A lot of guys have talked about how adversity sort of teaches you how to win. At what point does that talking point become old and it becomes time to put up or shut up?
“That’s all it comes down to is that we have to finish better. There’s nothing you can say other than that. It’s not about finding lessons in this. We know what happened tonight. We lost the game. There’s no other excuse you can make. We have to finish better. We had the game in our hands the whole second half, and we just couldn’t finish. There’s no excuse for that. It doesn’t matter what lessons are learned. A loss is a loss and we have to get better.”
What happened with the false start in the fourth quarter with the lining up in the neutral zone? It looked like the ball was moved at the last second.
“I just have to have a little bit better awareness than that. We were in a two-minute drill at the end of the game. The guys spotted the ball and I lined up on the ball. He then moved the ball. I didn’t look back inside because I have [New York Giants LB] Olivier Vernon on the other side and I had to block him. When the ball got moved I didn’t notice. It was a tough draw there.”
What did you see out of San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens in terms of his composure?
“He was awesome all night. Nothing has changed about Nick Mullens. He’s as good as it gets in terms of a dude and in terms of a guy. He was composed the entire game. He’s a leader the entire game. He commanded our huddle awesome the entire night. We have to put him in a little bit better position to protect him a little bit better.”
In terms of momentum, a couple of times in that game you moved the ball and just pushed it down the field. What does that mean for this team to be able to do consistently what you want to do?
“We know what we’re capable of and what we’ve shown on tape all year. We’re an extremely physical front. The five of us I think have done an awesome job. We’re up at the top of the NFL in rushing, yards per carry and all those kind of stats. The bottom line is that we didn’t get it done when we needed to. We had an opportunity to score a touchdown instead of a field goal, and we didn’t move the chains. We put our defense back on the field when we shouldn’t have. The five of us will get better there, and the offense will get better there as well. I think we’ve been doing a great job up front all season. We just have to finish a little bit better.”
Can you talk about San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida’s performance?
“Matt’s just as hard-nosed and as tough of a competitor as you can get. He runs so hard. He makes it a lot of fun to block for him. He’s a great leader on this football team, and you don’t expect anything less than that from Matt Breida to give you everything he’s got. He’ll do that if he’s on one leg. He’s that kind of a guy. He’s been awesome all year.”