Your secondary was probably the biggest improvement last year. What has happened where they have given up the big plays?
"I think we have given up some because of size problems. We have a couple guys in the secondary who are try-hard guys and they are talented, but we have been victimized by that a little bit. Our pass rush hasn't been what it has been in the past, so in an effort to get to the quarterback we have gambled more than we have in the past. The irony of that is that we sometimes have been criticized for not blitzing enough. My feeling is this year we have been hurt more than helped by doing that because we have been in a lot of one-on-one situations and they have converted against us. I am surprised because I felt that would be a strength of our team this year and we struggled a little bit."
Some of the players will point out that they're in the top 10 in the league in sacks.
"In those situations where we have emptied the post as an example and put those young, our corners on an island, we've been burned. There are two or three plays that come to mind where we had the all-out blitz and we didn't get home. We didn't win our one-on-one battles. We saw one last week where the defensive end had a sack on Warner, and he jumped out. Warner did a whoop. Same thing with Pennington the week before. Had a sack, jumped. It's the little things, it's the detail, and those plays hurt us. Statistics by themselves, numbers by themselves, don't tell the story. Lack of numbers do sometimes, but to be in the top third in sacks, that's great. That's great. Maybe we should be number one in sacks if you study the film and then maybe those 10 or 12 sacks that we should've had that would've put us there, maybe they've cost us four games. Believe me, that's why the stats, the numbers, I don't, I used to, I don't do it so much anymore. Because you can play with those and kind of make a case for most things."