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Q&A with Tyler Palko 12/7

Posted Dec 7, 2011

OPENING REMARKS: “Obviously it’s good to come in here and talk to you guys after a win, it’s been a long time coming. It was great to get a win against a really good opponent on the road, against a really good defense. Our defense has been playing outstanding and it’s been a struggle to put points on the board and we were happy to get seven there at the end of the half. Coach talks a lot about a five game season, we started off with a ‘W’ and we’ve got four more left. Every game is pretty much like a playoff game from here on out and that’s the way we have to approach it so we’ve got a big task ahead of us with the Jets on the road again against a really good defense and a really good AFC opponent.”

Q: How many times did you look at the Hail Mary play on tape?

PALKO: “Once.”

Q: Just once?

PALKO: “Yes once, when we watched the film after the game. No real need to rehash it but it was good to just get the ball in the end zone.”

Q: Why has it been so hard to score touchdowns?

PALKO: “I just think it’s I guess a continuance of keeping everybody on the same page and executing out assignments. Football is the ultimate team sport and on offense if one person is not doing their job it can affect the whole play or the whole series. We’ve just got to continue to keep forging ahead and eliminating mistakes and we did a pretty good job of that for the most part on Sunday. No real big plays, but it was a down and dirty game in some nasty conditions and the defense was playing great. It wasn’t an exciting game on the offensive side of the ball but we didn’t turn the ball over and our defense did their job and we came out of there with a victory.”

Q: How much of a factor is it that when a unit is struggling individuals try and do too much?

PALKO: “I think that may factor in but I think the biggest part is everybody wants to, we come out here in practice and we have good practices and we know we can move the ball, we’ve done that and it’s pretty much just everybody having to stay focused throughout 70 plays on Sunday and that’s pretty much the biggest focal point that we try to express as an offense, staying focused for 70 plays and eliminating mistakes. I don’t want to talk too much about the past, but it’s obviously been just a couple of mistakes at the wrong time that’s overshadowed some really good things offensively. It’s just the way football goes but we can’t afford to have those mistakes on offense and we did a pretty good job of eliminating them, at least in the turnover aspect on Sunday.”

Q: How do you balance trying to avoid the turnovers and not being too careful?

PALKO: “It’s not playing scared or playing timid. It’s just being smart with the football and those couple to Dwayne [Bowe] on the sideline just missed by a little bit and obviously would have liked to have those back. That wasn’t a throw that was careful. It was just badly located just a little bit on the outside but that does come into play but for the most part you can’t play scared. I think throughout the beginning part of last week we were kind of timid and playing at the beginning of the week at the practice week and we finally caught our stride towards the end of the week and I think we headed into Chicago with a lot of confidence. So I think this is going to be the same, heading into this week of just understanding our game plan and executing it and tying up loose ends and gaining confidence later in the week.”

Q: Do you have to do something different in practice to prepare for this defense that really likes to intercept that ball?

PALKO: “No, they are a very good defense and they are very talented. Obviously I know Darrelle [Revis] from college. He’s the best in the league and they’ve got some other guys on the defensive side of the ball that are really good. You can’t really worry about all that other stuff. I think for an offense we’ve just got to keep getting better individually and what coach is asking us to do. We did that, we took a step in the right direction today in practice, we had a really good practice today, high energy, up-tempo and we’ve just got to continue to keep stacking them on top of each other Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”

Q: Do you feel that you have earned the privilege to be the starter?

PALKO: “Up to this point I think I’m just trying to get better every week and that’s the coaches decision based on if I’ve earned that right to put my hand underneath center. Every week I’ve learned a lot, obviously some through mistakes and some through positive plays but every week I feel more comfortable and I feel like I’m getting better and I feel like our offense is getting better so it’s just one of those things where sometimes you take your lumps and move forward but I guess you’d have to ask coach that.”

Q: Do you feel like you’ve done what you can with this opportunity?

PALKO: “Well there’s still no excuse, whether you’re the starter through training camp or whether you are the back up and get thrust into this situation there are no excuses for the turnovers or the mistakes that happened. I’ll be the first person to tell you that I’m not going to sit back and make excuses for interceptions or turnovers, I mean that’s just inexcusable regardless of the fact, you still have to understand that those things gets you beat. But with that being said, you just try to get better every week and that’s really what I’ve been focusing on and not really trying to focus on the future, just trying to focus on the present and getting better every week and not really trying to evaluate everything right now. There is so much we have to get done on a weekly basis. When the season is over we’ll sit back and evaluate from that point. It’s not really anytime to pat anybody on the back or really kick them in the butt. It’s just moving forward with what we have and I think that’s pretty much what we’ve done for the most part.”

Q: Are you more comfortable with all the stuff that goes with being the starting quarterback now then you were three weeks ago?

PALKO: “From the standpoint of being on the field, it’s been an experience of the highs and lows but that’s to be expected. No one, at least I didn’t expect to come in here and have it be a storybook, fairytale ending and this is the NFL and you have to learn how to deal with adversity and that’s just how it goes. As far as the other stuff, it’s just I guess apart of the job and I don’t really feel one way or the other on that stuff.”

Q: How many hundreds of passes do you think you’ve thrown against Revis between scrimmages and practices?

PALKO: “I’m trying to think, I was there with him for two years so a lot. He was really, really good his first day he stepped on campus as a true freshman. He’s a heck of a player and very smart. He’s physical and in my opinion he’s the best corner in the league for the last five years just based on his performances.”

Q: This might be the first defensive back that you really know..

PALKO: “Yes.”

Q: The other guys you just see them on tape, but this is the first guy that you’ve actually thrown against. Does that provide you with some knowledge that you didn’t have?

PALKO: “He doesn’t really have any weaknesses to tell you the truth. He’s a pretty good player and being sarcastic meaning that he is a very good player and he really doesn’t have any weaknesses as player other than when his hamstring is hurt and other than that he’s a tough guy and our receivers know it’s going to be a tough challenge.”

Q: Last week you said everybody in Kansas City probably hates you for having seven turnovers, are you feeling the love this week?

PALKO: “Like I told you I don’t pay attention either way. I go home, go to bed, wake up in the morning and come here. I don’t really listen or read or go out and pay attention to all of that stuff. When I have time at home, time away from here I’m in bed resting and when I’m not in bed resting I’m here so..

Q: So that’s a no?

PALKO: “No, I guess to answer your question I don’t really pay attention to any of that stuff.”

Q: Any reason why your third-down production has been so good?

PALKO: “The biggest part for me personally with the offense is just eliminating those stupid, foolish plays. I think that you stand back here and eliminate those plays from the game, and obviously you can’t eliminate all of them, but if you eliminate a few of those foolish plays we’re sitting here singing a different tune and I think for the most part we just have to stop beating ourselves and eliminate those stupid plays because for the most part if you look at the bug picture, we’re really moving the football on offense, we’re being efficient, we’re completing balls, we are running the football so we can’t change the past but we can sure as heck learn from it and I think you just have to keep a positive outlook moving forward and I think that’s pretty much what we are doing and how we feel on the offensive side of the ball.”

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