Inside The Bills

Players react: Patriots at Bills

Posted by on September 8, 2013 – 9:18 pm


Q: Was there some communication issues on a couple of those touchdown passes early on? It seemed like a couple guys were a little confused back there.

A: We’ll take a look at it tomorrow. There are ups and downs every single week and you try to get to the sideline, make corrections and the only thing you can do is go in on Monday and make those corrections. Obviously it hurt us today but we’ll figure it out. We have a lot of guys who will fight and a lot of guys who will work so we’ll be alright.

Q: You guys were on the field a lot out there. You made some big plays. What are some of the positives you take out of this?

A: You look at some of the big plays that we made in the first half, and we needed to do that in the second half. We had a big fourth-down stop in the red zone, but this game was all about making one or two plays late especially in the fourth quarter and it seemed like every one went their way and that’s why they ended up getting a victory.

Q: Da’Norris Searcy stepped into the lineup obviously for Jairus Byrd and made a lot of big plays. What did you see from him?

A: He’s a great player. He’s very confident and goes out there and plays hard, plays fast, and I think you saw that today.


Q: There seemed to be a lot of penalties out there on you guys today.

A: Penalties on both sides of the ball put us behind the eight-ball a lot. If you keep giving an experienced quarterback like that and a am that’s won a lot of football games opportunities with penalties and things like that it comes back to bite you.

Q: How do you correct that when you go into the game already knowing that penalties can hurt you?

A: Penalties when you’re under pressure can happen. You get a face mask when you really didn’t mean to or your holding a guy or you might hit a guy late, not excessively late but still late, the thing that’s hard are the pre-snap penalties, the off sides, the false starts, misalignments, those sorts of things are things that are killing you and you really have to pay close attention.

Q: The close losses, and with your competitive nature, don’t seem to mean that much to you.

A: This season started in March, and you go through a lot to get ready to play and just because all of you said we were going to get beat by 50 and we get beat by three doesn’t make me feel any better. I’m here to win. I’ve been around a long time. I just want to win and we have to find a way to make the plays at the end of the game.



Q: What went wrong at the end?

A: We have to be able to convert and be able to stop them, especially in that situation. We know what’s going to happen. We have to be able to stop them and keep them out of field goal range.

Q: As you’re watching (Tom) Brady convert the ball on third-down, do you get a sense of “we’ve seen this before?”

A: You have to stop him. At the end of the day you have to make the plays. I feel like a lot of times we were in good position. We just have to make the tackle and get him down first him. As a team, as a defense we have to make the plays.

Q: Is this a case of a young team needing to learn how to put a game away and learning how to win? Or is it just a case where that’s no excuse, you got to get it done?

A: We have to get it done regardless

Q: Mario, do you feel like you were held on the one play where Brady kind of jutted out to the right where it looked like you had the offensive lineman flipped around?

A: They didn’t call it so I guess I wasn’t.

Q: Describe your emotions right now. You’re kind of a man of few words right now, seems your pretty frustrated.

A: We just have to get better. We have to win. We have to come together as a defense. Regardless of what’s going on, we have to be able  get turnovers, score on defense and make it happen.

Q: Seem like the run-d was doing some nice things early on. In the second half it seemed to gash a little bit. What was that breakdown, what was the reason for it?

A: I think we will have to look at it. I feel that the calls were there, but we just have to look at it tomorrow and see what’s going on.

Q: As a veteran leader on this team, what do you tell some of the younger guys after a loss like this?

A: Keep your head up. We have a long way to go. I know we have a great team and we have to go out there and make it happen. We have to figure out what we are doing wrong, whether we are out of position or communication or whatever it might be because each little play definitely is going to matter.

Q: I know it probably feels like garbage right now but do you feel a little encouraged based on what you saw out there in the first week against a team as vaunted as the Patriots?

A: I don’t care what a team’s name is, we have to go take care of business. That’s all that matters… we have to win, that’s all that matters.



Q: On the Patriots keying on C.J. (Spiller) as much as possible:

A: Whenever we play a team, they are going to think about C.J. (Spiller) and rightfully so. He has played out of his mind the last two years. It’s just my job when I get that opportunity to take some of that pressure off him.

Q: To come out on the wrong end of this, what’s the feeling?

A: Obviously we are disappointed. But we’ll go back and look at the film. A lot of things that happened to us were kind of self-inflicted. Not to take anything from them, they made plays when they had the opportunity but we left a lot out there. And if we go out, take a look at the film, realize some of the mistakes that we made, that could be a different outcome.

Q: How do you explain all the penalties?

A: It’s hard to say. We had to overcome… some of the calls weren’t good calls but you know this is what we have to focus on. We have to focus on the little things is what we talked about when we came in here. The little things we focus on and everything else will take care of itself.

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