I take the blame for a lot of the sacks. A lot of those sacks, I probably should have gotten rid of the ball. It was one of those things that you have to laugh off and come back and make something happen the next time."
Did you get flustered out there at all?
"I wasn't flustered; I was disappointed in myself. We're a great
offense. We definitely didn't play our best today, but that's the
sign of a good team - you can win when you don't play good."
Was there more pressure playing in front of all of your former
teammates and college coach?
"Before the game, it was neat to see them. But during the game,
you totally forget about it. You focus on the football aspect of it.
But then you get to see them after the game, so it's good before
and after the game."
How did losing Plaxico Burress affect the offense?
"Plax (Burress) is such a threat. If he's not catching balls, just
threat of him catching a deep ball is a real threat. We had
receivers step up today. Lee Mays caught some balls, (and so
did) Antwaan Randle El. We just have to continue to get better
and let Plax get better because we're going to need him on the
Your defense has been producing points.
"It's been that type of a season. When the offense struggles, it's
the defense' job to pick us up. I thought we stepped up big today.
It's just been that type of a season."
Was the interception a read on your part or were you just
dropping and he threw it to you?
"He really just threw it to me. It was just one of those plays where
I was dropping into coverage and the ball was there."
What happened on the sacks?
"I think people forget that coach over there has come up with
some pretty good defenses. He comes up with some good
schemes, but where we really failed was on third down in the red
zone. We gave up some sacks and had some penalties down
there that cost us points and that's an area where we had been
pretty good this season."
Was Ben (Roethlisberger) holding the ball too long.
"We got ourselves into some bad situations on third downs
down there by not doing much on first and second down. And
then we gave up some sacks that got us out of scoring position.
You can stand back there and say that Ben held the ball too long,
but he also made some plays by keeping things alive. I'm going
to live and die with that kind of scrambling. If we give up five
sacks or whatever, if we can get a few big plays because he's
keeping a play alive longer, so be it."
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