€œClearly it feels a lot better this week than it has the last couple. I thought the guys responded very well this week. As I told you, they practiced well. I think they played very hard today and this game, unlike the last couple, we were able to come up with the big plays: [Josh Wilsonâ€™s] interception, of course, [Leonard] Weaverâ€™s two big plays and that was really the difference. We need to have those next week and today we got it. I think our defense played a much better game against them down here than we did in Seattle. I thought we rallied pretty good. I thought we did a decent job on [Isaac] Bruce, he really had a great game against us up there. [Frank] Gore is always a tough one, so you do the best you can with him, but itâ€™s a great win. Iâ€™m very happy for the players. As hard as they work, they deserve a little ice cream so it was good.â€
RE: How deserving is Leonard to have two touchdowns, as hard as he works?
â€œItâ€™s good. He does the dirty work. Heâ€™s blocking most of the time, so when those guys that are unselfish get a chance to touch the ball and have some fun, I feel that much better. Clearly today he had a big game.â€
RE: Why did the plays in which Leonard scored two touchdowns work as well as they did?
â€œI think the first one they blitzed us and Seneca [Wallace] did a nice job of getting us a little extra time. You have to give him credit on the play. And then Weaver, when he got his hands on the ball, he had a nice run.â€
RE: So thatâ€™s what opened up the middle of the field?
â€œSeneca set up both plays, because both plays were not thrown exactly on time. The quarterback moved just a little bit, created something and we got the play.â€
RE: Did Leonard show a little more niftiness than you expected?
â€œRemember when he was a rookie and first with us? He surprised us a little bit with how he carried the ball; heâ€™s a former tight end. We had him running a lot at halfback. When he does get a chance, it doesnâ€™t surprise me really. I think the conversion heâ€™s made to fullback hasnâ€™t been quite as much fun because he blocks a lot more. So it doesnâ€™t really surprise me. He made two really nice plays.â€
RE: Can you comment on Senecaâ€™s game?
â€œI thought he was much improved over last week. I think he was feeling better, his leg was better. I think he settled down. As the game progressed, I think he got better. Early on he made some nice plays, but I think for a little while we missed on a couple of things that should have happened. And he knew that, and he came over and said, â€˜Stay with me now.â€™ Very mature way of handling it. And so I tried to be as mature as my player. So I thought we worked well. I thought I helped him a little bit and today he certainly helped his team.â€
RE: What did the big plays by the defense do for the defense?
â€œWell, I certainly think that thatâ€™s how our defense has really played in the last couple of years. Weâ€™ve taken the ball away a number of times. Theyâ€™ve created a lot of things for our offense. It was necessary and good for us and we played well when that happened. Today was more like that. Those types of things, I find, come in bunches â€" turnovers and takeaways and things like that. Iâ€™m hopeful that they can use this game as a springboard and continue to play very opportunistically like they did today.â€