"I felt a lot more comfortable out there today than I did last week," Quentin Jammer said.
The most impressive thing about Jammer was his attitude after the game. Jammer doubled the interception total in his career and added three passes defensed, but his main concern was the loss.
"I still feel bad," Jammer said. "I really feel we should have won this one. What I did is not really important."
"He played a terrific game," Marty Schottenheimer said. "I said today in the locker room afterwards, ‘this may be the breakthrough'. During the game I said to him ‘You seem like you are comfortable. You are just reacting and making plays.'"
Schottenheimer was more supportive of his improved instincts on a swing pass. All he did was do his job and tackle the guy with the ball, but Schottenheimer saw so much more.
"The play to me that was terrific, forget about the two interceptions, they ran that little swing screen that they run and had a guy out in front of the guy with the ball and Quentin came up and instead of taking the guy on he just bucked inside and tackled the guy for no gain. That is playing football. That is instincts and just playing the game."
"We have to get back at it next week," Quentin Jammer said. "Guys laid their heart on the line. It is unfortunate. We did some good things and some bad."
The rest of the secondary should also be applauded for once. Besides Jerry Wilson, the unit was solid. Drayton Florence did well supplanting Sammy Davis at cornerback and Schottenheimer noticed.
"Drayton Florence came in and did a nice job for us," Schottenheimer said before adding, "Terrence Kiel played well."
The unit held Trent Green to 17 of 30 passing for 155 yards. He had two touchdowns, but one came on Donnie Edwards and another was beautifully designed to screen Jammer and Vernon Fox at the goal line. Only five balls went to wide receivers, the biggest a 35 yard pass play to Johnnie Morton against a cover two where Wilson was unable to get over in time to make a play.
Besides the two interceptions by Jammer, the unit had five passes defensed. If only the run defense was solid.
Despite the solid play, Jammer was adamant about one thing:
"I wanted to win. I would much rather have a win. I think we will get it."
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