OPENING STATEMENT: “As far as the injuries go,
What role does trust play in the season so far?
COACH REID: “You get asked this a lot, the thing that surprises me most about the team and I would tell you that (the trust) and how close the group is. They don’t care if they’re ahead or down, they just keep encouraging each other. You guys see them in the locker room and that’s really what takes place on the sideline, during a game. It’s kind of a neat deal. It’s a special quality to have and we’ll keep building that. We bank on that now to help us win some games in the fourth quarter. That’s one of the things I’ve been most impressed with.”
What else goes into being so successful in the fourth quarter?
COACH REID: “Well, I always come back to your trainer and your strength coach. They’re the ones that condition these guys and keep them where they can be strong in the fourth quarter. I also think it’s a mindset in the players. They feel confident at that time that they’re going to get it done. I think it probably goes back to the trust factor in one another. The coaches are consistent and are trying to teach throughout and really, that’s what we’re here to do. They’re not giving up on guys or pointing fingers, saying I called this or this guy didn’t do that, they’re just trying to find another way to make a positive play. I think all of that ties in too.”
Was Sean Smith playing the right coverage for his pick-six or was he just in the right place at the right time?
COACH REID: “Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time. I mean, he’d be the first one to tell you that. He put a quick jam on the guy and the guy kind of made him miss and the quarterback had a low snap and saw
Were you planning to pass as much as you did or was that just the flow of the game?
COACH REID: “Well, we ran a little bit earlier in the game. Some of our runs have pass options to them, if they load the box up. They went man coverage, is what they did, so they always had that extra guy in the box, right there. It gave us an opportunity to get some of the quick throws that we had. Some of those were run pass options, to answer your question.”
Did you see this as a learning experience with the mistakes made in the game?
COACH REID: “It really comes back to the ebb and flow that takes place. They just kind of keep it consistent. I don’t see a lot of panic with them; that’s not what I see. You see that with teams, where guys seem to encourage each other and I think that helps in situations like that. It wasn’t beautiful there; I mean, that’s not what it was. They worked through it, took advantage of opportunities and it worked out okay. They trust each other there, so that helps.”
What about facing adversity and thinking ahead to playoffs?
COACH REID: “You’re already in the playoffs. We’re just trying to get the next one and I tell you, that’s also been a good characteristic this team has. They haven’t looked ahead and all that. Every play, every experience you have is a good one and that you can learn from. Whether it’s a good play or a bad play, you can learn from the play and get yourself better as a team. You can’t lose focus of that. If you’re winning games, are you going to let the little things go? You’re never going to do that. You’re not going to do that as a coach, you’re not going to do that as a player. Focus in and the margin between winning and losing is (not) big, very slim. You have to stay on top of your game. You relax, you see it happen every week, where teams relax a little bit and boom, they get picked off. You can’t do that; I mean you just can’t. You get to relax this week, because you get a break. You get a bye week; that’s where you relax and get yourself charged up and get yourself right and go against Denver, when we get back.”
What is the origin of your bye week philosophy and why has it been so successful?
COACH REID: “I’ve had good players and good coaches. I’ve always given the guys time off (even), back when it wasn’t popular to do. You try and treat these guys like men. That’s what they are, young men. There is a certain amount of responsibility that they need to feel in their team, so part of that’s the bye week. So, I’ve always given them time off to get themselves back. Rest, relax and take care of any business you need to take care of and come back ready to go for whatever is left of the season. Now, the league has made part of that mandatory. The new CBA that the league has given the players an extended time, where the coaches have to let them go. But, I was doing that quite a little bit before then.”
What are some of the top priorities in the bye week, before Denver?
COACH REID: “Well, we need to go back in, as a staff, and do another self-scout. We do it weekly, but you go back and go through the whole thing again. Then, you start preparation for Denver. We have a practice next Monday, before the day off on Tuesday, so we have to make sure we prep for that. Those are the three primary categories. Today, we’ll have the players in a little and get them out of here. After today, we have some business things to take care of. We’ll go through the tape and look at it, and we’ll get them out.”
Do you think the players are ready for the circus that will come along with the Denver game?
COACH REID: “You know, listen, I don’t really do too much for that, other than focus in on your job. You need to respect the opponent, study the opponent and then get yourself right. You don’t let it go any further than that. They’re a good football team, we know that. We’ll study them and we’ll get ourselves right to be ready to play a good football team.”
As far as what happened with Coach Kubiak and Coach Fox, have you changed your living habits because this is an unhealthy job?
COACH REID: “Listen, it’s just part of the job. You’re right. We do put in hours. I guess the longer you’re in it, the more you learn to manage it, I guess. But it’s still long hours. I mean, that’s all part of it.”
Does it raise your eyebrows at all that it happened to both of them?
COACH REID: “You don’t do it for yourself, but for them. Those are good friends. I’m grateful that they’re okay.”