Locker Room Report vs. Georgia Tech

ATLANTA - Inside the Miami locker room after a 30-23 loss to Georgia Tech.

QB Kyle Wright

On the game...
"It's two weeks in a row now with drive-killers. I felt like we moved the ball really well at times. Passing-wise and running-wise we were pretty effective, then we'd have a penalty, mental mistakes, or turnovers, which they turned into points."

On what the team has to play for now...
"Pride. We have to come out and play for each other. It would be real easy for us now to just pack things in and start working towards next year. We still have four games left. Just pride and not wanting to lose. I know everyone is sick and tired of it and we're the only ones that can do anything about it."

On getting sacked six times...
"The quick stuff was working and I think we got away from it a little bit at times. They were just drive-killers. It seemed like we were moving across the 50 and then boom, we'd have a sack or a penalty. It's just stuff we have got to get better at. We knew they were going to be blitzing a lot, we just have to do a better job."

RB Javarris James

On his performance...
"I made a lot of mental errors, but I feel like I ran the ball pretty tough. The offensive line gave me a great opportunity to do it."

On the frustration of not scoring touchdowns when getting inside the redzone...
"It brings a lot of frustration. I feel like many opportunities to get in the endzone. We just beat ourselves. Jumping offsides, holding penalties, turnovers. I missed block assignments. We beat ourselves near the goalline."

TE Greg Olsen

On the game...
"We had turnovers, penalties, everything possible that we could have done to hurt ourselves, we managed to do and in crucial situations."

On the disappointment of not getting the final possession...
"Disappointing. The kid made a great punt. He kicked the hell out of the ball and Rashaun was trying to find the ball and it was windy up there. It happens. In no way was that the turning point in the game at all. It would have been nice to have had a shot, but you can't fault Rashaun. All year and all game he has done a great job for us making plays."

OL Anthony Wollschlager

On the early lead in the game...
"We felt good, we had momentum, and we were excited to play the rest of the game. That diminished and we kept fighting, but it was painful to see that go away."

On the six sacks given up...
"I think for the most part (the offensive line) did real good. The second quarter kind of killed us with sacks. The other quarters we did pretty good. But in the second quarter, we had some miscommunication and bad technique and it just snowballed."

On the goal of the team now...
"We can't pack it in. Although we are not in the driver's seat, which is the frustrating part, we can't pack it in. You just have to keep going and keep working. All is not lost."

As players, how do you handle the negative attention Coach Coker will receive...
"I don't know. You don't abandon ship because it gets a little stormy out there. Of course criticism is going to come any time you lose a couple games. But whatever, you have to keep punching."

CB Glenn Sharpe

On the Georgia Tech rushing touchdown late in the game...
"I wasn't really able to see what happened because we play a lot of man coverage and I was covering my man so when the guy broke up the middle I tried to break off my receiver to try to make the tackle, but it was too close."

On the disappointment of the offense not being able to score touchdowns early...
"I feel like our offense came out with a valiant effort. We were able to have a lot of success. We scored 23 points. Sometimes things don't work out the way you plan it to, but overall I think our offense did a good job."

On how the defense did against Calvin Johnson...
"It is a team game and I think we did good on Calvin Johnson, but we did not do good enough to win the game. That is what I am most disappointed about. I don't really worry about Calvin Johnson, he is a player, but it is a team game and we have to stop the whole team to win games, not just one dude."

K Jon Peattie

On making all three field goal attempts...
"It is always a victory when you come away with some points and our offense was driving really well. We were looking good and felt good going into the fourth quarter having that wind behind us. It just didn't work out."

On the third quarter field goal to go up 16-13...
"It was a battle of field goals up until the end of the game. We both kept matching each other and we hit some big ones into that hard wind. We both had a pretty good game, but unfortunately for us it didn't come out in our favor."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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