Press Conference Transcript - Nov. 12

* Head Coach John Harbaugh *

On if the game being on Monday throws the players' rhythm off:"They're veteran enough to handle it. It's basically a football-week schedule, so they know how to handle that."

On the differences between preparing for Browns QBs Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn:"I think each quarterback, like any player in the league, has his own way of playing – just idiosyncrasies and things like that. But, they run the same offense with both those two guys. We've been preparing for the Browns' offense anyway. Knowing that Brady's in there, we've watched him a little bit more. But, you've got to watch their offense over the last three or four games, and Derek's been in there, so we'll be watching him as well."

On if K Steve Hauschka is still the guy moving forward, despite the two kickers in for tryouts on Tuesday:"Steve is our kicker, yeah. He'll be our kicker on Monday night and going forward. We've said it all along: Steve is a talented kicker. He's actually… His percentage is way above what some guys have had who have gone on to be great kickers in this league. But, we want him to make kicks right now. He's kicked off very well. For the most part, he's kicked well. He's had a couple of misses that we'd like to have had back, I'm sure he would have liked to have had back, and kicked better. That's part of the process."

On if it's important to take Cleveland out of the game emotionally early on:"Well, it's always important to start off as well as you can, because it's never good to give up points or to get in the hole or to have to play from behind no matter who you're playing. I think that's true in this game as well."

On the key for consistency:"*The *key for consistency is probably multiple things. It comes down to getting off the field on third down, not allowing them to extend drives, and it comes down to extending drives and keeping a defense on the field. That usually leads to consistency. Then you get into the red zone, and you've got to find a way to score points in the red zone and not turn it over. Obviously, not turning it over is a big part of that. Not giving up big plays is a big part of that. All those football related things accumulate into what you might call consistency."

On the thinking behind elevating DE Dwan Edwards to a starting role:"The whole starter thing and all that stuff to me is kind of… In now-a-day football, I don't think it means that much. I don't believe… Dwan's been playing more on [the defensive scheme] 'Raven' for three or four weeks. Trevor's been playing more on sub for three or four weeks. You just try to get guys in different situations. They both play in sub. They both play in 'Raven.' I consider both those guys starters. I've said it all along: I don't know what our depth chart even says, and I really don't care. What really matters is the tape, and you see how guys are playing. Both those guys are playing starter reps in my mind."

On how to distinguish the fine line between encouragement and motivation:"Encouragement and motivation… I would like to think that those two things can be the same at times. To me, at this level, it's a professional level. It's professional, and guys, they'll be the first to tell you what they need to do better. And you try to coach them through technique, you try to coach them through assignment, you try to find a tip or two on tape that helps them be a better player. You try to put a good scheme together as much as you can as a coach. You encourage them to cut it loose and play through their technique or whatever the case may be."

On what extra preparation he took to fix the problems that he deemed as his fault:"I think what you try to do is do everything as well as you possibly can. When the results aren't what you hope for them to be, and it's a fine line a lot of times – maybe not as fine a line this last week as it was in weeks past when we didn't win – you try to find a way to do things better. I think that's true for everybody, and if you're the head coach, that's your job as well. I'm certainly not going to sit here and say I'm doing everything right and they're not. There have got to be ways as a head coach that you can find to help your guys be successful."

On if there's anything that has recurred most often in the first half of the last four games:"Yeah, there have been two things: big plays and third-down conversions. You're talking about defensively?"[Reporter answers, "No. Offensively."]

"Which games are you talking about?" [Reporter answers, "The last four first halves."]

"I don't want to get into it right now. Nothing that I could pin-point right now."

On if there is anything productive from calling a player out publicly about his performance:"No, I don't think there really is. We're accountable in this building, there's no doubt. I think our guys are accountable publicly. Hey, ask the player. Our players, I think, have been very consistent in stepping up and saying specifically all the things they can do better if you ask them one-on-one. I don't know that any fan or anybody else could ask for more than that from a person. To me, that speaks way more volumes than anything any other statement would make."

On if the process of deciding to make someone active or inactive has to do with what he sees during the week at practice:"I think it's a little bit that. It's also your game plan. It's also who you're going against in terms of how you match up. Are they an unbalanced team with more linemen? Are they a team that gets in four and five receivers so you need more defensive backs? What the game plan is on offense, how many receivers you need. Special teams, how it fits in. The main thing, I would say, in the equation is how many reps is a guy going to play. So, you try to put the guys that are going to play the most reps on the field in that particular game across the board."

