Wednesday, October 10, 2012
On how he is responding to the loss against the 49ers on Sunday:
The focus is this game in front of us. Going out and the biggest thing for us or any team is that it is all about where you go right now. Those games are behind us. There is nothing we can do about it. We can sit here and talk about it all day amongst the team, but that is not going to change a loss to a victory. I think the biggest thing for us we are focusing on right now is doing what we can do right now in the present.
On what he can do better:
My biggest thing is I feel like I need to use my hands better. I need to get my hands, in general, healthy because I am a hands person. I am a power person and I think the biggest thing for me is being able to adapt and being able to use my abilities of what I do best in these times that we are going through right now.
On how his wrist is feeling:
It is the same spot, but it is something that I have been given basically. I am going to take it. I have to realize that it is there for a reason, but I cannot do anything about it and it is what it is…With what I am going through, just being able to come through it and play. Go out there and try to find a way to culminate and make up for it with the rest of my body.
On having to prove to the league that this is not a defense that regularly gives up over 600 yards:
We went out before and we played our defense. We know what we can do. Those last two weeks it does not show it and from that standpoint we have to go out, execute and make tackles. We cannot give up big plays. I think the last few weeks the big thing for us is we are giving up huge plays. You cannot be a good defense if you do that. It all comes down to us players whether it is covering somebody, rushing the passer, tackling the running back or filling our gap--it all comes down to us.
On his confidence that this team can turn things around:
I am extremely confident. My faith never waivers no matter the cards we are dealt. I think the biggest thing for us is to believe in ourselves especially in this time when nobody else does. I think that for being here in Arizona for a week and us being around each other every day constantly, I think it will be a great thing for us.
On the Arizona Cardinals struggling to protect the quarterback:
At the end of the day the Arizona Cardinals are a great team. Their record shows that. I think the biggest thing for us is unless we go out and do it, unless we go out and execute, nothing is going to happen. [We] Cannot go off of what has happened before and go out and play ball. [It’s] The same thing in the sense of what has happened to us. [If] You go into the game thinking that you are going to do that just because you could be in for a rude awakening as well. I look at it the same way with them and the sacks and everything. If we go out there and think ‘Oh, well it is going to be this easy because the last two teams did this’ we could be in a rude awakening. We have to go out and do it ourselves.
On filling in for an injured DE
It is going to be a huge challenge. Mark is a great player. Having him, his intensity, and his demeanor out on the field is definitely going to be a (challenge) for us. We have to be able to pick it up. Not just us needing to do it for ourselves, but to fill in his place and the injuries we have been faced with. Go out and play better.
On if offensive tackles are doing anything different against him:No, not really. I always get doubled, get chipped or get triples—it is what it is. At the end of the day, the biggest thing that I have to do different than the past is use my hands and overcome the whole wrist thing. Find a way because that is what I do. I am a hands person. I think the biggest thing is what I am doing physically has been different. I have to find a way to make that happen.