(On today's loss)
"Obviously I'm very disappointed with the game. I thought we had a number of chances to get it done tonight. [It's] a credit to Jacksonville – a late punt backed up in their end zone late."

(On QB Jeff Garcia's performance)
"He made some plays. I'm sure from his perspective, I'll let him speak for himself. I think we'd all agree that maybe there were some plays there that he normally makes that he didn't tonight. That's part of football. He gives our team a chance to win. He competes his brains out. It's just too bad. We had some opportunities there that we let get away from us."

(On giving the game away two weeks in a row)
"We're not giving anything away – that I do know. It may make for good conversation, but nobody gave anything away. We just didn't get it done and I'm the head coach and I'm responsible for it. But our guys are competing their hearts out. A number of guys played some key positions tonight that they probably never in their wildest dreams expected to play the roles they did – some didn't do very well. Some did and some didn't. We'll take a good look at that and hopefully get some guys well soon."

(On what displeased him most, aside from the final score)
"Obviously this is a blitz game. I thought we had 10 or 12 plays – big plays – big opportunities – to make. I don't think we cashed in on some opportunities that we normally do. That's the difference between winning and losing – [Jacksonville] is making one-handed catches for touchdowns and unfortunately for us, we weren't able to come up with several big plays. [Running back] Michael Bennett had a chance early in the football game. [He] was wide open [in a] big play. There were other opportunities that we just didn't get done tonight. Our guys did compete. We picked up a lot of blitzes, [we] gave our guys a chance, and unfortunately it just didn't work out."

(On receivers dropping passes)
"What can I say? It was a combination of a good football team that played today and it was a situation where we had some looks that we normally cash in on, but today we didn't do it."

(On Jacksonville QB Quinn Gray not turning the ball over)
"That was a winning edge for [Jacksonville]. They came out, ran the ball with success early and that really helped them – they ran it 13-14 times in a row to start the football game. [Good] field position was hard to come by in the first half. We turned that around in the second half, but he did do some good things. He did, I'm sure, exactly what they wanted him to do."

(On how a loss like this affects the course of the team's direction this season)
"Well, I don't know. We have eight games to go. We've won four, and the last time I checked, we were one loss out of first place in our conference. But we need to get some guys back for the second half of this season. Arizona's coming in here next week – they'll be fresh coming off a bye week. There's some good things that we're going to build on and there's some things we've got to clean up quickly to be a factor in the NFC."

(On what the teams to do to bounce back)
"Well number one, we've got to get some guys back. We have a number of guys who aren't permanently out for the season I think. Getting some key guys back is something we have to take a good look at. We've got to find a way to get some guys back, so if anybody has any treatment or medication to help these guys out, I'd appreciate it."

(On how he feels he played)
I did everything that I had to do. It was a game that was physical. It was a game where we had some opportunities at times, but we were just a fraction off. That's the sad thing about this game – no matter how hard you play, no matter what you do somebody has to come out on the losing end. Unfortunately with the way the guys battled today, it's disappointing not to be able to find a way to win that football game. To be in the position at the end of the game to put a drive together, to give our kicker a chance to win a football game and not being able to get into field goal range – it's disappointing. We could beat ourselves up about a lot of things today but we're only halfway through the season and I'm not going to allow myself to hang my head and be disappointed by the outcome of tonight. I feel like this team really fought hard , overcame turnovers, overcame some penalties at times against a good football team, and had a chance to win a football game – that's a sad thing that we didn't win this football game but there are a lot of positive teams to look at. We have eight games remaining this season and I know this team is going to come back next week, give everything they have to give, fight, battle, and do whatever it takes to turn this season around at this point in this season."

(On throwing three interceptions tonight, the first which was returned for a touchdown)
"[Aaron] Glenn is an experienced corner. We got into a position where based on coverage, I checked to an alternate play. He just did a great job of jumping the route. It was a three-step drop, throwing a hitch outside. I turned to throw; he was driving the route and cut in front of [wide receiver] Joey [Galloway], makes a great play. Would I like to have that one back? Of course I would. It gave them seven points and created a larger hole for our team to have to find a way to climb out of. He made a great play. That is something that I have been good about during this entire season – not turning the ball over, at least not through the air. Tonight, having given them a few, that's disappointing. I can't be discouraged as to how they came about. It's one thing if I am throwing the ball into coverage and I am throwing the ball into coverage and I am throwing the ball up for grabs, that wasn't the case tonight. The second interception – I get hit right when I am trying to throw to [wide receiver] Joey [Galloway] towards the sideline and it goes directly into the safety's hands. That's just them making a play. The last one – I mean what do you say about that? It's unfortunate. The guy did a great job of knocking the ball out of [wide receiver] Ike [Hilliard's] hands I guess, and they just made a play. It came at, obviously a critical time, but that's just them making plays. I don't feel like I have a problem and it all a sudden started tonight. They made plays and unfortunately they made good on those situations."

