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Five Lessons from the Bengals Game
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Here are five lessons we learned from Sunday’s 27-10 Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We’ve got 30 minutes left — that’s the only thing guaranteed to us. You’ve got 30 minutes left in the season. Let’s do what we want with it. It’s about fundamentals. In playoff football and the rest of this year, it’s going to be about fundamentals. Let’s go out there and do all the little things right and the big things will take care of themselves. Just go do your job, do your job for the next 30 minutes, and if it’s good enough we’re advancing. If it’s not, we’re done for the year. It’s as simple as that. You shouldn’t need a big speech at halftime, or the beginning of a game right now, or a playoff game at this point in time in a season. They’ve heard me plenty of times already this year.”
“I’m so happy for Ronnie. I’ve probably touched on it, but what he’s done for this football team, what he means to the team — his leadership, his knowledge of the game, his role that he’s played — he never changed. He showed up to work every day. All he does is look and help his teammates out, and that’s all you can ask. He’s a true professional — a great guy to be around. We’re very fortunate to have him. Really, for him to score like that there’s a reason for it. There is.”
Meanwhile, Nick Hardwick is part of the glue that holds the entire offense together, but unfortunately he went down for the game early in the first quarter. As a result, Ohrnberger stepped in under center and the team didn’t miss a beat and Philip Rivers had plenty of praise following number 74’s performance:
“That’s the longest we’ve gone without Nick. Give a lot of credit to Rich Ohrnberger. The last few months Rich has gotten a lot of reps, so I’m sure he had confidence and I had confidence in him. It says a lot about the whole group. We didn’t have a lot of mistakes. You hate to see Nick come out, but thankful that we have an experienced guy in Ohrnberger to go in there.”
“They had a tremendous game on the defensive side. All the three-and-outs and four turnovers, they played tremendously. That’s what it’s about, and we were able to put up points and hold them to only 10.”
“We said from the first game, it doesn’t matter if it’s the first game against Houston or it’s this game, we’re going to do whatever we think it takes to win. As the flow of the game changes and things happen, there are certain things that are going to come up, and we’re going to decide this is how we’re going to play it. It might be more clock management from time-to-time, it could be weather like it came out today, what’s the situation, how are we protecting the quarterback, how are the receivers running outside, there are a number of things that come into the equation and it’s our job as coaches to make the best decision we think to win.”
“I think that’s big. Basically, when you go on the road, it’s a good feeling to be able to go on the road and silence the crowd. They’re all there to support their team and when you get a chance to make it quiet, it makes it a lot easier on the offensive side of the ball. At the same time, it’s a lot more momentum when you can hear the cadence.” Read