The Shipp is in at Arizona

"We were playing for first place at the beginning of the season and now you are completely out of the playoff hunt. It is really heart-breaking when you lose a lot of games that you should have pulled out. It's a learning process and we learned a lot this season and we're just trying to finish off on a high note right now."

Q: What are you guys playing for at this point in the season?

Shipp: Right now, we're playing for ourselves. We're trying to finish the season on a high note and get these last two wins so we have something to build on come next season.

Q: Does it bother you at all when you hear the 49ers might rest some players for the playoffs?

Shipp: We're really not focusing on them. We are focusing on ourselves. We've dropped a few games that we should have won. I think its something that we have to find in ourselves. We're focusing on ourselves trying to be ready for this game, regardless of what they are focusing on.

Q: Do you think you are playing for your head coach's job?

Shipp: Every game we are playing to win, regardless of whether we're playing for his job or playoffs. We are playing to win every game that we go into, especially these last two games meant a lot, in which we came out with two victories.

Q: What kind of expectations did you have coming out of UMASS a couple years ago and being undrafted?

Shipp: The first year, just really to get on the squad and be on the active roster and just go from there and take it as it comes.

Q: Have your expectations of yourself increase dramatically since then?

Shipp: Yes they have. I really didn't expect to be at this point, especially this early in my career. It really has increased dramatically.

Q: What are your goals as you go forward?

Shipp: Just to become a complete back. I want to be more comfortable and at ease out there and not really look over my shoulder all the time and be nervous. I just want to settle down and take this game and play it the way I know I can.

Q: What do you think the team has learned in the six games since you were battling with the 49ers for the division lead to now where it is a season that hasn't worked out the way that you thought it was going to?

Shipp: Just knowing that things aren't going to work out the way you plan them all the time. There are going to be bumps in the road and it just depends on how you can answer the call when called upon. Basically, just focusing and learning how to finish games and sticking together is what we have learned this season.

Q: Has the faith of the organization been harmed at all in the sense that you seemed to be heading in the right direction and it didn't work out that way?

Shipp: Of course it does. We were playing for first place at the beginning of the season and now you are completely out of the playoff hunt. It is really heart-breaking when you lose a lot of games that you should have pulled out. Like I said, it's a learning process and we learned a lot this season and we're just trying to finish off on a high note right now.

Q: What went wrong in the previous game versus San Francisco?

Shipp: I really can't tell you what went wrong because it went wrong for six or seven weeks after that. We just really couldn't find a way to win. Regardless of how we played, we would come out slow one quarter and up the next. It has just been up and down each quarter and turning the ball over is a big thing, too. You really can't do that in this league and come out with victories. We just have to minimize our mistakes and finish teams off.

Q: How difficult has it been with all of the injuries?

Shipp: It's been very difficult because you go in there with a whole new bunch of guys and you just have to adapt on the run. You only get one week of practice with them to get the timing down. It's been very difficult, but we've been doing pretty good. The guys that came in have stepped up their game a lot.

Q: What does it mean to you to be thrust into this position now that a lot of people were saying that Marcel Shipp should be the feature guy in the future and not Thomas Jones?

Shipp: There are a lot of things going around. I'm just trying to stay focused for this season and just finish and let the chips fall where they may next season. I'm not focusing on whether I'll be starting next season or whether Thomas will be starting. I'm just trying to finish this season on a high note and do the best I can for this team and let the chips fall where they may come next season.

Q: Is there any sense there that it perhaps might be Jake Plummer's last home game at Sun Devil Stadium?

Shipp: Not at all. I haven't really received that sense around the guys or anything. I hope that it's not. I hope he'll be back next season.

 

 


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