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Transcript: Mike Smith postgame interview


Opening Statement:

* *"Alright guys, tonight we obviously didn't play anywhere near the level we need to play if we're going to be the football team that we want to be. It is the preseason, but we still didn't play at the level in any phase of the game where we want to be. We made mistakes in all three phases. There's a lot of hard work to do and a lot of evaluations we have to make so that we can play better and improve as a team. Some of the things that stood out, we couldn't get off the field on third downs. They converted on some third and 12, third and fourteens. Actually one of the touchdowns they scored was on a third down and twelves. It was our Achilles heel in the previous season and it's something that we have got to get fixed."

On the offenses inability to get into the end zone:

"We started fast, moved the ball down and got on the plus side of the 50 and then we stalled out in these first two games. It's definitely something that we are going to have to improve on. It's something that we're going to have to address. Again, I think in all three phases we were not very efficient."

On QB John Parker Wilson and his extended playing time:

"I thought that he did make some good decisions. I think he was 14 of 25 for 98 yards. The one interception was there right before halftime, it was a fourth down situation he was just trying to make a play there. I thought he made some pretty good decisions. That was one of the things that we wanted to do in this game, give him an opportunity to play against some of the seconds before we put him in a mop up situation."

On DE Kroy Biermann and his performance:

"I thought Kroy had a big play, the ball was on the ground and we didn't get the ball. It was a sack, caused fumble and we don't get the ball. It was a big play. I think he's changed his body since he's gotten here. He's worked very hard with our Athletic Performance team and I think he's going to continue to improve. I've liked what I've seen from Kroy in these firsy two preseason games."

On if Biermann is competing for a starting spot:

"There's no doubt about it. Production is what it's all about and Kroy is definitely making a statement with his play in these first two ballgames."

On the back-up quarterback situation:

"I don't believe that you can have too many quarterbacks. Chris (Redman) is an experienced quarterback, he's played in this League and started games. John Parker Wilson was a college free agent and we felt that it was very important for us this preseason to get him some game experience to see where he fits in terms of our quarterback depth."

On if he saw anything in particular on all the third downs New England converted:

"Before watching the films, one of the things that I think is that we were not convergent on the football very well. We were not taking the grass, which is something that you've got to do to be successful on defense. I thought we were breaking down, we were too cautious. We weren't playing with very good leverage. Those are all things that are correctable and I can assure you starting tomorrow those things will be emphasis points with our entire defensive unit."

On the injury to DT Corey Peters:

"That I don't know guys. In terms of the injuries I don't know anything. I have not had an opportunity to speak with the trainers or the doctors. I think we'll have a much better feel sometime tomorrow on where these guys are at."

On if there are any similarities in the five offensive series by the first team in terms of the inability to get in the end zone:

"I don't know that there's any real common thread. We've been looking at different things in terms of what we wanted to do. We wanted to start the game off last week running the football. Our first two plays this week were throwing the football. We wanted to try to get going in the passing game. I think what's happened is when we've gotten into certain field positions we haven't been as effective. You've got to convert on third downs and we had some makeable third downs. I felt like some third and fives, some third and sixes, and those are really tilted towards the offense."

On the status of players returning from injuries next week:

"Yes, again we're on track for those guys to come back and play next week barring any unforeseen setbacks in the next couple of days. It's going to be nice to see when we have our full compliment of players out there. CB Dunta (Robinson) has not participated since early on in training camp so it's going to be good to see him back out there. I know he is itching to get back out there."

On whether or not DB William Moore will play next week:

"We're hoping that William Moore will play as well. We think that most of the guys we've been holding out, we've been targeting this third preseason game. Again, that's going to depend on how they respond and the next couple of days."

On the decision to go for it on fourth and long rather than kick the long field goal:

"Well, K Michael Koenen has kicked long field goals. It was a decision that at first we thought we'd go out there and try out. Then I thought better of it and felt like it was the more prudent thing to work on our fourth down and thirteen play, you just never know if it's going to come up during the season."

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