Titans-Patriots Postgame Quotes

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TITANS HEAD COACH MIKE VRABEL

(on what the team did defensively to hamper Patriots quarterback Tom Brady)

I can't give enough credit to Dean (Pees), his staff, and most importantly the players. Dean (Pees) had them ready to go. They were prepared, they weren't caught off guard, we were lined up, we didn't hand them anything. Dean (Pees) called a great game. He mixed up calls, coverages, people he was bringing, and the players ultimately executed. They played hard. I appreciate how hard they play, and I think that was evident there late in the game.

(on if he will reference this game to show that this is how good the Titans can be as a team)

I think that's what you try to do. You try to point out all the good stuff, we try to point out all the stuff we need to fix, and then illuminate the stuff that will get you beat. That's what we do every week. That's my job, to try to show them that, and show when you start fast, and you believe, and you practice the plan and you execute the plan, what it can look like on Sunday.

(on how important it was to rush Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from the inside)

I think the entire defense. I think the secondary – you know, there's a few times when I was watching when, you know, you've got to make Tom (Brady) blink, and if you make him blink and have to go to a second read, you have a chance. If you let him rip it to the first guy he looks at, it's going to be a long day. We were able to combine the rush, the different patterns and the coverage. We were able to execute and I think that goes a long way. It's a coordination of 11 guys and a good call.

(on how much Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur's playcalls impacted the game)

I really think that Matt (LaFleur) is doing a nice job. The whole staff – it's a long week. We got back at three in the morning, and there were air mattresses all over the building all week. It's a long week for coaches and their families. They didn't see their families until Friday. But, it makes it worth it when you win a football game, trying to get ready for a team like New England on a short week. But, the players responded, the players got better throughout the week. Somebody talked to me and asked me about momentum. I don't believe in momentum. I believe momentum is something I learned in physics. When you roll a ball down the hill it gains momentum. People have to prepare throughout the week, and pro players have to prepare throughout the week and get better, and I think that's how you build confidence. It's about having good practices and finishing off on Friday and Saturday, and that's what we did.

(on if the win was more gratifying for the ex-Patriots on the Titans team)

I'm happy to get above .500. It's a good football team that we played today and that we beat. Very fortunate. But again, those players, just like me, and Dean (Pees), and everybody else that spent time there, we learned a lot from the people there, from Mr. (Robert) Kraft down to Bill (Belichick) and his staff. We're together here with the Titans. We're really proud to be a part of this organization. I'll say this, the one thing that Bill (Belichick) always said was that it's an honor and privilege to coach and play in this league. I'll never forget that, as a player, and then now to be able to be in this position as a head coach in this league. He always treated it with a lot of respect. The fact that we work in this league and the history, that's behind it.

(on what it means to have beaten both teams that appeared in last year's Super Bowl)

We've got to go on the road against Indy, who's probably – I mean, they're going to probably beat Jacksonville. I'm not sure, but they've scored over 30 points in a lot of games from what I've been able to look at. That will be another challenge, just like it is every week. We play the people that are on our schedule, and whatever they did last year, they did last year. I'm sure people make a big deal about it. We're excited, we're going to be excited for this victory. The players, credit to them, and let's keep moving forward. Let's get on the road and get ready for Indy.

(on how important the fast start and aggressive approach was to winning the game)

I think that's the only way that you can win against some teams, and especially teams like the New England Patriots. It's a long game. I felt like we were out there for two and a half hours and there were eight minutes left in the second quarter. These are long games. There's a lot of opportunity for teams to come back. We stayed aggressive, we stayed very complementary, great job on third down, getting some stops, some huge stops defensively. The offense stayed aggressive, I felt like, up until I pulled the plug on them a little bit and said, 'Hey, let's just get this thing down here and let's just grind it out and kill some clock. 

(on what went through his mind during the double reverse pass)

I wanted to see if it looked any better than theirs.

(on if quarterback Marcus Mariota did a better job than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the double reverse pass)

He got up a lot quicker than Tom (Brady), I know that.

(on if that was his playcall or Matt LaFleur's)

You know, that's been in for – everybody's got a million gadgets. We look at plays we like and guys are making suggestions, and if we get the look that we like, then it gets called.  

