On if it is frustrating to see a loss:
"No, it's not frustrating. Anytime you lose, whether its preseason or this kind of a game which has no issue with the standings, you want to win every game. This one got away early. We had chances that we didn't quite hit on. We weren't quite in sync. That is going to happen to people. We started this game with 11 starters who were penciled in to start at the beginning of the season out of the ballgame. That is a hard go under any circumstances, especially against a team like this that has such a veteran and well-conceived and complicated defense. They are going to give you plays from time-to-time, but you have to hit them and we didn't. We were just off a hair. That plus the kickoff return, which was totally on us, was really the story of the game. What happened after that is almost meaningless, not taking anything away from the Jets, they are a heckuva team. We were not sharp today, and that is understandable. We played for 16 weeks as sharp as any team in football. The good thing is that none of this mattered in the standings."
On if there was a plan going into the game on when some of the guys would come out:
"(Head Coach) Jim (Caldwell) was going to make that call whenever he felt that it was appropriate. The call was up to him, and he made it."
On how tough is that call when you're ahead in the game and you have a perfect season:
"The perfect season was never an issue with us. We've said it time and time and time again. It is somebody else's issue, not ours. That was of no concern."
On it seeming to be the fans' issue:
"Well, I understand that, but it doesn't mean that it is ours."
On if he can understand the fans point-of-view:"I certainly can, sure I can, absolutely I can, and if I were in row 20, I would probably be rooting for that too. Football logic has to come into play at some point in time."
On football logic meaning that you don't have guys out there with potential for injury when the game doesn't matter in the standings:
"Of course, especially when you're up against a team that is going to give you a lot of complicated stuff and has a lot of veterans that play exceptionally well on defense, and we're minus WR Pierre (Garcon) going in to begin with and we lose RB Joseph (Addai) early, fortunately those are not long term injuries. But when you're undermanned against this team, you can get yourself in trouble in a hurry. So, discretion comes into play here and Jim made the call, and that's the way it should be."
On if this will be the plan headed into next week's game:
"I don't know. I can't tell you that until we know what the injury situation is. That's something we'll have to decide later in the week."
On why this week and not last week:
"You want to make sure you stay sharp. That was a division opponent on a short week. You can't get backup players ready on a short week. It's a short week traveling. That is very difficult to get people ready to play. To our guy's credit, they went out and played like the devil. Everybody else in the National Football League loses a game every now and then, too."
On referencing this game to a preseason game:
"I did not reference it to a preseason game. What I said was, let's get this straight, every game you play you want to win, whether it's a preseason game or a game like this that has no bearing on the standings for us. That's what I said. I did not liken it to a preseason game."
On it being a tough situation for QB Curtis Painter to come into:
"Sure, it's a tough spot for him to be in against a veteran defense that does a lot of things. With an offense that we can't, against a team like this, really narrow down. You can't give him the cliff notes version of this offense. We missed a pickup on the fumble for the touchdown. That wasn't his fault. You have to block these people, and they are hard to block. Curtis learned some things today. He got some experience."
On if he thought it would be easier for the fans to take if they knew it was coming:
"First of all, I think we made pretty clear that our first priority was to make sure that we got enough work to stay sharp. I'll repeat myself, I think we've made it pretty clear how we felt about 16-0. That's not a goal. It never was a goal. It isn't a goal now. Our goal is later on, and who knows how that will come out, but we want to give ourselves the best shot."
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