On if exploiting matchups is a focus:"Yeah, they're trying to do the same thing. You're always trying to find your favorable matchups and put guys in positions to do things they can do well against whoever they're going against."

On if he's seen anything in particular that the team would like to exploit this week:"Not that I would like to share." (laughter)

On if the backup to an injured starter is playing well, if that factors into more playing time for the backup rather than playing the starter through injury:"I'm not sure I'm following you."

[Reporter continues, "If a guy's injured like Fabian Washington, and the backup is playing pretty well… If Fabian's banged up, does that play into the equation where if the backup is playing a little bit better, would you rest Fabian or not?"]

"I'm probably not going to answer the questions specifically to Fabian, and it's probably just too individualized of a situation to be able to put a blanket on. Yeah, the answer's yeah. It's all in the equation. That's probably the best you can do. It'd be hard to get any more specific than that."

QB Joe Flacco

On if he's wondering what's happening to make the team go from playing like it did against Denver to how it did against Cincinnati:"I think that was really the first time I really felt like that probably this year. You really look back at that, and you're disappointed when you look at the tape. You definitely think about why it happened, but the bottom line is you've got to move on and make sure it doesn't happen again."

On anything he's learned from playing the Bengals that he can take going forward:"There are definitely things that you can learn from each game. I don't know what specifically, but they definitely did a great job. I think we scored 14 points as an offense in eight quarters against those guys. They did a good job. We really only probably had a couple of productive drives against them. They had good coverage. They attacked our protections a little bit. Not our guys, but maybe our schemes a little bit. They did a good job of dialing up some things that we couldn't handle. But, we just didn't play as well as we should have on Sunday for some reason. It's inexcusable for an NFL team to come out and play the way we did. I think that's how we feel when we go back and look at the film. Like I said, we just have to move on and make sure it doesn't happen again – go get some wins with our eight games left."

On if he feels like he held on to the ball too long in certain moments in Cincinnati:"I don't think I held on to the ball too long. There's definitely ways I can improve and things like that, but holding on to the ball is not one of them. There's going to be times where you have to hold on to the ball and then check it down, but if I remember, I don't think… The reason we were taking sacks, a couple of sacks at the end of the game and everything like that, there's times where you have to hold on to the ball and make plays. There comes a point in time in the game where you have to go down and put some points on the board, and you have to maybe take some chances to do that. That may have been where that came from."

On if he thinks the slow starts are more mental or physical:"You play Denver, and obviously they are a good team, and we come out, and I don't know if we got off to a slow start, maybe points-wise, but really we thought we were playing pretty well. Then we go into Cincinnati, and we played a slow game. I think it's a little bit of both. You're in a point in the season where guys start wearing down a little bit. You have injuries, you have this, and also, even if you have that, it's not really an excuse to go out there and play slow. You've got to make sure you're mentally ready for the game, and I don't know if we were. I don't know if this game was a good showing for us on either of those parts – physically or mentally. I just don't think we've played the way we wanted to. Like I said, we've got to move on."

On how he avoids becoming predictable:"I don't think we've been predictable all year. I think the one thing about us is that we haven't been very predictable. We've spread the ball around, and a lot of our different guys have catches. We're giving touches to everybody on our offense, and we've just got to continue that. Obviously, they're going to start doing things like taking Ray [Rice] away a little bit on the checkdowns. That should just open up our receivers downfield. We have to look at that and try to take advantage of it as much as possible."

On if he's felt the need to be more of a vocal "rally" guy while the team is in this funk:"You call it a fun? It was one week. Yeah, we have four losses. You look at it, and you're like, 'Man.' We don't really feel like we should have them. But, the bottom line is we just came off a week where we beat Denver, and we were feeling pretty good, but we didn't come out ready to play. There are times where there are things that have to be said, and you say them on the sideline, and you have to rely on the fact that we're going to go out there and get things together. I think everybody understands this week, what it means for our season to go into Cleveland and get a win. No offense to Monday Night Football, but that's not what it's about. It should be fun and everything like that, but we've got to go out there, and we've got to get a win for our season. It's got to act as a jumpstart for us. We've got to carry it into the next couple of weeks."

On if he did become a "rah-rah" person, if that would seem fake because it's not in his natural personality:"There's definitely a time for it, but if I just did it out of nowhere people would [think] that wasn't really real. I'm not like that. There's times when I'll say things to people, and I don't need to make it known to the public that things are going on. It's not the way I am. It's not the way I'm going to be. My job is to go out there and lead these guys, and get these guys to play well and make them play better – make everybody, make myself and everybody, play better than we actually are. The bottom line is we didn't do that on Sunday, and we've got to do that the rest of this season."

