Q: How good was it to see Rob Gronkowski get involved early?
TB: He played tough all day. It was great to get him in the end zone there early and get ahead. We talked about playing this game from ahead, playing on our terms, and that was a big play. It was single coverage and [he] got good outside leverage. I just tried to put it on him. He’s been through a lot this week. I’m sure he’s happy to get the win like we all are.
Q: Did you feel 100 percent today after your illness on Friday?
TB: Yeah, I felt ready to go. I’m glad we won. It’s always tough to win. We just keep trying to find ways to get the ball in the end zone. And it wasn’t as pretty as we would like, but it’s December football so just glad to get the win.
Q: Did you change much in the second half?
TB: It’s hard to say. I know our execution wasn’t great. I’d say that. I think it always starts with us. I think whether they rush three, four, five, I think it always comes down to us picking guys up and throwing the ball well and catching it well and making good decisions. We can always do a better job of that. Hopefully we can kind of see the things that we didn’t do so well, and it’s turn around and on Christmas we can go to the Jets – always a tough place to play – and try to get a tough win there.
Q: What would you say is the big difference in the offense between the first and second halves in the last two games?
TB: I think I’m always pretty frustrated at some point in this sport, so I think I just play with the level of frustration. I think everybody is frustrated when we don’t get the ball in the end zone. I just think it ebbs and flows. We’re learning as we go, and we’ve got new players coming in every week. Guys are going out, guys are coming in, and you’re just doing the best you can to be productive and eliminate critical mistakes and take advantage of scoring opportunities. That’s what we tried to do today.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the progression of James White?
TB: Yeah, he’s gained a lot of trust from everybody just based on his performance, his consistency. He had that long run that got called back, but that was a great play. So he’s just been making plays for us. And the touchdown run on the screen, I mean, from what I saw there wasn’t much there, and then he was so patient to see things open up and then took advantage when the hole finally did open, accelerated through there and got in the end zone. So he’s been really productive in that role and has just been a … Really great tribute to his hard work and commitment. He was here last year and learned a lot and then got his opportunity when Dion [Lewis] went out, and he’s just done a great job with it.