How frustrating is it to end up on the losing end again?
Everybody worked hard to give everything they can to the team. I think that’s a given. It comes down to making plays and we didn’t make enough today. So yeah, it’s frustrating. At the end of the day, the offense just didn’t make enough plays.
Do you take any pride in the way the team battled during the game?
I think that is something that should be a given and I think it is with these guys. It’s something you can hang your hat on. That we’re going to play hard. Give everything you’ve got. At the end of the day it’s about wins and losses and competing and making plays. And like I said, unfortunately we came up short today.
Re: Rumors about Marvin Lewis’s job status affecting the team
I don’t think so. In the NFL there’s always going to be rumors floating around and that’s something that happens every year, so I don’t think it was a distraction. I don’t think we let it become a distraction. It’s something that never really came up in the locker room. It wasn’t really discussed so it was definitely not a distraction.
Re: Marvin Lewis’s message to the team after the game
He was proud of the way that we played. We played hard. We played as a unit. We played with energy all night. And then just it comes down to making the plays in critical situations and we didn’t do so. That’s what it comes down to and we didn’t get it done.
Re: Next season
I definitely think we have a talented group and along with the talent we have on this roster, the character that we have I think is what is going to get us over the edge. We were put in some tough spots down the stretch this year and a lot of us got some valuable experience. That’s something you can never take away. [I’m] just looking forward to the next opportunities because in the NFL you never know how many you’re going to get, but I’m excited for what’s to come for this group.