Friday, January 06, 2006

Willie McGinest speaks out on playing in the playoffs

When it comes to the playoffs, no teams has as much experience in dealing with the pressure.  Jacksonville, on the other hand, probably has the least experience of all of the playoff teams.

Official Website of the New England Patriots

Q: Do you feel any extra pressure in a playoff game or when you step on the field it is just like any other game?

McGinest: I think we have been under pressure all year. So this is a team that reacts pretty well under pressure with our backs against the wall. Of course, there is pressure for the playoffs. If you don't win, you go home. So we have to have more pressure on ourselves than anybody else to go out and perform well so we can get another weekend.

Tom Brady was on the radio the other day talking about how every play becomes so important in the playoffs. When everything is magnified. It's not that players are faster or hit harder. The team that makes the most mistakes goes home. Now, who would you rather have as a QB for your team in that situation, Tom Brady or Byron Leftwich?

Official Website of the New England Patriots
Bill Belichick on the playoffs: 'We're moving up a level in intensity. There are some games during the season that, let's face it, if you lose them, your season can continue. We're not at that point now. So every play, every situation, every decision, everything in every game, it truly is a one-game season now. Everything is more important. Everything is critical. There's not one aspect of any part of the preparation for the game that isn't of utmost importance because it could determine not only the outcome of the game, but the outcome of the season."

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