(On if wind was a factor in a couple of incomplete deep throws)
"I don't think so. I just felt like the ball came so good out of my hand. Obviously, you look back at the situation and you wish you would have given them an opportunity to make a play, maybe not put so much on it, not try to make the perfect throw. I think often times you want to make that perfect throw, you want to him them in stride so they have a chance to get to the end zone. Just a yard off on both of those throws and both of them I think score and that's disappointing. I appreciate the way guys gave effort tonight and I appreciate the way we attacked downfield. To be able to do that and create opportunities was exciting to see, but we need to capitalize on those opportunities when they present themselves."

(On having missed opportunities)
"I'm only focusing on one. I could care less right now about the rest of them. I didn't give my team a chance to possibly win a game, at least to give [kicker] Matt [Bryant] a chance to swing his leg once."

(On Jacksonville's defensive pressure)
"I think we knew it coming in that they did a good job of disguising their intent. We prepared well. Early, we didn't do some things we would have liked to have gotten done, and we made some adjustments and shored up some things that were necessary for us to figure out. We moved the ball pretty well, we just didn't do enough to win."

(On WR Matt Jones' touchdown)
"I was just playing ball. Matt Jones made a great one-handed catch and sometimes that's how it goes."

(On if he was pushed to get position)
"I felt a little push, but like I said, I'm just out here playing. Sometimes a call is going to go your way, sometimes it's not."

(On if the Jacksonville offense surprised him at all)
"Personally, we had that feeling that Jacksonville was going to come out and try to run the ball, and they came out and they made some plays on us early on. We rallied back, we just were not able to finish the game the way we wanted to."

(On the loss)
"It's a tough, hard game for us because we felt like we had the game, even though Jacksonville is a good team. Things just didn't go our way today and they made some plays and we didn't make enough plays."

(On the loss)
"When you don't go out and play as well as you practice all week, and you don't go out and make the plays you need to make in order to win – [it's tough.] We knew it was going to be a dogfight. We didn't play well in certain situations and we didn't get the job done."

(On containing the Jaguars' offense for most of the game)
"We knew that they were going to attack us running the ball. We knew that we were going to get a heavy dose of that all game. At times we played well and at times we didn't get the ball back and get our offense another look. We just have to go out there and make sure we're tackling, make sure we're doing the little details and keep flying around, and make sure that next week we step our intensity level up, step our game up so we're not falling into a slump."

(On WR Matt Jones' touchdown)
"They made some big plays and that's what it's all about. A football game is going to come down to a few big plays and when you have the opportunity to go out and make some plays, and if you don't, those guys are capable of making the plays as well. Today didn't go our way but we'll try to bounce back ad make sure that we're keeping our heads up and keep working."

(On missing opportunities)
"They were there. We had opportunities today in our stadium to be very successful offensively against one of the best defenses in the league and we didn't convert."

(On what contributed to the loss)
"We just didn't make enough plays. We will go back to work. We will correct our mistakes and get better."

(On the loss)
"It's tough. You always want to defend your home turf. We knew, defensively, they were tough. We knew they were one of the best defenses in the league and to have the offensive opportunities that we had and didn't capitalize on, it's going to be very tough to sleep on it."

(On Jacksonville's blitzing)
"The story is, offensively, we didn't make enough plays. They are a very good defense. They blitz and you have to make them pay when they do, and we didn't do that today."

(On his preparation for the game)
"I believe my energy was the same as it is every game and every day in practice – just come with the approach that you are playing, and you are a starter. That way, if the situation does come at hand when somebody does get hurt, or you have to be in to make a play, you'll be ready."

(On his confidence)
"I don't think it increases or decreases my confidence. It's still the same. I just keep working, just keep pushing, get better next week and not stay content,"

(On the loss)
"It's never easy suffering from a loss, but at the same time, we are professionals. This is the NFL and you have to bounce back, watch film, make your corrections and get ready for the next opponent."

(On the big plays made by the offense)
"We did have a lot of big plays. We have to capitalize on those plays when we are playing a defense such as Jacksonville. If you look at it – we were very successful in running the ball. [Running back] Earnest Graham did a tremendous job. The offensive line protected well. We had our chances, just again, we fell short in the end. The biggest thing is that we are 4-4. We are .500 and we have a home game next week. So we have to go back to what we do best – run the ball, get at the receivers, and do what we do. I've only been here for just two weeks, however, I see the poise. We practice together. This is a great team. We just fell short today. Monday is a new day, another week, another home game, and another [conference] opponent. So hopefully, we can bounce back."

(On Jacksonville putting pressure on Garcia)
"They definitely did. They did towards the third quarter once we got the ball moving a little bit. The offensive line did a great job. We just have a great group of young guys that will be great for a long time. They did bring a lot of pressure and I think we are good enough to pick it up and allow Jeff to put the ball down the field. We just missed out on a few."

(On his first touchdown)
"It definitely was bittersweet. But, it was just good to get involved with the offense; to be able to go out and gain Coach Gruden's confidence. I think that the more I do, the more we will be able to mix up some things. However, it definitely was bittersweet."

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