Bengals-Lions Postgame Quotes

Posted Oct 20, 2013

"It's a huge win up here today against a really good football team. It was a great football game."


OCTOBER 20, 2013


Opening statement:
“It’s a huge win up here today against a really good football team. It was a great football game. Hell of a game out there. Both sides of the ball. There are some things that obviously we have to keep doing better. We have to play better at third-down defense. Today was our achilles heel. We allowed them to convert on third down. We allowed them to convert third-down touchdowns. We played pretty good on first and second down, for the most part defensively today. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson and the rest of the crew, hell of a group of guys that contained all day long. We let some things get out of there on third down. Offensively, I thought we did a good job today for our sake and kept moving and going. We didn’t seem to flinch. We have to eliminate the false start pre-snap penalties would probably be my biggest negative offensively there today. I thought we threw and caught the football well today. They were crowding the line a little bit so we probably threw it more than our design going in to the football game, but we did it very effectively. Special teams, again, continues to keep coming up. We have to keep playing. We have a lot of young guys out there and we have to keep them working and going. Go from there. Big win. We knew it was going to be a hard fought 60-minute game and it came down to the end.”

On being two-for-two on challenges and one forcing the Lions to punt:
“I wish we didn’t have to challenge that one. That was one of them that shouldn’t have been missed. That was an easy one for the seven guys on the field to see. I think the guy, the back judge, was busy calling the offensive interference, so he didn’t quite see what happened to the ball. We would have liked one of the wing guys to see that and help me not to have to challenge that. Good ball game. We won the football game. Let’s go home and get ready to play again.”

On CB Leon Hall’s injury:
“Leon, it looks like he has an Achilles injury. Right now it seems pretty significant, unless something changes.”

On K Mike Nugent’s field-goal range:
“Anywhere from about where we got it. We can take a game winner from 40, so we could have kicked a 58-yarder today. He felt good about that. I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game, so (special teams coordinator) Darrin (Simmons) told me 37. So I went with 36. I asked Darrin to give me a line each day. He gives me a yard line and I put it in my mind where I’m going to take a whack at it. It’s not rocket science or anything.”

On his team having mental toughness:
“They have some stick-to-it-ness. We were able to do it. It’s big. We had a lot of guys go out of the game, back in the game, in to the game, out of the game and we just kept playing. That was good.”

On the depth at wide receiver today:
“It is a good example and the fact that guys have to prepare like you’re the next guy up. There’s one thing to have depth, there’s the other thing to be professional about it and be ready to go when your number gets called. A guy like Dre Kirkpatrick today who plays a lot of snaps, it’s big. The D-line, (Devon) Still goes out and (Brandon) Thompson is in there, so (Chris) Crocker got to play more than we designed today. Chris Crocker saw, Taylor Mays gets put in to play more today. A lot of guys had to play more snaps defensively than we would have to expect them to normally have to play.”

On a game like this making the team better:
“Well, they keep following suit to what we talk about all week long. Unfortunately, we have to keep living it. It’s going to be a grind and we have to be prepared to play 60 minutes. Up or down, we have to play 60 minutes. Don’t let the last opportunity affect the next opportunity to the negative. Build upon things and keep coming back when the defense makes the big third down stop there at the end. When we haven’t stopped them much all day, which then we get a good chance at the punt return. He (Lions P Sam Martin) has a bad punt. We’re able to get the ball up and down twice on offense, call a time out and kick the field goal. We rewrote a pretty good script there at the end.”


On the play of the offensive line:
“Our offensive line has done a really good job and especially against the front that the Lions have. The one sack, I probably could have kept the ball in my hands to avoid it, but they did a great job. We put a lot of trust and faith in those guys and they came to play today.”

On why he thinks Marvin Lewis called this a huge win:
“I think because it’s on the road, playing a really good team and we came out and we took this game. We were fighting for all four quarters. These last couple have come down to the end and we’re finding ways to win the game. For us, it’s big. We’re 5-2 now and it sets us up nice for where we want to go.”

On if they would have been able to win the game if the Lions last punt was 10 yards longer:
“False speculation. We were able to get enough to give Mike (Nugent) a chance to kick the game-winner and he hit it. It was a big, clutch hit.”

On the Bengals offense coming alive:
“I think we’re making plays, it sort of comes down to. Guys that are doing a really good job. They’re getting in the right spots, we’re competing and we’re making plays. It’s great to see. A.J. (Green) had a big day today, but a bunch of guys were making big catches that are getting us conversions, getting us downfield, and changing the field position. It was a big win. It was a good job from all the receivers, tight ends, backs, everybody making plays.”


