Q: AJ Green said your defense has some holes in it.
A: I think every defense has holes in it. If our defense has holes in it, then he shouldn't have a problem exploiting it. The game has to be played on Sunday. The game has to be played on Sunday and we just try and make sure we take our best approach out there come Sunday and go into our bye 7-3.
Q: Receivers talk a lot.
A: I'll let my pads do the talking on Sunday. That's how I approach the game. That's how we approach the game, and if he sees me, he better duck.
Q: When you look at your defense from last week, did you identify why you're having some of these problems?
A: We weren't tied together. In a situation like that while you're playing football.... It's not basketball. It's not a one-man game. If one person does something wrong, it messes up the whole defense. So basically we've just got to get everybody on the right track and play football. You can't be selfish at all. People on this team were being kind of selfish and did their individual things, but this is football. This is not a one-man game, not a one-man show. So we've just got to go out there and play together.
Q: Why is defense coming untied and coming apart?
A: I don't know. I can speak for myself. I come to work and do what I have to do to make this team a better team and for me to speak for myself, I can only play for myself. So all the other guys know we're all a team and we're all family here, but there's nothing we can't accomplish if we put our minds to it and come together.
Q: AJ Green said your team has holes on defense. How do you feel about that?
A: There's holes in every defense at some point. It's a matter of finding them and us attacking what we feel like are the weak points. It's basically going to break down depending on the time and situations or there's always something. They can find a weak spot in our defense just like you find a weak spot in any offense. You've just got to exploit it.
Q: How did you feel on the practice field today?
A: I felt good out there. Did everything I was asked to do today. Hopefully, I can come back tomorrow and take more reps and continue to not have any setbacks and we'll be all right.
Kevin Gilbride [full transcript] :
Q: With 13 sacks this season, what does Cincinnati do that makes them so effective?
A: They're talented football players. They have great size. I would describe them as power-rushers. They do a tremendous job of displacing you. You have to anchor down; not that they don't have moves and speed, but (they) really do an outstanding job of moving you back and collapsing the pocket and, obviously, they get to the quarterback.
Q: It's been awhile since you guys have had struggles on offense:
A: It has been awhile.
Q: Is this jarring to you?
A: That's a good word. It is. It wasn't something we expected to happen. We certainly appreciate the ability level of the two defenses we've played, but we thought, and expected, to perform a lot better than we did. Was it jarring? Yeah, it was. There's no question about it. I think we had some opportunities last week where we thought we were there, and we weren't quite skilled enough to take advantage of. The good thing is, we have guys that are continuing to work hard. They're very, very proud. They're used to being successful so they're responding the right way. We expect to come out and play well this week.
Tom Quinn [full transcript] :
Q: How do you think your special teams looked last week?
A: Oh yeah, we're (ticked) about that. The defense bailed us out, take our hats off to them, but we have to do our job. We didn't do our job, we weren't physical enough, weren't fast enough down the field and we didn't get off any blocks.
Q: You've been generally pleased with your special teams this season?
A: We have, but we've been giving up one this game, two games later we give up one. We were more consistent last year. I think we have more tackles inside the 20 this year, but we don't want to be giving up one every couple games or the stuff that we had last week. We have to be more consistent.
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