JC: Absolutely. In some situations you dont have a choice, youre in the public eye and you receive a lot of calls, a lot of emails, a lot of requests and I take it to heart and I enjoy it. Its tough during the season but definitely during the off-season [I] get more involved. Now were kind of involved [but] its just hard to do a lot of appearances and talk to people but its definitely something I look forward to in the future.
Q: Given all the stresses that a player has on his body how difficult is it to be a professional athlete with diabetes?
JC: Its tough you just have to come to terms with it. I was fortunate to get diagnosed in April and have some time to adjust to it and get comfortable with it before the season started but its part of my everyday life now. I get up with it and I go to sleep with it. Ive adjusted, its a burden at times but its just something that I have to deal with.
Q: How much better do you feel now than you did last year when the condition caused you to lose so much weight?
JC: Its a night and day difference. Im 100 percent better. Last year towards the end of the season I didnt know if I was going to make it through the season, I felt so bad. It really takes a toll on you. Its hard to explain to people that dont have it or have never gone through what its like. Its really tough.
Q: How has it changed you? And do you think its something thats going to affect you through out the rest of your career?
JC: Its something Im going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. Its not going to hamper me on the football field at all though.
Q: Was keeping it [diabetes] quiet a competitive thing for you guys? I know it didnt come out until this year was that a competitive thing?
JC: We didnt find out until April that I had it [diabetes].
Q: You guys have only allowed two sacks this year, how much of that is you and how much of that is the offensive line?
JC: Its a combination. Early in the year, the first couple of games, we saw a lot of blitzes and the line did a good job of picking stuff up, I got rid of the ball in time and weve been fortunate the last two or three games that people arent blitzing us as much. The way the offensive line is playing I have a lot of confidence in them.
Q: How important is it for a quarterback to be able to sense whats going on in the pocket around him and still keep his eyes downfield? Is that tough to learn or have you always been able to do that?
JC: Thats not something you can learn or teach, you either have it or you dont.
Q: What have you seen on film from the Patriots defense?
JC: Theyre a good defense. Theyre extremely smart. Theyre able to take away some of the good players from some teams offensively. They mix it up; they do a lot of different stuff. They throw stuff at you, theyre in a 3-4 then theyre in a 4-3. They just keep you on your toes so were going to have our hands full.
Q: You were a little bit upset with Brandon [Marshall] and you voiced that publicly. Do you feel like hes grown a lot lately?
JC: Absolutely, hes matured a lot. I said some stuff, called him out and brought it to his attention. He reacted well to it. We talked about it and since then hes been a great teammate both on and off the field.
Q: The last three weeks youve been in the teens point-wise. What havent you been doing the last three games that you were doing in the first three?
JC: Weve had turnovers. It takes away chances for us to score. Weve had seven or eight turnovers in our two losses so weve got to take care of the ball better.
Q: Have you had a chance to look at the film from when the Patriots played San Diego last Sunday? Did it strike you that they played more man defense than they played the rest of the year?
JC: Theyve been all over the map a little bit. Youre not sure what youre going to get with those guys and I think they thought they could play man, control [Phillip] Rivers and the receivers and stop LT [LaDainian Tomlinson]. But they got hit with some big plays. Its going to be interesting to see what they do with us.
Q: What do you anticipate from them? Do you anticipate they would have a similar game plan?
JC: I have no idea. I dont have a clue what theyre going to do. They play every team a little bit different and they have a good package going into each game. I dont know if they are going to zone us out or if they are going to play man and blitz. Were just going to have to feel them out and adjust.
Q: What do you expect [Ryan] Torain can add to your offense when you get him back?
JC: Hes going to add to our ground game. Hes a big back. Hes strong, breaks a lot of tackles and hits the hole. Were definitely excited to get him back. Im not sure when its going to happen but hes definitely going to add to [the offense].
Q: Did you catch any heat in Denver for your comments about having a stronger arm than [John] Elway?
JC: It was hit or miss. Some people agreed, some people didnt agree and some people were upset with it. It caused a little stir.
Q: Were talking about [John] Elway and youre not directly replacing him but youve talked about the shadow a little bit. Can you relate at all to what Matt Cassel is going through here?
JC: Yeah, I was talking about that earlier. Its tough. I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the game right now and to have to go in and replace him with limited experience in college and limited experience in the NFL would be tough. Especially how high the bar has been set over there with what they did last year and what they accomplished offensively. I cant image having to do that.
Q: Fast starts have been key for you guys, do you think you have a good plan coming into games and are executing well right off the bat?
JC: Yeah, guys are focused off the bat and whenever we score first it gets us going a little bit - it gets the defense going. Well have to wait and see what happens this week and see what they are playing us with. Hopefully we can repeat it.
Q: Was Eddie Royal someone you could see contribute right off the bat?
JC: Yeah, within the first week of OTAs [Off-season Training Activities] he was a guy that showed up on film and you were getting excited about him. In week two we brought him over to field one with us and he hasnt left since then.
Q: As a competitor and a quarterback do you lick your chops a little bit when you see what Philip Rivers was able to do against the Patriots secondary?
JC: No, not really, theyre a good team and theyre going to adjust and have a good plan against us. They play everyone different and they probably respect what weve done through the air and theyre probably going to try and take it away.
Q: Just to follow up, we talked a little bit about how its affected you on the field, how about off the field? Has it changed anything for you, youre daily lifestyle?
JC: Probably, not except for having to give yourself insulin shots and checking blood sugar all the time. Its definitely something that changes you and makes you more aware of stuff, what you eat and what you put in your body.
Q: You have a former Patriot there in Daniel Graham, what are your thoughts on him?
JC: Great guy, great teammate, leader on the field and off the field. In the locker room hes vocal. Were fortunate to have him.
Q: Casey Wiegmann playing center in place of [Tom] Nalen, has it been a pretty smooth transition?
JC: Yeah, no drop off at all. He understands the system. Hes a veteran. He does things the right way. Hes professional. He came in and we havent had a drop off at all. Hes been great in there.
Q: Do you guys think the AFC is pretty wide open?
JC: Yeah, I mean if you look at peoples records were practically the only ones that have separated ourselves, everyone else is kind of battling it out. Its going to be an interesting second half.
Q: Does playing on Monday night mean anything to you?
JC: It just gives us another day to prepare. Obviously, there will be a little bit more media, a little more glamour about the game but its a game that both teams want to win and its going to be a tough one.