Head Coach John Harbaugh
Opening statement: "Hey, everybody. Good to see you here; I sure appreciate it. Great day for practice. We just finished up our meetings now, and guys will be getting ready for practice here momentarily. You'll see them in the locker room, I'm sure, and hopefully we'll have one of our best practices of the year. Couple transactions: We signed Jihad Ward, as you know, to our defense, so [we're] excited to get a look at him today, see how he fits in. He's been around a little bit – very talented defensive lineman. Sean Modster and A.J. Howard, wide receiver and defensive back, added to our practice squad, and then Cole Herdman is off the practice squad for the time being, and then Tony Jefferson to IR. Cole has done a great job. It's more what we need at what position for practice. We'd bring Cole back in a second. He has a future in the league. So, that's where we're at with that."
Do you see DT Jihad Ward as a defensive end or defensive tackle? _(Jeff Zrebiec) _"He has played both. He has played nose guard, too, which I don't think is his spot. But in our system, those get interchangeable a little bit, and I could see him playing both those two positions for us."
Regarding splitting up the reps to replace S Tony Jefferson, do you already have packages set? Or what percentage of the snaps will S Chuck Clark and S DeShon Elliott get? _(Daniel Oyefusi) _"Yes, and a lot of it will depend on the game itself – how it plays out, what they present us with, personnel-wise, in the game, types of plays they start running, what kind of game it becomes, in terms of choosing what group you put on the field when. So, you can't really predict what the numbers will be exactly. I think they'll be fairly balanced. It could go in one direction or another, but expect both of those guys to play quite a bit in the game."
You know the subtleties of the cornerback position. How high of a level have you seen CB Marlon Humphrey play this year? _(Jamison Hensley) _"It's early. He has played at a very high level, but he'll be the first to tell you that he needs to play better. He wants to play better, and he works hard to play better. So, I think that's what makes for ... The best players think that way. He has that kind of a mindset. So, we'll determine that at the end of the year."
What did you see out of WR Sean Modster to bring him back? _(Kirk McEwen) _"He's a good little receiver. He runs routes in there in the slot. He can catch the ball. I thought he had a really good training camp, and also, he has value as a punt returner, to give you an idea of where he could fit in. We need a little depth there, in all honesty. To have him out here practicing every day as a punt returner will give us a backup plan there if needed."
Have you got any recent updates on CB Jimmy Smith and when he might be able to practice again? _(Childs Walker) _"I have, but I wouldn't want to speculate on it exactly, because you just can't say for sure. I'd just say he's doing well, and I've got my fingers crossed for soon."
Did you hear anything back from the league on any of the questionable calls from Sunday's game? _(Ryan Mink) _"I got the report, the post-action report."
Can you share anything from it? _(Ryan Mink) _"Can I share anything? I really can't. I'm not allowed to share what they said. Any other question on it?"
Were you pleased with the post-action report? _(Pete Gilbert) _"I mean all you hope for as a coach is to receive some information that you can share with the guys that you can coach them off of, and in all honesty, we didn't get any valuable information that helps us coach our guys any better, based on what we had."
OLB Matthew Judon said before the season that he wanted to take on a bigger leadership role and wanted to be a bigger presence on defense. Can you just talk about his performance thus far? _(Todd Karpovich) _"Matthew [Judon] plays super hard. He's had really great plays, and he's had plays he wants to do better at, like all guys. But you never question his effort, never question his intensity. He always wants to do well, so he just keeps chasing improvement every single week. That's a general answer to a general question, but I think he's doing a good job. He's playing well. He's very valuable and important to our defense. We need him."
Is it easier to keep locked in and focused on an opponent that's 0-5 when it's a divisional opponent, when you know that it hasn't mattered what the records have been when you've played them in the past? Cincinnati is always tough. _(Pete Gilbert) _"Yes, that's exactly right. I don't care who you're playing. The records don't matter in the National Football League, contrary to what people that don't actually have to play the games and go out there and perform or coach the games might think. It's not college football. The difference between teams is not that great, and you better go out there and play your best every single week. That's why they call it 'Any Given Sunday.' It's a fact. So, we have to be at our best, and then beyond that, just what you pointed out. This is the Bengals. We haven't done too well against the Bengals the last six years, seven years. They've had our number a number of times, and it'll be a physical AFC North battle. Andy Dalton is a proven quarterback in this league. He can play. He can make plays at any time. They have a great running back, physical offensive line in the run game and proven players on defense, too. So, we just expect their best, and we have to play our best to win the game."
