"Our goal as an offensive group is not to get Joe hit, and we take pride in that," Rice said. "But even when he does get hit, you always look back and check on him, and he's getting up. He's ready to roll. That says something about our quarterback because quarterbacks, obviously, when guys are coming free at him — by him throwing the ball and everything – he's really unprotected. … Usually when you get a hit on a quarterback, it's one of those free shots. And [Joe has] taken a few of them, but he's able to bounce back, and we take pride in protecting him."