Player Quotes, Post-Game, 09.26.10

DE OSI UMENYIORA

Q: There was a lot of talk during the week about lack of leadership and robotic play from the defense, did that come into effect today?
A: Not at all. All that is talk. I think everybody panicked a little bit too early, now is not the time for that. Now is the time to build our team back up. Right now we're not playing well as a team, and we have to figure out a way to get better.

Q: What stands out most to you about today?
A: Everything. I don't think this is a game we should've lost.

Q: Why not?
A: We just shouldn't have, for numerous reasons. I can't really get into all that. We just have to find a way to get better.

S ANTREL ROLLE


Q: After a lot of mental mistakes today, how worrisome is that to you?
A: It's not really worrisome, there are things that can be corrected and will be corrected. I think we played a tough game, a physical game, and a good game in my eyes. You see that the turnovers and the penalties definitely hurt us, but it's definitely something that will be corrected. We have to get back to work come tomorrow.

Q: Any explanation when you got pulled off the field?
A: There was no explanation. I got struck twice, and I struck back. There was no explanation about it. I'm a ballplayer, and that means I'm fiery. He struck me twice, and I definitely struck him back. I wasn't ejected, but the coaches pulled me out probably to calm me down. I understand that. It's a game of emotions. That guy took two strikes at me, and I made sure I struck him back.

RB AHMAD BRADSHAW

Q: What happened on the fumble?
A: Well, they got their hand on it when I cut back, and I just lost it.

Q: What about the chop block? What happened there?
A: He was our center's guy and I jumped over from the MIKE because the center took my guy, and I went to chop block him. By the time I was in the air, I didn't know whether he had his hands on him or not. They called the penalty.

Q: Did you realize you were in the end zone? Did you know that would be the outcome?
A: No, I didn't. I didn't see the flag, it was behind me. Once I saw the flag, I figured that it had to happen that way.

Q: What was Coach Coughlin's message after the game to you guys?
A: Same thing I'm giving to you all right now. We beat ourselves, and we have to make it up.

RT KAREEM McKENZIE

Q: Did they get under this team's skin today?
A: I guess so. I can't speak for anyone else, I can only speak for myself.

Q: How would you categorize your performance today, and why?
A: Poor, plain and simple. How come? You mean despite the two personal foul penalties, how come?

Q: Are you upset with your performance?
A: I think that anyone who had two personal fouls in a game would be upset from the onset, before even being taken out of the game. That goes without saying, I think.

WR STEVE SMITH

Q: What happened tonight?
A: Well, we're not playing Giant football right now. All these penalties, no matter how well we thought we can move the ball offensively, the penalties kill you. That's football.

Q: Were the Titans trying to keep it in front of them? Did you kind of expect that much chippy play?
A : Yeah, we saw that on film. They have a lot of physical players and they're chirping the whole game and talking trash to us.

DE JUSTIN TUCK

Q: How tough was it knowing that you guys shot yourself in the foot so to speak?
A: That's one of the toughest parts. We came in and had a great week of practice, went out with a lot of energy and were focused. I think we played hard and physical. As a player, you can't ask for much more than that, other than playing smart, and we didn't play smart today.

Q: Tom talked about this team needing to come together quickly, where does that have to happen?
A: I don't know. It's tough to see. Until I go back and watch the film and see how we played as far as assignment wise, I think we played good together. We just didn't play smart. Those penalties killed us. Those turnovers killed us. That's a fourteen point swing right there.

Mathias Kiwanuka on today's game:

This is about as frustrating as it gets. We definitely have to work on not beating ourselves. We have to give credit to them because they played hard and they executed. And they deserved to win. We lost today because of a lot of combinations. There is plenty of blame to go around. We will go back and figure out where we messed up. But the one thing that really sticks out is that you can't have the penalties that we had and expect to win the game.


Barry Cofield on today's game:

We just didn't play well enough to win. We are just not good enough as a team right now. We can get better, we can get worse or we can stay the same. The way we are now, we are not good enough. We are not good enough to overcome mistakes. We are not good enough to overcome penalties. We have to either grow and we can go uphill or we can go downhill. There are a lot of things that can happen. But as construed right now, we are not good enough. We are not playing well enough to win.


Kevin Boss on today's game:

I thought we dominated them statistically, but statistics don't always win games. It is so frustrating with the outcome the way it is. I thought defense played good. Offensively we consistently hurt ourselves. I thought we were unlucky there a few times, but of course, you make you own luck. Offensively we couldn't be stopped. We just stopped ourselves.


Steve Smith on today's game:

We basically hurt ourselves the whole day today and there were just too many yellow flags on us. We just have to suck it up and go back to work. I thought Eli was pretty sharp today but when we had our chances to put the ball in the end zone, we didn't come through. We left too many points out on the field. Turnovers and penalties have a way of stopping you when you are down low. We can't allow that to happen - and that is on us.


Adam Koets on today's game:

We had a lot of opportunities to be successful, but we just kept hurting ourselves. We have to come to work this week and get better as a team. We shot ourselves in the foot too much today. We moved the ball today but we just didn't put it in the end zone when we had our chances. We knew we had some opportunities to make some plays but we just didn't get it done.


Jonathan Goff on today's game:

We just have to stay positive. We have to be as constructive as possible. We have to look at it for what it is. We have to come back next week and get better. We have to do what we can to help ourselves. We wanted to rebound from last week. I felt we were physical today. We were ready. Our attitude was positive. But with the outcome the way it was, it was very frustrating. We can't hurt ourselves, and that is what we did today. Even though this one hurts, we must stay positive. We have to look at the bad, but we also have to take the good from this.

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