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No. 3 TE Cooper Helfet goes airborne, then WWE, on two biggest plays of Seahawks' win over Arizona

Rare spotlight time for Cooper Helfet. But he made two plays today worthy of notoriety -- two of the biggest plays in the Seahawks' must-have, 19-3 win over Arizona.

It was easy to see how Helfet changed the game with his 20-yard catch and run and dive for a touchdown late in the third quarter, his second career score and Seattle's only TD that essentially finished the Cardinals.

But how about that tackle he made of Arizona's Rob Hausler in the Cardinals' backfield, after Housler picked up the punt Seattle's DeShawn Shead blocked when it was 9-3 early in the third quarter? The former lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins slammed Hausler with a WWE-style shoulder throw at the Seahawks' sideline. Coach Pete Carroll was so fired up he got in a fighters' stance and pumped both fists excitedly a few yards upfield. When Helfet got to the sidelines, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman were waiting with big congratulations. The play set up Steven Hauschka's fourth field goal for a 12-3 lead.

The tight end joked he hoped his play would get him honorary membership into the "Legion of Boom."

Here are the rest of the quotes from after today's game:

HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL

(Opening…)   “I really liked this game today.  A really good effort by our guys across the board.  Real tough and physical, and the defense played the way we love to see them play; just so tough to move the football.  They really chased the quarterback all day long, and had nice pressure.  It was just a really good-feeling day.  These guys could really feel one another.  They played off of one another and I thought it was a really clear exhibition of just good Seahawks ball today.  It was hard, they are a very difficult defense to play against and our guys really had to keep fighting and clawing and scratching to get stuff.  They are very, very aggressive and very good at it.  It took us a while to kind of find our ways.  We were able to get enough and playing off the way the defense played, it became a terrific game.  I thought Russell played really well today.  He was under a big rush, and he was able to get out and make some yards on the ground, and be resourceful.  He was very efficient in the throwing game, made a lot of terrific throws.  I just thought he played a really good football game all around.  Any way you look at it, it’s a big opportunity for us in the division, and a really nice performance and I loved the way the guys rallied to play together.“

(On whether he was concerned about the missed opportunities in the first half…)  “We spent so much time in the red zone and on their side of the field and to only come out with 9 points, it really could have been a totally different game.  They’re really good and they’re really tough and we weren’t able to knock it home, so of course we want to do better.  But that was all we could get.  We need to do better there, obviously.”

(On what he saw from the Seattle defense today… )  “It was the best feeling we’ve had all year.  The best sense for one another and the focus and the intensity, and just the feeling was really on today.  It was obvious.   I thought Kam and Richard and Mike Bennett, some of the guys, really just kind of touched other guys during the week and made sure that everybody was going to go, and it just felt like this was the first really big time together game that we’ve played.  We’ve had some good games and stuff, but this was the best one.  It comes at a good time.  We have to turn this thing around in a hurry, and hopefully we can put together another quick week and continue to move in that same direction.”

(On whether something changed on defense this week…)    “We learned something this week about really playing for each other and believing in everybody else and knowing that your guys are going to make the plays for them and we really turned our focus to the other guys and trusted one another, and that’s what he’s talking about.  I think it was a really strong mentality for us in this game and I’m hoping that this helped us reconnect with something that we were looking for.  I feel really good about it. ”

(On why Marshawn Lynch sat out for some plays…)   “He got sick to his stomach.  He was about ready to throw up over on the sidelines, so he had to wait it out.  ”

(On whether Lynch got some Skittles…)  “I don’t know that, and I don’t know the magnitude of the “erp”, either.  [laughter]

(On Jermaine Kearse’s health… )  “He’s fine.  I think the only injury to Coop, he turned his ankle on that last play down there.”

(On the play of Russell Wilson…)  “I thought he made a bunch of great plays today.  Now, he got sacked a bunch, and they got him, but he made some things happen.    He showed that magic he has to get out and create.  He created with his legs.  The great throw he hit Marshawn on, getting out of trouble, you know, he was nailed in the backfield.  I thought he played a really good football game under extreme duress, and showed great poise, and kept coming back.  Then, when the protection was there, he stood strong in the pocket and made his throws.   I just thought it was a really good game for him.”