On the difference in the game:
“The real difference in the game was Carlos (Dunlap) blocking that field goal right before halftime. I think that’s what it was, it swung the game 10-points. That’s the biggest difference in the game right there.”

On playing against Lions DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley:
“They are two real good defensive tackles. They are both real active in the run game and the pass game. You just have to go in there and battle with them. They are two real good players and on the inside they can create all types of challenges for us in the run the game and the pass game.”

On if the Bengals offense saw anything they didn’t expect:
“We saw everything that we expected. They did a few things different on third downs where they got up and walked the guys around and then came but other than that it was routine.”


On how big the win was for the Bengals:
“Very big. It’s always big when you win on the road. I mean, coming over here and now we’re five and two, it’s a great victory. Anytime you win it’s a great win.”

On if he expected the game to be that big of a battle:
“Yeah. We knew coming that it was going to be a dog fight. Both teams were four and two and both have good defenses and offenses. Both teams have playmakers with A.J. Green and (Calvin Johnson) Megraton so we knew it was going to be a close game.”

On the final seconds of the game:
“I was thinking that (Mike) Nugent was going to be clutch. He’s been making those kinds of field goals in practice, so I knew, god willing, it was going to go in.”

On the speed going in to next week:
“It going to be an AFC type of game. Going up against Rich Ryan is going to be a physical game. You never know what he can pull. It’s going to be a good game.”


On the resiliency the team displayed today overcoming injuries:
“Our coach, Coach Lewis, he always taught us not to flinch. We didn’t flinch. We have been in games like this for the past couple of weeks. We know what we have to do to come out with that ‘W’. That’s what we did today.”

On if he talked to Lions WR Calvin Johnson after the game:
“Yeah man. We traded jerseys.”

On what was said with Johnson:
“We both showed up today. Like I said, our trainer was probably proud of us because he was at the game. So he’s pretty happy right now.”

On Johnson’s touchdown catch:
“Dang man, that was unbelievable. That was the best I have ever seen. That guy is like, he’s so humble. He’s a great person on and off the field. He comes to work every day.”


On if overtime was a consideration:
“Not at all. I was telling the guys on the sideline to just believe, we get a three-and-out to just keep believing in me and (Vincent Rey) Vinny Rey. I would just tell them to believe. He was like, ‘Alright! I believe ya! I believe ya!’ Defense went out for a three-and-out and gave the ball back to the offense. It was just a team effort. We stood together throughout the whole game. That’s what happens when you stay together. Good things happen at the end.”

On being 5-2:
“It means a lot. We’re leading the division. We have to stay composed and just take each game at a time. Detroit was a tough team. They played great and they have great players on the team. Calvin Johnson is an amazing guy. For us to get this win on the road is big for us.”

On being surprised by any of the Lions players:
“Actually yeah. The center. I was watching the center on film and I’m like, ‘Man, this guy, he’s dirty.’ I went out there and he played a clean game. I even told him, ‘Man, you’re a great player. I watched you on film and I thought I had to watch out for you because that guy loves to go for people’s knees.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, man. I’m not that type of guy.’ I gave a lot of respect to the Detroit Lions because they went out and just played football. That’s the thing about football, you go out there and have fun with your teammates.”

On the Detroit fans being into the game:
“Yeah they were. They were very loud. We had a couple of Bengals out there. Thanks for the support from them. I’m just grateful that we came out with a team effort and a win.”


On what it means to come out of the game with a win:
“Man it means a lot to us, anytime you win on the road against a team that’s a good football team, it means a lot. We made a lot of mistakes, they made a lot of plays when they needed too. We just have to get back to the drawing board and correct it and move forward.”

On Lions WR Calvin Johnson:
“He’s a freak. He’s 6’5, I felt like we were playing against the Pistons to be honest with you. You have him (Kris) Durham over there, big body guys that can box you out but we knew that we had to keep fighting. As long as we keep fighting and not let them get any big shots on us, which they got a couple but we knew we would be ok.”

On the injury to Bengals CB Leon Hall:
“That was a big blow. My heart went out to him. When I first got here I saw how hard he was working to get back and now to know that he has to go through all of that again, it just something you never see happen to anybody. I am just going to keep praying and hopefully it is a speedy recovery and he comes back even stronger.