Does it look a lot different with Marvin Lewis not there, schematically? _(Bo Smolka) _"Schematically it does. Yes, they're playing a different defense then they've played in the past. Now it's a lot of the same players, and they fit players into roles. So, you'll still see Carlos Dunlap doing what he did, you'll still see Geno Atkins doing what he did, Shawn Williams, the two corners who are very good man-press cover corners, but they're in different spots doing it with a different structure. Same thing on offense. Now, they'll have elements in there for Andy Dalton. The ball comes out quick, the RPOs, the quick game, the vertical stuff coming out quick in the seams, but they also have a lot of the Ram offense that they've kind of built into their structure right now. So, the schemes aren't the same, but the players doing football things that they've done in the past is the same. I know that's a long answer. It's the best I can do, I guess, with that."
Do you sense a general frustration among yourself and other coaches about the pass interference [review] rule being almost unusable? _(Peter Schmuck) _"I don't talk to many coaches, so to say, 'I sense a general frustration' ... You just try to figure it out the best we can. About the only thing you can expect to get is maybe a pick that's clear and obvious on tape on offensive pass interference, a pick-type play. Anything else, I don't think anything is going to get overturned besides that. We've had three or four of those that have come on either interceptions or scoring plays, so we can't challenge them anyway, and I guess they didn't notice them. So, it hasn't meant much, in all honesty. It hasn't helped in that sense."
Do the hurdling habits of your tight ends worry you at all? (Jonas Shaffer) _"The hurling habits? There's a lot of definitions of 'hurling.'" _(Reporter: "Hurdling.")"Oh, hurdling. (laughter)OK, thanks for the clarification. I like it if it's effective. I don't like it if it's not effective, and really only a player can determine that. I think you have to let guys play and give them a chance. I'm all for lowering the shoulder, too. I played defensive back a little bit, and you don't love seeing those 265-70-pound guys barreling down on you, either. That's why DBs go low, and that's why guys go over. That's why they hurdle, so I think it's part of the game. I love those guys, and I think they're playing really hard, and we'll let them play."
A natural follow-up then: Were you yourself ever hurdled? (Jonas Shaffer) _"Probably. There were probably a lot worse things that happened to me, yes. _(laughter)I block a lot of memories out. I have found that to be a very effective way of dealing with the past." (laughter)
With the next-man-up mentality, when you lose a key player like S Tony Jefferson, is there any element where that can bring a team together because of a loss of a key player? _(Mark Viviano) _"Sure, yes, and I think our team will probably be that kind of deal. They love Tony [Jefferson], so they'll rally around that. But they'll rally around the two guys [Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott], because they have a lot of respect for those two players, for sure. And they know that Chuck and DeShon are going to give us everything they've got, and I do think that. I think it'll be a point of positive growth for us in a way, turning that negative into a positive."
QB Lamar Jackson
On if he has any fond memories from his first start against Cincinnati: "From last year? Yes, I remember us winning the game. That was pretty cool. This year, [I want] the same result. That's all I need to remember."
On what he is learning about the increased number of sacks and how to fix them:"The defensive lines [we play against] do great jobs of doing whatever their stunt is, trying to keep me in the pocket, when it's tough downfield, [plays are] not developed or [players are not] open, stuff like that. I just have to do a better job of getting out. [I'm] not trying to set sack records for our offensive line. Just play ball."
On why it was important for him to help up the photographer he ran into in Pittsburgh: "Because they're human beings, too. And I know we're moving fast; [we] get physical out there on the field, and we're coming full-speed, and she's sitting down taking pictures. I know that kind of hurt, so I had to make sure she was alright."
On what he said to the photographer: "I just rubbed her head, because it looked like I hit her head."
On if he saw the picture that the photographer took of the play: "Yeah, the stiff arm. It was her with the picture. I just told her it was a great shot. I actually DMed [direct messaged] her and asked if she was OK, and I told her that was a great picture."
On if the photographer is physically OK:"Yes, she told me she was fine."
On if there is a common denominator to turnovers or something specific he wants to improve to limit them: "Just don't have any turnovers. One [interception at Pittsburgh], I could have helped. One, I thought it was P.I. [pass interference]. The other, I thought it was on the ground. But I need to do a better job of placing the balls where my receivers can get them, and we won't have any conflicts or results with the other defenses catching interceptions."
On what the offense needs to do to generate more big plays: "Just take advantage of what the defense gives us, try to execute, and big plays will happen."