TE Todd Heap

On what the stage is like on Monday Night Football:"Well, it's always exciting. That's the thing about Monday Night Football, you know a lot of people are going to be watching. And it's always a stage, and there is always a little more hype around it. The fans get into it a little more, especially us going into Cleveland, and the background that goes with that, the history that goes with that. You know it's going to be a lively atmosphere."

On what he remembers about Browns RB Jamal Lewis as a player: "Probably one of the most physical running backs to play the game. I played with him when he went for 2,000 yards, so we had a lot of success with him, and he's one of those rare running backs that has the size and the speed – and not just speed, but the breakaway speed. So definitely, anytime we go against him we know, our defense especially knows, they have their hands full."

On whether the team has yet to define itself this season: "I think, yeah, we're still working on that as far as around the league and what people see us as. I think inside the locker room, we're just as confident as ever. We know what type of team we are, we know that we have a lot of strengths, and we just need to make sure they come out every week. And that's the biggest thing, is to be more consistent with it."

On whether they look at what is in store for them in the second half of the season: "Oh, no question. I think the biggest thing for us, losing games early, it places more importance on every single game as we go throughout the second half of the season. There's a lot less room for error. We're going to have to make sure we come ready to play every week, and that's going to be how it is from here on out, because we can't afford to go through any stretches of the three-game losses. We just can't afford that anymore."

On what has been the difference between the first and second halves this season: "It's hard to put a finger on it, but I think that's going to be one of our goals throughout the second half of the season, is getting off to a faster start. And we know we've been able to make adjustments as we get into the game and really come out in the second half and play well. But our focus, especially this week, is going to be getting off to a fast start, and I think everybody on offense, that's going to be something that we're all thinking about on Monday night."

On how he looks at the team's kicker: "Well obviously, for me anyways, I look at them as another member of this team that we've got to support and put all of our encouragement behind, because you realize how important he is in winning football games. And when something goes bad, we've got to make sure we lift him up and make him realize that it's not one play that changes the outcome of the game. Obviously, he plays an important role, but whether he makes or misses a kick, I felt like maybe we should have gotten a first down before that. We were in that situation last week, and there are so many other things that can happen. It doesn't just boil down to one play all the time."

On what he has seen from QB Joe Flacco as a leader: "Joe is a steady factor in our offense, and when things aren't going well, he doesn't get too down, and when things are going great, he's not too high. So, he just plays that same role, where he's the same either way. And we know that that's his leadership style and that that's what he's been successful with and that's why our offense has been pretty successful this year. We just want to keep that going."

LB Ray Lewis

On whether there is anything he can point out that has led to team inconsistency:"You used the word. The word is consistency. Any good team, I think the thing that you find going throughout the course of the season, is you find consistency. And [it's] week in and week out, as a total team – not defensive play, not offensive play, not special teams play. Everybody plays well on any given Sunday. That's what consistency is, and that's what rolls in and turns into wins."

On how much he feels the need to step up and be a vocal leader in the locker room: "I think it might be too much right now unless you're just really caught up into the game. I mean, we're 4-4, we're heading into another division game, we go over .500 this week if we win this one and let it take care of itself. You know, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati [play] each other, we [play] Pittsburgh later on down the season. So, the season is so long. It's not like you're in the rut or something. You come off a bye, you win one, you lose one. Bottom line, you never like to lose one in your division, but you did. And the thing I keep telling these guys is, 'You need to grab the journey. You need to grab the journey, man, and learn what you're going to learn while you're going through it.' So, if we have made these small mistakes that have not let us finish games, let's switch that the second half of the season. Let's not make those mistakes. Let's not get the holding calls and get the penalties that are really killing us. Let's catch the ball, let's not give up the big runs, let's not give up the big play. So, all of those things come into play, and now is the time that you can really slow down and focus yourself on those little things and say, 'These are what we need to get better on. So, the next eight games, let's take it for what it's worth and see where we end up at the end of the day.'"