(On how big of a factor was field position …)  “It seemed like we were in pretty good shape.  We had them backed up a lot.  Jon did a good job punting, and the kickoff coverage was really good today.  We were moving the ball enough that we were punting deep into their own territory.  We were really good at that, Jon is great at doing it, we cover it really well, and that’s always a big factor when we have those chances.  We came through with that today.”

(On whether there was also an issue with Lynch’s back…)  “It’s always an issue.  He always that tightness he has to get through, but he was sick.  He might say different, but that’s what I was told.  You’ll have a chance, because he got interviewed at great length.“  [laughter]

(On whether there has been any wavering with Russell Wilson…)  “No.  You’ve asked me, and you want to know what I’m thinking.  I think he is taking it one step at a time and battling through it.  Today, in maybe the most difficult game he’ll play in, as far as rushing and being under the pressure, he probably played as well as he’s played all year.”

(On the return of Bobby Wagner….)  “I went up to Bobby in the locker room, and I said, ‘jeez, I didn’t realize what a factor you are.’  That was great to have him out there.   The players were really excited to be playing with him again.  He felt fine.  He made it through really clean.  That’s a great plus for us, obviously.  I don’t know how much it factored in, but he is one of the heartbeat guys for this club and so when he’s back out there, it means something to other people.”

(On the importance of the Kevin Williams signing ….)  “It showed up as soon as we realized that Banger (Brandon Mebane) was done for the season—without Kevin, where would we have been.  I’m sure those guys up front played really well today.  They were really strong at the point of attack, and Kevin was right there.“

(On whether there was a focus to get the ball to tight ends more…)  “No, nothing different.  It’s great to see Tony be a factor; I think he caught 4 balls today and looked really clean.  We’re really excited about him.  We think he can really help us down the stretch here.  It’s taken a couple of weeks to kind of get him involved, but no more than normal.  All the guys did well.  Now that you think about it, the tight ends had a great day, really.  I hadn’t thought of it that way.  Coop had a great touchdown play and a great play at the end.  We saw Luke made some big plays today, too, along with Tony’s catches.  That’s a big day for that room.”

(On the blocked punt…)  “It was a really, really great design in the pressure.  That’s Coach Schneider and the guys who put it together, and we had a really nice influence, you’ll notice, you’ll see it when you look at it, with Sherm.  Then, DeShawn just timed it up beautifully and just totally took advantage of swarming the ball and hit it just right.”

(On meeting Nate Hatch…)  “It was great to meet Nate.  We’ve communicated a little bit, and we’ve been connected to the whole Marysville-Pilchuck school and the kids and all that, and it was great.  He was really excited to be down there.  His mom was there and all that, so it was really fun to have him.  I’m sure he had a big day.”

QB RUSSELL WILSON

(On the game plan today…)   “We knew we had to battle.  They are a great defense, and they had a lot of great players on that side of the ball, and I thought we were relentless today.  It was a championship football type game and we were able to go 1 and 0 in our stadium and we were able to battle it out and make some big-time plays on offense and then our defense looked outstanding today.”

(On why things came together today for the Seahawks…)  “I think there is still definitely room to improve, and that’s the exciting part.  We were able to beat a great football team without doing everything at our best.  So, I think there is more that we can discover and figure out what we can do better and just keep growing, keep battling.  We have a short week this week going against the 49ers on Thanksgiving night.  You know it’s going to be a battle down to the wire, probably, just like always, and we’re looking forward to those moments.”

