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    Texans post-game quotes
    HoustonTexans.com


    Texans Head Coach Dom Capers

    (Opening statement) “Obviously we are very disappointed today in the way that the game turned out. I’ve been in the league for twenty years. I don’t know if I’ve had a game like this. We started out playing well in the first half. When you are playing a team like the Rams there are certain things that you must do. They are one of the highest scoring teams in the league. It really came down to we kept giving them opportunities in the second half and we had a hard time executing. They made the plays at critical times. We had them in situations, we had them in a fourth and six and they scored a touchdown. They get the onside kick which put us in overtime. I’m very disappointed and our guys fought hard. We just did not execute during crunch time with the kind of efficiency you have to in order to beat a team like the Rams. We cannot continue to give them the opportunities that we gave them today.”

    (On type of defense played at the end) “We were playing a four deep defense in the fourth and six situation. They got a receiver up the middle on a one-on-one and hit him, which gave them the opportunity to kick the onside kick.”

    (On feeling like everything was going wrong) “That’s kind of the way it happened in the second half. We come up with an interception, they knock the ball out and get the ball back and get the field position. You can’t keep putting the Rams offense back on the field because they have too many weapons in terms of scoring points.”

    (On the key to proper game execution) “I think we did some things as well as we have done. Our offense moved the ball the best they have moved it this year. Our defense sacked the quarterback more than they have sacked him this year. There were some areas where we did better. When we got down the stretch during crunch time to make the play, they made the plays. You’ve got to give them credit. It’s extremely disappointing. I know they are disappointed down there in the locker room. We’ve gone out and put ourselves in a position to win the game and we didn’t finish it off.”

    (On Texans pressuring QB at end) “We ran a combination of things and we came after him a number of times and got some plays out of it. When you are in that situation (4 th and six) what you don’t what to happen is exactly what did happen on the play.”

    (On staying focused for remainder of season) “Well it’s a challenge. This season has been a good test for all of us. I think our team has responded the right way up to this point and time. I think they have competed extremely hard, they care. Anytime you care and fight hard and you lose a game like today, it hurts. The challenge will be how we come off of this, because they left it all on the field today. We did a number of things much better than we have done. It’s just too bad that we didn’t make the plays at the end to finish the game.”

    Texans QB David Carr

    (On the offensive state) “I felt comfortable back there. It starts with the offensive line. It gave me plenty of time to throw the ball. Enough time for those guys to wait outside against man coverage is what they were playing a little bit in the first half. It takes a little while longer for the route to develop especially when you are trying to make big plays and get some plays down the field. The hat was on our offensive line to do just that, have extra time to get plays off. I think they did a great job."

    (On frustration of loss) “It’s a mixed bag right now. We all play to win. It hurts when you have the feeling of going out and getting some things done. Offensively we felt better than we probably felt in a long time on offense. To come short and now make enough plays to score one more point than they did. That’s what it came down to today. We needed one more point than they did and we didn’t. We were tied and had to go into overtime. It’s tough but we made some improvements.”

    (On feeling a sinking feeling toward end of game) “The last minute of the game, we felt good. A lot of the guys had their tape off, we had to re-tape. It’s interesting, it’s frustrating, it’s cruel, it’s rough you know to be in that situation. When it gets like that I don’t have the words for it.”

    (On questioning what’s needed to win) “All of our guys are saying it. That’s the thing you have to fight. What else do we have to do to go out there and win a football game? But, we are making improvements on both sides of the ball. There are some positive things out there. Then a team comes in and tries to steal something from you. We are getting better we just can’t let this situation, as dramatic as it is affect what happens the rest of the time we are out there.”

    (On scoring big plays on long passes) “Well it was a little bit of both. I thought Joe (Pendry) had a great plan. We talked during the week and I thought he had a good scheme. We have to have big plays to be able to score points. We have been pretty consistent and pretty efficient underneath the ten-yard routes. To win in the NFL, obviously we haven’t had a lot of experience in doing that, but we know what it takes to win. You’ve got to have big plays, we were able to do that in the first half and it worked out for us.”

    (On Kris Brown making last field goal) “That’s when the tape started coming off. Not shutting down, you are never out of the game. I learned that plenty of times watching NFL games and playing in NFL games. It only takes one play. I think everybody in the stands thought we pretty much had it wrapped up but, that’s why you keep playing.”

