What were you looking for there? Were you thinking they might go down the seam?
JF: I opened to the two-receiver side, trying to read the
quarterback. When I turned my hips, he was throwing the ball. I
just wasn't deep enough. If I get deeper, he probably doesn't
even throw it.
Was it one of those situations where you missed it by inches?
JF: No. He threw it over my head. Had I been deeper, I would
have gotten it.
Was this a pretty big learning experience for you?
IT: Yeah. You can't lose your focus in this league. You have to
stay focused for every play, 60 minutes. It only takes one play to
Was Chad Johnson your guy on the 58-yard play in the second
IT: I was the closest guy to him, but he wasn't necessarily my
guy. I should have been there to make the play though.
With four games left, a lot of the guys on this team have a lot to
prove, don't they?
IT: Oh yeah. We need to keep getting better. We've got four
games left. We need to win those and build off of that.
Since you've been here, this team's had nothing but success. Is
this tough to deal with?
KB: It's tough for anyone to deal with. Since I've been a football
player, I've been in losing programs. It's not the greatest feeling.
But we've got four more games. We've got to get past this. We
know our limitations now. We can still play hard if everybody
keeps their heads straight. These last four games can give us
something to grow on.
Is it about pride now?
KB: Of course. When you get knocked out of a position to where
you can't advance any more, something else has to fall into
place, whether it be pride, yourself or your team. All those things
are very important and show what kind of character you have on
Bill said that he told you guys at halftime that the second half
was going to be a defining moment for this team, if it was, what
does that tell us?
KB: Basically, I feel like we have to respect the game. What I
mean by that is that we have to make the plays, make the
tackles, get pressure on the quarterback, the things that we're on
the field that we're supposed to do. A lot of times, those things
are not easy to do. If they were easy, you would be out there
doing it. But we've got to focus, do our jobs, even if you feel like
you're a better player than the person you're in front of. You have
to play up to your level, not come down to his. I'm not taking
anything away from Cincinnati, they really came out of their shell.
I always thought they had good players, they just needed a good
leader. Now they've got that. Good for them. But at the same
time, we've got to bring ourselves together. We have to bring
ourselves together in the next four games.
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