(On Cooper Helfet’s touchdown… )  “Cooper, man that guy’s a superstar, what he can do.  Just his hands, and being able to get into the end zone that way.  I think Moeaki was blocking for him.  I don’t know how he wrapped that ball around the pylon there, but it was a pretty spectacular play.  Those are the things that those guys are doing, making plays.  I thought Marshawn played a great game today, too, as well.  The naked, he came out of the back side somehow, someway.  Just, so many different things that we were able to do.  We kept battling.  We knew that we were going to get battle-tested today, and we knew that it was going to come down to the wire, and we kept trusting in ourselves, and trusting in what we do, and we were able to find a way. ”

(On what it means to the offense when the defense plays as well as it did today…)    “We’ve been talking.  We had kind of a team meeting not too long ago, and we were just talking about getting our swagger back, and we felt like we were right there, for the past couple of weeks we’ve had that edge again, for whatever reason.  We felt like it kind of went away for a little bit, for whatever reason, but I feel like we got it back.  So, we just got to keep going, keep trusting, keep practicing, keep competing in practice, continuing to learn, get ready for this short week and rest up and get our bodies ready to go, because we know it’s going to come down to the wire.”

(On the touchdown drive, did he feel like he had to take the offense more upon himself, specifically to run… )  “In terms of how the game was going, I try to be in the ebb and flow of the game.  I don’t try to do anything extra.  I just try to trust myself and trust my guys will continue to protect and continue to do what they do best and allow my receivers to get open downfield.  Sometimes, if it’s there I’m going to take it, but at the same time I’m not looking to run it, I’m not looking to make a crazy play or anything like that, I’m just trying to go through my reads and trust it and just let the game happen, and just trust that, and that’s what we were able to do.

(On whether the touchdown drive was a tipping point…)  “It did, that was a huge moment.  I told the guys in the huddle that this is a big drive right here, this is a momentum-getter, and we have to kind of seal the deal, and we were able to do that.”

(On how important it is for the team to have togetherness…)  “Well, we’re definitely together, and we’ve been talking about the guys that we have, and the championship type of players that we have.  There’s no doubt in our mind that we can do it.  But, it’s not going to be easy.  If it was easy, then everybody would be able to do it.  I believe we have the right guys in the room, I believe that we have the right coaching staff and the best fans in the National Football League, so like I always say, ‘why not us?’”

(On whether he thought his own play was different today…)  “I think I just trusted everything, I was poised out there for the most part.  I was able to find some ways to make plays, but, like I said earlier, there are so many things that I can do better.  There are so many things that our team can do better offensively.  I don’t think we’ve scratched the surface yet.  I expect us to score 50 every game.  I just believe that we can, because we have before.  For us, there’s a lot of things that we can do.  We’re so versatile, in terms of all the different looks that we have, and we have to just keep capitalizing, keep believing.  And at the end of the day, it comes down to winning the game.  It comes down to scoring one more point than them, it doesn’t matter what the situation is. “

(On the big pass play to Lynch…)  “I just felt the defensive end coming from the back side over there and I just tried to find a way to make something happen, get my eyes downfield.  So, I was able to get away from him, scamper outside, and sure enough, Marshawn was out there wide open.  When you get him the ball when he is wide open, it’s kind of scary for the defense.”

(On the importance of mental and emotional preparation in a short week…)  “It’s a Thursday night, Thanksgiving game, where everybody will be watching.  So, do you hype that up, do you downgrade that?  I don’t know.  I think that, naturally, it’s going to elevate the game just in general, and it’s the 49ers, so that’s one of those things that you get pumped up for.  We know that we’re going to have to go down there, it’s going to be a tough crowd, and it’s the first time that we’ll play in that stadium, so we know it’s going to be loud and electric, so we’re going to have to really get going and play great football.  Be lights out, in whatever facet of the game.”

(On what the Arizona defense did to get so much pressure on him…)  “I just think they made some plays.  I think I could have done a couple things better, in terms of the protection calls, for whatever reason.  We’ll have to look at that and study that.  I just thought they have a great defense, that’s why they have the record that they have.  They’re 9-2 for a reason, because their defense can make a lot of plays and do a lot of great things.  We knew it was going to be a tough one, but I thought the second half we were really able to slow down their rush.  I thought we did a great job of that, and we were able to capitalize on some big time plays down the field.  I think Ricardo Lockette catching that ball early on kind of gave us a momentum-getter, too, as well.”

