(on Colts-Patriots again)
We have a lot of respect for that team and the coaching staff and the players that they have. Its always a big game and usually always has a lot of meaning to the rest of the season. So its going to be a big game for us and Im sure (for them) coming off of their loss to Tennessee. I felt, just watching the game, like they had the game won. I know theyll be ready to come out this Sunday night.
(on being 5-2 despite the injuries and if it means something proving they can win without Tom Brady)
We feel like we have a good football team and we can find a lot of different ways to win. And I think thats a sign of a good football team. Obviously its hard to win without 12 (Tom Brady) at quarterback, but we feel like we have a good team, whoever we put out on the football field. I feel like we have some talented players and there are a lot of different ways to win a football game other than just putting up a lot of points. So we just have to play good on defense and special teams and not make a lot of mistakes, and play hard and play fast. Offensively, their job when they get out on the field is to move the ball and put up points. The only thing we can go out and do is do our job, and hopefully the offense does theirs.
(on if there was doubt when Brady went down or if the team had full confidence in Matt Cassel and the system)
Obviously there was a transition period because we havent played without Tom at quarterback, so just to say we had a lot of confidence in Cassel, we hadnt seen him, other than preseason. Obviously hes making some strides and putting the offense in position to put this team in position to win football games. If you look at it, when Tom went down against KC, the score was 0-0 and he came in and won that football game. Obviously our record speaks for itself, were 5-2 at this point, with a lot of people not really thinking that we could get it done without 12 at quarterback.
(on being 5-2 and it showing that it is more than one, two or three guys)
Its a total team effort, and we always knew that. Over the course of the last few seasons, injuries are a part of the game and we understand that everyone has a stake in the football team. The only thing that you can go out and do is do your job. You cant try to take care of someone elses responsibility. And you have to make the plays when its your time to make them. We play good team defense, so even if a guy doesnt get a tackle, he needs to be in his gap where hes responsible, because that helps out the next guy to know where he needs to be. Its a lot of moving parts in order to be a good team, as far as you have to play good on special teams and everyone has to kind of feed off each other as far putting ourselves in position coming into the game.
(on what he has seen from Peyton Manning and the offense)
Theyre an explosive football team. They can put up points with the best of them. Even looking at that Jacksonville game, I really dont think their record is indicative of how they have played so far. I thought they should have won that football game. You can never relax against this football team. Like I said, anytime they have Coach Dungy and Manning and that fast defense and receivers and other skill guys that they have, they fly around, they play fast and they play quick. So you can never relax against those guys. They play so fast and they can score so quickly and their defense can create a lot of turnovers. Its going to be tough for us coming into a hostile environment, but we look forward to the matchup. I think one of the reasons we play the game is to go up against one of the best.
(on if he thinks about how much he has accomplished during his career)
I think thats something to look at when its all said and done. Right now Im still in it. I feel like Im kind of mid-way through. I think when its all said and done, you can look back over your career, but right now Im just trying to turn over every stone that I can just to try to be the best player that I can be. I just want to be the best Richard Seymour that I can possibly put out on the football field. And Im comfortable with that, when its all said and done, knowing that you gave your best, and its tough, because I really dont like to compare myself to anybody. I just feel like as long as I go out and take care of my responsibility and do the best job that I can, then thats all you can do. I know Ive had a good start to my career and won Super Bowls and (been to) Pro Bowls and (been named) All-Pro and things like that, and that feels good. But our ultimate goal is to get another Super Bowl win, and we havent had one in a while. So Im definitely looking forward to that.
(on whats missing in his career, something he hasnt done in seven games against the Colts)
Sack Peyton Manning. Ill get it done.
No, I got him and then they called the penalty on one of our defensive backs one time, so it got called back. As a matter of fact, I know the play. (LB) Roman Phifer had a holding call and it got called back on that one. But you know what, you have to have a lot of respect for Peyton. Hes one of the best guys that youll face as far as just having a quick release. So he really doesnt get sacked much anyway. The thing you try to do is get in his face and rattle him and keep guys in the pocket and put pressure on him and force him to have happy feet. Thats what were going to try to come in and do, is just get in the pocket and get in his face and make some plays. I think often times sacks are really over-rated in this league anyway.
(on if this looks like the same Colts offense and Peyton Manning to him)
Yes. Obviously they dont have the wins and getting off to the fast start that they have in the past, but if you look at them, you still see guys flying around and making plays for them. I thought they should have won that Jacksonville game and theres a few other games that they had opportunities, just like Monday night. They had many opportunities to win that game. The only one that looked like it got away from them was the Green Bay game. We have a lot of respect for this team. We know theyre so explosive and they can put up points with the best of them.
I do. I know they get up the field quick and they play fast. As a defensive linemen, you kind of just look around and look at defenders across the league, and it isnt just about Mathis and Freeney. You have (Raheem) Brock in there doing a good job for them, so its a total team effort. They do a good job. They get up the field fast and its going to put a lot of pressure on our offensive line this week, so they have to be ready to face those guys.
(on Mathis and Freeney and if there any characteristics or moves that he likes or has borrowed from them)
They cue the ball. It looks like they get off the ball before the offensive tackles move and get off the ball. I think thats a great quality to have, to get off the ball as soon as its snapped. Or sometimes, youre right with the ball just as the ball is being snapped from center and theyre getting off the ball, and that obviously puts a lot of pressure on our offensive tackles and our backs who help out or whatever the case may be. That puts a lot of pressure on our offense, so thats a great quality to have.
(on if getting off the ball so fast is instinct or study)
I think its a combination of both. I think you have to study and you also just have to have awareness as well, just watch film and watch the rhythm. Even in the course of the game you can kind pick up cadences and you can get a feel for it after youve done it for so long, you just get a feel for when it will happen. And then with them playing at home with a loud crowd, thats only going to help them.
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