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September 9, 2005
Dillon: We're not T.O. and Donovan
FOXBORO - Corey Dillon expressed disgust at the perception he and Tom Brady had a problem during last night's opener.
"Come on, me and Tom do not have a Donovan and T.O. relationship. I don't know what you guys are reading into that. We were basically saying we've got to get the running game going," said Dillon, referring to the animus between Eagles receiver Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.
Told that, because ABC's cameras caught Brady talking heatedly to an obviously angry Dillon after the Pats first touchdown drive, the conclusion that he and Brady was easy to come to.
Dillon, who obviously hadn't seen the telecast said, "I think you need a review. Did you ask Tom about this?"
Told that Brady wasn't at his locker, Dillon looked over his shoulder and saw Brady exiting the shower area.
"Tom, he says we were fighting," said Dillon.
"Never had a problem with him in my life," said Brady. "Never."
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FOXBORO - The late ending and my need to hit deadline with my game story prevented me from getting down to the postgame locker rooms. But -- and this is the beauty of this medium -- my colleague Kevin McNamara got some Raiders quotes for me I'll share now.
"Except for that last drive (on which the Patriots went up 30-13), we basically handed it to them. The penalties (16 for 149 yards) killed us. We were in it but that last drive killed us. If we didn't do that, it's 23-20 and we're there."
On Tom Brady: "We've got to prerssure him and get him on the ground and try to get the ball. He's special. I'll give him that. He's special."
"We have to take advantage of every opportunity because the one thing they do really well is capitalize on your mistakes.The one thing I know is penalties will hurt you. You can't have penalties against a team like the New England Patriots, the Super Bowl champs.
I know they lost their offensive and defensive coordinators but they haven't changed. They're the same team for the last 4 years. That team hasn't changed. They are no different."
On his touchdown: "(Kerry) Collins called the long touchdown play. He saw single coverage on the wide out.
"My hat's off to the Patriots. They're a good team. They run good schemes and have good players in the schemes."
"My nervousness was just playing the game, not the hype of Randy Moss this, Randy Moss that. They made plays and we made plays, but they made them more."
Bill Belichick talks today at 11:45 and the players access is after that.
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