Ryan Fitzpatrick: Bye helps "Keep perspective"


QB Ryan Fitzpatrick**

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Q: What can you and the offense take out of this bye week moving forward?

A: You do not get a whole lot of work anymore, so I think a lot of it is just self-evaluation. The coaches will go back and look at a lot of the tape. (We are) going to figure out the things that we have done well and the things that we have not done so well and why. For us as a team, it comes at a great time to be able to get some guys healthy and back. Being limited to one practice there is not a whole lot in terms of on-the-field work that you are going to get.

Q: Do you expect any scheme changes or is there just not enough time in this bye week?

A: There is not enough time, but you do not ever try to make drastic changes during the season anyways. I think there is a lot of stuff that we have done well. There is stuff that we obviously have not, with turnovers being a big thing. You just look at all of that and figure out how you are going to get better.

Q: Over this week when you are away from the facility, are you still watching tape?

A: Yea, I will watch tape. It is great now with being able to get it at home on the iPad or wherever it is. A lot of that, for me, will probably be Houston stuff rather than looking at our whole season. It is a good time, mentally and physically, to be able to get away for a little bit—be able to rest up and heal all of your wounds.

Q: Are you going back to Arizona?

A: No, I will be here. A lot of guys will be going different places, but I have kids in school and all of that. I was just in Arizona. I treated that as my vacation during the season, in terms of getting a few days at home there. I will be here.

Q: Will practice today be with more of an eye towards Houston or more on fixing things that are wrong?

A: A little bit of the Houston stuff but a lot of it just getting out there and getting some reps. We will walk through some stuff that will be game plan specific, but I think just getting our blood flowing a little bit and just continuing to work on the timing and consistency.

Q: Have you gotten the game plan yet or will you get that next week?

A: (The coaches) have looked at it and done a little bit of the stuff, but a lot of it will come next week.

Q: Is it a little bit of a double-edged sword only having one practice this week seeing as how you used to be able to make all of your adjustments? Now with the CBA, players have less work but able to perfect less.

A: I think the reason the CBA was thrown together like it was a lot of this week now is viewed as a time to get healthy and time for players to heal all of their little nicks and wounds. Because this is a long season, this comes at a good time for us after seven games. Maybe be able to get some linemen back and get some guys healthy. That is more of what the bye week is and then the coaches evaluating things, sitting down and watching the film from before the season. We get one extra day of preparation coming up here once we finish our four days off. So do they, but we are looking forward to it.

Q: Does this team need a mental break?

A: I do not know. I always say it is a good day on Wednesday, whether it is a loss or a win, to get back in and start looking at an opponent and move forward. It is a long season and a bye week is welcomed every year no matter what your record is just because it is tough sometimes with your body and mentally the strain that it puts on you. I think the bye week is always welcomed.

Q: Being 3-4, is the bye week something of a refresher to say 'Hey there is a lot of football left'? A: Yeah, it is good to take a step back and keep everything in perspective. I think that is an important thing to do during the bye week.

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