HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (general comments) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"It's disappointing to lose the football game. Obviously, we turned the football over far too many times today to get enough done, to make it a game where we had the advantage. We had to play from behind. I thought we did some good things, but the turnovers today really, really hurt us. We were able to settle down a little and did some good things the third quarter. ... We weren't able to get anything going points-wise in the third quarter. We were able to have field position and do a pretty good job on defense. But we really have to keep working with guys understanding and seeing it the same way together. That's really kind of hurting us right now, still. That's what happens. You have moving parts out here and it does occur. I have to look at it, and just say, 'Look, are we trying to get too much done?' Maybe look at that. But today that was the thing. There at the end, we had to change some things in order to get the ball down the field and we kind of got overcome by the rush. "
HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (on Mike Nugent's injury) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"He injured his knee. It doesn't look good. I'll reserve judgment until we know for sure."
HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (on whether he knows what happened on the three interceptions) Sunday, November 14, 2010
HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (on whether things like the interceptions should be happening this late in the season) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I just spent the first seven, eight minutes talking about that. ... Every week is a new week. You have new plays, new designs, new things. We just have to make sure we're seeing them through the same eyes."
HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (on whether WR-Terrell Owens gave up on the pass that was directed at him but intercepted) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I don't know. I don't think so. I've not seen T.O. give up on any plays."
HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS (on WR-Chad Ochocinco's injury) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"He injured his shoulder. He finished the football game."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on how the play calling changed after getting down early) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"It changes your game plan and the advantage is in their hands when you got Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the edge. If you have to throw the ball a lot than you are playing into one of their strengths. We did a good job against them all night until the very last couple of plays when they just teed off on us. The offensive line couldn't have done a better job against their front five."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on the struggles of the running game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"It wasn't working. They were going to let us throw it a bit and try and stop the run. They did a really good job of stopping the run game."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on the interceptions) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"All three, they're plays that are completely my fault, plays I can't make. It was miscommunication on all of them, and I need to do a better job of making sure I put the ball in our guys' hands."
QB-CARSON PALMER (more on the interceptions) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"We're a little bit off. And when you're a little bit off, that's what happens. The passing game is a precision passing game, a timing passing game. When you're not on the same page, bad things happen. Bad things are interceptions like those, especially the first one that put us in a hole early. I need to do a better job of putting the ball in guys' hands of our team."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on taking the blame for miscommunication on the interceptions) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I'm the quarterback. That's my job to make sure guys are in the right spots, putting them in the right spots and making sure it happens on game day. I'm not doing a good enough job of that. When things are little bit off, I need to pull the ball down and make a different play."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on his frustrations) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I'm just frustrated at where we are right now. It's been a long time since we've won a game. It's been a long time since we've played well for four quarters, played well as a team. That's what's frustrating."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on his general outlook) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I'm trying not to look backward. I'm trying to look forward. I'm going to continue that. We have Buffalo coming in next week. .... I'm going to move forward. We need to move forward as a team and find a way to win one game and hope that creates a snowball effect."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on the losing streak) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"It's disappointing. You put so much in. You put in so much time and effort, and it feels like it's for nothing when you're at this stage, and you have to fight that. You can't let that take over your mind, can't let that take over your teammates' minds. You gotta fight it. We have a group that fights in every game. We're in it. For whatever reason, we don't win in the fourth quarter. But we don't quit, don't give up. We don't assume the game is over. We assumed (today) we were getting the ball back on an onside kick. Turns out we did. That fight, that can't-quit attitude is what you want."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on what he said to Jermaine Gresham on the sideline) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I just love Jermaine. I love his attitude and work ethic and the way he is as a person. ... He's so humble. He has been given so much talent. He doesn't act that way, he doesn't work that way. He works like an underachiever. I just told him, 'I love everything about you, I love that you're fighting for every single yard. And I love that you want the ball in your hands. But we just have to iron out the small things, the little details.' He's going to be great."
QB-CARSON PALMER (on the pass protection) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I don't think I got hit all night until the end of the game. The pass protection was amazing. When you play against those guys (Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis), it was amazing. We did something that no other teams have done, which is come into their place and block their two big D-ends. The last two plays of the game, they're extremely difficult on our tackles. They're one on one and those guys are just teeing off. But all game long, I didn't get touched."
QB-CARSON PALMER (more on the miscommunication and interceptions) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I'm disappointed in a lot of things; that's one of them. Terrell (Owens) has been on a record pace, and we've been on the same page for most of the season. But here and there, we've been a little bit off, which is kind of normal. But it's been tough to get Chad (Ochocinco) the ball. I wish he had more touches and opportunities. But teams have just done a good job of putting two guys on him and taking him out of the game. That's opened up Jermaine and (Jordan) Shipley and some other guys and those guys have taken advantage of those opportunities."
WR-TERRELL OWENS (on the interception late in the game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"That's my fault. When I came out of my break, I felt there was a linebacker there and I just didn't come out of it full speed and I should have. So that's my fault."
