October 30, 2013
Q: Are you excited about the possible prospect of starting?
A: Yeah, absolutely. I am just taking it one day at a time, trying to get better. Whatever happens, I’ll be ready if my number is called.
Q: How ready do you feel after getting limited duty, playing in Cleveland, and then sitting?
A: I feel ready. I’ve been getting reps in practice, even number two reps. I learned a lot from Cleveland and I feel like I’ve been getting better. If I get a chance, I’ll be excited.
Q: What were you told about the situation here this week?
A: Coach Marrone walked in the room and said it could be anybody, we don’t know. I know as much as you guys do.
Q: Do you feel more prepared in this role, due to the fact there where you have mentally gone through that process of maybe playing this week, maybe not?
A: I’ve been going through the process since training camp with going down and EJ’s little ding, and stuff like that so I have honestly been thrown into situations even if it wasn’t in a game since I’ve got here. I’m not going to change anything; I am going to prepare the same. Like I have been saying since day one, if I was the number four quarterback, I am going to prepare like I am number one. I have nothing to change, just going to continue to work hard.
Q: Jeff, how have you dealt with the peaks and valleys of getting a chance to play, and how have you adjusted and come to grips with what’s gone on over the past few weeks?
A: One of my coaches in college said it best, he said ‘It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems.’ And I think if you take that approach, I feel like you won’t have the mountains and the valleys. You just stay right here. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. If I was named the starter week one, I wasn’t going to jump up and down for joy, you just have to be cool. Like I said, Cleveland didn’t go to well, I’m not going to get in the dumps. I just try to stay level headed.
Q: Earlier you said you learned a lot from Cleveland, can you elaborate on that?
A: Really just going out there and being under the lights and taking my first official NFL snap. I had a lot of adrenaline flowing and had a lot of nerves. I know how to handle it and prepare for it and do all these things. I just learned a lot about myself and the system of the operating game, and not doing too much and such.
Q: What about the prospect of facing this defense and how much pressure they bring?
A: Obviously they lead the league in sacks so they're doing something right. They look really good on tape. We are going to have a great week of practice and just be prepared for that. I have to take care of myself, we are down in quarterbacks so I have to do whatever I can do to get down and do the necessary things. We are not going to prepare any different because a team is undefeated or leading the league in sacks. We are just going to do our thing and continue to get better.
Q: Did you get a majority of snaps in practice today?
A: I don’t know. I wasn’t really counting reps, we both got reps.
Q: Was Thad at practice?
A: No, Thad was not out there