    Texans LB DaShon Polk

    (On defense’s second half performance) “The words just won’t come out right now. I’m hurt and disgusted. In the second half we gave up too many big plays.”

    (On difference of play in the two halves) “Obviously, the difference was us. We gave up too many big plays. We had them third and long a couple of times, and couldn’t get them off the field. In the second half, they executed and we didn’t.”

    (On letting St. Louis back in the game) “The game shouldn’t have gone to overtime. We had the game won, and we just gave it up.”

    (On emotions after leaving the field) “I couldn’t leave the field for awhile. I had to stand there for a second to calm down. We needed this win to get the momentum going in our direction, and we let it slip through our fingers.”

    (On shock of losing) “The points they put up in the second half were unreal. It hurts. We played our butt off, but nobody let down. We just didn’t make the plays that we needed to make to win the game.”

    Texans LB Antwan Peek

    (On today’s performance) “I wish I knew. It was an obvious breakdown on all cylinders, and in the end we all fell down. We are going to come in and watch film tomorrow, and find out a way to come out with a win next week.”

    (On seeing Kevin Curtis in the game) “I was running behind him, but was thinking you’ve got to be kidding me. It’s frustrating. I’m as frustrated as it gets right now.”

    (On feelings after the game) “It’s frustrating to me because I want to help the team win, but we are not getting it done. I’m not a finger pointer. I don’t blame anybody but myself.”

    (On difficulty accepting this loss) “I don’t want the thought of this game to sink any further, and then it becomes immune. I’m trying to get a win.”

    (On winning last five games) “This is really as rough as it gets. There is nothing more for us to go through because we have been through so much. We had a good first half, but we can’t do nothing but get better. We can’t finish a game, and that’s the bottom line.”

    (On Rams' second half adjustments) “There weren’t too many changes, but if any they gave the ball to Steven Jackson a little more, but to me he wasn’t as big of a factor. If anything, it was the receivers and the new quarterback they brought in. I don’t know where they got him from, but he came in and did a good job and that’s even more frustrating. Ryan Fitzpatrick deserves to play next week.”

    (On knowledge of Fitzpatrick’s ability) “I didn’t expect him to complete any of his passes, and he came in and was on target. He did a good job as a rookie.”

    (On being more aggressive in first half than the second half) “We were very aggressive and stayed with same intensity, but they made some adjustments on their blocking. That might have been their adjustment on defense, and just found a way to find hats on hats.”

    Texans Offensive Coordinator Joe Pendry

    (On the Texans’ play in the second half) “We moved the ball the same. The stats don’t bother me very much. We moved the ball, but we just didn’t finish in the end zone. That was the entire difference in the game. We had chances to put it down there, but for whatever reason, we didn’t. We had a turnover down in there, which was huge. But our guys fought back and made some plays to take it down and kick a field goal when we had to. And then we failed to convert a third down in overtime. That’s the bottom line. We played hard.”

    (On if this kind of loss is hard to swallow as a coach) “Yes. There’s no doubt about that. This business hurts when those things happen. It burns your guts up.”

    (On the difference between the first half and second half) “They didn’t change much. They played a little blitz-zone, but they didn’t stop us. We failed to execute some of the plays as well as we did in the first half. It always comes down to a player making a play for a touchdown. David scrambled and Corey made a play. Those are the things we didn’t quite get done in the second half when we were driving the ball.”

    Texans Cornerback Dunta Robinson

    (On what he was thinking at the end of the game) “You don’t think; you’re just numb. I’m thinking ‘Ok, I’m going to wake up any minute. I can’t believe this just happened. I can’t believe we played this hard and beat this team the whole game, and we end up losing.’ You don’t even know what to feel. It’s not like the normal feeling when you come into the locker room after a loss.”

    (On playing against the Rams’ third-string quarterback) “He’s in the National Football League, so he must be doing something right. It’s not like high school where guys just come and try out. Obviously, he’s on the team for a reason. They believe in this guy the same way we believe in David Carr, Tony Banks, and Dave Ragone. We don’t take any quarterback for granted, and he made the big plays when they needed a big play.”

    (On what he was thinking as the Rams’ Kevin Curtis ran towards the end zone) “Somebody please catch him, fumble the ball, do anything. I’m rooting for a miracle to happen, even though it doesn’t. It was a great play call for what we were in. They executed and we didn’t, and at the end the score was 33-27 and we lose the game."