On being efficient in terms of minutes holding the football:
“Definitely efficient. In order for us to be a great offense, like we are, we have to make those efficient plays. I think we did a good job and Andy (Dalton) did a good job of that today. Especially with the play calling and getting all of us rolling. It definitely was.”

On winning two games on the road:
“We keep it interesting, don’t we? That just goes to show the heart of the team. We’re thorough in our approach and we stick together throughout four quarters. That’s what we have to do to win games. Every game is going to be tough in this League. It’s called the NFL for a reason. We have to keep it going and use this as a way to capitulate us in to more road games.”

On how big this win is:
“It was huge. It was huge. Going on the road is a hard thing in the NFL. There are so many great teams and Detroit is an excellent team. We knew that coming in and we knew it was going to be a dog fight. To rack up these wins on the road is very important and it does a lot to our team and the confidence and pushing us higher with the potential that we have. It’s a great win.”

On the offense making big plays:
“Yeah definitely. When the ball is up, it’s our job, whoever it is, the running backs, tight ends or receivers to go make the big play and not wait on anybody else to make. I think all the big plays were the key to winning the game. It’s a great win.”


On the decision-making process at the end of the game:
“We had two timeouts, so if we can get a first down right there, we can go put ourselves in position to go hit the game-winner rather than give up the game-winner. So we wanted to stay aggressive right there. Unfortunately, we didn’t do a good enough job of executing at the end of the game. It wasn’t just getting pressure, throwing the incomplete pass. We didn’t get a very good punt after that, and then they made the plays at the end. They kicked a long field goal and that’s something in the first half that was a big turnaround. We got one blocked and they ended up scoring a touchdown. So you’re talking about a 10-point turnaround on that. They made the plays to win the game, we didn’t. It was a tough, hard-fought game. We have to learn from it. We can play better than we did today in a lot of different areas.”

On if there were personnel changes on the blocked field goal unit because of injury issues on the offensive line:
“I’m not sure where we were at that point, but yes, a couple different guys had to go in and play some different positions. But there’s no excuse, that didn’t cause the blocked kick. We didn’t execute well enough in there. We had a bad technique on one, may have sort of jumped the snap count and they made a good play on it. We didn’t execute. But that was a big turnaround in this game. We were able to overcome it, get the game back to tied and then we had a couple chances to be able to go get a score that could take the lead in the fourth quarter. We didn’t execute well enough to do that.”

On if he was frustrated more by the defense’s coverage or not pressuring Bengals QB Andy Dalton:
“I don’t think we did a very good job in coverage. We didn’t want to give up big plays to No. 18 (A.J. Green). He goes and makes a huge play early in the game and it was something that was a big point of emphasis all week. All his double-moves and things like that, stuff we worked on all week and we didn’t execute well enough in that. They’re going to make some plays, they’re a good offense, they have good players, just like any offense, but we gave up too many big ones. We did a decent job against the run, but there were too many big pass plays in the game, some of which you’re not going to get a very good pass rush. They’re keeping a lot of guys in to protect. You have to prevent those with coverage.”

On if CB Chris Houston was replaced in the game because of his performance:
“We had a lot of different injury situations in the backend. Rashean (Mathis) wasn’t able to finish the game, even though he was able to get up and play. We were trying a lot of different combinations to get our fires put out and to get it stopped. (Darius) Slay and Houston managed to finish the game, but we didn’t play well enough. We made a couple plays, but we have to come down with a big turnover. You look at us defensively, when we get turnovers, good things happen. We didn’t get them. We jumped offside on one of the early third downs. Now that might have caused a sack and the strip, the fact that our guys did jump the snap count. So it’s hard to say that you negated a play because you might not have made that play if we weren’t offside. You need a play like that in this game. They made that play. They blocked a kick and took it back for a long gain and then were able to put a touchdown on the board after that.”

On if he is concerned that T Corey Hilliard’s injury might be long-term:
“Yeah, I don’t know yet. Him and (Riley) Reiff both went out of the game. L.A. (LaAdrian Waddle) had to come in, played some left (tackle), played some right tackle. Reiff was limited when he came back in, but he was able to go out and finish the game. There’s some injury situations that we’re going to have a close eye on this week, including that one.”

On the Lions’ last offensive play of the game:
“No, they blitzed in that situation. The blitzer was a free-runner, jammed us up in coverage. We weren’t able to get free and Matt (Stafford) didn’t have anywhere to really go with the ball. Matt had done a really nice job this game of making some of those guys miss and keep some of those plays alive and put us in position on a lot of those plays. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make that one.”

