DE Derek Wolfe


Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

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(on the tackling miscues) "I haven't watched the film, obviously. We just played the game, so I've got to watch the film to see what happened with the tackling and fitting blocks and stuff like that. We just can't put 60 minutes together as a football team. We'll put a half together. This week, we finally put three quarters together. And we have to play better in the fourth quarter. I don't know if it's because guys are getting worn down; I don't know what it is. We've got a lot of young guys on the field, though. Sometimes this happens; when you have a lot of young guys on the field, it takes time for them to get battle-hardened and get this bad taste in their mouth, so they feel like they never want to feel that again. That's a good football team over there. They have a lot of injuries too, a lot of young guys playing, so there's no excuse. We've got to just play better football. We've got to tackle."

(on if he's worried about how the team will respond) "No. No, this organization has a standard. And Coach Harbaugh said it right after; 'It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what happened. It's on to the next game.' We have to play Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, and we have to focus on them, because it's a quick turnaround, get our bodies right and go try to get a win. You have to stack wins. Wins come in bunches. You've just got to get that one win. You can't get used to losing. That's one thing; I know how that feels, and you can't get used to it." 

(on RB Derrick Henry's game-winning TD run) "I'll take responsibility. That last run – the touchdown in overtime – I played the block great, then went to make the tackle. He's the best running back in the league for a reason. He got away from me, and that's my fault. I've got to make that play, so I'll take the heat for that. That's on me. That's nobody else's fault but mine." 

(on the physicality of the game) "This is NFL football; every game is physical. It doesn't really matter who you're playing. We've had physical games since the first game of the season. Every game is physical, because teams are lining up and trying to run the ball against us. So, it's going to be physical. It doesn't matter what team you're playing; it's always physical, and you always feel like you got in a car wreck afterwards, but you do what you've got to do to get to the next game. There are mornings I wake up on Sunday, and I can't even put my pants on, but I find a way, and I get out there, and I do it. So, there's no excuse. You've just got to go do it." 

(on the chippiness of the game) "I don't think it was very chippy; it's a football game. This is violent – a violent game – and it's controlled rage. You're playing with rage. Of course, there's going to be chippiness. We've got a fiery head coach, fiery position coaches. The other team has the same exact type of situation over there, so they're going to be fiery, too. So, of course they're going to get chippy; it's just making sure we do it between the whistles. I think both teams did a good job of that today – keeping it between the whistles, playing hard, and trying to defeat the guy in front of you. We got chippy, too, with them. Every single week is going to be like that. The Ravens were the top team last year. They were the team to beat. They've got the returning MVP at quarterback, so we've got a bull's eye on us. So, we've got to bring our 'A-game,' because everybody else is going to bring their 'A-game.'"