On the last couple weeks: "It's been hectic, but very exciting. I have a great support staff here on the coaching staff, and in the front office, and in the PR department. So everybody has been very supportive. So it has been tough, and disappointing we haven't come up with a win. But other than that it's been ok."
On becoming the interim head coach: "When Mr. (Arthur) Blank asked me to do this I told everyone here, 'don't take it for more than it's really worth.' I'll be 65 in June, I still enjoy the game, but I know I was just holding the seat, keeping it warm until they find their guy. Hopefully we can get them ready to play this weekend and have a good ballgame."
On when Bobby Petrino left the team: "I don't want to talk about Bobby anymore. I will say, I've been in the league a long time, as a player and a coach. I've been blessed and fortunate to be in the NFL. It's been good to me and my family. But I've never seen anything like that before. He (Bobby Petrino) came in and was working real hard. Then all of a sudden he walked in and told us he had resigned. I don't know what was the cause, why he did it or not. But it was something I guess he felt he had to do for the best of him and his family."
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On seeing former head coach Jim Mora: "Not only coach Mora. Ray Rhodes gave me my first job as a defensive coordinator when he was in Philadelphia. It's going to be exciting to see Ray Rhodes, Coach Mora, and then I coached Stump Mitchell on the staff when we were with St. Louis. So I'm going to see a lot of familiar faces out there. And it's going to be exciting."
On the significance of this game: "Everybody is a pro. Everybody gets paid well. If they take some of their front-line guys out the guys that back-up are professionals also. So they are capable of playing and having a good ball-game. I'm quite sure the Coach Holmgren will rest some of his guys. They're in the playoffs, they have nothing to gain. We need a win bad, so we're not going to snub our nose if he does that. But I think he'll rest some of his guys."
On this season: "I can't (put it into words). As a player and a coach for forty some years I have never seen anything like this. With the injuries, what happened before training camp, what happened with our head coach. It's been a tumultuous year for us. But the guys are hanging in there, they're competing, they're playing. The spirits were kind of high in practice today again, even though we lost a tough one on Sunday. But I think we'll come out on Sunday and play hard."
On what's on the line for the Falcons in this game: "Like I told the guys, they're putting out resumes. They're going to bring a new coaching staff in here, they're going to grade the film hard. That film's going to go all over the league. So if some of them have let loose, then the other general managers and head coaches are going to be looking at that tape. So they're writing a resume. Like I told them, 'all of us won't be back here in Falcons uniforms next year.' A lot of them are going to be seeking jobs in other places, so they better lay a good product out there because people are watching. I think that's the motivation. We need to win a football game, we're paid to win, and we like to compete. So I think that's the motivation right there. We're writing a resume as coaches and players, to see how well we can prepare now. How well we can get them to go out there and play, and how well they execute."