Cable's Monday Presser
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Posted Oct 5, 2010

Head Coach Tom Cable spoke to members of the media on Monday, following Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans. Cable talked about the positives and negatives of yesterday's game and also, the upcoming contest against the San Diego Chargers.

Opening statements…

Just to follow up now from yesterday after the game. Michael Bennett with a hamstring, Darren McFadden with a hamstring, Quentin Groves with a hamstring, Thomas Howard with a knee sprain and Bruce Gradkowski took a shot to the shoulder. [He] felt pretty good today. So how serious any of these are… Bruce is probably in the best shape of the group of five and then we’ll see here probably by Wednesday morning I would think, have a pretty good idea about Bennett, McFadden, Groves.

Yesterday was not about health…

No, it’s not about health. Now, when you talk about blocking and you talk about defending the run. That’s not about health. That’s about getting your tail kicked and that’s what happened. I mean, you can’t screw it around. You can’t say, well it was this or it was that. We didn’t fit gaps right. Had a few missed tackles, yes. But all in all, it was just throwing the fight at them and we didn’t do that.

On what happened yesterday…

You know, that’s my question of the week actually. We’ve talked about it already as a team. There are some things I’ll do this week to address it again in even deeper. But this is an issue to me that we prepare so well during the week. Like I mentioned to them last Thursday, it was the best practice we’ve had all year. But none of it really matters until 1:00 on Sunday and what you do then matters a hundred times more than anything else. And I think we’re doing a good job of taking care of our bodies, our preparation, our plans, all those things seem to be good and solid. But it matters what you do on game day. To know what’s coming at you and then not handling it better than we did is disappointing. But, you know, we can’t sit around and dwell on it either all week.

On the difference between technique and desire…

Well, I think everything about this game starts with desire. I think that’s the most important thing. And we’ve kind of lived by this creed this year, is how hard you play and how bad you want to succeed. That’s been our two things and I think we have got our guys playing hard, but you got to play that way all the time. Every snap. You know, whether you’re playing ten or you’re playing eighty snaps. It doesn’t matter. Whatever your body has got left in it, you got to give it. And we were out there working but not getting it done.

On the possibility of any lineup changes on defense

No, I don’t know about all that right now. I think it’s the same group that I know can defend the run and has shown to defend the run. So, will we adjust some things perhaps because of injury and all that? Yeah. But in terms of do we have all the right people and all that, no. We have the right people.

On playing from behind all the time…

Tried to get that going a little bit. You know, you got out and win the coin toss in Arizona. Defer. Get a chance to do it. We get a touchdown returned on us. We answer right away which is good. Yesterday, move the ball down and then have to punt it away. They take the next drive and score right away. But we answered. So, yeah. I think there is something to having a better start and being able to see if we can get a lead.

Addressing yesterday’s issues…

For us to be the kind of team we think we can be, we can’t have days like yesterday. I mean, that’s just unacceptable. We all know that. We’ve talked about it already as a team, as coaches, in our meetings and on the film. And we’ve addressed that. I think it’s very clear in everyone’s mind that, that isn’t acceptable.

On playing the Chargers this Sunday…

It’s exciting to be playing San Diego this week. It’s a division game and all that comes with that. It’s a great week for us and a good time for it to come.

On special teams and the need to consistently improve…

But we need to clear some things up. You know? We’ve got to improve in some areas. Our special teams have made a ton of improvement here in this last game and it really probably started around halftime of that Arizona game. So we want to continue to do that. Offensively, we’re moving the ball and we’re running with some efficiency. We were horrible in the redzone at Arizona and then we come out and go three for three with three touchdowns. So there are some good things going on but we need to consistently do that. And I think that’s the whole goal. Once we do that, I think we’ll be what we want to be, but we’re not there yet. But we’re working towards it.

On the gap closing between the team and the Chargers…

Well, they’re still the one that’s on top of this division and they have been for a while. So until you beat them, you haven’t closed it. You’re getting closer, yeah. But right now we need to really stay focused on us and this will be an exciting weekend, obviously, but we need to clear some things up here and then move forward and get ready to play that game.

Well, what you get from it is the fact that it proves a point you’ve been telling them all the time that every snap in a game is critical and everything you do on Sunday is critical to succeeding. Again, we didn’t get surprised or anything like that. We just got outplayed and that’s what it was. So, you take from that the embarrassment. You take from that the sick feeling you have in you and then you go to work with that in you.

On someone on defense taking control of the huddle and making a commitment…

I think there’s a number of guys to do that and we’ve talked about that today. I think that we’ve got to get some, I don’t know if the word is leadership, but some control, if you will, in that huddle. And not that it’s out of control or anything like that but someone needs to step up and take charge.

On the pass rush…

I really think that’s the biggest surprise to me. We’ve been kind of hot and cold there, but when it’s cold, it’s cold. We brought some pressure. Didn’t get there and the straight rush wasn’t getting there either. I mean, we hit [Matt Schaub] a couple times and hurried him a couple times, but in terms of really impacting him, sacking him and hitting him a number of times, we weren’t able to do that. So that’s an area we’re looking at right now. As I’m here, they’re up there looking at it because it’s been an area where we’ve had some success, but it’s been very streaky.

On Zach Miller’s performance…

Well, it’s a special game. Unfortunately, we don’t win the game but I think anyone in that position that catches that many balls and impact the game on third downs so much and in the redzone so much, that’s truly a great football game by an individual. And you want to try to keep him going and playing at that level or as close to it as you can. But certainly you got to take your hat off to him. It was exceptional.

On Miller doing so much damage on the outside…

You know, it’s funny because last week we talked about the way Arizona was playing in coverage and this week they worked it defending those two young receivers and that gave him a lot of opportunity and he stepped up to it, you know, and it was good to see. I’m excited about that because I think we have the ability to answer now based on what you’re trying to play us and how you’re trying to play us coverage-wise. About where to go with the football and who is going to have the opportunity, but he was pretty good.

Players working on penalties

Well, the players have started to deal. You know, if the defense jumps offsides, they’re running and same with the offense now. So they’ve kind of taken that on their own shoulders. Which is good. I like that. But yesterday, when you look at the film, it was just really a clean football game all over the place, on both teams.

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