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Victor Cruz, 11.05.12

Q: What's been different the last few weeks?
A: I don't know. It's just certain things that happen, just certain miscommunications that are going on out there. Just as far as for the full scheme of the routes that are going on, everybody has to be on the same page and we haven't been having that lately.

Q: How do you sum the feeling from yesterday's game?
A: Just a little embarrassed. I felt like we wanted to come out there and play some solid football and get a quality victory over a quality team, not just for ourselves but also for the city and for the area but we just couldn't get it done.

Q: How does that miscommunication stuff happen?
A: In the course of the game when things happen that kind of derail us or certain things that we don't expect to see coverage-wise, we just have to do a good job of adjusting to that and I think we didn't do a good job of adjusting throughout the game to the different coverages to adjusting our routes and our route combinations according to the coverage. So I think that was just one of the things that we saw that we've just got to get squared away and learn not just adjusting to what we see on film and during the week of practice, but adjusting to the different coverages they might play throughout the course of the game.

Q: Do you think your quarterback is in a slump?

A: I don't think so. I think it's just a matter of all of us getting on the same page and we'll be all right. I won't call it a slump, but it's just a couple of bad games of where everybody is just not getting things done together and catching the football and moving the ball. So I wouldn't necessarily call it a slump.

Q: Is there any worry in the meeting rooms? Are you guys kind of wondering what's going on?
A: We're not worried. We see what's going on. It's right there on film for us to see, so we've just got to continue to attack those problem areas and continue to move forward.

Q: Are you worried that one loss can be amplified or can spiral?
A: No. I know, given our history, it's kind of been that way. But I think this year, we're going to do a good job of continuing to stay forward and continue to stay positive and win some middle season games unlike we did last year.

Q: That means this week is a big game.
A: Yeah, it's a huge one for us, especially going into the bye week and we want to get a good victory. Cincinnati is a good team, so we're going to have to go in there and get a quality victory over a good team to head into the bye on a good note.

Q: What are some things you can do to address some of the miscommunications?
A: Just to do a good job of understanding the coverages that we're going to see, understanding the different looks that we're going to get and being able to adjust to all of them and just doing our normal routine, going in the meeting rooms with Eli, understanding what he sees and things like that. So it can't be too much of a big difference, but we've just got to understand that we have to adjust to what we're seeing out there and continuing to stay positive.