(on what he tells the team about handling success)

I've got to do a better job than I did last time, when we were 3-1. I think we went on the road – I think we looked back at London and I don't think we played badly. We had a few bad plays. I think that every week in this league is a new challenge, and I think that they understand that now, I really do. We're coming off the field, and in the tunnel and guys are like, 'Man, on to the next one, on to the Colts.' I really appreciate that. Now they understand as great as this was, as good as it feels, that it's still a long season and we haven't really accomplished anything.

(on if the offense is starting to click)

I think we move the ball well. I think we're able to run it at times. Marcus (Mariota) made some great throws. Corey (Davis) looked to me like he played a good game. It was a physical matchup, it was a good corner matching up against him, and it was a physical contest. There was a lot of grabbing, a lot of fighting. It was good to see Corey (Davis) get back on track. Derrick (Henry) ran the ball hard, I thought Dion (Lewis) did some good things, everybody, really. I thought the protection was really good. It's a great team win.

(on Marcus Mariota's performance today)

I think he just really continues to lead us in his composure. You know, he's got some lunatics, you know what I'm saying – borderline lunatic (Matt) LaFleur, this kid just, God love him, he's kind of steady as it gets during the week. He prepares and he really is giving us the chance to win some balls games here lately.

(on how important complementary football is for the defense)

That's critical. I think to be able to understand the call and understand how that call is supposed to work, against maybe a formation that they have, or where everybody is supposed to be. You saw the coordination. Very rarely does Tom (Brady) want to just throw it to a guy. He threw it to KB (Kevin Byard). KB didn't have his eyes on it, he was playing the receiver. But, we certainly – Dean (Pees) did a good job and made a good call, and the players executed it. When you can combine all of those things with disguise, whether you run in the game, helping another guy out. Being Veteran's Day, talking about our veterans that serve a greater sacrifice than just themselves, and I said, 'We're never going to be soldiers or give that type of commitment.' We're football players and we can serve each other, we can serve everybody on our team, as opposed to us individually.

(on if the team got Patriots quarterback Tom Brady flustered)

I don't know, you'll have to go across the stadium and ask Tom (Brady).

(on how he thinks of the way the Titans made Tom Brady look)

I think that any time we can force the quarterback to go for, whatever it was, 254 – the third-down was critical. Ten points is really what I care about. You don't win a lot of games in the NFL holding them to 10 points, and I give a lot of credit to Dean (Pees), the staff and the players.

(on cornerback Logan Ryan's improvement )

He's got a great skill set from size, instincts, awareness. He's got a good feel for studying the game, the routes he's going to get, and playing man, playing zone, blitzing, defending the run. He's a very valuable member of our defense. Certainly we've come to appreciate him as a player and as a person since being here in January.

QUARTERBACK MARCUS MARIOTA

(on winning the game and the overall offensive play)

It was great to get a win, it took a lot of hard work from a lot of different people. With that being said, it was just another step in the process. We have another big one coming up. We have a division game on the road, and we just have to get back to work.

(on wide receiver Corey Davis' contributions to today's win against the Patriots)

He has such special talent. If we find ways to get him the ball, I think it's going to be beneficial for us. Today was a great example of him making a bunch of plays. Hopefully, we can continue to build off of that. 

(on how he would describe Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur's play calling)

I loved it, I loved it. I think throughout this entire season he's got a good feel, he's done a great job of managing a lot of different things. On top of that, I think what he's able to do with putting our guys in situations where they can excel says a lot about him. I think he's done an unbelievable job, and I look forward to continuing working.

(on playing complementary football in all three phases of the game)

First and foremost, it's a blessing for us to be able to do what we do. All the people that are overseas, that are able to make this happen for us – all we can do is say thank you. I think (Mike) Vrabel just hit it on the nail, he just kind of put things into perspective. For us, if we can play that complementary football, we've got a chance to be pretty good.

(on what was going through his mind when wide receiver Darius Jennings threw the ball to him)

Just catch it. Darius (Jennings) did a great job of giving me an opportunity, and we did a good job of executing. 

(on if he is a better receiver than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady)

I'm not even going to go there.

(on the reasons behind the success in the past two games)

I think it's a combination of a lot of different things. Guys are getting more and more familiar with the system. Guys are building confidence. If you combine all of those factors, you tend to score points. These are good to build off of. We're not where we want to be. I think there are situations today – I think we could have been better on third down. It's good to get this next step going, we just have to continue this process. 

