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Assorted post-game player quotes, 08.29.09


We basically played sound football tonight.  Of course you know it is still preseason and there are a lot of things that we have to clean up.  We have to shore up our tackling and we have to get more pressure on the quarterback.  We also need to make more big plays on defense.  I believe we left a whole bunch of them out there.  We have to be more consistent because they made some plays, too.  But overall I think we did a good job.  We will be okay.


The Jets were bringing pressure so we were all trying to get on the same page.  They brought it so I just gave Hakeen a "go" route on the first one.  He ended up going right by the guy.  I just put it up and gave him a chance to make a play on the ball and he did a great job doing it.  On the second one it was actually a good read by him.  The corner came and the guy sat on him and he read it and ran right by him.  It might have been a blown coverage but either way Hakeen read it right.  It was a good play by him especially being so young in his career. 


Eli got some pressure on him but he still got the ball off.  I was able to make an adjustment and got the ball into the end zone.  I’m always the last option on that play   He read me as the safety valve.  I was wide open and he made a great throw under pressure.  We are getting better.  We are doing a lot of stuff up front but it is still preseason and it is going to take a little time for us to jell.  We are playing OK and we had a couple of turnovers that hurt us which we are going to work on, of course.


We definitely played better than we did last week.  But we are just looking for constant improvement.  And I think we got that today.  I think the effort was there.  Obviously we have some things to still work on and I’m excited about where we are right now.  Second guys came in and did a really great job.  Carr and Nicks and second team D did a really good job.  Even though the score wasn’t in our favor, and of course you want to win, we still did a lot of positive things tonight.  Sanchez played well and made some plays when he had a lot of pressure on him.  But guys like him are going to have a chance to make plays like that. 


As far as reaching our goals tonight, I would say there were some things that were really good and some things that were negative.  We scored on the opening drive and that was one of our goals.  There are still a lot of things that we need to improve on.  When we get down there we don’t want to score field goals, we want to score touchdowns.  And that is one of the areas we have to work on.  We also have to concentrate on keeping our momentum.  That was one of the areas that had a lot of ups and downs.  We do two things right and than we take two steps back.  That is what this game is all about – consistency.  I think we have a lot of good stuff going on.  Guys are playing hard and guys are really starting to jell together.  We are definitely stepping in the right direction.  We tried different cadence, different personnel and tried different things to keep them off guard.  And we were able to do that.