Josh Freeman met with the media following Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Rams and explained what happened from his perspective. Freeman took responsibility for the loss saying he is the QB and it falls back on him.
Quarterback Josh Freeman spoke to the media in his after game press conference. In the conference he discusses his play, where he thinks his game is at, and what has happened to his team these last few games. The following is a transcript of his press conference.Seems like on a couple of those interceptions today you were just trying to make something and is that accurate?
“The one to Vincent (Jackson) it is a heads up play-action. He came around and we got 55 to suck up. Most of those linebackers they start bailing as they are running to a spot and they don’t get their eyes around, but right as I threw it he popped his eyes around and made a good play. Really in hindsight should have come off that. And the other one it is just rough trying to make something happen. Trying to—just got to figure out ways not to do it. Whether it is a guy slipping or you just got to figure out a way to take away these turnovers because I will tell you our defense came out and played great today. We put them in tough spots and they rose to the occasion. Offensively, we were unable to do that.”You had some opportunities in the red zone and can you talk about the one I guess you were throwing a fade and had to hurry up was there no ball there and trying to run a sneak on 4th-and-1?
“Just one of our plays that on third and short fourth and short is kind of a hurry up just get up and snap the ball. Calling it from the side line and I am calling it from the field. We get up there and the guys you have to place the ball standing over the ball and the whole premise of the play is getting up there in hurry up. Another instance where I just got to get it. Just a yard. Got to find a way to get over and get it.”
Can you put your finger on what has happened lately where things sour after such a great middle to the season?
“I can’t. We have been working. Working hard. This week was one of our best weeks of preparation. Just untimely turnovers. It seems to be that in the past couple weeks. I am the quarterback got to put it on me. Just got to find a way to limit those. When you have a team like us that has been in a bit of a rut you can’t make those mistakes that cost you. Once again our guys play for 60 minutes offense and defense, but just was not quite enough. You talk about those earlier drives that get in the red zone and go for it on fourth down and don’t get it, those are the ones that I mean we score two touchdowns like we are capable of you are looking at either a tied or one point ball game with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter. We did not do that. We are going to have to go back and take a real hard look at ourselves as an offense. Me personally to find a way to cut these turnovers out of the game and win.”Do you think you are closer to being who you want to be now than you were last year?
“No question. No question. It is a whole team. It is a whole team. Guys are eliminated from play off possibility, but guys are still coming in early. Still coming in for treatment [and] still taking care of their business. Still practicing hard. We are practicing extremely hard and guys are getting on film study. It is frustrating. You want to go out [and] you want to play well enough-- you want to win. You want to win for your whole team. You want to win for the coaching staff. It has been unfortunate, but I got to take the blame as the quarterback. I got to find a way like I said throw it around the guy. Find a way to get the ball in the end zone. Give Mike (Williams) and Vincent (Jackson) more opportunities. Whatever it is. We are going to go back and watch this film and try to figure that out. You got to say the Rams came to play today and capitalize on the turnovers.” Donald Penn said he talked to you after the game and he felt you were depressed how would you assess how you handled the situation here?
“No, not depressed. I would say frustrated as anyone who goes out each week and does everything they can to win. When you lose it is frustrating. Like I said the Rams are a good team that came here today. I like my team. I feel like we can go out and without those turnovers find a way to win. Even with those turnovers we still had a few drives in the second half where we could have cut it close. We were just unable to capitalize. Not depressed by any stretch, but just definitely frustrated.”Made a point last couple games talking about not making turnovers and do you now talk about just going out there and playing naturally and not worrying about not doing this or not doing that?
“You know that’s the funny thing as far as preparation it has been amplified since the second half of this season. We have been getting after it and I have been feeling great. Prepared and comfortable going into the games. I try to relax and just play. Things have not been going great. It is back to the frustrated thing, but just got to keep pressing on. There is no definitive answer. No one thing you put your finger on. You just got to go watch the film. Got to put in the best week you possibly can this week. You got to keep rallying the guys. We have one more chance to go out and win. That is what we are going to try to do.”What type of things does Mike Sullivan say to you on the sideline after you throw an interception?
“Really it is kind of a next play mentality. You throw a pick. Something happens. Unless it is a certain piece of information that I missed it is all about the next play. What we are going to run next? We might do this at this formation we might run this. A lot of that I mean it is extremely positive. He is over there talking about what we are going to do as an offense. Mainly just educational things about the next series and where we are moving forward in the game plan.”How would you describe the last few games over all?
“Really frustrating. That’s all you can say. The Saints game and then this game not really a brand of football that I expect to play. Two games that you feel prepared going into and a few things don’t go your way and you find yourself at the wrong end on the win loss column.”That interception that Mike Williams slipped on if he doesn’t slip do you think he has a chance to compete for the ball?
“Yes, the play was actually an inside comeback. The play was on top of him and he kind of slips, but usually the ball is thrown to the sideline and he is in between the ball and the defender. Still it happened, but just unfortunate.”
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