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LB Darius Leonard


(on the high level of the defensive performance today)

We still didn't do enough with that. We didn't take the ball over in the fourth quarter when we needed to, so it is what it is. Defensively we didn't do enough to put our offense in the position to win the ball game.

(on the third-and-goal touchdown play by running back Jeremy McNichols)

They scored. That's what happened. 

(on if the Colts' defense was playing as fast as it usually does)

Yes, I think so. We were playing fast, playing downhill but stuff just happens. If you have ever played the game of football before, you understand that things sometimes go left, and just playing in the NFL, stuff, it happens. It happens and you live you learn and you try to get better for it.

(on being 0-3)

It sucks. That sucks. Especially being a true competitor, that sucks. That sucks being 0-3. This is a sick taste in my mouth. When you talk about 1-0, 1-0, but damn, we got to get 1-0 and we got to get there soon. Hopefully we got to find a way to get the job done.

(on when the team will make the turn and what needs to happen)

The details. Just paying attention to the details and really understanding how people are trying to attack us. Staying aggressive. Just being that aggressor. Just being able to throw punches, throw punches, throw punches. We have got to be aggressive.

(on the Colts leading only two minutes this season)

It feels like a bad dream, honestly. Starting 0-3, our first loss here in Tennessee, it sucks. Playing against a great back, you know they are going to give him the ball. You have got to find a way to get a win.

(on what the locker room is like)

Pissed. If you don't hang your head that means you don't give a damn. If you're a true competitor walking off that field, if you don't hang your head and understand that this hurts, you don't need to be in that locker room. I don't care about people talking about hold your head up high. Sometimes you've got to understand that something is going on and we've got to find out what is going wrong, and we got to find a way to get a victory. Until then, we are sticking together but it hurts. It is what it is.

(on if it is more frustration or anger)

It is a little bit of both. You are frustrated you are not getting wins. You are putting everything on the line and it is just not enough. You got to go that extra step, that extra mile, and just figure out what can we do better. It is what it is.

(on the special teams play with linebacker Zaire Franklin)

As soon as that happened it is what it is. If you watched the replay, he came free. I would have been upset if he didn't jump for the ball. If you come free, you take that opportunity. If you block that punt, hopefully that's a scoop score there. As soon as he came to the sideline I told him we got him. That was a momentum switch. If I'm not mistaken, that next drive we get an interception with Kenny (Moore) and put the ball on the 40-yard line. That's how you're supposed to do it. I don't care if the ball is on the damn one-yard line, you step up as a defense and you try to figure out a way to get the job done.

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