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Justin Tuck, 12.02.10

Q: What's the key to starting fast against the Redskins?
A: Bringing more energy. We didn't start with a lot of energy in the first half, so we have to make sure that our energy level is entirely higher than it was this past Sunday.

Q: Did you know it was low coming out of the tunnel?
A: Not coming out of the tunnel. The first couple plays of the game we actually played pretty well. We couldn't get off the field on the third downs, and they ran the ball well in the first half. We did a lot of things to keep us out of our rhythm on defense, and a lot of it was letting them do that. In order to start fast, we have to be prepared to see something new. They caught us with some different things before, sitting up front and things like that. It kind of baffled us that first half. We went inside, made some corrections, and came back and played better in the second half. Again, we can't afford to do that every week. Every week, we're not going to be able to flip that switch like we were able to do on Sunday.

Q: How is McNabb's new system and his whole situation different in Washington?
A: I don't know if it's that much different. They still run bootlegs with him, he's still dangerous with his legs. He's not running as much as he used to, but it's there. We're going to approach him the same way. The only thing different about him now is he's in a different uniform. He's still the same great player he was when he was in Philly. He's going to know this defense and he knows us as a team. He has some success against us, and we have some success against him. It's going to come down to who plays the best as a football team. We're not going to make it a McNabb/individual type thing. We have to play well as a team.

Q: Right now, the Redskins run game appears that it isn't what it used to be. How odd is that?
A: I hate the word appear. We go into sixteen games each year and it appears that a team is doing something. Once we step on the field, they're doing something completely different. We're just going to be prepared for everything. Shanahan, McNabb, all those guys can do a good job of giving you a tremendous loop because they see how you set things earlier in the game, and they completely change it. We have to be prepared for everything, and we're not going to get bogged down by what other teams have done against them. Their running game hasn't been as successful as you'd think, but we just gave up 200 yards. Our run defense isn't playing well either. This week should be a good week for us to kind of get back on track. Again, we have to prepare for anything.

Q: Is there something that can be done before kickoff to fire the team up the way you did at halftime last week?
A: Hopefully we'll come in fired up anyway. Like I said, we shouldn't rely on speeches, whether it be at halftime, postgame, pre-game, it doesn't matter whether it's from leaders, the team, or the coach. We're professional football players, and we should bring our A-game at the start of games regardless of the situation.