    (On if this is the worst he’s felt as a professional player) “Definitely. With 23 seconds left on the game clock, we’re up by 10 and thinking that we’ve won the game. 2-9 is much better than 1-10, but when things are going bad, things are really going bad. But I’m not going to quit, the guys in this locker room aren’t going to quit, and the coaching staff isn’t going to quit. We’re going to come to practice on Wednesday, and we’re going to prepare for Baltimore .”

    Texans FS Marcus Coleman

    (On the Rams scoring 10 points in the final thirty seconds) “I’ve actually been through things like that a couple of times. But it always hurts, no matter how many times it happens.”

    (On if it’s possible to rebound from this loss) “It’s always possible. It doesn’t matter how bad things get. This is only a game. I hope everybody can rebound from this. We’ll go home and think about it, enjoy our families, and come back and go to work on Wednesday.”

    (On what he was thinking after the first half) “We’re feeling good. We did a good job executing the calls. We had some similar calls in the second half, but they did a good job of adjusting to it, which is what this game is all about.”

    (On the play in which the Texans intercepted the ball, fumbled it, and the Rams recovered) “What you have to understand is that they get paid, too. They’re going to make the plays. I made a play, and when I was trying to make even more of a play, they came back and made a good play. That’s just how the game goes.”

    Texans C Steve McKinney

    (On feelings about today’s game) “All the positive things we did today are wiped away when you lose a game like the one we played today. It leaves such a bad taste in our mouth, when you are sitting on the sideline feeling good about yourself, there’s no way we can lose this game because we are up by ten points so late in the game, and the next thing you know, you lose the game in overtime. Words can’t describe how I feel right now, I’m just disgusted."

    (On shock of the games outcome) “It’s almost surreal. Your sitting there and then you have to get your mind right because you have to go into overtime. We should have beaten this team by three touchdowns easily. They shouldn’t have even been in the game. This game left a sick feeling in my stomach. I can’t remember feeling this sick after a game, especially when you’ve experienced all the emotions of winning. It was a tough situation and wasn’t fun to go through.”

    (On emotions of the team after this kind of loss) “I think we all feel bad for ourselves. We’ll mope around for a little while, and we’ll come back Wednesday to work on getting over it. It definitely hurts right now, and looks bad on all of us. Now I know how Tampa Bay felt last year when Indianapolis came back and beat them.”

    Texans DT Seth Payne

    (On today’s performance) “We are all disappointed. Every loss we’ve had this season has been disappointing. The game was in our hands and we let it slip away.”

    (On placing the negatives with the positives) “Obviously we didn’t play the way we should have played. We made critical mistakes, and everything that happened today was a result of our own doing. We did this to ourselves.”

    (On difficulty accepting this loss) “We were letting the game slip away the entire half. I had a feeling like; “I can’t believe this just happened.”

    Texans DT Travis Johnson

    (On the team’s performance today) “It’s a loss. It’s something you can’t swallow lightly because it’s a game that you fought so hard for and the end result didn’t come out in your favor."

    (On personal feelings about the outcome of the game) “I can’t really define how I feel. I almost get a feeling like I want to throw up."

    (On the execution level of their performance) “The Rams executed today and we didn’t. They took the win from us today. We have to back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes, and execute better next time.”

    (On having a great first half and letting it slip away in the second half) “We wanted this game so bad, and unfortunately we fell a little short.”

    Texans WR Andre Johnson

    (On the Texans’ play in the second half) “We’re not supposed to lose a game like this, but it turned out that way. Nobody really got anything going in the second half. They went out and made plays, and we didn’t.”

    (On his health) “I feel pretty good, but I still don’t feel 100 percent. I’m just doing what I have to do during the week to be able to play on Sunday.”

    (On his approach and involvement in the game) “Coming into the game, when the coaches told us the game plan, pretty much every play they had drawn up was drawn my way. I was really excited about it and they went out and gave me the ball today, so I was able to make some plays.”

    (On the Texans’ improvement) “I think our offense came out with a different attitude today. We went up and moved the ball pretty well. But it doesn’t matter when you don’t win.”

    (On losing the momentum at the end of the game) “I’m speechless right now. I don’t know what to say. All I know is we lost.”

