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EJ Manuel : "We didn't execute well enough"

Posted Sep 22, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about the 27-20 loss to the Jets.

On what needed to improve on offense…

The biggest thing was converting on third downs, we struggled there.  Obviously with the all out pressures that gave us some headaches and things.  They did everything we thought they would do as far was what we practiced during the week-the game plan going into it.  I thought we were well prepared for what they were going to throw at us.  It was just a matter of executing. 

On if he felt uneasy about quarterback pressures during the game…

When they are bringing eight people at you it is definitely tough but as you said throughout the game, you still have to relax.  That is the biggest thing.  You don’t want to hurry anything unnecessary and that is when you throw errant passes and things like that.  It is a tough situation to handle but I think moving forward we will be more prepared for it.

On if he felt pressured to get rid of the ball…

Definitely.  You have to get the ball out or else you are going to take a hit.  They are bringing more guys than we had to protect so you know you are going to get hit.  It is just a matter of trying to get the ball out and give the guy the opportunity to catch it.  I know a few times I left it outside and didn’t get it to the guy when he had a chance to make a catch.  I have to get better at that. 

On if he wishes the play calling was more diverse…

I am not going to say I wish we had done things differently.  I haven’t watched the film yet.  There were a lot of plays.  It is kind of a blur now.  I just remember the last play that we had late in the game.  I can’t really say.

On if it was the fault of the offense for not scoring again at the end of the game…

We put it on ourselves.  We didn’t execute well enough to get another score, which would have tied the game up again.  We got ourselves in a position to win the game by getting back to 20-20.  Defense did a great job creating turnovers and an awesome job again.  Another great week of playing but like I said we just have to get better.  That is all I can really say right now.  I am not going to take anything away from the Jets.  They did a good job.  We have to move forward and get ready for Baltimore. 

On the touchdown pass to TE Scott Chandler

It was a single high.  The biggest thing was standing there and not getting skittish like you had mentioned.  Just let go of the ball.  Chandler did a great job catching it and getting yards after the catch and getting it in the endzone.

On if the Jets defense blitzed that play…

Yes. 

On if he felt like he had to run the ball more himself in the read-option…

Definitely.  The first two weeks there were a few plays where I could have pulled it and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t keying in on it that heavily this week.  It showed itself again.  The defensive end crashed down on the running backs so I was able to pull it and get around and get some yards. 

On his mental state at the end of the game…

When we got the ball late in the game on the two or the one (yard line) and had a few seconds left I still felt like we could go down and get a score.  I am never going to feel like we are defeated until we lose the game.  Our whole offense is like that.  Our whole defense is like that.  The whole team is like that so we are not going to give up.  We are going to continue to fight and try and make plays. 

On Jets QB Geno Smith’s pass to WR Santonio Holmes…

It was a great catch.  Santonio made a huge play.  Obviously with the catch and running after the catch.  It was huge for those guys. That was the cap to the game.  We had to go out there and try to answer but we didn’t.

On if the pass intended for Stevie Johnson but was tipped during the third quarter was the correct play to make…

It was definitely.  The linebacker dropped.  I tried to fit it in the first window quickly but you can’t necessarily hold for that second window so just a good play on their part as far as their defense, the guy getting his hands on the ball to tip it and somebody getting a handful.

On if they should have won this game but didn’t because of missed opportunities…

Any time it is a close game you always feel like you could do things a little differently to have won the game.  But now that you mention it, that one little turnover battle, I don’t think as far as throwing the ball, we did not turn it over.  I can’t remember if we had any fumbles running the ball.  We lost the game.  That is all that matters at the end of the day when you look at the statistics, percentages as far as turnovers and turnover ratio.  If you don’t win the game, that is really all that matters.  You have to move forward and get ready for next week.