"I think that we had a good bye week. We had an opportunity to get several players healed up that were a little nicked up -- probably not to the point where they couldn't play, but certainly injuries that needed a little time to heal. We gave the players the weekend off, which we usually do for the second bye week. We practiced on Friday. We didn't practice on Saturday or Sunday."
"I kind of sent the message that it's time to turn up the jets when they come back this week and have a sense of urgency and sense of immediacy in terms of what we can accomplish as a team for the rest of this year. It's really about what everybody's willing to do to try to accomplish that, and I think that's the key to where we go from here. It's probably good to decompress a little bit for them, but we're hoping and I expect them to come back chomping at the bit, so to speak, today to get ready to roll to be ready to finish this season."
"We're looking forward to the opportunity, and I think from every indication that I have from our players last week, in terms of the way they practice and what they try to do and all of that, I think we're ready for the challenges and looking forward to them."
"They've had some pretty
significant ones to primetime players. Brodie (Croyle) is a very very good
player and gave them a dimension and ability to be a passing team as well as a
very effective running team, although I see them improving in the passing game
each week. Like I said before,
On the play of
"He's got a good arm, and he's a
really good passer. He does a good job of executing their offense. I think he's
made some outstanding throws, and I think they have gotten consistently better
in their ability to throw the ball and make some big plays downfield. They made
a couple last week against
On the effectiveness of the
"Well, they play a lot of eight-man fronts. They play a lot of man-to-man. The key is they've got really good players. They've got really good linebackers, they've got really good down guys. Most of the time when you're good on defense, the players you have are hard to block. That's the No. 1 indicator, so I think that's probably the No. 1 key for them. And their secondary has played extremely well this year. The combination of those two things has allowed them to play more eight-man fronts, probably, and not give up many plays in the back end. They're not doing a lot of stuff different relative to what they did last year. I just think they're executing it a whole lot better. They're playing with a lot of confidence, and they are very physical and aggressive in the way they play defensively."