On if there is any significance to him tying QB Robert Griffin III as the fastest quarterback to reach 1,000 career rushing yards and establishing another record:"I'm just trying to win. Records are just going to come, regardless. I'm playing football to win. That's my job. It's pretty cool to have a record – a positive record, though." (laughter)
On how he mentally comes back after throwing an interception: "I move on. I can't get them back. It's a stat line that I don't want to have. I just have to move on and try to score a touchdown on the next drive."
On if he felt like he left some plays on the field in Pittsburgh, specifically his throw to WR Seth Roberts:"Absolutely. I told coach: 'If I hit that, that's a walk-off.' There were probably, like, 10 seconds left on the clock. I was ticked off. I just have to get out here in practice and work on stuff like that, because you know situations in the game like that, you have to execute. You might not get a second chance all the time."
On TE Hayden Hurst's development:"He went first round for a reason. He's moving around, being a receiver most of the time, a tight end sometimes. He's getting open. He's getting yards after the catch. He's doing great right now. We just have to keep improving day-in and day-out."
On what stands out to him about TE Nick Boyle:"Nick [Boyle] is a big, physical guy. He's doing a lot of dirty work to get it in with the defensive ends, hit some tackles, stuff like that. He also gets involved with the passing game, too."
On how much comfort he has knowing he has an anchor like T Ronnie Stanley at left tackle: "[It brings me] a lot of comfort. I can depend on him. Sometimes, stuff isn't open down the field right away. He's still blocking. He's handling what he's supposed to. He's doing a great job so far."
On if he looked at TE Nick Boyle on the touchdown pass to WR Marquise Brown last Sunday: "The defensive guy was in a great position to make a play on the ball, so I couldn't go to Nick [Boyle] on that play, and 'Hollywood' [Marquise Brown] was open. He did a great job catching the ball and scoring a touchdown."
On what goes through his head when he sees the play when QB Mason Rudolph was hurt:"It's part of the game. We signed up for it. We don't really want anything like that to happen, even though that's a rival game, but still, he's a human being. He's part of the NFL. He's a brother. We don't really like to see anything like that happen. We just have to play ball and try to protect ourselves."
On WR Miles Boykin's performance and if he still has confidence in him:"I still do. Just when other guys are out there who make plays happen … But Miles [Boykin] just scored a touchdown, like, two weeks ago. So, he's doing a pretty good job."
On why he gave Era 8 Apparel sweatshirts to his teammates at this time of year: "It's getting cold right now. (laughter) I didn't want to give it to them during the summer. It's hot during the summer. And I already had it out, the long jackets and stuff like that. I was like, 'I'm going to surprise the team.' A couple of guys were asking me, and I was like, 'I'm going to get them to come in.' They kept asking and I'm like, 'Dang.' And it's finally cold, so I was like, 'This is the perfect time to do it.'"
On the significance of the African Wild Dog on his sweatshirts: "I just wanted something different. I know Polo has the bears and stuff like that, the horses. I wanted to be different and get into the wildlife. I look at myself like I'm wildlife. We're on the field, we're doing anything that's possible to win the game, so I just went along with that."
On his thoughts on his tight ends hurdling players: "There are almost leaps every game with them. I just call them 'Jumpman.' Just give them the Jumpman logo, the tight end group. (laughter) Those guys are doing a terrific job, too. They're dodging hits, so I can't be mad at them."
OLB Matthew Judon
On how impressive it was for ILB Josh Bynes to get up to speed quickly and make an impact at Pittsburgh: "That's why he's been around this league for so long. It was very impressive, and it wasn't that he just got up to speed; he was out there leading. Kudos to him for being ready whenever his name was called upon. He did an excellent job of stepping in and filling a void that we needed."
On what stands out to him about the Bengals' offensive line:"We just have to get after them. They gave up some stuff, but other lines gave up some stuff. We just have to get after them. We have to be physical up front. We have to take the fight to them."
On if he sees opposing offenses attacking him differently, as he has sort of become the "sack guy" for the Ravens: "No. Offenses are going to have their schemes. It's going to be different with every offense we face, or I face. I just have to get after the quarterback. That's my job. I have to do my job."
On how he would evaluate the entire pass rush this season: "You know, it's hard. Some of the quarterbacks have been getting the ball out pretty fast against us, and then other teams, they just hold the ball. And then we've been getting some pretty good blocking schemes. But when it really comes down to it, we have to win our one-on-ones up front. We have to help our defense. We have to do a better job of getting to the quarterback and applying pressure and helping our secondary out so they don't have to cover forever."
