Jeff Tuel: "I'll be ready if my number is called"

Posted Oct 30, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about possibly getting the chance to start this Sunday, if he feels better prepared, and what he learned from his experience against the Browns.

QB Jeff Tuel

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