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Six Cold Hard Facts from the Texans Game
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Here is a six-pack of the top lessons learned from the 21-13 win over the Houston Texans.
“That’s been something our defense has done an outstanding job with. I believe we had 19 coming in to this game, so they’ve done a great job creating turnovers. That’s something we talk about all offseason long (and) training camp, but this year, during the season, we’ve done a great job of doing that. We’ve made the most of our opportunities of getting those picks today when we needed them.”
“This is big for us playing a division leader and sitting at 4-6. We knew this was a huge game. I liked our mentality all week. We had a great mentality all week long coming back from the bye week and a terrible loss in a game where I threw four picks in the 4th quarter. We weren’t in uncharted territory being 4-6, but for me, I was. Losing a game like that. We came back with a good mentality. Playing a division leader, we were fired up about that. We had a good frame of mind and we played with confidence on both sides of the ball.”
“It’s a bummer. When we pull out a win like this, our job as a D-line is to affect the quarterback. I think we did. We did a really good job of affecting him today. He got out of the pocket more than a few times. We just got to work on finishing. We know it’s there. We are getting to the quarterback; we just have to get him to the ground… I think if we finished the opportunities that we had today, it would be zero points on the board. Always room for improvement, and I’m happy that our defense was playing well and actually getting there. It’s not like we were getting locked at the line.”
“As a quarterback and as a coach, if you want one quality for a player, you want them to have dependability. Dontrelle is a good player. He makes plays, runs good routes (and) does those things, (but) the main thing, is he is dependable. You can count on him to run the right route, to play any position (and) to do his job every day. That is what we thought we were getting when we got him from Canada. (Former Offensive Coordinator) Frank (Reich) had talked to the coach he played for in Canada and he said, ‘If I had 41, or however big their roster is, Dontrelles, I would have a heck of a team.’ He had a heck of a day.”
“I came into this game and I knew that when (we) came out of this game, (my team) would be very satisfied with my performance… I think (they were). You always have one or two plays you want back, that is just the type of player that I am. I am very (proud) about my performance. Like I said, I played at a high level, got the W in Houston, my hometown, my people finally got a chance to see me so all of that is all good.”
“We’re now at 5-6. We’ve got a chance now. We’re back where we are, we’re just two weeks removed. We wanted to be 5-5 after the Miami game, so we got chance to go back to 6-6 and set the stage for a four week deal.” Read