“It was an average game for myself. Played hard. I just don’t know if I was fully comfortable with the way I played. It’s all a work in progress. Did some good things, did some bad things, but I just have to continue to work. I think I played real well in the run game. Pass game, I was off and on, although I did get a sack. It was a cheap sack, but I’ll definitely take it. I’ve just got to continue to work and produce more.
“I think the defense as a whole, we had a good couple series. In particular, being on the goal line – being in a tough position – being resilient. I think we’re a tough group of guys and definitely expect a lot out of ourselves as a group. I think we can play with anybody as long as we continue to work and prepare the right way.
“Explosion plays hurt us without a doubt. They shouldn’t have happened but, then again, things happen and you’ve got to find ways to bounce back from them. I think the majority of the time, we did bounce back from them, but we definitely have to eliminate explosion plays. Especially in key situations, like the one before the half.
“The injuries were unfortunate, but it’s a very physical game. I’m at a different level than all these other guys who have been up here, but it’s definitely a lot more physical. Things like that are going to happen and, with that, guys behind them always have to be ready to step in as our starters. With the quarterback situation, I think Shaun came in and did a great job. He’s expected to do that.
“That being said, things aren’t always going to work out the best on the offensive side of the ball – the same thing for us on defense. With that, we know we have to – at all costs – try to get the ball back to our offense so they can get back in the flow and take care of their normal business. We’ve just got to go out there and get the ball back.
“To the fans: there’s not a lot to worry about – we played really well. I think this is definitely a new era for the Detroit Lions, I can definitely feel that. I think everybody on the team feels that way and we just want to continue to play. Though we didn’t come out with the win as we planned, we’re going to go into the next game and take care of business, especially because we’re at home.”
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