S Kenny Vaccaro


Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020

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(on what went wrong in the first half)

A number of things. Any time you get down that far, whether it's not executing the defense, letting guys run free, could be a communication issue – I'm sure it's all of the above when you get down 38-7. At the same time, I feel like guys did a good job in the second half fighting back, but once you spot a team that many points there's nothing really that you can do about it, especially against good teams.

(on having to be perfect in the second half to come back from the deficit)

To come back 38-7, you've got to block a kick, get some turnovers. There's got to be a number of things happening, especially with a team like that that can run the ball so efficiently because they're going to run the ball and get yards. There's a lot of scenarios to come back from that deficit.

(on what the team needs to do this week to get back on the right track before going on the road next week)

Like Coach (Vrabel) said – play with the urgency that we played with in the second half, just don't wait until we're down 38-7. That's it. Play with the urgency. There's no reason for us to be up this high, find our identity and then come down to the level we did today, especially in the first half.

(on what he saw when he recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter)

That thing just popped up to me. The guys did a good job swarming. That was one of those plays – a lot of times the fumble recoveries are just right place at the right time. There's no form or secret to it. Got to do a better job of trying to get my ass in the end zone. Got my ass caught by Kareem Hunt. Whoever forced the fumble, that's the guy who deserved credit.

(on what it says about the team that they didn't give up)

This is professional football. You can't pat yourself on the back for not getting it. You get paid to do it, to execute. You get paid to do a job, and that's that. I don't think we should pat ourselves on the back for not laying down and letting them score 80. But at the same time, I was saying during the game, we're going to stay in this regardless of what the score was. That's just the way we're going to play. Every team should expect that from their coverage. I don't think that's something that we pat ourselves for.