(on tight end Jonnu Smith's success in recent weeks)

I would say so. He is one of those guys who puts so much work into it. To see him make a bunch of plays today was huge. The thing is, he does a lot of things that kind of go unseen and go unspoken. He does a great job in the run game for us. He does a lot of different things, a lot of pass protection things. So, he has done an unbelievable job all year. It's nice to see him kind of get the ball and let him do his thing.

(on how much this game will tip the scale in the future when putting together a successful game)

I hope we don't hang our hats on it. This is Week 10. Again, it's a great win for us, but at the same time, it's just another step. If we just sit here and feel good about ourselves, the next week we're not going to play very well. It's nice to build off of it. It's a great win for us. But, this is not where we want to be and not where we want to go. So, we have to continue to work. 

(on the impact running back Dion Lewis had in the run game)

Huge, huge. Those guys up front did an unbelievable job of controlling the line of scrimmage. If you're able to do that, and get into second-and-short, and third-and-manageable, you're able to continue drives, and build a rhythm and score points. I thought the run game was unbelievable. Again, it's something we can build off of. 

(on if the coverage on wide receiver Corey Davis was what the team expected)

It was pretty much what we expected. At the same time, Corey (Davis) just made a bunch of plays. Sometimes one of those deals is you feed the guy that's hot. He made a bunch of big plays, and really, for us, we need Corey (Davis) to continue to be that for us. When you have a complement like that, and you can run the football and do different things, it puts our offense in good situations and allows us to score some points.

(on if he felt excitement when the play for him to catch the ball was called)

No, just catch it.

(on how much the loss against New England in the playoffs last year fueled this rematch game)

I don't know about sparking a fire. You learn from your past, you move on from it. It was one of those deals where you look at the organization and they've been at the top for quite some time. I think we learned a lot. At the same time, you can't dwell on it. You can't sit here and look back on that all the time. So, it was a good learning experience. Hopefully, again, we continue in this process and get better. 

(on how today could help in the future if they play the Patriots in the playoffs again)

It won't mean anything. It's going to be a whole different game. It's going to be a different slate. The circumstances are going to be different. So, yeah, it won't have any impact. 

(on if he sensed the Titans who were formerly Patriots felt a bigger sense of gratitude with this win)

I don't know. Honestly, that's a better question for them. I'm glad we were able to do that, but they can probably answer that a little better than I can.

(on wide receiver Cameron Batson's progression from the practice squad to active roster)

He's explosive. He brings another type of complement to what that receivers room is. Those guys all have different roles and different play styles. It's really all Matt (LaFleur). I think he does a really great job of putting those guys in situations where they can succeed and go make plays.

(on the touchdown throw to Corey Davis)

It was a one-on-one opportunity. I'll take my guy over anybody. Corey (Davis) did a great job of setting the play up, and he came down with the ball.

(on if he feels the offense has moved passed the 'growing pains' phase of learning a new system)

No, because at the same time, there are still so many areas that we can improve. I think on third down efficiency today, we missed a couple. I missed a couple throws. Last week, whether it was the turnovers – it's an ongoing process for us. It's something to build off of. It's something to continue to learn from. I'm excited for these guys, because everyone is seeing what we can be. It's just trusting the process and getting back to work.

(on the completion of the 'off schedule' throws)

Yes, definitely. I think if we can add that again to the offense, it creates another dimension. It creates another thing that the defense has to worry about. So, yes, guys did a great job of finding open spots and we were able to make some plays.

(on the importance of having no turnovers)

Yes, today was huge. I think that defense has lived off of turnovers. That team has done a great job of cashing in on turnovers. Being able to take care of the football was a huge key for us, and it really helped us win. 

TIGHT END JONNU SMITH

(on the Titans' fast start today)

That's what we were preaching, start fast, start fast, start fast. We start fast, we can control the momentum. That is what we did today.

_ (on winning a game against New England)_

It's huge, it's huge. But, like I said last week, it means nothing if we can't keep the momentum and get the win the next week. So, we are going to continue to stack these wins and use it to our advantage.

(on being able to score touchdowns in red zone as opposed to settling for field goals)

That was one of our keys. We have to score touchdowns in the red zone, and that is what we did. We had a couple of field goals, but you always want to come out with seven. Three isn't so bad either, but we always want to score touchdowns in the red zone and we got that done today.

(on the performance of wide receiver Corey Davis)

Beast. I am not surprised, you know what I mean? That's what he does. He is a baller and we got a lot of guys like him. That is why this team is better.

