It’s not too often that offensive lineman get their time in the spotlight, so why not check in with New England Patriots’ offensive tackle Matt Light to hear his thoughts on tonight’s pivotal game against the Miami Dolphins. Light joined WEEI in Boston to talk about the Fins, what makes them tough to handle, and how he and his teammates are eager to silence those who don’t believe that New England can get the job done away from Gillette Stadium.
Whether he would rather play a game in Miami early or late in the season:
“It’s kind of funny; it always seemed at first that we were down there on the hottest day of the year, and then we had this transition where they came up here for the first game and we would down there when it was cooler. When you are playing down there at 1 p.m. game early in the year it can be pretty hot. I would imagine by the time it kicks off Monday night we won’t have to deal with so much of the heat, so that would be a little bit better but I would prefer to play down there when it’s not quite as sticky.”
What it is like sitting through Sunday without football for a Monday night game:
“It’s kind of brutal. I think every guy in the league would like to wake up, or most guys anyway would like to wake up on Sunday, get their early meal in and then head to the stadium and get to play a game at one o’clock. These games you are sitting about and you’re trying to get a little extra film study in and the day keeps dragging and dragging. You might have a meeting and everyone else has already played their game. It’s definitely an adjustment that you got to definitely account for.”
What the offensive line is going to do to protect Tom Brady and whether it is all about offense this week:
“It’s always about offense putting points on the board. We have the mentality, like I am sure every other team in the league, that when we take the field we are only doing it for one reason, and that is to score points… We obviously have got guys around for a long period of time, even younger guys that have contributed greatly to the cause. But for us, I think we always talk about the same things every week. We want to be able to go out there and win however it happens. People always want to talk about the run game, and are you satisfied with that? Are you throwing the ball too much, or are you not running enough? My mentality and I think most of the guys on our team have the feeling that whatever it takes to win the game, if that means we have to throw it 60 times, then so be it. So we’re going to go down there with a game plan, obviously in mind and we worked hard this week. Unfortunately we’ve got two more days of preparation before we even get to game day. We’ll continue to do the things that we think give us the best advantage of going down there. Then it comes down to executing and executing on the road which is something we have to do a lot better.”