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LB Nick Bolton


(on the frustrations of the first half*_)_*

It wasn't necessarily frustration, just a lack of execution. We've got to be a little bit better coming out early in the first half. We will be better.

(on the defense's strong second half performances translating to the first half*_)_*

I feel like we played pretty good on first and second down in the first half, we just have to get off the field on third down. We just want to continue getting better and doing that going forward.

(on if the defense had more of an emphasis on stopping the run this week*_)_*

Yeah, we emphasized stopping the run. We knew the type of running back they have over there. So, our D-line did great up front, and our linebackers were downhill all day. We were able to minimize the run game and explosive runs and kind of made them pass the ball a little more. We just have to get off the field on third down.

(on if running back Derrick Henry's touchdown pass threw them off)

No, it was just a great call on them. We kind of knew they did Wildcat throughout the week. They just had a great play.

(on assessing his performance today after getting the start)

I just took it as any other week. I was just trying to be the best person for our defense that I can be. This week I was playing Mike with Hitch (Anthony Hitchens) out. We're glad to get him back soon. Like I said, just me doing my part for the defense. The defensive line played a hell of a game. The linebackers played well too.

(on the frustrations of letting the Titans drive the length of the field in the first quarter)

Like I said, they just made plays. We came out a little flat, but we'll be better going forward.

(on the adjustments he made moving to Mike linebacker today)

Just calling plays was pretty much the difference. Everything else was pretty much the same week to week. Hitch (Anthony Hitchens) helped me out throughout the week and helped me get comfortable to go out there and play this week. So, a testament to him for that.

(on the secondary's performance defending wide receiver A.J. Brown)

He just made a couple deep ball catches, contested catches down the field, 50-50 balls, he came up with them. That's the only thing I can say on that. I know our DB section is going to come back next week focused in, locked in, and ready to go.

(on how big of a surprise it is to be 3-4)

I knew coming in that every game's not given, it's earned. You just have to earn wins in this league. So we just have to continue to do that, continue to get better, and come in next week focused and ready to play.

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