WIDE RECEIVER COREY DAVIS

(on what his thought were going into today's game)

Going in, I knew I could win some of my battles today. I did that a few times today, and Marcus (Mariota) was dropping dimes all day, and we came out with the win.

(on what it says about the Titans to get a win against a team like New England)

It's big, it shows who we are. We can play with anybody. We understand that. As long as we take care of ourselves, go out there and make plays, we can make it happen.

(on having a performance like today)

That's football. It's a season, there's ups and downs. You got to stay who you are, stay together, and that's what we have been doing.

(on scoring touchdowns in the red zone)

Yes. That was definitely a big emphasis for us, especially down in the red zone. We love Ryan (Succop), we love three points, but if we can get six, we are definitely going to like that.

(on what it shows about the Titans after posting two consecutive wins after a trio of disappointing defeats)

We are never going to stop fighting. We have been in a lot of close games, and not once did this team stop fighting. I love being on this team and we have to keep it going.

RUNNING BACK DION LEWIS

(on the fast start today)

The kick return, DJ (Darius Jennings)'s kick return got us started. They kicked it to him and he made a play. He is one of the best returners in the league right now. He made a play, and that was a spark plug. I think that is a big reason we were able to start so fast.

(on the offense beginning to click in the past two weeks)

I mean, everybody is just buying in and getting the little details the coaches are wanting us to do, and getting better every week. Nobody is getting complacent. Everybody is working and trying to get better. 

(on if today's performance indicates what the team is capable of)

I mean, that's why you want to get better every week, so toward the end of the year at playoff time, you are playing your best football. I think that is what this team does every week, try to get better.

(on the improvement of the offense's consistency)

It's great, just knowing that we are able to help the defense. At the beginning of the year our defense was playing great, but we weren't really helping them. We weren't playing complementary football. As the weeks went on, we started helping those guys more. You can see what they can do, they are a great defense. We just have to score touchdowns rather than field goals in the red zone, and we will be fine.

(on if this was a sweet win for him as a former New England player)

It's a real sweet win, you know, especially when you used to be there and they didn't want to bring you back. So, definitely real sweet. I'm happy my teammates came out and played, and I love those guys.

CORNERBACK LOGAN RYAN

(on the Titans' last two wins)

With losing a couple of games before last Monday night, the big win on Monday night, and then the short week, we knew there was going to be some pressure on us there. But, we prepared really hard, and we practiced really hard, and we believed we could win this game, and that was it. Even when we had the early lead, I kept telling the guys, 'Hey, we've got to stay on it.' I've been on the other side, coming back 20-30 points. Coming back, I know how (Tom) Brady is. So, we just did a good job, and our coaching was great. 

(on covering Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman)

Honestly, he is a relentless competitor. He works really hard. He's really good. He got me on one early in the game, and luckily he did, because I got him at the end on fourth down. So, I think it was a just a battle between me and him, getting a little chippy. I have a lot of respect for him.

(on the Titans defense sacking Patriots quarterback Tom Brady today)

He's heavier than I thought. I thought with all that pliability, I would be able to pick him up. I had to double take that. It was pretty cool. It was a good call again, and we just had to execute. We did a good job switching the defenses, and we attacked them. We came in here and we had nothing to lose. We weren't favored. Everyone in national media was going to pick against us in that game, and we went out there and we attacked all day long, and we stayed our foot on the gas, and we did a great job.

CORNERBACK MALCOLM BUTLER

(on beating his former team and if he spoke to anyone from the Patriots)

I played for that organization, but I most definitely wanted to beat those guys, and we did. I'm pretty sure Logan (Ryan), Dion (Lewis), and Mike Vrabel, too. The key in this league is just winning, so I'm glad we got the win. It's not personal, I wanted to win though. I want to beat everybody I go against. No bad blood. Nothing but respect for them. They most definitely spoke to me. Mr. Kraft, (Bill) Belichick, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator. You know, those guys love me. They showed me nothing but love.

(on the credit for today's victory going to Titans' defensive coordinator Dean Pees)

Most definitely, a lot. The guy is always trying to put his players in the best position, and that's what he did today. It was up to us to go out there and execute, tackle, cover, rush the passer, and be disciplined, and that's what we did. He's a great coach, a great coach. 

