Q. How difficult a job did you have this week in making sure your players moved on from such a tough defeat as the Steelers game?
TS:The job was difficult, but it was made easier by our leaders. Our leadership, our captains, made that transition easier. They came in with a good mindset. We had a couple of good days of practice.
Q. When you say the leaders made things easier, in what way?
TS: I see a well-coached football team in all phases. This team understands how to win games, whether it is at home or on the road. They are physical, but that hasnít changed. Itís been that way for years.
Q. Do you still meet each week with the leaders, the captains, of the team?
TS: Yes we do, every week. I met with them a couple of days ago. I call it the weather report. We get a chance to see what the mood of the team is like. They have been outstanding. They understand we are a 3-3 football team that is a play or two away from being pretty good. We need to fix that.
Q. Youíve got 10 games left in the season with a 3-3 record. Do you think your players understand that they remain in excellent position to make this a special season?
TS: YI think they do. But I have to remind them about it all the time. Sometimes you get caught in a trap a little bit and not see where you are. I told them you have to create urgency from tragedy. Right now the tragedy is that we are a 3-3 team. We did this to ourselves. The urgency needs to be created from our end to understand there are 10 games left and this football team has traditionally played well in November and December. We need to understand that.
Q. In the games you have won this season, you are averaging about 10 more running plays a game. What do you make of that?
TS: Itís a hard fact. When we run it and run it well and keep our defense off the field, we are minimizing a lot of things. We are minimizing our opponentís time on the field. We are controlling the clock. We take away the minus play element. Weíve won a lot of games that way.