On how CB Marlon Humphrey has been playing and if he has outgrown the nickname "Marvin": "No, that's my guy. I'm always going to make fun of him no matter how good he plays. (laughter) I've been calling him Marvin, and he's been playing that good, so maybe it was because I was calling him Marvin. (laughter) You never know. He's been playing outstanding football. He's probably been one of the best players on defense so far. All the talk and all the credit that he's getting, he deserves it. He put in the work out here on the field, during the summer. Whenever he's doing it, whatever he's doing, it's working for him. I'm just happy he's having so much success."
On what he's seen out of OLB Jaylon Ferguson:"Growth, every game, growth. If you go back and watch, he's using his hands better now. It's the NFL, and the more reps you get, the more experience you get, the better you become. I think he has all the talent and all the potential. He just has to keep getting reps."
On what he sees in S Chuck Clark and S DeShon Elliott that assures him they are ready to start:"There's no drop-off. Chuck [Clark] played for three games last year in the absence of Tony [Jefferson]. DeShon [Elliott] is willing and eager to get out there. He prepares like he's going to play every week. Both of them do. Now, it's time to take that step. Football is a game of injuries, and you hate to see it happen, especially to a guy like Tony – to a leader like that. But I don't think there's going to be any drop-off with those two other guys."
On what he thinks about the mental aspect of the locker room after losing S Tony Jefferson to injury:"The only thing that we're going to miss from Tony [Jefferson] is on the field. He's still in the locker room. He's still in our meetings, as of right now. I know he's going to have some stuff he has to go through by himself, but we're going to be there for him, and it seems like he's going to be there for us and supporting us. He's correcting guys in meetings and on the walk-through as much as he can. So, that's really the only thing we're going to miss, is him out here on the field."
On if his contract situation has weighed on him: "No, I'm alright on the contract situation. It happens when it's supposed to happen. God has his plan, and I'm just riding a wave right now. The better I play and the better our team plays, the more it helps me on [my] contract. But I'm not really thinking about that. I have a job to do every day, and how selfish would it be for me, to these guys, if I'm just out here pouting about some money, man? There are bums out here on the street, and I am blessed to be here. So, I'm just going to soak it up and take every advantage and opportunity I have to play hard and just have fun with my guys."
On what comes to mind when facing the Bengals: "It doesn't matter their record. It doesn't matter the time. It doesn't matter the place – home, away, neutral stadium. It's always a hard-fought game. Even before I got here, I just felt like there was always a thorn in the side. So, they know how to win. They know how to beat us. We know them. We know how to beat them. We just have to go out there and execute like we know how and play our game, and it'll help us come out with the victory."
ILB Patrick Onwuasor
On facing another divisional opponent in the Bengals this week:"The Bengals are a pretty good team. I feel like they have a great running back. I feel like our goal is probably to stop the run and try to get them out of rhythm really fast."
On overcoming the injury to S Tony Jefferson:"That's really hard. That's one of our top leaders. That's one of the leaders that we all look up to communicating on the field. I get a lot of things and info from Tony [Jefferson]. It kind of hurts us really bad, but I think it's an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up, like Chuck [Clark] and DeShon [Elliott]. But the loss of Tony, it's really hard. It still doesn't feel real. We talk to him every day just to keep him positive and keep him motivated, but I think DeShon and Chuck are going to come in and do a great job."
On the addition of ILB Josh Bynes:"I feel like it was great. He's a true MIKE linebacker. He communicates a lot. He communicates great. When he sees things, he lets me know, and I let him know. We're always communicating during the play. I feel like we're playing way faster with him on the field, and we're getting a lot of stuff done."
On feeling more comfortable moving back to WILL linebacker at Pittsburgh:"I felt way more comfortable. I was flying around. That was my natural position. It just felt like it fit me perfectly, and I think 'Wink' [Don Martindale] could tell a little bit that I like that position a little bit better. It just flowed the game a little better."
On if a decision has been made whether he'll be wearing the green dot or not against the Bengals:"No, we're going to leave that up to the head coach and Coach 'Wink' [Don Martindale]."
On if he was wearing a boot on his foot yesterday for the team picture:"That's just taking little [precautions], stuff like that. If you have any questions, you can ask Coach [John] Harbaugh."
