Obviously we were involved in a close ballgame there. It didnt go our way so were very disappointed right now. Weve been close to being really good, just not quite good enough. Theres an opportunity left next week in Kansas City. Itll be a tough environment. I just told the team there are no words I can give them that will make them feel better. There is pain, theres hurt thats there. I want them to enjoy Christmas with their families and come back Wednesday ready to go to work. At that point well have a better indication of what needs to happen besides us winning. Until Im told were out, Im going to keep hope alive. Were obviously disappointed that we didnt get it done today. We were in control of our own destiny. We had an opportunity there at the very end. A good football team. We knew that coming in. We created a lot of similarities. Ultimately they got the play there at the end and so we go home. Well regroup on Wednesday and go back to work.
(on the last play)
I thought David (Garrard) was trying to keep that play alive. When I saw the replay, I had hope because his arm was moving forward. But when youre leaving holes out and theres a chance it can go against you. You always want to protect the football and leave it in ???, not leave it ??? at all cost.
There were two calls today that I thought we had a legitimate shot to overturn and in both cases did not get it. I got one challenge early and then the second one on the touchdown grab by the tight end, the ball hit the ground and it moved. I saw it on the screen and verified it because we had an injured player so I had several looks at it but that didnt get overturned so you keep going. And at the end there, there is an arm moving forward and the ball knocked out and thats by definition an incomplete pass. It wasnt ruled that way. Thats what I saw. Maybe Im looking from an angle full of hope, I dont know. Its clearly not an unbiased view but we didnt get either of those calls and in a close game like that, that didnt help, thats for sure.
(on thinking that David Garrards arm was going forward...)
You could probably stand up here and explain it to me. I dont know that I can do any better job explaining it. I know what I saw on replay and I had hope and it just wasnt ruled that way so what you have to do is you have to deal with it and move on.
(do you have the same confidence in David Garrard as you did the previous two weeks?)
...You have to remain confident that David can lead us to victory. Weve won with David. We havent won as much as I would like. David is a good football player. Its been tough the last couple weeks but guys are going to experience that. How they handle that is really the biggest determinant. How he handles it going forward is going to say the most about him. He has some talent, he has some ability. Hes a player who is going to grow and be better over time. Im not going to get into a bunch of discussions about going forward. Right now were talking about Kansas City next week, but rather than talking about that, were talking about the game we just saw. I continue to believe he can help us win.
(on third down conversions by the Patriots)
...the ones that hurt were the ones where we had defensed and then didnt make a play. Where you head up so to speak and think you have it zeroed in and then you just dont make the play. So, that can happen. A good quarterback, a good football team, were in a good tight contest, he made some plays. Thats one of the reasons hes been as good as he is and has been over the last few years. Hes a good player.
(why are the Patriots not mentioned as a Super Bowl team this year?)
Yeah, but I dont worry about all that talk. Its not a popularity poll. Its not driven by popularity. They may not be the fresh story because they were the story when they won it a few years ago but theyre still a good football team. Anybody that competes and really looks at it understands that. Its a good football team. Being called the contender week after week has so little to do with who the good football team is and who is going to beat them.