A conversation with Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin talks about the way the season ended.

Q)Curtis, what are your thoughts on the loss?

Martin: This is about as frustrated as I've been in my career. There is no end to my anger right now. But tommorrow will be a new day. You have to put things behind you and move on. I just had different plans for right now. I cancelled everything I was supposed to do. I cancelled every business meeting, everything, until after the Pro Bowl because I expected us to go all the way.

Q)Can you elaborate on your anger?

Martin: It's just the fact that we didn't win. There is blood on that field that is ours. We left our heart out there today. We put ourselves in a position to win. This is different than our last loss to Pittsburgh. Last time, I didn't feel our effort was good, and we made a lot of stupid mistakes. I think we corrected that. I hoped for a second chance. We got our second chance. We didn't get the outcome we wanted. We put ourselves in a position to have the exact outcome that we expected coming here.

Q)The defense and the special teams scored touchdowns, but the offense didn't . . .

Martin: You look at things on paper, and we should have beat the Pittsburgh Steelers today. Football logic and sense said we should have won today, yet we didn't. The offense didn't score touchdowns, but we didn't and we still had a chance to win.

Q)How do you rally from and grow from this?

Martin: I'm not interested in that right now. We have the whole off-season to grow from this. Now is not the time. I don't even want to talk about how we grow from this. I'm sure everyone who is a New York Jet and New York Jets fans left this place sick. I have never been this angry about a game. This is the time in your career that you realize how much than just a game football is. This is the worst way to win to end the season. It's hard to end the season this way.

Q)Do you feel for Doug Brien and the burden he will carry?

Martin: You hear stories about people carrying things like this around. I saw a guy a TV, who has been retired for 40 years, and he is sitll thinking about a play. We win as a team and we lose as a team, but I'm sure Doug feels that burden. I feel for him. I said to him keep your head up, it's not the end of the world.

Q)Is your frustration amplified by how close you came?

Martin: You feel like you won the game two or three times already. This being our third overtime straight. We left everything out there on the field. You have to take you hat off to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they are a great team. Yet with all the naysayers, we had a chance to beat them.

Q)Should you guys have run the ball a few more times at at the end to get better field position?

Martin: At the end of the day, you know the Steelers aren't going to let you run that ball. You don't want to take the chance of taking a sack or throwing an interception or something like that. A field goal was going to be the decision, the reality, we just didn't get it done.


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