(on the Titans defense being in 'attack mode' today)

We had to start fast. We couldn't let them throw the punch first. You have to be the one that is throwing the punch, you just have to start fast, and be more physical and be smarter. Some teams are probably just scared of them, just because of who they are. They are just another team, just like anyone else, but they are more successful, don't get me wrong. Great organization. I just think you have to have the right mindset, days before you even play them. 

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER BRIAN ORAKPO

(on the victory today over the Patriots)

It was fun, man. It was fun. Just a big-time win. I mean, we did everything we wanted to do, as far as stop the run and get after (Tom) Brady. We were really able to shut them down. Hats off to the Patriots, because it is definitely a big feat when you beat a team like that, that has been consistently as good as them. So, it's definitely a big one for us. We don't really worry about the noise, we just keep improving. We wanted to build off that Monday night win against the Cowboys, and come out here and put on a dominant performance, which we did. I just must credit this locker room. We had an extremely good week, and this is fun. It is fun to go out there and perform. 

(on how he felt about his play today in the victory against the Patriots)

It felt good to get a sack today. Just going out there and trying to lead this team as much as I can. I know I had a slow start statistically at the start of this season, and things have just not come my way like they usually do. But, going out there and trying to compete, and doing my best, man, that's all I can do.

LINEBACKER RASHAAN EVANS

(on the overall performance of the Titans today)

We took it to the next level. I feel like even though we played a good game at the Cowboys, we felt like we could have played even better, and we just took from that game all the things that we were good at, and diminished the things that we were bad at, and took that into this game. Making sure everyone was hitting on all cylinders, and there you go. Holding them to 10 points. This is history for me, I don't know if this is going to be his (Tom Brady)'s last season, I don't know. Just the fact that I was able to take part in this means everything to me. I will remember this for the rest of my life. Just to be able to go out there the way we did, puts more importance on this game.

(on the Titans winning two big games back-to-back)

It's amazing, two big games. Two big games coming off the Bye Week. Knowing that we were going to have our back against the wall today going against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and being able to respond, and holding them to 10 points, and him coming out of the game with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter. I don't think you could play defense any better than that. We've learned that just because you win, doesn't mean that the next game is going to be the same. One thing about the NFL, we have been on streaks, winning multiple times and losing multiple times. I think we have learned from that and take one game at a time. Playing in that game, in that moment, and take it day-by-day. Once you do that, everything else will handle itself. 

(on the defense sacking Patriots quarterback Tom Brady today)

That was the moment I felt like I wanted to point out. The fact when he laid on that ground, I looked down and I felt like at that point, he was beaten. I think when we saw that, we were like, 'Man, we smell blood. Let's go get 'em'.

PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK

(opening statement)

There's really not too much to say here this afternoon. The Titans did a better job than we did in every part of the game, every phase of the game. So, not a good day for us. We've got a lot of work to do here, a lot of football left to go. We just didn't do much of anything well today.

(on pass protection)

Like I said, we didn't really do much of anything well today, so everything was a problem.

(on third down defense)

They were better than we were in the area, along with a lot of other ones.

(on wide receiver Darius Jennings' opening kick return)

We didn't do a good job on our kickoff reach, didn't return the ball well.

(on what went well today)

I thought the Titans were clearly the better team. They did a good job. They deserved to win. They did, so.

(on if there were issues with footing)

Not that I'm aware of. Thought the field was in good shape.

(on moving forward from today's loss)

Yeah, we will move forward and worry about next week, next week.

(on if the plan was for wide receiver Josh Gordon to get more targets than the other wide receivers)

Yeah, we talked about this ad nauseam. Nothing has changed. We don't design passes to go to one guy unless it's a screen pass.

(on if he thought quarterback Tom Brady was effective today)

You'll have to ask Tom (Brady). Yeah, you'll have to ask Tom. 

(on why he thinks the Titans were so effective in pressuring Tom Brady)

Yeah, I already covered it. They did a good job.

(on if today's result will change any Bye Week plans)

We will deal with this week, this week. Right now, we were focused on coming in here and playing this game. That's what we did. The game was over 10 minutes ago, so we will deal with next week, next week. We've been trying to focus on this game.

PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY

(on his thoughts on the Titans defense)

They did a good job. They executed well. Obviously, we didn't. It was just a bad day for all of us. We have to learn from it. We have to give them a lot of credit, they made a lot of plays. They kind of played from ahead. We were right where they wanted us to be. We just couldn't do enough early, offensively, to put any pressure on them. There was really no pressure on them all day.

