Q: The running game was pretty effective?
MS: We were able to establish the run pretty well and get into a rhythm. Once we established the running game, we just kept it
How was your injury? It looked like you aggravated it at the end?
MS: Nah. I was fine. I was just pissed we didn't get the first down
so we could run out the clock. I feel great.
WR Hines Ward
How about that defensive performance?
HW: The defense played terrific. I think they won the game. We
really could not get anything going on offense, but credit
Cleveland's defense for that. Somewhere along the way, we
found a way to win. It all boils down to that.
Can this be a springboard?
HW: We just need to take one game at a time. Our main goal is
still to win the division. We cannot fall off the map, but we like
chances and feel good about where we are going. We have
been division champs the past two years and we want to
S Brent Alexander
You guys got more turnovers. What was the difference?
BA: They say they come in bunches. There were some fumbles,
but there were solid hits that got us the ball back. We left some
turnovers out there too.
What about next week's game with Cincinnati?
BA: The most important thing we have to do is focus. Next week
is going to be a big game. They know it and we know it.
Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis
How did you limit their passing game?
TL: We played a lot more cover-2 coverage. They were going to
run a little bit. That's what people do on two-deep. It's hard to
throw the football up the field against it. We knew their top
running back was out. In the past, we played them in our cover
three with a safety high and eight men in the box. That left the
corners singled up with those receivers. We didn't want to do
that. We wanted them to try to beat us with their backup running
You got more turnovers today, you have to be happy about that?
TL: They did a great job getting the ball today. And we left a
couple of more out there. The thing about turnovers is that they're
not always easy to create, but the guys did a great job getting to
the football and when it was on the ground, fighting for it.
LB James Farrior
That was a great defensive effort.
JF: We just wanted to come out and make a statement. Kendrell
really played well today. He really showed what he can do out
Did you guys get a boost from his big hit at the goal?
JF: Oh, no doubt. He just went in there and nailed the running
back and then I came in and helped clean it up. It was a big hit.
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