QB CHARLIE FRYE
(On the game today…) I would have liked to have get in a rhythm a little bit earlier than what I thought I did. The game plan was to come out and run the ball, get Julius going, get T.J. going, get Mo going. I thought we did that, and then we had that long run called back. Those guys were making holes up front, and the touchdown pass, we ran that key pass earlier, and they really sucked in. Then, we ran it again on the 5 yard line, and he came in my face, and I just lofted it up and John got it in the end zone. The second touchdown pass, it was kind of an all up blitz, and I kept drifting backwards, and hit Keary in the end zone. Those were two positives, but it doesn't outweigh the loss.
(On the penalty on the 51 yard run….) That is a momentum breaker, but I was just trying to get everybody back in the huddle, because they had run down the field 60 yards, and that play clock starts when the ball is spotted, and we have 25 seconds to get the ball off. I was just trying to get everybody back in the huddle and be positive. It was a momentum breaker, but I really didn't get to see it.
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(On when he learned he would start. today…) I pretty much in my head prepared that way all week. Taking all the reps. In my head I told myself that I was going to play. It didn't take me by surprise.
(On the offense struggling…) We have struggled a little bit on third down. It seems that if we can get the first third down, then it seems like we can sustain a drive down the field. That is something that we will be working on.
(On whether the team can rally…) I love playing this game. Obviously, you want to go out there and win, but you can't win them all. This team, there are a lot of guys that have great character. The Bobby Engrams and the Walter Jones and the Matt Hasselbecks, they will rally the troops. We will get the troops rallied and we will be ready to go for next week.
(On the touchdown passes…) I have never really struggled in confidence. I'm pretty confident in my abilities, but that is only part of it. You still have to go out there an execute. That's the thing I told myself when I came in the game, to be disciplined and go through the reads, because when you don't get to run the offense on a regular basis, you sort of lose sight of that stuff. I really wanted to be disciplined in my reads, and go through my progressions.
(On his play today…) I did an okay job. I can obviously do a better job. The more you get to do it, the faster you can do it. That's the thing in this offense. Everything is a progression, so the faster you can get through it, and more opportunity you have to go to different guys.
(On the feeling in the locker room…) This is a group of high characters guys who are going to take responsibility. You don't hear guys making excuses, you don't hear that stuff. That is what is so encouraging. That's why we can believe that we can turn this thing around, with the type of leadership on this team. You don't see that everywhere. We didn't have that when I was in Cleveland. We had a bunch of young guys, but on this team there are a lot of veterans that will really pull this team together and get it going the right way.
(On his own performance today…) I thought it was average. I did some good things, but I did some bad things. They kind of equaled themselves out as an average grade. I can play a lot better, I know that.
(On third down conversions…) Most of those, we went 3 and out. If the first time we were in a third down situation, if we got that third down, it seemed like it gave us confidence. Those were probably our scoring drives. It seems like that has been the hump, getting that first third down and getting some confidence and getting rolling.
(On the early success with the running game…) I think our offensive line made some big holes. Julius, he's a great runner, he's going to run hard. T.J. came in on short yardage, and he got us a big fourth and one. Mo came in and he ran well. I thought our running game was going early. It just didn't seem like we had very many opportunities in the first half. It felt like we were on the sidelines a lot. It's hard to get in a rhythm when you are on the sidelines. You can credit their offense for having those long drives.