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Transcript: Mike Smith Postgame News Conference


Opening statement:

"Tonight we obviously rested several of our number-one players as we get ready to go for the regular season. Our number one goal is to be as healthy as possible for that first game. That's one of the things that we accomplished tonight. We also wanted to get one last look at several players. There's a lot of guys fighting for roster spots. When I say a lot, I mean a handful. We obviously saw some guys step up. We saw some guys that didn't necessarily take care of business. We have a bunch of decisions to make and over the next 48 hours that's what we'll be doing. We'll be spending our time to put our 53 guys together; to put our roster together for the 2011 season."

On a winless preseason:

"We have a saying, 'if you play it's worth winning,' and we talk to our guys all the time about that. We want to go out and we want to win ball games. That's why you play, and at the same time there are certain things in certain points of the preseason that you have to look at and you want to try to get accomplished. That sometimes overrides some of the other decisions you would normally make in a ball game. To say am I disappointed, yes I'm disappointed. To say am I concerned, no I'm not concerned. This football team is a very mature football team and we had a plan in place in terms of things that we had to get accomplished looking at, and I think we've been able to do that through the preseason."

On signing Kelvin Hayden and James Sanders:

"Both of those guys we have added in the past couple of days. We are always trying to better our roster. That is our goal, to have the best 53 guys that we possibly can. We think that both of these guys are going to strengthen our roster and make us a better football team. We're looking forward to starting to work with them tomorrow. We actually started to work with them tonight. They were on the sideline getting the calls trying to get as much information as they can about our defensive scheme so we can indoctrinate these guys into our system as quickly as possible. "

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