Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady spoke to the media on the Wednesday leading up to the Patriots-Packers game on Sunday night. The following quotes are from transcripts provided by the Patriots.
Belichick on placing CB Jonathan Wilhite on injured reserve and signing DT Louis Leonard: "Well, Jonathan's situation just wasn't improving the way that he hoped or we hoped it would, so we had to move along there. Leonard is a guy that has a little experience in the league. Defensive lineman is a position that we're kind of short on; (we) just had five at the game last week. So, hopefully he can give us a little depth there if he can get ready to go. I don't know; we'll see how it goes."
Belichick on CB Kyle Arrington: "Kyle's a guy that works hard. He did a good job for us last year. On special teams, he led the team in tackles. He was very productive, had a good training camp. He's got good speed. He's tough; he tackles well. He's aggressive. When he's had an opportunity, he's done a good job at taking advantage of it."
Belichick on the Patriots being 10-0 in the snow during his tenure: "Honestly, I didn't even know that. That's great. We'll get the snow-making machines out there; start firing it up. … Look, our team has to be ready to play in whatever the elements are every week. They practice in them. They play in them. They're the ones that are out there trying to throw, catch, kick in those conditions, tackle, block, whatever it is. We've got some good football players. Those guys prepare for not only the opponent they have to play, but also the conditions they have to play in, whether it's 90 degrees against Cincinnati or zero against Chicago."
Brady on the Packers' defense: "Clay Matthews is a hell of a player. … They can rush the passer. And obviously I know a lot about Charles (Woodson). I played with Charles in college. He was the defensive player of the year last year and (he's a) great interceptor. Nick Collins is a great interceptor back there. Tramon Williams is a great interceptor. They've got a lot of guys who can make plays on the ball. I'm looking forward to this week. It's one of the best defenses that we're going to face all year. I think we have a lot of challenges. I think they're first in scoring or first against the passing offense. What more of a challenge could you want than that?"
Brady on OLG Logan Mankins: "I think Logan is really a catalyst for what we do up there. He's a great player for us. He's tough, he's physical, he brings really a mean spirit to the group. Logan plays until the echo of the whistle. It goes right up to the end, so he's always in the middle of some altercation or something like that. If there's a pile-up, I know Logan's involved. That's just how he plays. That's his style, and I think he brings a great element of toughness to our offense."