After the Patriots game you said you weren’t happy with two three-and-outs. What do you need to see from your offense Friday night?
“We want to look sharp. We want to move the ball. We want to score points. We want to limit mental errors and just play at our level of expectation.”
How do you feel at this point in camp?
“I feel like there is still a lot of work to be done. We’re certainly not satisfied with where we are. I feel like we have made progress but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Is this defense the toughest you’ve gone against since you’ve been here?
“I would say there were challenges, any time you have a new defense. Really, any time you come in the first day of come because there are always new thing that you are installing that weren’t there before. In this case, it’s an entirely new defense. There are some basic defensive principles that are always going to be there but then you kind of build off of that. I say that each defense, just like each defensive coordinator, has a certain style, certain tendencies that you just, that you just take a while to start recognizing things.”
Talk about the amount of dropped balls today.
“Listen, there have been some bad throws, some bad reads, there have been some drops. There have been some mental errors, a little bit of everything, and that’s what you work through with camp. Yes, in parts, it’s the elements but you have to train yourself, discipline yourself to fight through that. Yes it’s hot out here and there are times that you are exhausted. Guys are running all day long, but you have to be able to fight through that and concentrate. That’s the whole part of it, when you are physically exhausted, your mind still has to work.”
How important is it to have fun?
“It is fun. You have to have fun to break up the monotony, also, because we are blessed to play this game and do what we do. We work hard, and yes it takes a lot of discipline but we want to have fun doing it at the same time. We enjoy each other’s company. I know in the quarterback room if you do something stupid on the field, you are going to get made fun of. There is nothing that you can do that we will not pick up on and make fun of you for. Everyone is fair game and that’s the camaraderie and the team chemistry. That’s what you love about this locker room. From what everyone tells me, when you leave this game, those are the things that you miss, the camaraderie.”