Q&A with Tim Rattay
Q: How do you evaluate your play last Sunday in your first NFL start? Rattay: It's just like any time you play, there's good things and there's bad things. It's like the old cliche - it's never as good you think, it's never as bad as you think. There's definitely things I need to work on and get better at, but I also know that if you win, it definitely helps. Q: You threw completions to nine different receivers. How important was it to you to get everyone involved? Rattay: Being a first-time starter, I think the main thing for me was just to go through progression and find the open guy, not try to force anything. The guys did a great job making plays, making people miss when they had the ball and kind of keeping the chains moving. Q: How much did you draw on your previous experience of starting in college for years later at this level? Rattay: Not having started in so long, you try to remember how it felt to do that. But I was just real excited about playing and getting an opportunity to play a whole game. I was really looking forward to it. I was a little nervous, but after that first snap you're just playing football like you have since you were little. For me, it went away after the first snap. Q: Since you've never had such an extensive outing, how much did things open up for you out there as the game progressed? Rattay: I mean, it's similar to playing just normal as when I've gotten chances before. I just think you've got to get in a rhythm a little bit when you're going out there. It also gives you that ability to, if you don't start off well or if you have a couple of bad passes, you know you're going to be in the whole game. You're not just in for a quarter or something like that. Q: What kind of confidence does that performance give you assuming you have to start the next game? Rattay: I think it will help. I think anytime you go out and do well that's going to help you. But it's one game and you can't get overly excited. It's just like one bad game doesn't make a terrible career, and one good game doesn't make it good. There's positives to draw from it and there's negatives that I can get better at it. I watched the film, and there's things that I need to work on. Playing in a game just gives you opportunities to figure out what you need to work on. When you get in a game and get some snaps, you can kind of evaluate yourself and see where you're at. Q: What did you come out of the game thinking you need to work on? Rattay: There's a couple of checkdowns that I thought I should have made. There was pressure and trying to get the ball to the running backs. You know, you're kind of getting hit, but I still need to make the plays to the running backs and get the ball out and just let them do it. There's a couple passes I didn't make, so you try to execute every play and try to be as perfect as you can. Q: How much does your performance against the Rams validate you can perform at this level? Rattay: It's good to go out and get a win against a division opponent. It's still one game and you have to keep working and keep getting better because in two weeks we have another game. You have to prepare and get better every week. Q: Has Jeff Garcia had any advice or critiques for you? Rattay: He was rally supportive after the game. He was very nice about telling me I played a good game and all that kind of stuff. That was important. I was glad to get it, because it means a lot to me, just him being so supportive to me before the game and the whole week. This is the only team I've been on, but I don't know if all the quarterback relationships are the way we've got along, but I think it's the best way for the team to succeed, the way we do it. Obviously, the individual personalities have to be able to handle it.
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