(On the throw to Lockette…)  “I don’t think they blitzed on that play.   I think they just brought 4 or 5 guys, maybe.  It was one of those plays where we had two guys going across the field and I looked at Lockette and looked back and then I kind of fell off of Lockette, and it almost felt like a ‘no-look’ throw at one point.  So, he was able to come open and make a great play.  Then, you think about Cooper Helfet catching that ball and scampering and getting around people, and getting that ball in the end zone. Those are the type of plays that we know we can make, and we know we can make on a regular basis.”

(On whether it was designed to get more balls to the tight ends…)  “No, I just try to throw the ball to the open guy.  At the time, they kept dropping back, and the guys underneath were open.  We were able to take some shots downfield, too, later on.  I think just continuing to go through the progressions, and just trust the progressions.  I thought the guys did a great job.  I thought the receivers looked really good today.  It was unfortunate on that one touchdown run, I thought the receivers did a great job on the blocks.  I thought we did so many great things.  We just have to keep getting better.”

(On whether there was any extra incentive, because Arizona won in Seattle last year…)  “We can’t look back to last year.  Last year doesn’t mean anything.  Last year has come and gone.  For us, it’s about the moment we have right now.  We knew that we were playing a great team in Arizona, we knew that we have a great team, too, and we trust in that.  We trust in the guys that we have, and we trust in the process.  I thought that we had an unbelievable week of practice this week, both offensively and defensively and special teams.  Just to step up, and make the plays, and we were able to do that.  Like I always say, championship mindset.  We believe ‘why not us?  Why can’t we do it?’

(On how much they pay attention to the standings…)  “We don’t pay attention to that.  We have a game Thursday night.  So, we have to try to watch the film tonight and the next few days and get ready for that one, first.”

“Thank you guys.  Go Hawks”

CB RICHARD SHERMAN

(On the team playing more man this game) “Obviously we played whatever is called but we play a lot of man period so I think whatever else you hear is people that don’t know football.”

(On can the defense be as dominate as last year) “I don’t think we’ve ever not been—this is one of the first times that we’ve been healthy all season.”

(On having Bobby Wagner back) “We had continuity—we had all of our starters back except Bane [Brandon Mebane].”

FS EARL THOMAS

(On this game being the best defensive performance of the season) “Yes it is—I think we had fun. It was just strictly fun. Just looking in each other’s eyes—I told the guys, ‘every time somebody gets a sack, I’m jumping on your back.’ I love it—the front played great, we stopped the run, we made them one dimensional, and that’s the key to our success every time we play—just have fun. If we mess up, our brother is always going to be there to clean it up for us.”

(On how important was it to get the starters back) “It was very important for us. Bobby [Wagner], the general, he led us. I’m so happy to see he and K.J [Wright] play so well—they were patient, Kam [Chancellor] played an excellent game, and we’re getting back to who we are, but we have to bring that same intensity on the road. The 12th man was awesome—Coach Carroll told me before the game, ‘Just have fun.’ He actually said that he was going to ‘play for me,’ I didn’t quite understand that because he doesn’t play, he coaches, but that gave me so much confidence and the thing that stuck out to me was for me to just get absorbed in it—the crowd just made me feel like I was on another planet. It was fun out there.”

(On tonight’s win) “It’s a special win because we did it together—this may be the first time that we played for pure reasons with no motives attached and that’s what you love about this team, we can put our egos to the side, we can admit when we’re wrong, but we got to stay true—we have different personalities, but the thing I love about this week—it was up and down, we had tough battles with each other, but it turned into something beautiful—hugs, emotions, meetings, and I love all of that because it’s a part of the game.”

CB DESHAWN SHEAD

(On the win…) “Definitely a great win. [It was] a hard fought win… We were definitely out there fighting. It was a great game for us.”

(On the blocked punt…) “What happened was they didn’t have a guy out there. It wasn’t a called blitz or anything. I just saw an opportunity to block the punt. If they don’t have anyone out there, they have to pay for that.”

