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Thad Lewis: "We just went out and executed"

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis talked to the media Monday morning about converting long third downs, the toughness of Fred Jackson and how he's willing to take big hits if it means big plays.

QB Thad Lewis

Monday, October 21, 2013

Q: Did you get a chance to reflect on getting your first win in your hometown?
A: Definitely. It’s always good to get a win, period, in the NFL, but to do it at home made it even sweeter. It’s just another game that we expected to go down and get a win. It was a team victory, so we were happy with that.

Q: Outside of this locker room, there were a lot of people that weren’t expecting you to win. What does it show about the makeup of this team?
A: It’s about the relentless individuals that know that we have what it takes to win and we’re going to go out and do everything we can week in and week out. As long as we believe we can win, which we do every week, we’ll be fine.

Q: Can you comment on how this team has adopted the mindset of just living for the next play and not worrying about the consequences of bad plays?
A: Yeah, you’ve got take it one play at a time and then you have to have a short term memory if it’s good, bad or something you didn’t like. We just take it a play at a time, the defense played well, our offense did what we had to do and even special teams. When you put it all together like you said last week it’s easier to get a win. You won’t be sitting here saying we shoulda, coulda, woulda. That’s the nature of the business, that’s what we’re going to try to do.

Q: Yards were hard to come by on first and second down. You guys converted more third and longs than usual yesterday, what helped you guys do that?
A: You’ve got to attest to the other 10 guys on the field, as well as myself. We just went out and executed. Played within the scheme and guys made plays, the line blocked, and that’s what you have. You have playmakers on this offense and they went out there and know in order to help the defense out we have to keep drives going. We can’t go three and out, we can’t let them get tired. The guys took that mindset in to the game and converted third downs.

Q: What has Fred Jackson showed you?
A: A level of toughness that a lot of people can’t describe or know how tough this guy is. He’s so relentless in his pursuit of excellence, it’s ridiculous. It kind of feeds off on all of us on the offense. We feed off him, we saw the things that he did yesterday and he actually brought some extra energy to the offense.

Q: The run to pick up the first down to set up the field goal, could you believe he was on the field, let alone carrying the ball and moving it?

A: It’s crazy, but nothings impossible. Nothing’s impossible. He told me when he sprained his MCL, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’m going to tape it up and keep going.’ When you’ve got a guy like that behind you, you’re just as comfortable as can be.

Q: For the first time you’re getting the chance to get in a routine that ends with you starting at the end of the week. What’s that like?
A: You just kind of get in to the groove, you’re probably a stranger to starting every week, but not coming in and preparing and doing the things that you’re doing. Might take a few more shots than usual, so the recovery will be a little more rigorous with getting yourself recovered, but other than that it’s fun. I’m just enjoying the moment.

Q: In an odd way does it feel good to have to recover on a Monday?
A: Yeah, it does. You’re getting back in to the swing of things; this is what football is all about. You feel good when you can go out there and help your team. Then come back and recover with the guys that you fought with in the trenches.

Q: Talk about your emotions after you got your helmet knocked off and you bounced right up?
A: Let the team know I got y’all back, just like y’all have my back. It’s one thing, the quarterback position you have to be tough. I saw Stevie (Johnson) was in man coverage and he’s getting open, so I sacrifice myself and my body to get a first down because third down was a big conversion. We needed it and that’s just instilling the toughness in this offense. Look, we’re tough no matter what’s going to happen we’re going to stand in there and do what we need to do.