Q: What was your reaction when you found out about the move?
A: Obviously I wasn't happy, but Coach felt like it was the best move for the team and I'm a team player. Gus (Frerotte) has been helping me out so far, so I'm going to try to do the same thing for him.
Q: Are you frustrated or what are the feelings right now?
A: I was a little frustrated. I want to play. I'm a competitor. I love to play football. This is what I do, so when it's taken away from you it's kind of frustrating. I'm just going to prepare hard and just try to be another guy on the field to try to help Gus the same way he did me.
Q: Do you feel like you're the quarterback for this team for the future?
A: Right now, I'm just coming out here each day and working hard, taking it one day at a time. That's it.
Q: How much were you caught off guard by this? It wasn't really talked about until Monday when (Brad) Childress talked about it?
A: I've been hearing a couple people talk about it. You never know, so I just came to talk to him and he just told me what it was. All I can do was go with it.
Q: Did you have a chance to make your case to him or was this a decision that was made and that's the way it was going to be?
A: It was pretty much Coach's decision. It was never me getting a fight for it or saying anything about it. It was Coach's decision and my deal was just to move forward and try to help this guy as much as possible.
Q: When were you informed?
A: (Tuesday) morning.
Q: Do you feel you got enough of an opportunity to show your body of work?
A: I wish I had more time, but it's Coach's decision. I didn't want all my work to go to waste. I came this far and I worked so hard to get to where I am now, so I'll continue to work and keep trying to get better and just take it one day at a time and whatever happens, happens.
Q: How tough is that to do, though, as a backup because of the repetitions?
A: It's hard. I've just got to focus more mentally, just do stuff to help those guys and help the defense as much as possible doing scout-team stuff. That's all I can do right now to try to keep my focus as far as my future as a football player. Just keeping working hard and you never know.
Q: Childress said he still feels like you have a bright future in this league. Do you feel the same?
A: Definitely. Just because he made this decision doesn't mean I feel any different in myself. I still feel like I can go out there and win games for a football team. I still feel like I can make plays, so I'm just going to keep trying to get better and just try to learn from my mistakes and take a back seat right now and just watch Gus.
Q: How would you evaluate yourself in these last two games?
A: Obviously I wasn't great. I was very inconsistent, to say the least. I made some mistakes, made some throws, but different circumstances. It's just the nature of the beast. It's just how it is. The quarterback gets too much praise at times and we get too much blame. I understand that's how it is, so I'm just going to take it for what it is.
Q: Did you ever feel like you'd be on a short lease this season with all the expectations of this team with the playoffs, maybe a Super Bowl? Did you feel you had to be perfect right out of the gate?
A: It's hard to say. You never know. With this league, it's a business. That's one thing I've learned over these past two years that I've been here is you never know what might happen. My job is to try to win games. Obviously we're 0-2, so he did what he felt was best for the team.
Q: What have some of your teammates said to you?
A: Just keep working. Different guys said, ‘I've been through the same situation. I've been benched before.' Stuff like that. Where my mind is focused right now, I could easily hang my head low and keep my head down and be a cancer to the team and be pissed off. Still, I'm frustrated and mad with the situation, but I'm just going to use that as motivation to get better, just better myself for the future.
Q: Can you put this behind you and still come back next season if that's what it takes and compete for the job again or how do you feel about your future overall?
A: Right now, I'm taking it one day at a time. You never know what exactly is going to happen. I'm just trying to work hard each day and come out here tomorrow and try to get better than I did today.
Q: Were you able to put your finger on, these last two games, just what wasn't working for you?
A: A lot of different things, trying to be perfect, trying to (not) make a mistake, trying to be perfect with everything. You can never be perfect, so just go out there and do make this play, try to keep my head free and keep my mind free.
Q: How much did the knee affect you when you were able to come back in the regular season?
A: Nothing really. I thought about it, but once I got back out on the field and started playing, it didn't affect me at all. Maybe the first couple of days of practice I was thinking about it, but after I got in the game the knee brace didn't affect me at all.
Q: Brad talked in the offseason, with what you did in Denver, maybe opening up the offense this season and giving you that opportunity. Did you feel like things were opened up enough for you to perform well?
A: Well, whatever is called, I've got to execute it. But different circumstances, different mode last year toward the end of the year. It was a lot different than it is right now. Whenever we call a pass play, I've just got to be able to execute it.
Q: Have you told yourself that maybe you're one play from being back in there with an older quarterback?
A: Coach stressed that and a couple guys on the team stressed that. Maybe, maybe not. I might not play for the rest of the year, so I'm just going to continue to prepare each day, try to work hard and try to stay focused on what I've got to do.
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