Bates: "We got 5 games left and we're gonna see what we're about"

S Jessie Bates speaks with the media after the Bengals week 12 loss to the Browns.

You guys have made changes. Teryl Austin is no longer here. What’s it going to take, is it going to be more changes to get this thing turned around? What do you think it’s going to take?

“That’s not my job and that’s not my thing to focus on. I think everyone in this locker room needs to focus on doing their part and see where that gets us.”

Marvin Lewis said in his press conference that guys aren’t doing their jobs. Is that something that you see?

“We all just have to do our job and be on the same level. I feel like sometimes everybody is doing it right and one guy is doing it wrong and that just hurts you. Like I said, at some point we as players have to step up. We can make all the changes, but if we aren’t playing hard, that’s the kind of stuff that’s winning games.”

Is there any point where it’s a feeling of shock in the first half when you can’t believe your eyes a little bit?

“Anytime you’re down 28 points, you get knocked back, but it’s all about how you respond.”

How do you deal with that as a player?

“I think the biggest part is just worrying about yourself and what you can control. We have to come together as a team, but unfortunately, it’s hard to do that when you’re down 28-0. You just have to play play-by-play.”

On Marvin (Lewis) saying the losing is on him ...

“I don’t like the fact that Marvin keeps saying it’s his fault that we are losing. At some point, we as players have to step up and say it’s our fault.”

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