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Five Lessons from the Cardinals Game
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Here are five lessons we learned from Thursday’s 12-9 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
“There are always going to be ups and downs without a doubt. There are things you can look at week in and week out, and that will be the same way during the season. But it’s great to see some players. You see the growth from week to week. (We) mentioned earlier Ryan Carrethers and the growth he’s made. He did some things again yesterday that were an improvement. And you see the way the team is gelling together. It’s always different. There are different reasons and you play different guys…Just really seeing the growth of the football team and the way the coaches are adjusting. I think (Offensive Coordinator) Frank (Reich) did an outstanding job calling (plays) for the first time here. For four weeks you can see the way he called it and the tempo he called it at, it’s a smooth transition.”
“There are some things we obviously (need) to clean up from this past game and what we want to do. With the players that played in the game, we’ve got to make sure number one we clean those things up in the next couple days. Then it’s going to be gradually moving into Arizona week like we normally do. We’ve got a couple extra days to get ahead on some film, and you never can know your opponent (enough). You’ve got to study and watch as much film as we can.”
“(He’s) a smart player that has the position flexibility that you love that we’re always going to talk about. Whether it’s left guard, right guard or playing center, he’ll be able to play all three spots for us as we move forward. He’ll get plenty of work during the week at both those spots.”
“We’ve set a standard here in how we want to play. The coordinators have laid the foundation, and everybody knows it’s clear how we want to play offense, defense and special teams. You’ve got a job to do. You’ve got 52 other teammates who you’ll be held accountable too. So it’s not a matter of leeway; it’s about doing your job.”
“We have some tough decisions to make. After watching the game from the sideline, you can tell some guys stepped up and helped themselves out. But as an organization we’ll meet in the next few days and find the best 53 guys and move it forward. Then find a few guys to help us on the practice squad. But I’m proud of the way the guys worked… We’re trying to find the best 53. That was our number one goal coming out of this game, to find the best players to help our team win in the regular season. That’s what it’s all about. It’s about winning.”