    (On the second half) “I think we could have put up more points in the second half. We should have put up more points.”

    (On the Texans’ missed opportunities) “You have a missed field goal, you have a challenged play. You have some opportunities, and you make some mistakes. It’s just one of those things.”

    (On his look of disbelief after the game) “I know what happened, but I just can’t believe that we went out and lost the game. We went out and played pretty well, but when you lose like this, it’s tough. I guess today we just didn’t do enough to win it.”

    (On the change in play in the second half) “I think we moved the ball pretty well in the second half, we just couldn’t put the points up. When you play a team like that, with the offense that they have, you have to score some points. If you don’t score points, you’re not going to win the game.”

    (On his longest reception of the year thus far) “It felt good. It’s my first long ball this year. I’m getting a little healthier and I’m just trying to do what I can do to make sure I’m able to play on Sunday.”
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: Texans talk about how they feel

    The good news Dom, is that none of this will be your problem next year.

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      On Rams' second half adjustments) “There weren’t too many changes, but if any they gave the ball to Steven Jackson a little more, but to me he wasn’t as big of a factor. If anything, it was the receivers and the new quarterback they brought in. I don’t know where they got him from, but he came in and did a good job and that’s even more frustrating. Ryan Fitzpatrick deserves to play next week.”

      Even the Texans know that Fitzy's got the job.

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        Re: Texans talk about how they feel

        another martz quarterback success story :helmet:
        Torry Holt Dont play that

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          Re: Texans talk about how they feel

          Originally posted by Large_Ant
          The good news Dom, is that none of this will be your problem next year.
          Wow! To think holmgren had instant success with the hawks.

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          • RamWraith
            Post Game Quotes
            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Jim Haslett

            (On injury to Derek Stanley)
            “Just to give you an injury update on Derek Stanley, he has a knee injury and he will have a MRI tomorrow. I think it is a significant injury, but we hope it is not, but he will have a MRI tomorrow.”

            (On the game)
            “If nothing else this team is going to learn quickly in the future that when you have a chance to put a team away early in the game, that these turnovers are going to come back and get you sooner or later. Derek’s (Stanley) turnover led to seven points, then (TE) Joe Klopfenstein took seven off the board when it should have been 24-0 at halftime. When you let a team like that hang around and they come out and get the ball in the second half and they get a couple of field goals, then they are back into the game. You have a chance to really take care of it in the first half and you don’t do it, if nothing else hopefully this team will learn that that is the most important thing in the game.”

            (On the Klopfenstein fumble and defenders being near him)
            “To me putting the ball to the ground doesn’t make a difference, you are responsible for that ball. He was wide open, he caught it, and he had enough time to cover it up and get to the ground.”

            (On G Richie Incognito’s penalties)
            “I saw the pre-snap penalty but I didn’t see the holding penalty.”

            (On WR Torry Holt’s offensive pass interference call by the referee)
            “I am not going to touch that. That is a young guy over there, a rookie referee. I am not sure what he saw, but obviously he thought it was pass interference and we have to live with it. If that is what he called it then that is what he called it.”

            (On RB Kenneth Darby being in for the last possessions and Steven Jackson)
            “Because RB Steven Jackson was light headed and the doctor said he was down and he (the doctor) didn’t want him to go in, then he came in on the third down. That is why he was in there.

            I am not really sure what happened with Steven, but when the trainer comes up and says that he is out until he is ready then he is out.”

            (On passing the ball three times during the final possessions)
            “We had no timeouts, and we were trying to get a first down. We were trying to get a field goal and try to win the game.”

            (On WR Derek Stanley attempting something different and risky)
            “I don’t know if it is risky, we ran about six or seven reverses today. I don’t think that was risky. He is a punt returner/kickoff returner, to me that is risky. Running a reverse is just carrying a football.”

            (On the play of RB Steven Jackson)
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          • RamWraith
            Post-Game Quotes from the Rams and the Falcons
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            Head Coach Scott Linehan

            (On injuries)
            “We had a couple of injuries, I am not sure exactly how serious they are yet. WR Brandon Williams had a right ankle sprain, he tried to go but he was unable to finish. We made some adjustments in our return game. RB Brian Leonard got hurt on the second to the last series, it was his left ankle. I don’t know what that means for next week, we will determine that at least by Tuesday.”

