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Derrick Mason on McNair, the offense and finger-pointing

This is a transcript of receiver Derrick Mason's session with local reporters:

On what is on his mind approaching Cincinnati: "Getting back on that field and playing football, putting that last game behind us and getting back on the field as soon as possible. Just enjoy the game, have fun with it, and prepare for the next game. What's done is done. You can't dwell on it."

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On QB Steve McNair struggling: "I mean, it's not just Steve. You can't put it all on one person. Everything goes hand in hand with this offense. Obviously, everything is going to be pointed at him because he's the quarterback. When we're doing great, the quarterback is praised. When we're doing badly, the quarterback is kind of the scapegoat. You can't make him the scapegoat. It's everybody. It's 10 other guys along with Steve. We all need to pick it up. We need to make sure we're doing what we need to do as an offense."

On alleviating the problem with turnovers: "You need to know where everybody is on the field, the guys that are carrying the ball. You've got to be more careful with the ball. Turnovers are going to happen because the game is so fast. If you limit your turnovers, you'll come out on top. Let's minimize those turnovers. As we saw Monday, it's hard for you to win, and it showed against Pittsburgh."

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On the team getting on a roll: "I'm still smiling. It's about what we can do. I still see the glass as half full, not half empty. We still have a long season to go. A lot of people have already written us off. Pittsburgh has written us off, judging from what was said. We've still got the second half of the season to go. We can still finish this thing up at 12-4. We have to think that way. We can't let the outside circumstances determine what we do in this locker room. So, we're going to continue to go out there. We'll continue to have a smile on our face. We'll work through this."

On Sunday's game being pivotal: "Every game is pivotal from here on out. The Pittsburgh game was pivotal. Obviously, the No. 1 thing is turnovers. We can't turn the ball over. It's going to take attention to detail from all 22 starters. We have to pay attention to detail and not put ourselves in compromising positions like we did in Pittsburgh."

On any "finger-pointing" in the locker room: "No, I'm not going to worry about that. I've been in this position so many times. This team went to a Super Bowl and there was controversy about the quarterback then. So, we are very mentally strong. We're going to let upper management and the coaches deal with that and we're going to play football. Wherever the chips land, that's where they land."

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