(On improving from last week…) “We went in and had a lot of discussion of what we are really here for and what we are really playing for, and that’s for each other. We don’t want to get people to start thinking (individually), we play as a team and we play for each other and I think that really showed today.”

WR RICARDO LOCKETTE

(On the win…) “We are just moving forward. It’s all about San Fran.”

(On the quick turnaround…) “It’s part of being a professional. It’s about being able to perform under any circumstances at any time, and that’s what we are going to do on Thursday.”

(On relying primarily on field goals…) “No matter how we get the win, a W is always better than a L. We are just excited to come out with a win.”

 

CB BYRON MAXWELL

(On the win…) “It was a great team win, we obviously needed it. It was a great team win.”

(On the interception…) “I turned around and he threw the ball. I was in the vicinity and was able to get it.”

(On Bobby Wagner’s return to action…) “He made some key stops. He was really hitting. I could feel his presence out there today, I really did.”

TE COOPER HELFET

(On the blocked punt…) “I just saw the block and I could barely see it. Honestly, I was on the ground. It was kind of like a d-line drill and it rolled, and saw him pick up the ball and I had no idea what I was doing when I made the tackle… A little WWF in there.”

(On the injury late in the game…) “I am alright. A little banged up, but it’s a football game. I’ll be alright.”

(On responding to the blocked punt on a non-blitz play…) “You kind of see little flashes, but you really hear it. You can hear a blocked punt pretty crisply. As soon as I heard that, I knew it was something—I was getting hit in the leg so I hit the ground, I was up, saw the ball rolling, the picked it up pretty cleanly, and I tried to make a shot.”

DE CLIFF AVRIL

(On the importance of stopping the run and forcing them to go one-dimensional) “Exactly and that’s the goal each and every week. If you can stop the run and make them one-dimensional, get pressure on the quarterback as much as possible, the game will go the way you want it to go and we were fortunate enough to do that this week.”

(On if this win was a little bit bigger because the cardinals have the best record in the NFL and in the NFC West) “Not necessarily. I think it was a good divisional win, no question about it, but the crazy thing is you can’t even think about it too long. We’ve got another game coming up right around the corner. So it was good to get a win and get to where we want to go but there’s a lot of football to be played.”

(On what it was that lead to them dominating today) “Did we dominate today? We were just having fun. I think we were just having fun. We got to just playing and having fun and relying on each other and stressing each other and we made all the plays we were supposed to make.”

WR DOUG BALDWIN

(On conversations he had with Earl Thomas on ego holding them back earlier in the season) “You know I don’t know. It was more just feeling each other. There was something that was missing and there was a subtle difference. Today I feel we kind of found what we talked about through the week. Like I said just trusting each other, respecting each other, and going out there and playing for each other. I definitely felt it today.”

(On if those conversations were hard) “Not really. It’s hard to get to that point, but once you open the door up then it’s easier to talk about. The feeling is mutual throughout the locker room. There was something missing. There was a feeling that was missing and we’re getting that feeling back. Playing for each other, trusting each other, and loving our brothers.”

(On mentioning Earl earlier, or how did that come about this week) “You’d have to ask Pete [Carroll] that. I don’t want to brag too much.”

(On feeling that it needed to be addressed this week) “We’ve all been kind of feeling it for a while. I talked to Kam [Chancellor] about it. I talk to Sherm [Richard Sherman], Earl [Earl Thomas], Marshawn [Lynch], Russell [Wilson] obviously. We all talked about it but there was a feeling that was missing so we brought it upon ourselves and Pete [Carroll] as well and to talk about it and figure it out.”

DE MICHAEL BENNETT

(On how that performance for the defense felt and how it looked like they were clicking on all cylinders) “I mean we got some good players back, just to have those guys come back and everybody back in their position, like I said, just to get everybody back at this time frame and it was a pivotal point of the season right now to get Bobby [Wagner] back, Max [Byron Maxwell] to come back playing good and Kam [Chancellor] just came back. It makes it really good.”

