Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien and director of player personnel Nick Caserio spoke to the media on a conference call Tuesday. The following quotes are taken from transcripts provided by the Patriots.
Belichick on the 2-0 Bills: "We played them here last year in the first game and they certainly gave us all we could handle, so I know we have a lot of respect for Buffalo and the way they play. It's always competitive against them, and they've done nothing but get better since early in the season last year. They have a good, experienced quarterback, a good running back, good receivers and tight ends. The offensive line's improved. They added (DLE Marcell) Dareus on defense. He's a real strong player next to (NT Kyle) Williams. It's hard to concentrate on one of those guys without turning the other guy loose, you know (Shawne] Merriman and (Chris) Kelsay on the edge. Corners, secondary is playing well. They have a lot of good players. They're good in the kicking game and a great punter-kicker — (Brian) Moorman can change field position as well as anyone in the league, so we've got our hands full this week."
Belichick on CB Devin McCourty: "I think Devin's done a lot of good things for us. He's really probably played as well as anybody we've had on defense. As always there are plays we'd all like to have back and do better on and all that, so Devin's very competitive. He sets very high goals and standards for himself. I'm sure he feels that way, too. He's certainly one of our best players."
Caserio on Bills C Eric Wood and the rest of Buffalo's O-line: "He's tough, he's smart, he's a good athlete, he has good playing strength (and) he has a good playing style. Their offensive line has played well over the past two games. They have some younger players like he and (OLG Andy) Levitre, who if I remember correctly, I think they took them in the same year, might have been the year after. He started a number of games, basically since he's been in the league, he's been a three-year starter. Between Levitre and Wood on the interior, (ORG) Kraig Urbik, who they acquired either on waivers or they signed as a free agent, is another younger player. And then (OLT Demetrius) Bell has started there for a number of years. (Erik) Pears is playing right tackle; they have some other guys that work at that position. Collectively as a group they've played well. Eric is a good player — he's been able to make the transition over from guard to center."
O'Brien on OG Brian Waters: "We're obviously impressed with Brian, his whole demeanor and the way he handles himself. He's a 'pro's pro.' He's come in here and picked it up quickly for somebody who wasn't here. I think being in Kansas City with Charlie (former Chiefs and Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis) with the communication and the terms, but we do things differently even than Kansas City, obviously, so it's been good. And like I said, all those guys have really played well together."