S Kevin Byard

Sunday, Sept 20, 2020

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(on what needs to get cleaned up moving forward)

I think we can clean up everything honestly. Obviously it feels good to win. It feels good to be 2-0, but being one of the leaders on defense, I wasn't pretty pleased with our performance out here today. We missed a lot of tackles including myself. We didn't stop the run, we couldn't get pressure on the quarterback and didn't feel like we challenged the receivers good enough. But at the end of the day we did win the game, and that just shows that we obviously have a lot to clean up, but doing it at 2-0 is better than doing it at 1-1.

(on getting two stops at the end of the game and injuries in the secondary)

We practice a lot of situational football. I think, credit that to (Mike) Vrabel and all the coaching staff having us prepared for those situations. I think we did pretty good. We did allow a field goal at the half, and then (Joshua) Kalu recovered the ball and we kicked another field goal. Those types of plays in game situations, those are plays that are going to win ball games in the NFL because you are not going to be able to blow everybody out. Games are going to be close. Guys are injured. Tt's the NFL, 100 percent injury rate. You have to play with injuries. I had a little shoulder whatever, but you just got to keep playing, get in the treatment room and get ready for the next game.

(on outside linebacker Harold Landry intercepting a win-sealing pass)

I was just happy we won the game. It doesn't really matter who makes the play out there. I am going to be excited no matter if it is me, my teammates, I was just happy we won the game. When the ball was coming down I was actually coming down, and thought I was going to get the interception, honestly. But Jeff (Jeffery Simmons) batted the ball down. Once he caught the ball, I just heard a roar from our sideline. Actually when I am out there I'm not concerned with the crowd, but hearing the roar from our sideline was good enough.

(on what it was like playing with a handful of fans in the stadium)

We kind of knew what it was going to be like this year with no fans. I mean, we were going to have to bring our own energy, bring our own juice. I don't think the energy as far as the crowd noise really affected us as a football team. Sometimes we just were not executing our defense and sometimes we were, and it showed out there today. But we ended up getting a win, abig win for our team. It's big to be 2-0 with the Minnesota Vikings coming up next week.

(on if 7000 fans will make a difference at the next home game)

For sure. I come from Middle Tennessee where we always didn't have our stadium packed out, so I kind of know the difference between having a little bit of fans and having a packed out stadium. But whatever the case may be, it's my job and our job as a team and coaching staff to make sure we are ready to play regardless if there are fans out there or not. It's all about being locked in and being more detailed.

_(on what it means to be 2-0 for the first time as a Titan) _

It's not really a significant value. I know talk about being 0-2 is a death sentence as far as not making it to the playoffs so I feel good about that. It feels good to win a division game. We have a lot to fix. We have got to be more detailed as a team, as a defense. Obviously it feels good to have to fix it a 2-0. We have to come back next week and go back to work. It's a lot we can fix out there.

(on getting off to a 2-0 start)

It feels good, obviously I haven't been 2-0 since I have been here. It's kind of a place – this organization is getting things turned around in a good way and we are actually winning football. It will feel good going into the meeting room. Always there are things that can get fixed whether we were 0-2, 1-1, 2-0, things can be fixed. Being 2-0 definitely feels great. Feels great to be a Titan right now.

(on having kicker Stephen Gostkowski as a weapon)

Obviously he didn't have his best game last week. He ended up kicking a game-winning field goal last week. I think everybody on the team kind of backed him up and trusted him, and knew he was going to make his kicks. He came back this week and I think he made all his extra points, and made the game-winning field goal again. He is a pro and he has been doing this for a long time. He's made a lot of game-winning field goals and he we have trust in him.

(on if giving up nearly 500 yards is alarming)

I wouldn't say it was alarming. It's early in the season, we have a long season, but we are definitely on high alert because we have a lot of things to fix. So like I said, next week we are looking ourselves in the mirror, understand we aren't playing up to our standards we set for ourselves. That's really what this is all about. 2-0 feels good but at the same time it's like a gut check.

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