On what they can do as a team to minimize penalties: "I really think all you can do is just keep playing. You know, you can't get caught up into altering your game because of it or changing something. I think some of them can be corrected; whether it's a holding, whether it's the pass interference, you can play the technique a little better. But if it's just from pure aggressiveness, you just need to keep playing football. That's just what it is, because once you get into the, 'The refs throwing this and that,' that's too much, that's too much, man. The game is going to take care of itself. I was even watching the end of basketball last night, and I was watching Cleveland against the Orlando Magic. And it was amazing that they were commentating on how Dwight Howard was thinking [too much], because he was getting fouled so much. But he's worrying about the refs, and it's like, 'Oh, that's a bad thought process.' And I was just sitting at home saying to myself, 'It kind of is, in a way, because if you're worrying about that, then you can't be worrying about what you need to be worrying about.' And for us, I think we need to do the same thing."

On the challenges of facing a team for the third straight week coming off of a bye: "We get some very unique situations down here, but it's what it is, man. It's not as if they changed their entire team and you're playing somebody totally different. We played these guys early in the season. Maybe they come out with some different packages and different things like that. But after the first quarter, everything settles down and the game is going to turn into what the game is going to be. So, weather the storm. Weather the storm. That's kind of the same message about the season – weather the storm. Weather whatever little things you're going through right now, so in the second half of the season we can be better. And I look at this Monday night the same way. It's a great opportunity to come out and see some things differently, but it's also a great opportunity to play real fast and not worry about anything and just let the game take care of itself."

On whether it matters who plays QB for the Browns on Monday: "No, not at all."

On his thoughts about Cincinnati moving the ball in the first quarter: "I think the thing that you have to do is you just have to make your plays. You see a lot of those plays, even from last week, you've got one man with a hand on the ball, their man with a hand on the ball, [and] they come down with it. You've got to make those plays. When you dictate in the first quarter or the first half – I'd love to say first half – then you can kind of control the game from there, like the game was last week. I think for us, this week, is just to come out and play fast. Do what we do, play fast, whatever they throw at us, deal with it, and let's keep rolling."

On how he looks at kickers: "How do I look at kickers? I don't look at them any differently. I've had a true pleasure to be around one of the greatest ones in Matt Stover. So, I kind of look at kickers totally different because of 'Mr. Consistency.' It's just who Stover was. I never looked at them any differently outside of who we are. A mistake is a mistake. Whether it's a missed kick, whether it's a dropped pass or whether it's a blown coverage – a mistake is a mistake. I don't separate them because they're always a part of the team."

On his thoughts about Cleveland RB Jamal Lewis' career coming to an end after the season: "Wow. You don't like to hear that, and hopefully he gets a different spark that changes his mind. Anytime you win a Super Bowl with somebody, you will always live that. The heart that he has to play the game the way he plays the game… Do I want him to leave? I don't think so. I think he has plenty of football left. I think he should ride it out no matter where you are in life, no matter what situation you may find yourself in. I'd definitely reach out to him. But when it comes to football, it doesn't get more classic than that. He knows what we do. We know what he does. Here we go, clash of the titans all over again."

On facing great quarterbacks the next four or five weeks and how to handle that: "Easy. You make the play, or either they make the play. It's an easy cliché, every Sunday. Either they catch the ball or you stop them from catching it. The game will never change, I don't care. It doesn't need to be Carson [Palmer]. It doesn't need to be a big-time quarterback."

On the Ravens adjusting and playing better in the second half at Cincinnati: "Yeah, but even when you went back and watched the same plays, the play is either we make the plays or they make the plays. You see a lot of balls thrown up in the air, and it's whoever comes down with it. That's just the nature of the game. Whether you start coming up with them in the first half or the second half, whoever chooses to come down with the plays the earliest, most of the time wins the games. That's just football, period. You watch it game in and game out. I was watching a college football game last night – the same thing – guys were just making incredible catches, and I was like, 'Wow, either you make it, or you don't.'"

On what he remembers about watching Monday Night Football growing up: "A lot of old-schoolers. This was in the [Joe] Montana days when the 49ers were real good. The Cowboys were real good. One of my favorite from back in the day was Ronnie Lott. There was a certain stage. It's kind of what I try to tell these guys: 'Grab every moment of this thing. Grab every moment. This is one of those stages. Whatever you want to get done, whatever name you want to leave, the world will be watching. So, go have fun, man. Be yourself and let your personality show.' I've watched so many great ones on Monday nights, and you saw why they were great when the big stage came up because they always, always produced."

On if there is an explanation for the team to be so up and down: "It's the NFL. It happens. It happens to the good ones, and it happens to those that are not so good. Where you have a bad team, and they play a good team and they end up beating them, then the next week they end up losing… It's the NFL. You try not to let that happen as a team, but unfortunately, in this business, it does. So, what we have to do is continue to stick with what we've been doing, especially on the practice field – not panicking, continue to play football and not worry about the past game or the past play. You just try to make sure, as a team, that we do what we need to do to either get that play to work or win a football game. That's what it all boils down to."

