Erickson: "We have to look at ourselves, and we have to be more disciplined"

WR Alex Erickson met with the media following the loss to the Browns.

It’s been mentioned several times that the team is killing itself with penalties, which led to you having some of your kick returns called back today. How demoralizing is that to the team?

“It’s deflating, you know? You get a big play, and then you look back and see the (penalty) flag. It’s just deflating. Obviously, losing the yardage (hurts) because then you’re looking at first-and-20. It’s tough to stay ahead of the chains when you’re at first-and-20, so it just puts you behind right away, and then the trickle effect from there. We just have to look at ourselves, be more disciplined and just find a way to not make those penalties.”

It was awfully chippy out there. Was that a factor in this game?

“We knew it was going to be. Obviously, all the talk and all that stuff going into the game — we’re all prideful men. (We’re) competitive, and as much as you want to say (stuff), when you see it, you see it, and you know who said it, so that’s just part of the game. We all know that. As long as it stays (there). Everybody knows what’s all right and what’s too far, and as long as you don’t cross that line, I think that’s football.”

Did you see a difference in them and their mentality with Gregg Williams taking over their team as head coach?

“Obviously, they were confident coming into the game. I don’t know. I didn’t notice a difference from years past. It’s just a matter of them jumping on us right away, and it was an uphill battle the rest of the way for us.”

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