(Opening…) Well, it's tough right now. My message to the team when I called them together is one that they have heard before from me, but it is very important that they hear me now. It is a test of sorts, you know we are not used to this. We are certainly not used to losing games at home, and we are not used to being in the position we're in. It's been a long time, but here we are; so how do we deal with it, as players and coaches. It is very, very important that they answer that question. It's easy to slap people on the back and coach and play when things are going well, and then it becomes a little more difficult when it is not going so well. That is a challenge for us right now, because it is hard right now. We are not playing very good football. And we still have a lot of games left to play. So, we have to start dealing with that sort of question in our locker room and in our building.
(On playing with the third string quarterback…) It's a challenge. When you get into that situation, it's always a challenge. If you're in that situation in this league, you can't make other mistakes. And not just offensively, I'm talking about on special teams and on defense. You have to play a real crisp, solid football game in all areas to be successful, because all of the teams are pretty good. We had too many penalties, I thought, today. A little bit sloppy that way. And we couldn't get off the field on third down enough. That was one thing that I would have liked to have seen a little bit better. It happens. We're in that situation, there is no denying it. That's the situation we're in, so we have to do the things and make the most of it.
(On Charlie Frye…) He played OK. I think he did OK.
(On the status of Matt Hasselbeck…) I might have a better answer for you tomorrow at the press conference. There is so more tests that he needs to take, apparently. It's hard to put your finger on it. I think Seneca will improve day to day. So, I would suspect he would be available to play next week. I can't give you an answer on that.
(On whether Hasselbeck could have played…) The doctors said he could not play today.
(On the injury to Hasselbeck…) He had a hyper extension, that is my understanding, that's what I was told, I believe late last week.
(On the penalty nullifying the 51 yard gain…) That is what I was referring to when you are in the situation we're in, and you pop a nice play, and you get a penalty, that is one of those things that there is a noticeable sag. We finally got one, and we needed it, and it was important, and then we got it called back. Right now, it is hard for us to overcome those types of things. It would have been a big play for us, certainly.
(On the feeling at halftime…) I was okay at halftime, it was that type of game. If we could bring a game like this down to a field goal to win either way, then at least you played a competitive football game, and you're in it right to the end, and if you get a little break now and then you can kick it and win. Now we have 30 minutes to play, instead of 60, and we hung in there. The second half, it was big plays. They got the long pass play. And, we had the run called back. Right now, we're just not strong enough to overcome that kind of deficit, really. Maybe down the road we will be, but right now we're not.
(On whether the inability to convert third downs is a mindset issue…) It's not a mindset, it's a very real thing. Everyone is thinking properly, but you have to have some bullets in the gun. Right now, we have a couple of bullets, but not enough. So, we are not converting like we should. And, the field position thing hurt us at times in the game, and that is really what decided the game. Our inability to convert third downs and our opponents' ability to convert third downs, that is a big part of any game, and it was a part of today's game.
(On running the ball more…) We started out trying, and we could have kept doing that. Then, we had a couple of chances, but when you do that, unless you are getting big chunks of yardage running the ball, you wind up still having to convert on third down. It would have been nice to get the long run; we didn't. We weren't able to sustain it enough. Then, you get behind a little bit, and then I feel we have to throw a little bit more, and that is a bad situation for us to be in.
(On the mood of the team…) Emotionally, the guys are pretty good that way, but they are not dumb. We don't have the ability right now like we have had in the past to overcome those things and score a lot of points, so the game has to fall a certain way right now. I hope that down the road, it will be different. They are trying hard, it's just that we have to execute, and you have to convert some of those things, you have to convert third downs, you have to get off the field, you have to cover the kick. You can't have the penalty on the kick and have poor field position. All those things. When you start to press a little bit, I think those things become multiplied.
(On whether this is tougher on the players than the coaches…) It's no tougher, you get the same sort of feeling. I'm not saying it is desperation; but the frustration level rises to the surface a little quicker. We're not used to this, we're used to moving the football, we're used to scoring points. We are used to putting yards on the board, statistically. When you can't, for whatever reason, there is a certain frustration level for the coach. I think the players don't look at it quite the same way. The players are just trying to execute the game plan. They don't think like that. They think like this [makes smaller hand gesture] If they did OK, and played OK, with this group they feel bad that we lost the game, but then there is a side that says, if I can walk off the field and say that they say I did my job as well as I could do it, I've always told them, that's good. If they can't say that, then they have to look at it. But, it's different for players and coaches. It's not the same.
(On any other injuries…) Heller, on the onside kick, tweaked his knee a little bit. Kerney had a little bit of a stinger. Grant hurt his knee early in the football game, but came back in and played. I think those are the significant injuries.
(On Seneca Wallace's availability…) He was an option if Charlie got hurt. I would send him in with a very limited number of things he could do. He really couldn't play the whole game, and the position the way he normally could do. Half a dozen plays.
(On Lofa Tatupu… ) I am not willing to speculate right now if we knew the exact play. They have to play the defense. Film study and that gives him an edge, and he has as good as an edge as anybody, because he studies the game that way. They didn't complete the ball. Maybe we weren't in the correct defense, but maybe someone was a little out of position, and maybe they just did a nice job. When you look at the film, that is what you have to determine. I don't know until I see the film.
(On Koren Robinson…) He made a really nice catch early in the game. Our passing game right now is very average. We can't free up the way I would like to throw it. Players like Koren and Bobby, they will suffer just a little bit. But, Charlie also needs the time to throw the ball. Right now, we are just trying to find our way, and it's hard.