(On if it felt like the L.O.B. last year especially with the way they were closing on the short passes) “I think the L.O.B. played good all year. I mean, of course, nobody throws the ball at [Richard] Sherman like they do but whenever they do, he shuts them down. I can only think of two receivers that have 100 yards total on us. I think the L.O.B. has been playing one of their best seasons. Statistically it may not seem that way but in the game, it seems like they’re winning a lot.”

(On how important this win against the division leaders was) “I think it’s great for a divisional game and to come back, like I said we have our season ahead of us – to win this game and come back and get another chance to play against the 49ers – it makes it really good.”

(On how it seemed like they were fired up today and played with extra energy) “I don’t think we played with extra energy. It’s just the way it seemed. We came out and played one of our best games this season like we had to and we have to continue that momentum as we go on.”

DT JORDAN HILL

(On the overall fight of his defensive brothers) “We just played how we want to. We played for each other and that’s what we were stressing all week – play for each other and just going out there and doing what we can do.”

(On how it feels getting a sack) “Oh it feels great. Got that monkey off my back – they came in bunches today and we just have to keep going. It was fun today. That’s what we have to do with these next five games.”

(On moving on shortly after the game) “You’ve got to. Now we’re playing on Thursday night so we move forward today.”

LB BOBBY WAGNER

(On his focus in coverage today) “Yeah I remember last year I did that. I ran up to the quarterback and they kind of threw it over my head so immediately when I see them rolling out, I look for who was closest and I see the tight end or somebody running across me and I try to cover.”

(On initially going after the quarterback and then staying with your guy) “Yeah you always want to get the quarterback whenever you get the chance. I was going to but then I decided to help the defense out.”

(On tweeting ‘ready’ earlier today and how exiting it was getting back out today) “It was very exciting. It’s been a long five weeks for me. Especially just sitting there, being in a cast for two weeks and all that stuff. So, it felt great to finally get back out there.”

(On feeling today was like old times) “Yeah I think we’re all getting healthy at the right time. Playing good ball at the right time and it’s going to be important down this stretch with all the division games on the back end so we’ve got to keep it up.”

HEAD COACH BRUCE ARIANS

(Thoughts on why Arizona lost…) “It’s very simple. If you don’t block, catch, tackle, kick, we didn’t do any of the four. The kickers were rookies. We had ten men on the punt that got blocked. That turned the whole game around. It was strictly a guy who didn’t go out there. We as coaches didn’t see and find it in time. That was huge because our defense had set the momentum for the second half.

Offensively we could not convert third downs, that was huge. We had the one nice drive, dropped the touchdown pass and got three. That was huge, there was a big swing between nine to three and nine to seven, obviously at halftime. The blocked kick I thought was the turning point in the game. As far as the way we came out of the locker room and set the tempo defensively, we were unable to make plays offensively all day today.”

(Is Drew (Stanton) okay…) “Yeah, he’s fine.”

(Did Seattle do anything that was confusing…) “No, just throwing and catching and blocking. With the crowd noise our tackles struggled. Bobby (Massie) struggled early. We had guys open, we couldn’t set our feet and throw the football. Then we got into a good rhythm in the two minute drill and all that settled down. We dropped too many passes. We ran the ball efficiently. We know we would come in and do that, so that was fine. When you get into a two score game in the fourth quarter, then running the ball is pretty much out the window.”

(Are you worried about your team not being able to block out this loss…) “No, because we identified what we did wrong already. We’ll come in tomorrow and watch the film and make the corrections and get ready for Atlanta.”

(Did you make any adjustments with Larry (Fitzgerald) not playing…) “None. All Jarod has to do is catch the ball. You don’t jump up for a ball that is at your waist. He got too excited.”

(Did the crowd noise affect Drew…) “No, it affected guys blocking for him and it always does. The communication, you see it every week for our defense at home. People don’t account enough for the noise at home.”

