Head Coach Ron Rivera


On where the team goes from here:

"Up. The only way to go is up."

On his approach once the ball was spotted at the two-yard line:

"Well, we had to get the ball out quick. So, you can't develop certain types of plays when the ball is at the two-yard line, and you only have so much time left."

On what he thought QB Carson Wentz saw on the interception pass:

"Well, I think he was looking at a wide-open JD [McKissic] until the linebacker, who read it perfectly and made a hell of a play, made a play."

On missing WR Jahan Dotson on the final drive of the game:

"We probably miss a guy of his ability. You know, but we've got guys that are capable."

On CB William Jackson's limited play time:

"We just decided to make a change."

On how the team moves forward:

"Well, we're going to play better, we're going to practice harder, we're going to go out and play football."

On any changes moving forward:

"We'll see what we're going to do after we have an opportunity to review the film."

On his reaction to RB Brian Robinson Jr. returning to the field:

"It was a good thing. You know the hard part about it was that every time Brian was in there, they were teeing off. Now, that part of it is over, he can play, and we know that he is ready to roll, now we have to go out and make things happen."

On if Robinson Jr.'s return impacted him:

"Tremendously. It really is."

On if he thought about rolling Wentz out on the final goal line series:

"Well, the only problem with that, again, is the amount of time it takes. When you roll out, it's going to take a little bit longer, and eventually if you have to throw it away, you clip a few more seconds off and don't give yourselves an opportunity."

On the teams plan this week:

"Well, Monday we'll get the opportunity to watch tape really quick as coaches, we've already done a little bit of work on Chicago as far as just putting some basic stuff together. We'll bring the players in at two and we'll start on Chicago from that point on."

On his decision to not call his final two timeouts at the end of the first half:

"Because they started moving the ball forward. And, instead of just slowing it down so they could take the opportunity to think about what they wanted to do. We also thought we would go in and reset ourselves because we were getting the ball to begin the half."

On if he thought about taking the final timeouts at the end of the half:

"I did think about it. But, again, you're backed up and if you get in a hole and give them an opportunity to score as well, that's two ways to think of it."

On if he had back-to-back plays called after the final timeout on the last drive:

"Well, part of it, coming out of it, just depends on what the situation sort of says to do with the ball. Okay? I called back-to-back because, again, when the referee went down to the ground, I was trying to yell timeout, but he was obviously down on the ground. If he doesn't give me a signal, we don't know whether the clock is dead or not, and then as soon as we knew the clock wasn't dead, we had to call the timeout."

On clarifying if he called back-to-back plays:

"Well, part of what we did was, you've got to understand, you just don't call plays to call plays. You have to have a play and you're going forward. It's not always just calling plays to have plays."

On what he thought of WR Dyami Brown's performance:

"Yes, it was. It was nice to see Dyami go out and do the things he's capable of, his vertical speed was there, he made a couple of really nice grabs in the game, and it's what we've seen he's capable of doing."

On Jackson being benched:

"I think again, we make decisions based on the flow of the game, and that was one of the things we decided on."

On the switch at cornerback mid-game:

"I'm going to take a real good long look at the tape with the defensive coaches and we'll go through that."

On not using timeouts to try and get the ball back before halftime being a reflection of his belief in the offense:

"No. Not necessarily. It's one of those things that if you do it, and you decide to do it and you get trapped back there. Now what do you do? Then you have to punt the ball. They have three timeouts left as well."

On Offensive Coordinator Scott Turner being in the booth as opposed to being on the field:

"That's one of the things you look at what you're seeing, the excitement of what's going on, on the sideline, it's a little calmer in the box. Probably a better situation for him to look at things looking down."

On the struggles of the offensive line:

"I see a constant mixture of players. There's no continuity in terms of the same five guys every week, or four of the five. When you constantly have some sort of shuffle going on, it's tough to get some continuity, especially from the beginning. Now if this was later in the year, you'd like to think that there's a number of guys who have been playing out there, been working together. When you insert one guy it's an easier transition than two or three that you have to mix in and out."

On Wentz's Performance:

"I thought he had his moments. There were some things that he did really really well. I thought he threw the ball deep. The second touchdown, [WR] Dyami [Brown], that was a check-with-me and he audibled, called the play and threw it. That was a good decision and stepping into that role. Again, it's just things that we need to work on."

On the possibility of regretting not going tempo or faster on offense late in the game:

"Well, we'll see. Again, we'll go back and look at it. We'll talk about what we did. It's great to be able to second guess though, it really is."

On keeping the locker room positive after the loss:

"We're going to continue to talk about becoming who we think we can. We're going to talk about working to get better, and we're going to talk about that. We're not going to back down from what we're trying to do, it's hard. It's difficult, and there's nothing easy about this game."

On if it's panic time for the team right now:

"For you, maybe it is. Not for me, because there's plenty of football left to play. We're going to work our butts off to get better. That's all we can do. That's the truth of the matter. If you work, and continue to work, and continue to work, eventually it's going to change and that's what we're trying to do, we're trying to change it. This is never going to happen overnight, it's never going to happen overnight. When's it going to happen? I don't know. But I will say, I don't disagree with some of the thought processes. There is a sense of urgency, and I hope everybody in that locker room has the same sense that I have.

On Titans QB Ryan Tannehill escaping a DE Montez Sweat sack and completing the pass for a first down:

"That was a little bit of a heartbreak right there. We have to be aware of where the ball is. We may have the quarterback wrapped up and have his legs, but if you're not turning and torquing and trying to get him down, he has a chance to throw it and that's something we have to deal with."

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