            (On player milestones)
            “When the players hit these monuments I just like to point them out. WR Isaac Bruce’s yardage put him at fifth all-time in the NFL. That is something that we all can be proud of. People have followed him around here for years and for this football team to be part of that is something special. DT La’Roi Glover has made his 81st sack, which is seventh amongst active and 40th overall. That is really a big deal. WR Torry Holt got his 70th touchdown and QB Gus Frerotte threw his the 100th touchdown pass of his career. ”

            (On game)
            “We had some turnovers in the second half that made the game tougher than we wanted it to be, but having enough points on the board to finish the game is something that we just haven’t been able to do. Winning three of the last four and gaining some momentum with how we are playing, when a lot of people thought we weren’t playing for much, I think shows a lot about the heart and character of this team.”

            (On win)
            “It has been a long season for a number of reasons and we have to defend our home turf. For me I really felt that as a home team the fans and the team really stepped up when we needed to. We made the most of the crowd noise in the second half, making some plays on defense, and the play at the end of the game.”

            (On QB Gus Frerotte’s performance)
            “Quarterbacks will always take a lot of heat when things don’t go well, and in last week’s game Gus accepted that. Being the stand up competitor that he is, I can respect that more than his right arm. By the way Gus came out and competed he really gave us a spark. He really only had two bad throws in the second half, which were critical errors.”

            (On punts during the second half)
            “I would rather punt than turn the ball over. At the end of the day we have to win the football game and trust me we put a lot of time into working on our second half. It is a matter of execution in all areas. We have to execute more.”


            RB Steven Jackson

            (On what best describes the win)
            “I think it was just an all-out team win. We started off fast and in the second half, once again, we kind of stalled out, but this time I think the offense really came together and put it on ourselves to finish the game and have no excuses.”

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          • RamWraith
            Post-game quotes
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            Head Coach Jim Haslett

            (On injuries)
            “The only injury we had was G Richie Incognito, he got light headed right before the half and the doctors wouldn’t clear him to go back in. We moved T John Greco over and went with John the rest of the way.”

            (On the game)
            “Obviously, this was not the result we wanted, so I am disappointed from the standpoint. I felt we played hard. I appreciate those guys like RB Steven Jackson going out there and giving everything he had, T Orlando Pace who really had a two to four week injury and DL Adam Carriker. We have a bunch of guys who are beat up with nicks and bruises. You can hang your hat on one thing, those guys went out and competed and fought through all of the adversary and injuries that they had.”

            (On RB Steven Jackson having only one touch during the fourth quarter)
            “He was gassed and his leg started to bother him, so we told him before the game to go as far as you could go and then we will play the other guys.

            I appreciate Steven getting out there under the conditions; he hasn’t done much in the past month. To go out there and carry the ball in which I thought he was very effective in running the ball, but in a game like situation he just hasn’t had anything for a while.”

            (On Jackson’s play shows he is a “difference maker”)
            “It is a big reminder. We have said it before; during some games if we had him we might have won the game. He is a heck of a football player, when you loose a guy like him it is hard to replace him.”

            (On LB David Vobora)
            “It is hard to tell, but I think he did ok. He had good instincts and good position and he is a good leader. There are a couple of plays that I can pick out that he did very well with. I am sure that if I look at the film I will find something. For a guy in his first start and a seventh-round draft pick I thought he did fairly well. “

            (On interceptions)
            “The picks didn’t really hurt us, defense did a great job. After the first pick they got nothing, after the second pick they got a field goal, and the third pick was at the end of the game. Obviously, three interceptions is three interceptions. Our problem is that we have to score touchdowns, as an offense we haven’t scored any touchdowns. We didn’t score this week, we didn’t score last week and it has been that way all year in the red zone. We just are just not getting the job done. I am not sure what the answer is, we will keep researching and trying to get it done. We are not really good right now in the red zone. You are not going to win kicking field goals in this league, you have to score touchdowns.

            QB Marc Bulger

            (On the loss)
            “We find ways to lose. We hung in there the first half. We got that corrected, which is good. We played good in all phases at some points, but we struggled at others.”