WR-TERRELL OWENS (on the losing streak) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I felt like we put ourselves in a great position to win the game. We had the onside kick and got that. We get something going, and then obviously we had a turnover there. That's been our Achilles heel, finding a way to lose instead of finding a way to win."
WR-TERRELL OWENS (on Carson Palmer taking the blame for the interceptions and any frustrations that he and Palmer aren't always on the same pag in the passing game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"That's commendable for Carson to come in and shoulder the load, but it's not all his fault. This is something that we have to share together. He's making his read based on how we practice. And again, I messed it up. I messed it up on the interception, and I didn't get the ball on the long ball. So blame it on me. I'll take the blame. I know I'm working hard and trying to do the best I can do. That's about all I can do."
WR-TERRELL OWENS (on why the offense sometimes struggles this deep into the season) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I have no answers. Every week I try to go in and whatever game plan we have, I try to practice hard and try to transfer those things to game day. I have no way of putting my finger on why we're starting slow. It seems like we play better when we get ourselves in a hole. And obviously we can't do that when we play great teams. We've shown signs that we can beat anybody. It's just the fact we're not making the plays that count down the stretch. Maybe I need to do something more to make myself more available and try to make more plays. For whatever reasons, we're not doing that. Again, I think we put ourselves in the best position to win the ball game late. We get the onside kick and then we come back and create a turnover. ... We're finding ways to take ourselves out of games instead of finding ways to win."
WR-CHAD OCHOCINCO (on the offense committing five turnovers) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"The NFL is very fickle when it comes to turnovers, and the fact that we were able to stay in the game with the amount of turnovers we had is about the only positive. Being close to perfection gives us a really good chance to pull out a win against a monster organization like the Colts."
OT-DENNIS ROLAND (on preparation heading into Sunday's game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I always try, whether I was starting or not, to prepare as if I was in case something ever happened then I would be ready to go. A lot of game film and study especially with these guys because they have such good moves and you have to understand how they react to an offensive tackles block."
OT-DENNIS ROLAND (on the different blocking schemes shown by the Bengals) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"There were a couple instances and for myself, it would usually be when there was a three-step drop. We did have some things built in with the tight ends and the running backs to give little hits on them (defensive ends) to slow them down and keep them off balance."
TE-JERMAINE GRESHAM (on the fumble he had late in the fourth quarter) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"You got to get down in that situation. I caught the ball and tried to go to the ground and I was just trying to go down. The guy that was on the ground just got the ball out."
TE-JERMAINE GRESHAM (on fighting back after the sluggish start) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"We are just going to keep fighting. That's the thing we are going to do. No matter what the circumstances are going to be that's just how we play on this team. Keep and going and keep fighting"
OT-ANDREW WHITWORTH (on his overall thoughts on the game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"We got off to a slow start with some turnovers. We gave them 14 points almost 10 points with interceptions and as an offense you can't continue to do that to the team."
OT-ANDREW WHITWORTH (on Marvin Lewis' comments about guys not being on the same page) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"Once again, you're a professional football player and you have to be on the same page and you got to be a better football team and that takes all of us working together."
OT-ANDREW WHITWORTH (on trying to handle the Colts defensive ends at the end of the game) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"That's when most of those guys get their garbage sacks. It kind of sucks. You are in a position where they have all the advantage and it's tough. Once again, our football team has to stop putting ourselves in that situation. As a player, you are worried about the football team and not being in that position and having a chance to win football games."
OT-ANDREW WHITWORTH (on being minus five in the turnover difference) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"The turnovers and the points were given up off turnovers. It's a team effort and as a team we didn't win today. Offensively, we can't have those lulls and we have to have better production."
CB-RICO MURRAY (on making his first start) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"We knew with the offense the Colts have they like to switch up their offensive looks, so we had to know where our help was and be accountable. We had to communicate with each other. Having my first start out there, I had expectations that he would pick on me just to see if I could handle the pressure. I left some plays out there that I wish I could have back, but you have to just roll with the punches."
CB-JONATHAN JOSEPH (on the defense's performance) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"You just have to go out there and fight. Everyone has to do their job because we're all professionals. We are in Week 10 now and communication should not be an issue out there on the field. We're asked as a defense to go out and perform no matter the circumstance."
LB-BRANDON JOHNSON (on holding the Colts offense to only one touchdown) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"I think we did pretty good on defense and held (QB-Peyton) Manning to no touchdowns (passing), but they came away with a win and that's all that matters. Anytime you lose its frustrating."
LB-DHANI JONES (on the defense's performance) Sunday, November 14, 2010
"The results were not satisfactory at the end of the game. Anytime the ball is turned over, it's something where we have to step up to the plate. If things don't happen in our favor we have to do things to sustain. We have to take care of the little things. It's always important to be in the right position at the right time. Football is a game of inches and a game of responsibility and as long as you do your job things will work out but, sometimes things go in the opposite direction because someone out there is trying to do their job. We have to go out there and do the small things and execute."