(On how they can fix their tackling problems)
"I think it is mental, it's an attitude. Tackling is an attitude. When you
go to tackle somebody you just have to go after them like a crazy man. Also, you
have to have people swarming the ball. Obviously, in this league with as good as
players are, you're going to have – they're going to make some people
miss. But when you do, you have to have at least two or three more guys there to
pick up the slack."
(On whether emotion is overrated or does this team not have enough)
"I think we a need lot more of it. It's tough, and really, you just have two
guys that are firing up a lot of guys. Offense is a little bit different. Those
guys are a little bit mellow, laid back. And that is most offenses. But on the
defensive side of the ball, we have a lot of quiet guys on the team but at the
same time [FS Brian] Dawkins is a quiet guy also. But when it is time to play
ball he is one of the craziest [guys] out there."
(On whether aside from him and Dawkins if they need more emotional guys)
"Definitely. I think we could definitely use some guys to bring a little bit
more emotion. Obviously, they look to us to set the tempo but they could break
out a little bit more spirit, so to speak."
(On why people should be optimistic about the rest of the season)
"You just have to keep the hope alive. We still have six games left and we are
right in the middle of the pack. But at the same time – I know a lot of people
are talking about the Giants lost or whatever – it doesn't matter who lost.
If we can't win then it doesn't matter. We have to go out, starting this
week and make sure we play our style of football because in order to beat the
Colts we need to be on top of our game in every phase."
(On how rare it is to be in pads in November and how feels about it)
"You know what, we need it, man, we need it. Around this time, normally when
we win we may try to lobby for no pads. But when things are going the way they
are going, nobody says anything. Obviously, it is something we need. We wore
full pads after the bye week just to get accustomed to wearing the pads and
hitting a little bit because we are going to have to go out Sunday night and
play a hard-nosed, physical ball game."
(On whether he could imagine the team being 5-5 midway through this season
after going to the Super Bowl only two seasons ago)
"No, you never imagine things dropping off as far as it has. But you can't
really look at the past the only thing you can control is the future. I said
last week that these are the times that really test your leadership, test your
heart, your determination and passion for the game and test you as being a
professional athlete. So, we'll find out now who has that dog in them. Who has
that passion and that fight and will just continue to fight no matter how bad
things look right now."
(On whether it is his job to read Colts QB Peyton Manning's audibles at the
line of scrimmage)
"No, you don't have time to be out there trying to listen to what he's
saying. You just have get yourself lined up and get ready to play."
(On whether the Colts offense is the most difficult they've had to prepare
"Definitely. The talent, everyone knows how good of a quarterback Peyton
[Manning] is, I don't have to sit up here and talk about that, I mean he
speaks for himself. He has two of the better receivers in the NFL. And when you
add those two with Peyton you're in for along day. We have to do a good job of
covering. We have to do a good job of pressuring the quarterback, and we have to
stop the run. They have two good running backs too. Peyton Manning and those
guys put up such good numbers you have a tendency of overlooking the running
backs. I think, combined, they have over 1000 yards rushing. So, we have our
hands full Sunday night. But I guarantee you this, we're going to be ready to
(On how much one win can affect this season)
"You know what, I don't think one win is going to do it. I thought that the
week before against Washington. We went out and played the way we wanted to play
and then came out last week and pretty much stunk it up. I think it's going to
take a few wins, just stringing those wins together to just gradually build our
confidence. I don't think it's just a confidence problem, I think it's a
lack of concentration. All the penalties, dropped passes, turnovers, penalties
on defense, giving up big runs. It's just a lack of concentration and not
being disciplined in our gaps"
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