On how he assessed T LaAdrian Waddle’s first time playing this season:
“Yeah, it’s hard to say. In the feel of the game, we were calling all the same plays. It wasn’t like we were changing the way we had to play because he was out there. We had a lot of confidence in him. He had a good preseason. He’s continued to work hard. He’s a young player, but he’s on our 53 (roster) and he’s been on our 46 quite a bit this year. You don’t put a guy on the 46 if he’s not ready to play and we had confidence that he was.”

On what he said to P Sam Martin after his final punt of the game:
“The same thing you say to the whole team. It’s a tough loss, it’s a bitter loss, but we have to learn from it and we have to be able to do better the next time we’re in that situation. You had two very good teams here, one of the best teams in the AFC coming in. It was a toe-to-toe battle. They made plays, we made plays, but in the end they made one more than we made. I think that when you play quality opponents like that, there’s an emphasis that every single play is important, except a blocked kick or a poor punt at the end or a big play allowed on defense or a breakdown in protection. Whatever it is, one play will be the difference when you have two good teams playing each other.”

On if he learned anything about his team from this game in which they played a good team:
“We don’t want to measure ourselves by anything other than what we can do and what we can be. I do think we showed some toughness today, but there’s no consolation in a loss. We have to find a way to make that play. There’s going to be situations that come up in every game, whether it’s injuries or adversity, we’ve done a good job, particularly in the fourth quarter, of coming out ahead in some of those situations. We didn’t do a good enough job today and we didn’t come out with the win.”

On if WR Calvin Johnson ever ceases to amaze him with his catches:
“I don’t know, that really wasn’t a Hail Mary. We had schemed that up. Matt (Stafford) had to buy a little time in the pocket. We saw that guy bearing down on him and didn’t know if he was going to get that ball off. Calvin can make a lot of plays. I did probably see the first time ever that he made a catch on the sideline that he ended up not getting the feet down. Usually, there’s plays that look like there’s no way he got two feet down and he really did, but that touchdown was a big play. It gave us some momentum. We had the ball back, the defense got a couple stops in there. We had a chance to make a couple plays and were never able to get that next score. That next score would have been the difference in this game.”


On what happened during the 3rd-and-4 play where WR Calvin Johnson was tackled:
“Trying to get him across the field. Get a chance to get a guy that’s the best receiver in the game. Run away from coverage. He just couldn’t get away from them. We missed it. If we hit that, we’re moving. That guy was, to say the least, pretty sticky in coverage.”

On losing both offensive tackles:
“It was tough. Guys did a great job of stepping up. Guys came in and played. That’s what you have to have happen. This was a tough game. A lot of guys went down. There were a lot of guys that were walking off the field with trainers around them today, on both sides of the ball. It’s a hard-fought, tough game. Tough to come out on the wrong end of it.”

On the two-minute drill at the end of the game:
“We were in a tough spot. If we would have dropped back in a pass play on that first play, I would’ve been in my own end zone. It’s a tough place. We were trying to get a little room. Obviously, with a tie ball game, you’re just trying to get at least a first down and get it out of there. We weren’t able to do that.”

On the 50-yard pass to Johnson:
“It was a great catch. It was a play we had gotten backed up, I don’t know what that was. It was tough call. Rolled out right. They did a great job of playing deep-to-short today with Calvin on the field. I held it as long as I could, threw it. I didn’t get to see a whole lot of it. I saw the very end of it and it was one of the best catches I have ever seen.”

On being disappointed or frustrated to lose at home:
“Yeah, you always want to win, especially at home. It’s tough not to. Guys have to learn from this one and bounce back to be ready to go next week.”

On how nice was it to be able to throw the ball downfield:
“It was good. We were just trying to take what they gave us. They had a couple of opportunities to hit them. I missed some guys and some other times we hit them and made some big plays.”


On QB Matthew Stafford saying this was a bad loss:
“It’s tough. We’re both fighting for 5-2, we’re tops in our division – we’re playing good ball. To come up with a loss like this, we knew it was going to come down to a play or two at the end of the game and it definitely did. We were on the wrong end of that.”

On if he ever surprises himself with his own touchdown catches:
“I was behind, I think it was Reggie (Nelson) right there, and I saw him stop his feet to go up and get it, so I knew I had to get right behind him and go on top of him and in the air and go get it. Matt (Stafford) left it up there with a lot of air, so I could go do it. Just happened to make the play.”