On what is entailed with wearing the green dot and if it gives him more to have to think about:"No, it's kind of natural. You do it in practice every day. Wearing the dot, you just communicate with 'Wink' [Don Martindale], just like in practice. You just communicate with the team and take charge. That's it. It doesn't matter who's wearing the dot. We all communicate, and as long as the play gets in, we can run the play. That's really it."
On playing a team that is still looking for its first win:"Every time Cincinnati comes in here, it's always going to be a fight. They always give us their best fight. I feel like we're going to play physical and tough football, and I know they're going to try to run the ball a bit. We'll be well prepared for that."
S Earl Thomas
On him noticing early S Chuck Clark's football intelligence:"Yes, I saw it the first day at football school. He was on it. He was just like a starter. I was like, 'Bro, why are they bringing me in here when they've got this guy?' (laughter)So, I have total trust in him and DeShon [Elliott]."
On how high of a level CB Marlon Humphrey is playing on right now:"We ask him to have tough matchups with following the No. 1s around, and he's been standing up. He had Odell [Beckham Jr.] one week, and he did a great job against JuJu [Smith-Schuster]. And we all know about the splash play at the end that really won us the game, besides J-Tuck [K Justin Tucker]."
On where he sees S Chuck Clark's intelligence manifest itself:"I see it in the film room, not necessarily play-making ability, but just understanding the whole defense, making calls, being very reliable, and he's had a lot of experience as well."
On the changes in communication with S Tony Jefferson being out:"We just have to go on with business as usual. Chuck [Clark] will come in, and he'll help out, and I'll fit right where I need to be. If I know the check-it and I see it, I'll be vocal about it, but Chuck is going to take on that role as well."
On ILB Josh Bynes coming in as the MIKE and ILB Patrick Onwuasor moving to the WILL:"Yes, Josh [Bynes] came in and did a great job. Short week of practice for him. He came in, preparation was on point. 'Peanut' [ILB Patrick Onwuasor] is back in his natural position, and he's shooting gaps and making splash plays in the backfield. I feel like he's more comfortable at WILL."
On what he took away from his first few AFC North games:"So, the first games, we're talking about divisional opponents, I'm just trying to feel my way through it, and hopefully, throughout play, set up the next game. [I'm] just trying to feel my way through it, understand the scheme, understand what type of offense we're playing. Most of the guys around me, I already know because they've been in the division so long. I'm just trying to catch up."
On preparing to face an opponent like Cincinnati, looking for its first win of the season: "Well, you watch the film. They had some close games. Even in Seattle, they played really well. So, we understand in the NFL, it's hard to win, regardless of who you're playing. So, you have to bring your A-game. If you don't, you'll get upset."
On if he feels that he and his defensive teammates are learning about each other each week as this defense progresses: "Yes, I know that. I feel that. I know it, just by the results that we're getting after the games that we've played in and what we put on film. We're seeing what we're good at. We're seeing what we're struggling at, and we're making the right corrections. It might not show up right off, but it's going to pay off in the end."
On the importance of divisional games:"We want to own the division. We want to own the division, and this is one team in our way. We want to put everybody in our rearview [mirror] and have separation, so we know that we're really solidified in the playoffs."
On if he feels more responsibility or pressure after S Tony Jefferson's injury:"We have to knock it all out in the classroom, and we've got guys with experience like Chuck [Clark] and DeShon [Elliott] that are going to come in, and they're going to be very vocal, as well as me."
On how good it was for the defense and the team to get back on track last week with a win:"It felt really good. What was it, two weeks straight that we lost? So, it was a terrible feeling. Nobody likes to lose, but it felt good to go on the road and get a win and get that taste out of our mouth."
K Justin Tucker
On potentially having another large role this week against the Bengals: "The expectation is, every week, to come in and have a big role. The preparation, certainly, leads up to think that way, especially when you play a division opponent here at home. We have to defend The Bank [M&T Bank Stadium] and do everything we can to get a win against a still pretty good and competitive Cincinnati Bengals team. They always seem to have our number, and we always seem to play Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh close. Games typically come down to the wire, and we prepare for exactly that, week-in and week-out, especially when we play those guys."
On if he hears from kickers around the league after a game like he had against Pittsburgh:"Sure, like a handful of guys, we all kind of keep up with each other. I know I follow everybody else out there."
On being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the 10*th* time:"It's really cool. It speaks more to our success as a whole field goal unit, not just myself kicking the ball. Morgan [Cox] does an excellent job week-in and week-out. Sam [Koch] does an excellent job week-in and week-out. I've joked about this before, that I'm just a system kicker, and that Morgan and Sam … Sam is the system. The ball could pretty much kick itself. I'm happy just to be a part of the group. And to get the recognition is less about me and more about all three of us, all 11 of us. There's a lot that goes into making that ball go through the uprights."