(You said earlier in the week that blocking and tackling were going to be the key…) “That was going to be the thing. We did not tackle well early. We obviously didn’t tackle Russell Wilson well, late. We lost on a lot of broken plays. We had the regular play defended extremely well, we just missed tackles.”

(What were you thinking at halftime…) “Where we’re at every week, within a score, up a score or down a score. We were right where we wanted to be. The defense was going to come out and set the tempo and they did. They (Seattle) didn’t do anything with the midfield position and they ended up getting a field goal blocked on top of it. Drew made a poor decision on a running play to keep it. That put us back behind the chains. We still should have been able to punt the ball, keep them pinned in and the defense turn it over so that we can get that score. The blocked punt was the turning point.”

(How big was the field position in the game…) “We started out bringing one out of the end zone and we started at the ten, that was the first half. We were down there the whole first half. The second half we had it down there, right where we wanted it. We messed it up ourselves, everything was self-inflicted. Let’s give them credit, they’re a good football team but we self-inflicted a lot of things.”

(Thoughts on Seattle having good first half field position to start drives but only got field goals…) “That’s a great job by our defense.”

(Who should have been out there on the punt…) “Stepfan Taylor. He wasn’t out there.”

(Thoughts on your team getting a rush without having to blitz…) “This (Seattle) is a different type of offense to get sacks on. You have a quarterback who runs a lot of boot legs, more so instead of dropping him straight back. We had our chances to get four or five more negative plays but we could not tackle him.”

(Why couldn’t Larry (Fitzgerald) play today…) “He couldn’t run.”

QB DREW STANTON

(On the struggles of the offense…) “We had our chances we just didn’t make the most of them. That starts with me making sure we are doing everything correctly, everyone has the right assignment and then just going out there and making plays. They were there to be had, we had some shots early on and throughout the course of the game we just didn’t make them unfortunately.”

(On his injured ankle…) “I was scrambling and got rolled up on. Just got caught up in the pile, it wasn’t anything major. It’s not anything severe.”

(On what the emotion was after the dropped touchdown…) “That’s part of the game unfortunately. A physical error, we just have to limit those. Everybody took turns today, it wasn’t one group or anything like that. Offensively we didn’t play well enough to win. Anytime you score three points and come in here and only put up that number you aren’t going to be successful. We just have to find a way to correct it and we are aware of that and will do it to the best of our ability. We will go back to work tomorrow and get ready for next week.”

(On the errors being out of the norm for this team…) “Well like I said I think we left plays out there. We made some but we didn’t make enough and we put our defense into some tough situations. There is some stuff that falls on my shoulders and we need to correct it. We just have to swallow this one, it’s difficult but we knew it was going to be difficult. This was no surprise to us, we came up here and we just didn’t play as well as we would have liked. You flush it down the system, you move on, you learn from it and hopefully don’t repeat it.”

(On if they relied too much on Andre Ellington…) “He is a playmaker, you get the ball in his hands and its pretty well documented how good that defense is, so they present some problems. We thought we could attack them in several different areas, we did early on and I don’t think that I did a good enough job in getting the ball in his hands giving him a chance to run. We have to do better converting third downs and keep the ball in our hands and do a better job of putting up points.”

(On if the low scoring total is a reason for concern moving forward or if the quality of the defenses has played a part…) “I think it has to do with the quality of the defenses but every defense is going to be good in this league. We came in here and tried to do some different stuff to present some problems for them and it’s a really good defense. They lean on that crowd noise and they do a really great job of that. They kept everything in front of them today for the most part, we knew it was going to be difficult getting shots on them and we just didn’t stay on schedule. And again we need to do a better job of that and that all falls on my shoulders of managing third downs, getting those first downs and keeping the chains moving.”

(On the play of the defense keeping them in the game…) “Yeah our defense did a great job today. Week in and week out they show up for us. We knew it was going to be difficult coming in here. We tried to do the best that we could and it wasn’t good enough. That happens sometimes in this league so you pick up the pieces, we will get the game plan on Wednesday, look at the good, look at the bad, digest it and move on.”

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