On if he saw the defense playing differently with the offense having so much success: "Obviously, yeah. It really didn't start until two Cincinnati games, where we didn't play as well as we should have, because if you look at every other game, we've put up numbers and we've put up points, albeit, they might have been in the second half or the first half, but we were able to put up points and put up yardage as an offense. It was the Cincinnati game where we, for some strange reason, just kind of lost it there. So, I don't think defenses picked up on it. Obviously, they had an opportunity to scout us, just like everybody else in the league. Cincinnati had [two times] to scout us. So, it's not like they're picking up on anything. I just think that when you see that a team is good in one area, or a certain area, you focus on that area and try to make them do something else. Out of the eight games we've played, with the exception of two of them, I think we played pretty well. But we haven't been able to get the wins that we needed three of those four games."

On if he feels like Cincinnati was rolling coverage toward him: "Cincinnati, they play good defense. Like I said Sunday after the game, I said it Monday, I didn't play a good game. Point blank. I didn't come out there and play the way that I'm accustomed to playing. It was an embarrassment to me, it was an embarrassment to other receivers, and it was an embarrassment to the team by the way I played. I don't think they did anything that I haven't seen the first game. I just wanted to come and try to beat some of the coverages. They played a little man. They played a little zone. What they did good was they mixed everything up. They didn't show basically the same thing every play. They mixed it up on me and got me out of a rhythm, but I'll put the majority of it on myself because I didn't play a good game all-around."

On what is happening in the first half to have the majority the scoring being produced in the second:"I think it's a combination of two things: Mental errors and you've got to give credit to the other defense. They're out there playing, and obviously, doing something to stop you from moving the ball. Then again, we've had some situations or opportunities that we didn't make the best of. There have been some mental mistakes here and there that have stopped us on drives. So, I don't think it has anything to do with [being] physical, because physically, we go out there and we match with anybody. Mentally, there are some things that we could do better in the first half, and we understand that so we won't put ourselves in a position that we've been in the last three games, really four, if you look at the Denver game, too. It was still a slow start the last four games of this season that we've played. We just have to find a way to get ourselves to get going early, and I know we will. Once we get going, it's hard to stop us."

On if it is a tough/realistic challenge to make the playoffs: "I'm very optimistic. The glass is half full. It's a challenge, and that's what you want as a competitor, as an athlete. In whatever you do, you want to be challenged. Whether you're cutting grass and the guy next door to you is cutting his grass, and he's cutting his grass faster, you want to cut your grass a little bit faster. So, it's always a challenge in whatever you do, and it brings out the best in you. We look forward to the challenge that is presented to us. We have Pittsburgh twice. [We have] Indy. We've got to fly down to Oakland and Cleveland this upcoming Monday at their place. This challenge is going to be a good one, and it's going to really test our character moving forward. Are we going to give in, or are we going to continue to fight as a team? I believe we are going to continue to fight."

On his thoughts about the success he's had against Cleveland: "Oh, don't say that, please. You said that last week and then Cincinnati did this and that. No, I haven't had any games… When you're in this league for 13 years, obviously, you've had one or two good games. (laughter) I've made the best of my opportunities. They've stopped me, and they've done some things to not allow me to catch the football, or made it hard for me, but I like the challenge of a team going out and zeroing in on one guy. So, I try to go out there and give it my all and give it my best. I can't pinpoint one reason why I've had success against Cleveland, other than me just going out there and making the best of the opportunities that are presented. But those guys play hard on the other side of the ball. [Eric] Wright and Brandon [McDonald], I've been playing them since they've been in this league. So, each time I play them, I've got to work hard. Then the second time around, I've got to work even harder because they've seen a lot of the things that I've done in the prior games. I enjoy playing against them because it's always going to bring out the best, and I know I bring out the best in them also."

LB Terrell Suggs

On his reflection of Browns RB Jamal Lewis as a running back:"If you don't swarm tackle him, he's going to embarrass you. Jamal, he's like a juggernaut. Have you seen the movie 'X-Men?' If he gets that thing rolling, he's going to be hard to stop. So, we're definitely going to have to be around him, taking shots at his legs to get him down. We've got to gang-tackle this guy. This is one of the backs you definitely need to gang-tackle. I think somebody asked me last week about backs that are hard to take down; he's definitely one of them. So, it's going to be definitely a team-tackling day."

