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Compiled by Gene Wang
Web Posted: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004; 11:26 p.m. EST
Coach Joe Gibbs
I feel like we dug such a hole in the first half. It really wasn't us. I don't feel like that's our football team, but we played a poor first half, and I think we dug ourselves such a hole that we couldn't get out of it. I admire guys for the way they fight back. They continue to fight in the fourth quarter. I really feel like when you get off to that kind of start, it's really hard to overcome. I just think we got ourselves so far into the hole that we couldn't get ourselves out.
Q: Why did you decide to change quarterbacks?
A: It's kind of a gut feeling. I felt like we had some shots there. I went over to talk to Mark [Brunell], and I think he understood. It was just one of those things where it was my decision, and I felt like we needed to make it at that point to give Patrick [Ramsey] a shot.
Q: How will you approach the quarterback position heading into next week's game?
A: I think we'll put our heads together, look at the film tomorrow and kind of go over everything and announce what we're going to do there. We just told our team, from here on out, we'll probably be a real underdog. It will be a real test each and every week from here on out for us. I admire the way we fight, but I just felt like we played poorly today, in the first half in particular.
Q: What are your thoughts on Ramsey's performance?
A: The first thing I think is that we put him in a tough situation. You're behind and not playing well, so I think you put pressure on yourself. Obviously he threw a few [poor] passes in there, that when you're trying to make something happen, that's what happens. It's a tough situation to be in. But also I felt like he made some real good plays. He had real poise, and if you looked at him on the sideline, he was very confused. I felt like he handled it all very well. He got thrown into a tough deal.
Q: Are you surprised Brunell hasn't been able to regain his past form?
A: Our whole offensive team has struggled. We know that. I don't know if you can make a lot of it than that. I feel like when we make a decision to go with a different quarterback, I am reluctant to make a change there, but at this point I felt like it was the smart thing for us to do. I felt that it was right, so I made the change. I know that Mark is disappointed that he didn't play than he has. I think we need to see if can get a lift. I think we know a lot about Mark by now. We've seen him play a lot, and that's good. Like I said, we'll probably sit down and think our way through it, but in all likelihood, I think it's probably good to give Patrick a chance to see what he can do.
Q: What about the penalties?
A: I think the penalties really hurt us today again. I want to take a good long, close look at them. I think I really need to study and see where we are off there. I feel like we are well-organized in practice. I try to take a look at all of that stuff. I'm disappointed because I think we should play a lot smarter than that.
Q: What are your thoughts about the game?
A: It's a tough loss, but we have to give credit to Cincinnati. They came out and played well. We have to get started quicker during the first half. We waited until the second half, and then we started playing a little better. So just we just have to start better than we did today. Once we got behind, we did our best to fight back, but we didn't have enough time, and it expired on us.
Q: What did you think of Ramsey?
A: Patrick did a great job. I thought he responded well when he got the call, and he went out there and played his heart out.
Q: Can you talk about the no-quit mentality this team has?
A: I think it's the attitude, starting with the head coach. He's a fighter and a proven winner. He's been in tough times like this before, and we just have to continue to fight for him. Eventually things will turn our way.
Q: Can you talk about coming back from a 17-point hole?
A: We're fighters, and we're never going to tuck our tails. We tried our best and just didn't have enough at the end.
Q: What about Ramsey's play?
A: Patrick's a great quarterback, and fortunately we have three great quarterbacks. Patrick came in and started a spark. We the receivers tried to do what we could for him.
Q: What did you think of Ramsey's play?
A: Pat came in and made good passes. He gave us a chance to move the ball down the field and score. By far I know we have a lot of heart and fight. We need to quit putting ourselves in that situation, and everyone says that week in and week out about us playing hard in the fourth quarter but in the first three quarters we need to put ourselves in a better situation to win.
Q: What about coming back from a 17-point deficit?
A: When you get down 17-0, your whole game plan changes. You have to go with the flow of the game. In this process, Darnerien came in and played great. Pat came in and made plays. LC [Coles] showed the LC of old. Everybody began to make plays and rally around each other. That's what this team has done all year long.
Q: Where do you go from here?
A: We're 3-6, and you don't see guys with heads down, talking about the offseason, and you don't see guys quitting. We have to finish off this season somehow and some way. Whatever happens happens, but I think the character of this team is being built right now. So if not this year, then in the years to come, we're going to have a hell of a team.
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