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          • RamWraith
            Martz on the Mike
            by RamWraith
            Head Coach Mike Martz
            Tuesday, October 12, 2004

            (Opening statement)
            “Obviously this is a terrific win for this football team and organization. It means a lot in many respects. We are getting better, they did not get disillusioned. There were a lot of young players that learned how to compete, and stay in it. We had some players show up in this game that made plays to help us win this game. Guys like (Shaun) McDonald, Kevin Curtis, of course Brandon (Manumaleuna) with his touchdown catch, and Steven Jackson. DeJuan Groce came in and just did an outstanding job. We’re making progress, and we’re getting better. I know the first half didn’t turn come out the way any of us wanted, but they didn’t give up. When we went in at halftime, it was what we needed to do, it’s a step-by-step process, and here’s how we need to go about it, and they weren’t discouraged, and of course they were able to get the job done. I was very happy and pleased with the effort and how hard they played in the second half. When we had to make a play, somebody made a play. I was very pleased with the effort of the offensive line, particularly Grant Williams in the second half. He gave up a sack in the first half, and a rush on that side, but he came back in the second half and was outstanding on the right side. He was a major reason that Marc (Bulger) was able to move around and make some of the throws that he did. It was a great effort overall as a football team. I though special teams was very solid, the punt return was huge, and I though we covered their kickoffs very well. It was just a solid effort on the kickoff returns. It was Sean Landeta’s best effort so far, in my opinion, in terms of punting the ball. He had great hang time and distance, and there was only one return. Second half, we just need to continue from there, and continue to build. Offensive player of the game, although he had three interceptions, is Marc Bulger. To have three interceptions and to come back and compete and to play at the level that he did, and make those kinds of plays under pressure, is clearly a statement about not just what type of person he is, but the incredible player that he is. Special teams wise, Eric Flowers, four tackles on special teams, just an incredible job. Just a special mention for Trev Faulk again, he had three (tackles). Our defensive player of the game, Tommy Polley, with 10 tackles and a pass broken up. Just a great comeback by Tommy, he was out with a fractured rib, and did a great job coming back and making his presence felt on this football team. All in all obviously it was a terrific win for us, but as all games at this point, we have to have a short memory and get ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here on Monday night.”

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          • RamWraith
            SOme Bronco qoutes post game
            by RamWraith
            CB Champ Bailey

            (On the game)
            “We didn’t win. It’s like if you have a great season and you go to the Pro Bowl, but your team doesn’t win the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter. You have to win. It is all about winning.”

            (On if this game reminds him of the opening game last season)
            “The only similarity is that it is opening day. We have time to bounce back. We have another game next week. We just have to go back and correct our mistakes and look forward to the best.”

            (On the defense keeping the team in the game)
            “Yeah, keep us in the game but it is a team thing. It is not a win. I don’t care how good we played. We still lost the game. We had plays in there that we need to get better at. We could have made some turnovers and kept it a little closer.”

            (On the offense)
            “We have a lot of talent on offense, and they will bounce back. I am not worried about that. We just have to keep playing good resistance

            RB Tatum Bell

            (On the game)
            “It felt good to get my second career start. It was a loss, and we have to bounce back next week. We ran the ball well. When it came down to the end, we lost. Turnovers were a factor and I had one myself. I am going to learn from it and work on it.“

            (On the turnovers)
            “It seemed like every time the defense stopped them, we had a turnover or went three and out. We have to eliminate that. We know that this offense is capable. We just have to go out and do it. It was no like us. We don’t turn the ball over. It was shocking to have five, and when you lose the turnover battle it is hard to win games.”

            (On being in the game on the final drive)
            “We weren’t surprised at all. I felt like we were in position to win. I thought we were going to get a touchdown on the last drive. We just have to keep on pushing.”

            QB Jake Plummer

            (On the frustration of losing the first game)
            “Yeah, it is frustrating. It is reminiscent of how we started last year. The difference now is to see how we respond. We have a lot of guys that will respond the right way, but that is not the way you want to start a season.”

            (On the offensive line performance)
            “A couple of times I was hurried. The guys gave some good protection and did a good job of giving me some time. As it went, we had some opportunities to win the ball game. When you don’t capitalize, that is when it hurts.”

            (On the Rams defense)
            “They played really fast. The first interception was a bad read. The other one was a jump ball and we didn’t come down with it. The last one, I think may be a little of interference, but we can‘t rely on those calls. We have to tip our hats to them, they play fast.”

            (On the Rams early pressure)
            “It affected us a little bit. We had some things designed to combat that, but playing in a loud stadium they will...
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