From a quarterback’s perspective what were able to do or not do today?
“Really on the passing game they played a lot of man like they’ve been doing all year and those are just tough. Tough for us to get going. We had a couple deep early on. I wonder if we would have capitalized late in that drive, but really, they came as advertised: a really good defense. They generated some pass rush and really didn’t allow us to get in any offensive rhythm.”
In a game like that is it frustrating for you?
“It is always frustrating when you don’t win, but at the same time you have to look at yourself first. You can’t go out and say, ‘This guy’s got to do this; this guy’s got to do that.’ You have to say ‘What can I do better to win the game?’ That’s the mentality and approach that I think everybody on the team has to take if we want everyone to get better and come out with some wins.”
Do you feel like this team is regressing?
“It’s just that we have not played nearly up to our potential. We are a young team and as a young team you have to understand that this is the NFL. You see some success and you can’t rest on that. You have to continue to prepare and go out and give it all you’ve got every week because even when you have a great week of preparation, you’re not guaranteed to win if you’re not making plays in the game. Everybody’s got to look internally within themselves. Reevaluate their preparation. Also, when the game comes, there are moments in the game that can alter the outcome. You can’t let that moment catch you off guard.”
Is there a chance team doesn’t have same work ethic as last year?
“I don’t know. From what I have seen and I really feel like if somebody felt that way it is not really something they would voice—would voice to anybody. All I can control is really my preparation. When we go out and practice go put some stuff on film during practice [that] I can go back and look at it. Talk to the receivers and try to get on the same page. I really feel like it is just a matter of not making plays on Sundays. We are making plays all week and I don’t know what it is, but we got to find a way to make plays regardless of game [or] practice. It is more important in the game.”
Have you sensed a slip in focus or even just the effort in practice or even Sundays?
“No, not really. I would say…I go in and look at what I have at hand [and] prepare as well as I can. Try to cover and make sure everybody is ready to go on the offensive end. I would say that the guys are focused. Guys [know] preparations are important. It’s just really in the games. We just aren’t executing myself included.”
Is hard for you and offense to stay confident when going through these types of struggles?
“Yes, it is. We had one drive with some sacks early on. And that drive that took us back on penalties…when at the same time the Texans are scoring [and] that’s something that you really have to score points. You have to score points early. Especially when you are playing a good team with a good offense like that [and] with a good running game like that.”
Do you feel like a quarterback who has regressed?
“Nothing is wrong with me. I feel like I’m a better quarterback this year than I was last year. As crazy as that may sound, looking at the numbers, I feel like I continue to get better in preparation and execution. I feel like I’m throwing the ball as well as I ever have. It’s just things aren’t going my way.”
On red zone opportunity if get that touchdown maybe it’s different in the second half?
“After I threw it people walked in my way so I didn’t really see it. I thought it was a touchdown…but I guess the DB got his hand in there and broke it up.”
Did they make you want to pass the ball or did the score dictate that?
“You got to throw it at that point. You look late in the third quarter and we started…we weren’t really every down. It was tough because they are scoring and we cannot fall behind like that. We can’t run [and] we can’t chew up the clock."
You are still wrapping your thumb is there any thought it’s affecting the way you throw the ball?
“I really don’t think so. Like I said today I felt like I came out and threw it pretty good. [I] felt good coming out. It is just one of those precautionary things in a game you get it hit, swelling or what not.”
These next two games make or break and do you see that you got to puts wins together?
“It’s the NFL. Every week’s got to be a huge emphasis. You go out and play to win. Obviously, Green Bay is playing very well right now, but we got to go in and look at this week like any other week. You’ve got to prepare. You can’t let the fact that they’re defending Super Bowl champs change anything. You’ve got to prepare and be prepared to execute and play a game and know that when you have your opportunities, you’ve got to take advantage.”
Are you guys executing well in practice?
“We really are. Today we played a very good man-to-man game and that’s something that we really haven’t faced this year. We have seen a lot of man, but they are a team that plays man to man probably 78 percent of the time and they are the number one defense in the league. These guys play at a different level [and] they are a really good defense.”