On whether it makes a difference who starts at QB for the Browns on Monday: "Not in this game, because whoever is in there, they're going to try to light us up. Last year, in the Giants game, [Cleveland] really lit those boys up on Monday night. They went out there and had a game. But, we know that anytime you're playing at home, no matter who you're playing, you're going to want to defend it. So, we're expecting everything we knew. They had the bye week, the extra week off, to kind of do some new offense, get some new trick plays in there. So, we're just going to prepare for everything."

On how excited he still gets for Monday night games, even though he's played in a few before:"You know, I don't really see it like that. We're going to play football. You're going to play football, and all I really think about is all my ex-girlfriends that are going to be watching me play. (laughing) So, I'm like, 'Yeah, shouldn't have dumped me. I'm out here now, and I'm playing Monday Night Football.' But no, in all seriousness, it's a very flattering game to play in. What player in the NFL didn't watch a Monday Night Football game growing up? You know what I mean? If you were a football player or not, you still watched the Monday Night Football game. It was Monday Night Football, and usually you have all of your relatives over. So, like I said, it's a very flattering game to play in, and you just want to go out and have fun."

On what he thinks about the five-game losing streak they currently have on Monday Night Football: "We've had five Monday night's [in a row] that we lost? That's disturbing, man. That's real disturbing. I just hope that doesn't haunt us. I didn't even know that until you said it. But, hopefully the streak ends Monday. But we know they're cooking up some new stuff over there, and they're going to defend their home field. So, we just need to prepare for everything."

On whether a struggling team like Cleveland can use this game as motivation toward hurting your playoff chances: "Definitely, definitely. I remember, I think it was 2005 – actually our last Monday night win [against Green Bay] – we weren't having a good season at all that year, and then we just got a couple of wins to roll. It didn't make the season, it just stopped the season from getting as [bad] as it could have been. So, you definitely want to try to make the second half of your season better, because you don't want to come into an environment like that where you're not having much success. So, definitely, they can definitely try to use this for motivation."

On whether the team needed to reevaluate itself this week after the loss to Cincinnati: "They still got the win. At .500, like I said, I think everybody is really kind of looking at us with that eye, because so much was expected of us coming in. But at 4-4 with eight games left, it's like, if you even want a shot you better play some outstanding football. No, they haven't waken us up, but they've shown us what can happen if you don't take care of business at home and you don't win the games you're supposed to win. Say for instance we win the Monday night [game], and then we win [the Indianapolis game], and then we drop a home game late in the season. You just can't do that, not in this league, especially not in the AFC. You know, maybe you can get in [the playoffs] at 8-8, but that stinks. That really stinks. 'Yeah we got in, we're in the playoffs at 8-8.' But you don't really feel too good. But like I said, we definitely need to play some outstanding football these last eight games."

On how he feels he is playing right now for the defense, not including stats: "I don't know. It's like night and day. Some days it's just like I've got a team dialed in, and I don't second-guess anything I am doing. I can play fully aggressive, the whole time out there. Then there are some times it's like, 'Well, when I did this last time, he popped it on the outside, so maybe I don't play there.' You know, some run plays creased us, and it was my fault. And sometimes you can be your own thing that hurts you. It's you. It's like knowing too much of the game, you're playing too much, when really all you need to do is play the thing that's really happening in front of you. So like I said, it's kind of like some days it's been 50-50, and that's really uncharacteristic of me. But it's just like I said, that's just how the first half of my season went. But, it's not ever too late to turn it around and get it going. I figure if we made the playoffs, then job well done."

On whether it's disappointing for him if it's only '50-50': "Kind of. Right now it is. Right now it is, because coach, he sits me down and he's like, 'You killed this guy, you killed this guy, then this next play this team ran this, and then you didn't do what you did the week before. What changed here?' So it's just like, 'Well, coach, I did this, I did that.' You know what I mean? It's kind of [frustrating], because there isn't any situation that I've been in where I haven't excelled. I've been in every situation and I've had some success at it, then I'll be in the same situation and I don't have as much success. So, it can be a matchup, it can be a scheme that day or the play that's actually called. I mean, a person that really knows football can really understand something like that, but sometimes you just play things different, and some teams you play different because of what they do better. But I guess I was kind of wrong; that 50-50 is kind of harsh. I don't think it was 50-50. Maybe 70-30. I'm not going to give you that satisfaction and be like, 'I was playing 50-50.' I would say 70-30 – you know, some games dominating the guy in front of me and some games a guy just position-blocked me or got me in the right position to be successful in it."

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