(on what he feels contributed the most to the loss)

If you don't stay on the field, it's hard to score points. It's tough to play that way. We had poor execution. We did a bad job.

(on what happened on his catch from wide receiver Julian Edelman)

Yeah, I don't know what happened. I was a fish out of water.

(on whether he was having trouble with his footing on the field)

I wasn't. I was fine. I was wearing some long cleats, I just couldn't get my grip in the turf. We just didn't have a great day. There's probably a lot of things that we'll look at and wish we'd done a better job of. You go on the road in the NFL and you don't play your best football. You don't put any pressure on the other team. You don't score early. You don't stay on the field on third down. It's unlikely you're going to win. It's just a bad day.

(on whether the loss came from a good rush or good coverage from the Titans)

I think it's probably a mix of both. It's good rush and good coverage. They had a good plan and they did a good job of executing it. When you play from behind all day, it's not very ideal. We just didn't play well enough to make enough plays to score the touchdowns we needed to. It was just a bad day.

(on the importance of not taking the wins for granted)

It's hard to win in the NFL, so you can't take it for granted. I think it's hard to win. When you don't play well, you don't win.

(on what he saw from corner back Malcolm Butler)

I played against Malcolm (Butler) a lot. He's a good player. They have a good secondary. They have good safeties. They played well. I think they all played pretty well today. I can't say enough good things about Malcolm (Butler) and what he did for our team. I'm sure he'll do a great job here.

(on the lack of sustaining positive plays during the game)

We made some big plays. We had chunks, we just couldn't sustain anything. We'd make a good play and go backwards, make a big play and go backwards. When you're not able to sustain those things, you're going to fight uphill all week.

(o the upcoming Bye Week)

I think the coaches will do a lot of self-scout. I think we as players have to do the same thing. It was tough to lose this game, but hopefully we learn from it. All of these games are a little bit different. Every one  that you play all year is a little bit different. The ones that we're going to play will be a little bit different. Winning football takes a lot of things. It takes a lot of good performances from a lot of people. Losing football is the exact opposite. Not that we do that but winning in the NFL is hard. You can't just show up expecting to win. That doesn't give the other team enough credit. Today we just played a bad game and you see what happens. Hopefully, there's more urgency as we go forward. The whole season is ahead of us and we'll see what we do with it.

(on the hits he took today)

I don't care about getting hit. I like to score points. I'll take a lot of hits and score points but taking hits and not scoring points means we're not doing enough good things right. Those guys played hard. Our guys up front played hard. We just didn't get enough good things going. 

PATRIOTS WIDE RECEIVER JOSH GORDON

(on how difficult the game was for the team from start to finish)
It was a grinder, for sure. We knew it was going to be a 60 minute game. We just came out a little slow, couldn't get our footing, and you can see the result of it. 

(on how his hand and fingers are feeling)

My hand is fine, physically. You know, I feel good and blessed to walk away with it unharmed. So, I'm thankful for that.

(on his impressions of cornerback Adoree' Jackson and his play today)

He's a great returner, for sure. I didn't know he could return the ball like that, that well. He's a good young talent. I think he's got a lot of promise in this league.

(on how he would describe how the offense felt today being under pressure)
It did seem a little rushed, for sure. It's tough for me to give a good perspective. I'm not looking back and seeing the defensive line, but I think that's partially due to the fact I felt a little rushed.

PATRIOTS RUNNING BACK SONY MICHEL

(on the offense as a whole)

We just couldn't get in a rhythm. We just have to execute better. That's it.

(on what went wrong offensively)

It's all us. It's all about us. We have to go out there and execute better than them. They had a great team, they were prepared, and they out-executed us. 

(on how he felt physically)

I felt good.

(on how difficult the last few weeks have been for him personally)

It wasn't difficult at all. It's a process. It's a growing process. When you go through things, you have to go through that process, and you have to deal with it.

(on if it felt like the tide would eventually turn in this game even when the Patriots began losing early)

We had some plays, we had some not so good plays. It was just a mixture of both, and it is just hard to get into a rhythm when you have so many not so good plays.

(on if the Titans defense surprised him with any of their looks upfront)

No, I believe we were prepared. Coach prepared us for what we were going to see. We just had to go out there and execute.

(on how disruptive the Titans' pass rush was)

They did a great job rushing the passer. They came to play today.

PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE BACK STEPHON GILMORE

(on the Titans offense)

They did a little bit of everything. They ran the ball, passed the ball. I just think we didn't play good as a whole.

(on his matchup with wide receiver Corey Davis)

I could have won that matchup a little bit more, but he made some plays today. I have to give my hats off to them.

(on the Patriots' performance last week being a complete opposite of today's performance)

It changes every week. You have to be prepared every week, and you have to play every week. No matter what you did last week, each week you have to take that approach. We didn't play good this week.

(on this week's practice)

We had a good week of practice. We just didn't play well today.

(on if he was surprised that quarterback Marcus Mariota targeted Corey Davis so much)

I wasn't surprised, he goes to him on film. He just made some plays today.  

(on if Corey Davis did anything that he felt like was giving him trouble)

No, he just had a better day today.

PATRIOTS CENTER DAVID ANDREWS

(on the play of the Patriots offensive line)

We put ourselves in some bad positions and didn't play the game we wanted to play it. Third-and-long, second-and-long, and when you do that and you're down, it kind of opens the floodgates for their defense and they can kind of play recess and they did a good job, and we didn't do a good enough job today.

(on why the Patriots offense stalled after the first couple of drives)

We just didn't execute. We got to watch the film to see the details of it, but at the end of the day we didn't execute and didn't do a good enough job.

(on allowing quarterback Tom Brady to get hit so many times)

Yeah, that's our job as an offensive line to not let that happen, so it's pretty frustrating.

(on the Patriots struggles on the road versus home)

You know, I mean, you got to show up and play wherever you are, and we didn't do that today. You know, it's frustrating, and the only thing we can do is go back to work this week. We still have six games left. We got to take advantage of this week off and get better, improve on a lot of things and come roaring out the gate these last six games.

(on if this is a good time for the Patriots bye week)

We just got to go out there and, you know, take advantage of this week. Got a lot to improve on, you know, so that's what we got to do.

(on if he saw this coming based on the Patriots week of practice)

No, we just didn't play good enough today; didn't execute. Thought we had a good game plan, but, you know, when push came to shove, we didn't go out there and execute it. You do that against a good football team, these are the results.

(on what the Titans did effectively on defense)

I mean, you know, there's always going to be something for every week. That's part of this game. When we're playing third-and-long, second-and-long and things like that, it kind of opens the floodgates and they can kind of play recess. And, they did a good job. You know, hey had a good scheme, they executed and we didn't. 

(on allowing so many quarterback pressures)

You know, we just didn't execute. That's what it comes down to. You know, they're a good football team and credit to them. But at the end of the day, we didn't go out there and do our jobs.

PATRIOTS WIDE RECEIVER JULIAN EDELMAN

(on whether you learn from a result like today's or just file it away)

You better learn from a game like this, because the weeks get harder and harder. That's a good football team. They're well coached and have good players. You tip your hat to them, but we got to go out and we've got to watch this film and we've got to fix it because this is when you start separating or you start falling behind.

(on the difference in the game)

We didn't execute and we got outplayed. They started fast and we didn't.

(on what the receivers could have done better to get open)

I've got to watch the film.

(on if the Titans dedicated extra defenders to the underneath routes)

I mean, sometimes. They mixed things up. Like I said, we got to evaluate the film and then talk to you Monday. We got outplayed and, you know, it's going to be a long ride home.

(on if losing by 24 points in Week 10 is especially concerning)

Any time you lose like that it's always concerning. You know, we've got a resilient bunch of guys and we're going to go back to work, take advantage of this week and that's what we'll do.

(on what he takes away from today's game)

I'm sorry we disappointed some of the fans that were out here for us. They're heavily populated here, but we got to go back to New England and get back to work.

(on moving on from today's loss)

Well, I mean, we got a bye week, so you're going to go into that bye week with a dirty taste in your mouth. So, you could either do well from it or you could tank it. So, we go out and take advantage of it this week, and I'm sure our coaches are going to have us ready. Guys going to be out there fiery and it's up to us.

(on his level of concern following today's loss)

I never said anything about concern. I just said we got outplayed. So, we got outplayed.

(on how his ankle feels)

We'll see tomorrow how it feels.

The Tennessee Titans take on the New England Patriots in Week 10 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

The Tennessee Titans honor military personnel in their 2018 Salute to Service Game at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)