Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady spoke to the media on Tuesday leading up to their Thanksgiving bout with the Lions. The following quotes are taken from transcripts provided by the Patriots.
Belichick on rookie CB Devin McCourty: "Devin's really been a consistent player for us all year, from the first rookie mini-camp after the draft to all through the season. ... You wouldn't know he's a rookie; he acts and prepares like he's been doing it for five or six years. ... He can see how much he's improved and his techniques have improved in man-to-man coverage, zone coverage, ball skills, reading the quarterback, tackling, leverage, all those things. ... He's a great kid to coach."
Belichick on S Patrick Chung's versatility: "He does a lot of things for us. He can play in the deep part of the field. He can play zone coverage, play man-to-man coverage, good blitzer. (He) plays in the kicking game, so he has a lot of skills that help us. (He's) a smart kid, works hard. So he's got a lot going for him."
Brady on the challenge of a short week: "I think it has its physical challenges and its mental challenges. We got after it pretty good yesterday. No one is really sure what day it is around here. It doesn't feel like a Tuesday, I'll tell you that."
Brady on the Patriots' running game: "It always comes down to we're just doing our job better, I guess. The tight ends like Rob (Gronkowski) and Alge (Crumpler) are two dominating blockers. That helps a lot when you have two tight ends who can set the edge like that. Add Logan (Mankins) and Kope (Dan Koppen) and (Dan) Connolly to Seabass (Sebastian Vollmer) and (Matt) Light and you've got a very good group of run-blocking offensive linemen."
Brady on Ndamukong Suh and the Lions' defensive line: "He's a big guy. I think he is very powerful, gets into the pocket, plays with a good motor. He's tough. ... They've got a couple other guys who are really good, too: (Kyle) Vanden Bosch. Corey Williams is a good player. And then their other end, who's been out — 92 (Cliff Avril) is a hell of a player too. That's a big strength of theirs — the way they can get after the passer."