"A big road win for us yesterday against a football team that had been red hot. It was very pleasing to see us overcome the early adversity and make some plays and take control of that game. We talked about the need to win the turnover battle. One of the things that was a part of their four-game winning streak was them taking the ball away and scoring defensively, and offensively not turning it over. So we were able to win the turnover battle. We got two turnovers and offensively took those balls in both cases and went down and scored touchdowns after the turnovers, so that was big for us. Defensively, along with the two turnovers, we had four sacks on the day, a couple of nice series in the red zone holding them to either nothing when they went for it on downs, or a field goal attempt. In fact we had the interception the one time and the downs the one time and then the field goal attempt, so those are good series for your football team when you're doing that defensively. Offensively, a huge improvement on third down moving the chains. That was an area of emphasis last week. It was good to see that. I thought you saw two big-time drives. When you take the ball over 90 yards when you need it offensively and go down and score like we did, that was huge. For the seventh time this season we rushed for over 150 yards in a ballgame. That's a good stat. I'm proud of that. I think Fred Taylor continues to play outstanding football for us. He's averaging 4.5 (yards) a carry right now. He's 48 yards away from 1,000 (yards). He's doing a nice job running the football - running with authority, making some big cuts. I think he's playing real good football. Special teams, (Josh) Scobee continues to kick well. He got another touchback, now he's tied with (Olindo) Mare for the lead in touchbacks and converted his only field goal attempt. It looks like he's in a rhythm right now. He's doing a nice job."
"For us we just want to keep improving, focus on bringing our best every day and working at it, have a little fun and I think the way you do that is to come out and give your best each and every day for your team and your teammates, and our guys did that well last week and we'll need another good solid week this week in preparation for Indianapolis. On the injury front, nothing new to report, which is good news."
There are five AFC teams tied for the last Wild Card spot. What do you like about your team?
"I like where we are mentally. I think guys are embracing the notion of coming in and giving all they have to our effort, to our cause."
Is this the kind of team you envisioned having when you first came here, a team that can play good defense and run the ball like you're running it now?
"We're closer. I think we saw yesterday some ability to throw the ball as well. I think you have to have an explosive element to your football team. We're not going to stop looking for that. We are proud of the fact that we're running the ball and we're stopping the run. We continue to look for ways to be better at both, running it and stopping it, but I think we also continue to look for opportunities to be explosive offensively and develop that part of our game. You have to make plays. You need to be able to run the ball, sure, but you're going to have to make plays in the passing game, so we're going to keep working on it."
This time last year, you lost to the Colts and Patriots and will now play them in the next three weeks. Are you more ready to play them now than you were then?
"I guess we're going to find out Sunday if we're any more prepared to play the Colts. They got us the first time around. They're an excellent football team. They're doing a lot of things right. We will do our best to get prepared to battle them and we'll worry about the other games we have on our schedule once we're done with the Colts."
The television announcers said that you told them before the game at some point that if you were going to have success down the stretch Matt Jones needed to play better and take his game to the next level, which he did. What is your take on his performance?
"He did some good things. He did some things that we'll work to improve. We want to avoid the penalties. We want to make sure we're locking up the ball, but he made some plays on the ball in the passing game. He has that ability to impact our passing game. He has a vertical capability. Because of his speed and his size he can present some problems, so we're going to continue to work him like we are the entire passing game. What I said to that group and what I believe, and what I said just a little bit ago, is that as a football team we need to continue to improve and he's a big part of that facet that we need to continue to work on and continue to improve while we're also looking to improve other areas that we're doing a nice job in like running and stopping the run. But absolutely, yeah, I think that we're going to need to make plays as we play these games down the stretch here, we're going to need to make plays in our passing game and it was nice to see that yesterday with Matt."
What did you see in David Garrard last year along the lines of what you're seeing now?
"I see talent. I see real solid character. He has handled himself beautifully. When you look at a person doing all he can to prepare himself, knowing he's in a tough spot and handling it with class and continuing to work his trade even though he's not getting the gratification of the time, of the opportunity maybe to let it all out on the field on Sundays if he's not actually getting called upon. I think to work the way he did through that process prepared him for the opportunity that he's making the most of. He has some talent. He has some room to grow. He's working hard at it. I like where he is and I like the fact that he recognizes how much he has yet to do to improve and to grow on and build upon, and I like the fact that he's more concerned about us winning football games and the team winning football games than he is with his individual stats or accomplishments. So that's very good."
Will David Garrard playing against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and Trent Green be a good barometer on where he stands?
"I think it'll be a good barometer for our football team to play the Colts. They're division leaders. They're a good football team and so it's a great opportunity for us to go out and put together a good performance."
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