On what he has to say to the team moving forward after losing 4 of their last 6 heading into the postseason:
Well, we just have to get better. So I think it will give us the chance to evaluate kind of where we’re at and see the things that we need to do better as a team so we can try to win these games. It’s obviously a tough sport and you see where you’re at after 16 games and just keep fighting on.
On if this was a 100% effort to win this game today:
On the fact it doesn’t look consistent at times when they don’t do the things that they’re best at:
Yeah, we’re trying to be effective and move the ball down the field and score points, we’re just not doing a very good job of it, so I think that’s what it comes down to. We’re just not doing enough on offense to be productive.
On how they handled the first half after seeing them run the football so much and if that was the plan coming in:
Yeah, I think [it’s] just the way things went. I wish we would have been more productive with whatever we chose to do. So it just wasn’t a very good game.
On if it was just what they liked about Miami’s defense, just being able to run on them and if that was the idea coming in:
No, I think we always want to be balanced with what we do. Sometimes it becomes more proportionate pass-wise to run-wise and vice-versa. So we’re going to have to do both of those things well in a couple weeks regardless of who we play. We’re going to have to run it well, we’re going to have to throw it well, everyone is going to have to contribute, take advantage of opportunities when we get them.
On the hit in the second-quarter and if he can take us through what happened there:
Yeah, I didn’t see the replay, so I’m going to be anxious to see it.
On how much pain he’s in right now:
I’m pretty sore, yeah. But it will be all right.
On if he said he’s anxious to see it because it was a low hit:
No, I just didn’t see it, so I threw the ball away, yeah.
On if he’s comfortable with where they’re at after Thanksgiving:
Well, we have to play well going forward so I think we’re at where we’re at based on a lot of things and we have to play well going forward if we want to make anything of our season.
On how he balances the reality of the situation with losing 4-of-6 and dealing with all the injuries and the flipside of his teammates saying they have to hit the reset button:
We’ve just got to play well two weeks from now, that’s all that really matters. It’s going to be one game, we’ve got to play well, that’s what our whole season is going to come down to. Nothing over the last six weeks is going to matter. Nothing over the last sixteen weeks is going to matter. What’s going to matter is how well we play in two weeks, that’s what’s going to matter. So we’ve got to try to play as well as we can.
On what was going on with Vernon out there today and if anything was going on between the two, if anything was being said:
No, he’s a great player. They can get after the quarterback so I thought they played well today.
On if he thought that first hit that was flagged was unnecessary:
I’m not sure, I didn’t … I don’t even remember that one. That was …
On the fact he went after the official on one of them, and that he was seen barking at the officials:
I always do, don’t I? I’m always trying to get a flag somehow. It hasn’t worked very well this year.
Thank you guys.
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