Mark Herzlich, 11.04.12

Q: Can you just talk about Redman? It seemed like he gained a lot of yards after contact.
A: Right and he did and it was the second-effort plays. Whether it was one or two extra yards a play; that put them in third and short and that's when they were able to capitalize and he ran front side a lot of times and bounced it back around outside. That's the kind of stuff that we can't let happen and we have to tackle better.

Q: How did the first start of the season go for you?
A: Well, we lost, so not very good. I think that for the most part, I was in the right spot for the plays and I thought I played pretty physically and pretty well. But there's definitely some times where I could have played better and capitalized on some of the plays.

Q: How tough is it to kind of not come out with the win in the end?
A: This is the type of thing we play the game every week for the fans and we play it for ourselves and we play it for our team and this was a week where we really wanted to step up for the people who were hit by the hurricane and we didn't do that and it's as simple as that. Instead of putting a smile on their faces for three hours, we kind of let them down and we have to pick it up and play better. Not only for ourselves, but for them as well.

Q: What are some of the things you think you can improve upon?
A: I think that one of the biggest things is finishing the play and not letting them get the extra yard and we talked about that a few weeks back where it's that one extra yard. Fight for that one extra yard. They fought harder for that one extra yard than we did and it kind of came down to that and that's why they were able to capitalize. In their run game, if you look at it, for the first three seconds of the play it's nothing. But then at the last two seconds of the play is where they broke free and got those extra yards.

Q: What contributed to some of the coverage breakdowns on special teams?
A: It really came down to us not executing and them executing and we talked about it before the game. We have to play... Same thing as defense - play longer and harder than them. We didn't do that. We left seams open in the coverage, which we don't normally do, but that's part of the deal. We've got to play well and play hard every single play, every single week.

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