On the game plan on the Lions’ final drive:
“We wanted to get out of that area a little bit. I think we had a four-yard gain to make it 2nd-and-6, so we gave ourselves a little breathing room. If you’re backed up right there, you want to give yourself a little bit of room so you can back up and throw the ball without having to worry about the end line and the end zone. We were able to do that, but after that, we wish we could have a call there. We didn’t get it and that was the nature of the game.”

On the play where his helmet came off:
“I didn’t know if it was a helmet or a shoulder pad that hit me. Obviously, the referees felt it was a shoulder pad that hit me. It was a pretty good hit. But I bounced back in. It wasn’t anything.”

On if he will rate the first half of the season positively if they can beat Dallas:
“Definitely. If we can do that, we’ll go into the bye happy. It’s going to be tough. We’ve got a good Dallas team coming in here, but we’ve got to have a good week of practice. Everything last week, we might have let one of those days slip away.”


On what wasn’t working in the offense on the final drive:
“They were playing really good coverage. We got that first down on a good play by Ryan (Broyles). After that we were running some different things that we had seen on film against their two-minute stuff and we just weren’t able to execute. I don’t know if we weren’t getting open in time, too much pressure, I don’t know what it was, but we just weren’t able to execute. You have to give them credit, they brought some pressure and we didn’t execute right.”

On what went through the team’s head when Lions P Sam Martin hit a bad punt:
“It’s not one play. You don’t blame anything on Sam. We could have executed a different play. I could’ve made a better judgment on the deep pass I had. There are different things that could have gone into it. You don’t put blame on anyone. It’s a team game and it’s a team loss.”

On losing a game when it felt like the Lions dominated:
“You just have to give credit to them. They came in and they finished. Unfortunately, we didn’t.”


On challenging the team’s resiliency:
“We will bounce back. I know we will bounce back. We have a bunch of fighters in here. Look who is in this room, look at our quarterback. We have the best wide receiver in the world. We have a bunch of fighters in here.”

On if the team is healing from the loss already:
“This one hurt … This should hurt. There are no moral victories here anymore, we are beyond that. We are too good of a team to say, ‘Aw man we were close.’ We were a field goal or couple calls away. It doesn’t matter. We are too good of a team to do that.”

On what happened at the end of the game:
“I don’t know, I really don’t know. There’s 11 people doing a job out there. I don’t know what happened at the end. I have no idea. I can’t call it right now. It’s just one of those games.”

On if they will look back and ask what could have been:
“I just think beyond that, not just with the Bengals, but like what if we made a first down at the end of the game and kept that two-minute drive going, what could be? It’s not even about the Bengals. Give them their due. They have a good team. They won.”


On the Lions defensive performance:
“We had our opportunities to make plays and we were in the game the whole time. We made plays when we needed to make plays and we just had to make sure that we had an opportunity to win the game and we just didn’t capitalize on it. When we were in some situations we didn’t make the best out of it and that’s something we have to correct and get back to work on Tuesday.”


On if he lost confidence after giving up a touchdown to the Bengals on the first drive:
“You have to try to remain confident. That’s why he took me out, let me get my head. Once you’re getting double-moved week in and week out, it kind of slows your aggressiveness down. And then they just let me go out and get my head right and then let me come back in and be more aggressive.”

On what happened on the first Bengals touchdown and if he was supposed to have safety help:
“No, it was just a double-move. He just went to the d-route, out and up, that’s all he did. Double-move and I’m getting these moves every week. I guess because I’m used to breaking on things aggressively and they just double-move me every week. I put this loss on me, not anybody else, I put it on me. I will be better at things. This total loss is on me.”

On the second Bengals touchdown against him:
“He went up and made a good catch, seven-route. He just went up and made a good catch.”

On how frustrating it is for the defense to not force a turnover:
“If you win the turnover margin, you usually win the game. We weren’t able to do that. I don’t know why, we just weren’t able to get any turnovers. But like I said, this loss is on me. I got double-moved a lot during the game and then that causes you to not be so aggressive. So if you see something, you’re so slow to break onto it, so you just couldn’t find a rhythm because I kept getting double-moved.”

On the last time he was benched:
“I don’t think I have. If I kept playing like that, I would have took myself out and put somebody else in there. Because like I said, I felt that I let my team down – offense, defense, special teams, my coaches. Like I said, double-moves are what is hurting me right now. I guess they know I play aggressive and on outbreaks, anything I see I’m trying to plug up the pass and I’m just getting those double-moves.”

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