“The atmosphere at Ford Field is amazing. I was definitely excited to see that and I definitely think that the defense fed off of it. It was definitely a good atmosphere; I hope they keep it that way throughout the year and don’t take this loss too hard, because I don’t foresee any more losses at home.
“I can only speak for the defense and, as a whole, our performance was average. I think we played 85-90-percent of that game pretty well, but when we did make mistakes, they were big mistakes. Those then turned into big plays, which turned into points and touchdowns. Those are the things that we can’t allow. If we do make mistakes they need to be minimal mistakes and they need to be at the most maybe a 10-yard run, a 20-yard pass at the very most. And those 10-yard runs became 50-yard touchdowns and things of that sort.
“We had a tough time with cutbacks yesterday. The running back did a very good job – he’s a shifty running back. But we knew that coming in and we knew that were going to have to watch that he liked to cut the ball back. He wasn’t really a guy that liked to hit the hole. A lot of the time if the hole is wide open he’s going to go through it. If it’s not, he’s going to try to create it and cut it back or bounce it outside. I would put that on us, without a doubt.
“As far as Michael Vick’s performance, we definitely give credit where credit is due. At the same time, the one thing we didn’t want him to do was extend plays, which we allowed him to do. When we had our shots, most of the times we took them, but some of them we didn’t take and he extended those plays. Then instead of him running, he threw it, which hurt us even more. We can’t allow those things to happen no matter who the quarterback is. We’re about to get ready to go against a guy that likes to extend plays and really likes to find plays far down the field. So that’s something we have to get correct very quickly in practice.
“It’s a passing league, so sacks mean more than stopping the run and I am definitely looking forward to getting a sack on Brett Favre. At the same time, I definitely want to get after Adrian Peterson. I know him personally, so I want to be able to talk some trash to him when I see him outside of the field.
“I’ll only talk to him after the game – I’m not the guy that likes to talk before the game. Maybe before the actual game, warm-ups or something like that, but other than that I’ll talk to him on the field while I’m hitting him.
“I actually met him for the first time during the Super Bowl through a Nike event. We’re both Nike, obviously. I talked to him, went to another Nike event with him and talked to him. So, he’s a good dude. I’ve played against him – we played against each other my true freshman year in college – but I didn’t play that game, I was hurt.
“He’s a powerful runner, but he’s also got speed. I think his biggest thing is he likes to try and to run over a lot of guys. He was prone to fumbling last year, so hopefully we can create those again. In the two games that I’ve watched so far, he hasn’t really fumbled it, that I’ve noticed. We definitely want to be able to put that in the back of his head. Hopefully we can get an early one, and continue to do that throughout the game. He’s definitely a guy that’s dynamic that wants to try to break tackles and run over people, so we have to be ready for both. You have to be ready for both. You need to make sure you wrap up.”
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