cut that was a big play. So that was great situational football and great win against a really good team. We’re 5-1 and we’re just grinding. Hopefully we can use this as a little bit of momentum going into next week.
Q: What does this say about your confidence in your receivers to keep going back to them, even after more dropped passes tonight?
TB: I have confidence in those guys. We’re just working hard every day to try to get better. We’re certainly not perfect out there. We’re definitely just grinding. We’re just trying to get better every day in practice and every game. These situations that come up and we’re leaning from them. The receivers have done a great job. Mike Hooman [Hoomanawanui] has really stood in there and done a great job for us at the tight end spot. The backs all ran hard. It was a great all around win.
Q: What does it mean to go to a guy like Austin Collie, who literally just got here, on the final drive?
TB: He’s earned the confidence of everybody, so we had a situation where we put him on the field and see what he could do and see if he could help us win a game and he did. That was a great thing and that’s what we need. That’s what a football teams are all about: using all 53 guys on the roster to try to move the ball down the field and get it into the end zone one way or another. Today it took is 59 minutes and 55 seconds. We needed all that time and it took all that time. Great way to finish.
Q: You spoke on Wednesday about the need for a complementary win. Was this what you were looking for?
TB: Yeah. The defense made some huge stands. They played great when they needed to, against a really good offense and a team that’s been scoring a lot of points. They’ve been playing good all year. Offensively, we still need to do a better job getting the ball in the end zone. Like I said, there were a lot of things to improve on. It was better, but we’re not quite there yet.
Q: But overall it was a very good complementary win – offense, defense and especial teams. Does that help galvanize the team a little bit?
TB: Well, winning helps galvanize everything. Losing sucks and it was a rough week. I think the thing is there’s a lot of character and mental toughness and that really showed. We were down but not out. We had some momentum go our way that we didn’t take advantage of and it went their way, and then we fought and overcame some odds. That’s what football is about and you’re going to have those over the course of a season. I was just proud of the way that we hung in there and never stopped fighting.
Q: How surprised were you to go for it on fourth down with three minutes to go?
TB: We knew we were down one and if we missed it they were hopefully going to kick a field goal like they did and then we’d have another chance. I don’t think we were very discouraged. We just said, ‘Look, we’ve got to do better and if we get it back we’ve got to certainly make more plays.’ There was little margin for error there are the end based on the situation that we were in. Guys really made some great catches and certainly the last one was a great catch in the corner of the end zone.
Q: What does it say about the evolution of Kenbrell Thompkins as a receiver that he was the guy you went to?
TB: He’s done a great job. He’s been in there a bunch and he’s made a lot of plays for us this year. I think going to all those guys – Aaron made some plays, Julian made some plays, Austin made some plays, Hooman made some plays. They’re all big at this point. There are no drives that aren’t important and certainly no situations where things aren’t important. As the game got closer to the end and the margin of error gets smaller, you’ve got to make better plays and that’s when we were at our best.
Q: What led you to Kenbrell Thompkins on the touchdown pass? It wasn’t like he was wide open.
TB: No, it was a tight throw. We sent all the guys to the end zone and at that point you’re just trying to pick a side. I looked right and came back left and saw K made a move and slipped behind him and I just tried to put it back there where he could make a play. That was pretty sweet.
Q: How does tempo help with the no huddle offense?
TB: I think sometimes it helped us a little bit because we were playing fast and you can be aggressive, and sometimes when we didn’t execute well, it didn’t go very well. It’s only as good as the execution, regardless of tempo and certainly late in the game we were going fast. We’ve got to make the plays when they’re there, whether we’re going fast or we’re going slow. All those plays are important.
Q: What did you say to the team after your interception?
TB: It was a bad read. Julian was running through the defense and I put it up there and just didn’t make a good throw. Everyone is a little deflated when we throw interceptions, but you’ve got to still bounce back. Regardless of the situation, you’ve got to have enough mental toughness to come through. I think our guys all believe in each other and I think we’ve shown that over the course of the season to get to 5-1. We’ve had some tough games and none of them have been easy. 5-1 is a decent record.
Q: Fans have been talking about concerns about the team, but they always are confident in having you. Is there anything you’d like to say to them?
TB: Well, we have great fans and great support. Every time we play at home the crowd gives us a huge boost. Things have been pretty good here for a long time and it’s a great place to play. We’re trying to go out and represent the city the best we can – all of New England. Certainly wining is important [to the] formula, too. Coach always says do well in the community and try to win some football games. Those are the two things that matter to the guys in this room
Q: In situations like this, do you go out there fully confident that you’re going to go out there and pull it out, no matter how you’ve played to that point?
TB: I think no matter how you’ve played to that point, you have a situation: you have one timeout, two timeouts, three timeouts, no time outs, you’re backed up. Regardless of what happens over the course of the game, you have a chance. That’s what football is all about. Interestingly, the plays in the first quarter are just as important as the plays in the fourth quarter; it’s just the game’s not really on the line at that point. When the game is on the line, you see what guys are made of and all those guys at the receiver position made some huge plays on that last drive.
Q: Bill Belichick was saying that you have to have a short memory, especially after the late drives where there were a few drops and the interception. Do you think the young guys are developing that short memory?
TB: You have to in football. As great as a win as this is, we have to come to work tomorrow and we’re on the clock against the Jets. They’re going to be motivated. They lost, they’re playing at home and we’ve already played them once. No matter what happens, you have to start working on next week. We have to learn from the things we did well and learn from the things we did poorly and try to get to 6-1. That’s the goal this week.