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QB Ryan Tannehill


(on miscommunication on routes today)

Yeah, I'm not going to get into the details of everything. At the end of the day, it all falls squarely upon me. I have to be better.

(on why it was difficult to find a rhythm offensively)

We moved the ball well, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Turnovers, turnover on downs, penalties. We shot ourselves in the foot all day and we've got to be better. It starts with me.

(on if the Texans were fooling him with coverage on interceptions)

No, there was no fooling there. Just got to be better.

(on how injuries have affected the team with new players coming in each game)

Obviously, it hurts. You want to have your guys out there that you're used to playing with and you've got reps with, but that's where we're at right now in the season. It's been a tough season for us injury-wise. Guys have stepped up and took advantage of some opportunities, and there's some things we still have to do to work through with that. Hopefully we can get our guys back, and then the guys that are just starting to get reps, that we can get more reps with them.

(on the team's frustration level and how they fight through it)

The attitude was good. I think the belief was there. We were moving the ball. The confidence was there. We just felt like we needed to get a score and we'd be rolling. We moved the ball consistently pretty much the whole day except for a couple of drives and just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. You just have to play cleaner football, taking care of the football starting with me, and then clean up the details. Penalties hurt us in a couple of situations. Short-yardage situations really hurt us where we weren't able to convert those short-yardage situations a couple of times. A lot of things to clean up and look forward to getting back to work.

(on if he said anything to his teammates on the sideline or in the huddle after the interceptions)

Yeah, I talked to the guys. They were good. They supported me and had my back through everything, but at the end of the day, I expect better of myself and need to be better for this team.

(on the cause behind the uptick in interceptions this year)

There's a story for every one, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter. You have to find a way to take care of it and put the ball in the end zone.

(on forcing plays to happen today)

Yeah, once we're down there late in the game, especially the last one, we needed to score. We needed yards, had the short route on the outside, but we needed to move the ball and get more yards than a five-yard pass. Got a little too aggressive there and tried to make something happen knowing that we needed two scores there with no timeouts late in the game.

(on fixing crucial mistakes that were made today quickly)

Yeah, no doubt. We have to be able to make the corrections and then turn the page and get ready to go again. Obviously, going to a team that's playing really good ball right now. It'll be a good test for us. I know I'm excited to get back to work. I have a lot of belief in this team and in this offense and what we can do. We've just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Whatever, whichever which way. We did that every which way today, and the good news is that those things are easy to clean up. We'll clean them up and be ready to go for next week.

(on why wins have been coming against teams performing well and why losses have come against teams not performing well)

No, I mean, I don't think we were underestimating the team. I know I certainly wasn't. Watching them on tape, they come out and they play hard. They have good players on defense. Our energy was good, our urgency was good throughout the week. Going into the game, pregame, felt really good. Just when it came down to it, we shot ourselves in the foot.

(on playing with three healthy receivers today and not playing with the same players he thought he would be in preseason)

It makes it tough, it makes it tough. Playing in situations where you don't have a lot of reps with guys causes some issues. Like I said, look forward to getting more reps with those guys, and then hopefully we get some guys back.


(on how frustrating it was to not get a takeaway today on defense)

Yeah, very frustrating. Definitely didn't do enough on defense to help our offense out. Like you said, no turnovers. I don't think we had a sack. Got a couple of short fields, but at the end of the day, we forced one field goal, we've got to try to force another field goal and maybe that would've been the difference in the game. You never know. Just a frustrating day today.

(on if he felt the need to say anything to quarterback Ryan Tannehill after the game to give a vote of confidence)

Ryan (Tannehill) knows he has the entire team's confidence. We've been down this road before. We understand that. Like I've said before, power rankings don't matter. If you don't play well, you're going to lose. We're all grown men. I don't think I have to go speak anything to Ryan (Tannehill) to motivate him to play better. He knows, I mean, we're all grown men. It's professional football. We're just not going to panic. It is what it is. We took a loss. Rally the troops, get healthy and prepare for the Patriots next week.

(on how much they kick themselves for not having a 'killer instinct' early)

Yeah, we understood in a game like this you've got to go out there and start fast. You've got to have some urgency, and we didn't have it today. They did, and they ended up beating us.

(on if there is a correlation between a loss to the Jets and a loss to the Texans)

The only thing that is really in relation is that we just didn't play well. I saw an interview earlier this week by Tristan Thompson, I don't know if you saw it, but he was speaking on about us being professionals, us being all grown men. It shouldn't take another grown man to come in here and try to motivate everybody. Professional football feeds our families. You've got to go out there and do your job, and that's all we're supposed to do. We've got to do our jobs, and we didn't do our jobs today. I don't think a pep talk or anything like that is going to get anybody ready to play. We have to go out there and do our job. That's the bottom line. That's what we get paid to do.

(on how much time he spends after a game like this)

I'll be frustrated when I get home, trust me, but I'll run into my kids and stuff, and they'll make me feel better. I'll watch the film tonight and I'll flush it right after that. I try to flush the game right after I watch the film. Obviously know the things we've got to get corrected, and we'll watch film as a team. After that point, it's on to the Patriots. It's going to be frustrating walking out of here, but once I get home to my kids, I'll be good.

(on why it was difficult for the defense to get to Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor)

I think they did a good job of moving the pocket, doing some different things like that. They didn't really take a lot of shots, just a lot of short stuff. They kind of just nickeled and dimed us all the way down the field. We didn't do a good enough job being great on first down, giving them second-and-short. They got a lot of first downs like that. We didn't do a good job. We didn't do a good enough job in there.

(on why Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor was able to break containment on both touchdowns)

A couple times, I was actually on the other side of the field, so honestly, I would have to watch the film on that to see what happened exactly. But like I said, they did a good job moving the pocket, and we kind of understood that. I don't want to speak on if anybody had any missed assignments with something like that. If I watch the film, I'll be able to give you a better answer.

(on why they've had wins over good teams)

No, honestly. Like you said, we've had a lot of great wins, we've had some bad losses. That's the way it goes in this league when you don't go out there and play well, you underestimate a team, you get your behinds whooped. I talked about it when we lost against the Jets, we'll find out what type of team we are when adversity hits. We'll find out what kind of team we are next week.

(on if the team has put themselves in a good position to lose a few games)

I don't really like to take that mentality. We want to win every single game, but obviously we still have a good record. We're not about to panic. We're not about to start pointing fingers at everybody, start complaining to each other. We've just got to go out there and try to get stuff fixed and get ready to win a big game against the Patriots who are a hot team as well. 

(on if he underestimated the opponent this week)

No. (Mike) Vrabel, we all preached urgency, preached starting fast, and we didn't. So that's what I'm saying. You shouldn't have a pep talk in these type of games to understand that we have to go out there and start fast. We can say all of the stuff that we want to do, but at the end of the day, execution is and going out and actually doing your job is what really matters.

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