On if he intentionally kicked the game-winning field goal more to the left believing it would come back:"The game-tier, we picked out a target line, pretty much center, and the ball tracked pretty much right down the middle until it got maybe five or 10 yards from the goal post. And then it took a hard right. But I didn't really recognize that until after the fact, when I saw the video playback on Twitter, that that ball did take a pretty hard right, a lot more so than I knew at the time. Because as soon as the ball left my foot on the 48-yarder, we knew the kick was going to be good. I probably should have tracked the ball with my eyes all the way down the field, but I was a little too fired up, celebrating with Sam [Koch] and just being a little bit too stoked, probably. But on the winner, from 46 [yards], we picked a target line pretty much center, and my plant foot sunk into the ground just a little bit more than I would have expected. And when that happens, a tendency for me is to turn on the ball, turn my hips just a little bit too quickly, and pull the ball. But fortunately, I didn't pull it too far, and we snuck the ball through the uprights and snuck out of Pittsburgh with a win."
On if he has a sense when the ball leaves his foot if a kick is going to be good, and what he thought about the game-winner: "For sure. Just to compare the two kicks: the 48-yarder, as soon as it left my foot, we knew that ball was good. We crushed that ball. And then the game-winner, from 46 [yards], it left my foot, and I knew it was going to have a chance, but I wasn't 100 percent on it, to be perfectly honest. But it got about two-thirds of the way there and took that right that the ball from 48 [yards] took, just a few moments prior. So, God is good. That's all I have to say about that. I think an act of God might have helped us get out of Heinz with the win."
On running around Heinz Field after the game: "To be perfectly honest, I didn't think anybody else was out there. I was just kind of being a fool, having a good time. Anytime we go into Pittsburgh and we get out of there with a win, it's a big deal. A lot goes into winning any football game, but especially in that environment, playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, a division game, kind of a swing game for us, momentum-wise, as a team. So, getting out of there with a win, it's special. Morgan [Cox], Sam [Koch], Randy [Brown, assistant special teams coach], and myself, anytime we've gone to Pittsburgh and we've won a game there, after the locker rooms kind of clear out or after the stadium clears out, we're heading toward the busses, we stop back on the field and we just grab a quick snap. We take a photo on somebody's phone. The only other folks out there were grounds crew guys with leaf blowers blowing off debris from the field. The stadium is empty, I'm just looking around, kind of taking in the moment. Because like I said, this is special. I don't know how else to describe it. It's like the most rad feeling. We go in there, we just won the game, walk-off field goal, and it's empty in there. It's quiet, and it's kind of serene, which comes in stark contrast to the environment that we were just playing in – chaos and loud. They play 'Renegade,' and that whole stadium, it's an electric factory. We just ran out on the field, we took a quick picture, and then I went out to the spot where we made the winner from, that 46-yarder from the left hash, and I just … For a couple of reasons, I just wanted to be out there and kind of take it all in for a moment, and kind of give thanks. And then from a technical standpoint, I just wanted to look at my cleat marks in the ground and see if they were still there and see if I could learn anything from it. And sure enough, they were right there. I stored away whatever I needed. Then, as I was kind of jogging back over to the tunnel, Morgan and Sam and Randy were over there – and like I said, I didn't think anybody else was out there – I did like a little soccer-style airplane thing, which is probably over the top, a little bit ridiculous, but it's all in good fun. At the end of the day, just a whole experience to be thankful for."
On how thankful he is to have consistency with LS Morgan Cox and P Sam Koch after seeing K Robbie Gould miss field goals with a third-string long snapper and second-string holder: "I don't necessarily care to speak on anybody else's operation or kicking situation, because that's not for me to evaluate. But what I can say is I'm incredibly thankful to have Morgan Cox and Sam Koch, Randy Brown, Chris Horton [special teams coach], T.J. Weist [assistant special teams coach], and for the last seven years leading up to this one, Jerry Rosburg [former special teams coordinator]. That's the system. It's the players and coaches and the tireless effort that we put in week-in and week-out on the practice field. Some of it is readily seen by you guys when you're out at practice. A lot of stuff is broken down after practice via video and studying all of the intricacies that we have been able to identify over the years as difference-makers in terms of making kicks. So, just having that support system in place is something that I'm incredibly grateful for. I'll leave it at that."