(On the success of the rushing game…) It's great. Going into this game, we knew that it was tough to run on these guys. They're ranked very, very high against the run. We knew that our opportunities to run against them would probably be when they tried to blitz us. That is when you really have the opportunity to gash them. They are a little bit of an overload blitz team. They're moving around, they're very active. I thought the coaches did a nice job of giving me the leeway to quick count them a bunch, so it makes them tougher to disguise when you change your tempo. We went No Huddle to start it, and that was a pretty good thing for us running the ball. I thought it was a decent thing. Like we did a couple of years ago, on Third and 7, they're overloading blitz, we ran right up them, right up the gut to Leonard Weaver and got about 7 or 8 yards. Those are opportunities that we had, and we had big plays that way and it helped. When you play these guys, they're never lined up where you expect them to line up. They just walk around. They are confident in their coverages and their scheme. They have some really good players who know where they need to fit. There were times today where they were calling out our play, and we would still gash them. That's just guys up front saying, hey I know who my guy is and I'm just going to go hard. I know the quarterback is not going to change the play, or if I had changed the play, then they knew where it was coming. OK, who cares. We're just going to go hard, we're going to play hard, and our running backs ran hard, they ran downhill, and that's good. But it is tough to play against these guys defensively. They are well coached, they have a good defensive coordinator. When you think about the great defenses around the league, I mean Baltimore is always, always up there.
(On whether the offense is where he wants it to be…) It is constantly changing, but I think we feel really good as a group. We feel good about each other. Certain guys are playing at a real high level right now. We just have to keep momentum. Obviously, we did not play well last week. It is just kind of a good bounce back game for us, to play a team in a very similar situation, they don't have a good record, but they have a good defense, and they're starting a rookie quarterback. I thought the other kid, who played pretty well under the conditions. I thought he threw the ball great, and still our defense was able to put the pressure on, create turnovers, score some points. There is always stuff you can fix, but in general I think the feeling in the locker room, the stuff that is not X's and O's, I think everyone feels really good about.
(On Bobby Engram's success this year…) Last year I'm sure plays into it somehow. He unfortunately missed a lot of time because of his illness, and so for that reason he has come back, he eats better, he takes care of his body more, he has had to work harder, probably. He is playing well, he is playing quick, he is playing fast. I know he's older but he doesn't look it. I think our relationship is really good. I think the trust factor is really high. He has had more opportunities, with Deion getting hurt early for a stretch, Hack has been hurt a bunch this year. He has had more opportunities, and he has taken advantage of it.
(On the season so far…) It's been a pretty good year, but it's not over. What will determine the success of this year is what we do from this moment forward. We really haven't done much. Bobby's record is pretty cool, but I haven't done anything. What I want to accomplish is in the next 6 weeks, or whatever it is. Numbers and stuff like that, it's fine for a day, but we all know those numbers will be broken by somebody else eventually. I think it is a good start in terms of the chemistry of our team, we're really feeling like players and coaches are getting to a point where the trust factor is high. It's a good thing.
(On seeing so many inexperienced quarterbacks playing in the NFL…) I think that is the trend around the league right now. Very few starting quarterbacks have lasted this year, have played every game, especially in our division. To me, that is the number one reason the record in our division is what it is, the starters have got hurt. Sometimes it helps a team, you get a spark. Kurt Warner stepped in in Arizona and played really well. I think it is different in every situation, but it is an opportunity for a young guy to get some snaps and play, and defensively if you haven't seen him on film, I think that is a little bit of an advantage. Last week I think we saw that in Carolina. That kid came in and nobody knew anything about him, and he played pretty good. My job is to stay healthy, and so that is what I am trying to do.
(On having Shaun Alexander getting it going today…) I think it is a good thing. Mike just kept saying to me, whenever he would call a run play, he would say positive yards, positive yards. If we're getting four yards or even three yards on our runs, he is going to stick with it, he is going to go with it. But if we are losing two, he's not going to stay with it. You can tell, you feel it. I think it is important for us to do our assignments and just try to grind at them a little bit. I thought we did a good job of that today. I don't get to see what happens at the end of the run, I am carrying out my fake, but as I am handing it off, I felt like all of our running backs today were running downhill, playing hard, going fast, and that's good. That is what we're supposed to do.
(On his preference for the amount of playing time next week…) I don't know. Coach Holmgren addressed that a little bit. He said that he hadn't thought about how he was going to do it yet, and he would let us know. Either way, it is no fun to watch. I sat around and watched for 3 years, and it's boring. So, I would like to play. That's his call. He has to make those decisions, and I just do what I am told.
(On when Coach Holmgren tells him he's coming out of the game…) Jim Zorn calls down and just lets me know, no warning. No yellow light. It goes green/red. It's OK. There has been times this year when I thought that might happen, but they just left me in there. This is a situation in which Seneca was able to get in the game, and a chance for him to get some playing time, so it's good for him.
(On the Ravens missing Ray Lewis today…) It's actually somewhat helpful to find him on film, because he is a certain player. The stuff revolves around him. He is making the calls, and you can read him a little bit. He's a great player, and he adds a lot of intensity and emotion to their defense. With him and Bart Scott, they like to blitz Scott, they don't like to blitz Ray as much. Ray is a playmaker, though. He's kind of the face of their defense, so when he is out of there, you have to recognize things a little differently.
(On starting the game with the No Huddle offense…) We have to handle the critical situations, the third down situations, a little bit better here, and sustain the drives. I felt like we got a little bit tired, too. We can't have that. I thought it was a good thing, a good changeup. The tempo felt good. It felt like we were dictating the speed of the game, instead of the other way around. Hopefully we can continue to do that.
(On how the offense can continue to improve…) What I can do, I had two turnovers today, I can not turn the ball over. That would make a huge difference. One, I still have to see what happened, I think I know what happened. The other one was just a poor decision on my part. I got a little bit too greedy, I didn't want three points, and I made a poor decision on that. Two turnovers is big, luckily our defense bailed me out and scored a touchdown a few plays later. I think just turning the ball over less would be a key thing.