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QB Jake Delhomme

(On putting away last week’s loss and preparing for this week)- “I think you have to, but I think you come in on Monday and you watch the film, you be very critical of yourself first and foremost and you have got to move on to your next opponent.  That’s what we did.  We came in, took our medicine, watched the film and you start on Cincinnati on Monday, Cincinnati yesterday and it’s full force.”


(On if he expects to start on Sunday)- “I’m not sure what’s going to happen.  I’m just going to go with the flow.  I always prepare week in and week out like I will be the starter and we will go from there.”


(On wanting to start on Sunday)- “Sure, absolutely.  If you don’t want to start, then you don’t have a pulse in my opinion.”


(On if he is surprised that Cincinnati is 2-11 this season)- “You know what, my focus hasn’t been on them since Week 4 or whenever we played them.  I am somewhat because they do have a good football team.  I know they’ve had a ton of injuries on the defensive side of the football, but they have been in a ton of games.  They had the lead on the Saints with a minute left to go the other day.  It’s like anybody else.  I knew going into the Buffalo game last week that we were playing a team with two wins, but this is a team who went into overtime with Kansas City, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.  It’s the NFL.  Week in and week out we just have to be ready, no matter what.”


(On if he takes the brunt of the blame for offensive struggles being the quarterback)- “I think you have to.  I think if you don’t do that as a quarterback, then to me, you’re being naïve.  If you don’t score points in this league and win, then you’re not getting the job done.  That’s the NFL.  You have to win no matter what.  Be it you score 30 or your score 10, you have to win.  I didn’t do enough to help get our offense into the end zone the other day to score more points.  You have to be very critical of that.  If you’re not that way, then that’s a disservice.”


(On if he senses that the coaches want to get Colt McCoy back playing)- “You know what, I’m not exactly sure.  I know the biggest thing was that I know Colt was battling to get back healthy.  He did some good things when he was healthy.  I have to worry about what I can control, I think that’s really how you have to look at it.  I’m going to control what I can and whatever happens from that point on, you don’t rock the boat, you keep your mouth shut, you go to work and you do it.  That’s how I was brought up, that’s how I was raised and in the National Football League too, that’s just the way it goes.”


(On potentially being the third quarterback Sunday because Seneca Wallace being in some offensive packages)- “Those are things that go through your mind because we do have certain packages that we use with Seneca.  If you’re going to be the two or the three, there’s only one guy playing.  That’s kind of how you have to look at it.  That’s something that I think goes through my mind and things like that, but then again if I let that bother me, then I’m taking away from my preparation that I need to do for a game.”


(On if he has prepared himself for the possibility of Coach Mangini telling him that McCoy will be the starter)- “I think I prepare myself for any situation, but I think I’m preparing myself to play.  You adjust accordingly, so whatever role that I have to perform, I have got to make sure that I do it well.”

(On Carson Palmer getting a lot of criticism for his play this season)- “Every Sunday when we strap up, we are one of 32 people in the world that does this job.  We get way too much credit when things go good and a ton of blame when things go bad.  That’s the contract I signed up for in third grade when I played quarterback.  That’s just the way it goes, that’s part of the deal.  If you let it really get to you and whatnot, it can drive you nuts.  You have just got to stay even keeled, take the good when it comes and when the bad comes, take all of the blame.  Take all of the blame, don’t put it on your teammates.  Take the blame and you go from there.  In the grand scheme, it is a game and that’s how you have to look at it.  I know he’s probably getting killed a good bit, but the guy has kind of done some decent things too.”


(On if they as quarterbacks have discussed Palmer’s situation)- “Not necessarily.  Quarterbacks know, and when you watch film and things of that nature, it’s just so different.  That’s why when I come on the sidelines and when I talk to Colt and talk to Seneca because they are only other ones that really know how things happen.  Even the other day in the game, a couple of questions, ‘Hey, what about this?’  before I even have to ask, they will say, ‘No that wasn’t there, this was there.’  That’s kind of how you work together.”


(On it seeming like there hasn’t been a full week this season of knowing who the quarterback will be)- “Hey, that’s just kind of the way it goes.  You just don’t know.  You’d love to have stability the whole time, but that’s just the way it happens.”


(On if some of their offensive struggles could be attributed to the quarterback uncertainty)- “I don’t think that had anything to do with the Carolina game or Miami game, we were able to get wins there.  I think last week, that didn’t have anything to do with it.  We just didn’t make enough plays.  In the grand scheme of things, every Sunday evening it’s did you make more plays than the other team?  Between the white lines, did you make more plays than the other team?”


(On if the uncertainty at quarterback has affected he and McCoy’s relationship at all)- “No, I don’t think it does.  If I’m a younger guy who hasn’t been around a lot and hadn’t had a good experience with an older guy when I was younger, it might be a little different.  It doesn’t do anybody any good if there isn’t harmony in the quarterback room.  You’re there so much, I spend more time with the quarterbacks and Carl Smith than I do my family during the week, a lot more time.  If you don’t have harmony in there and it’s not a positive learning environment, then it’s just not healthy.”


(On what older player helped him when he was younger)- “Billy Joe Tolliver.”

(On if the weather conditions attributed to their offensive struggles against Buffalo)- “Like I said after the game, conditions or not you have to play in it.  Really, I wish I would have had one pass differently and that was the one I hit to Mo (Massaquoi) down the seam.  If I could have got some more on that pass to hit him running.  Other than that, no I can’t blame anything at all on that.”


DB Joe Haden

(On the Cincinnati receivers)- “Their receiving corps is just the best that we’ve played against by far.  With (Chad) Ochocinco, T.O. (Terrell Owens) and (Jordan) then Shipley, I just feel that they are a very talented group.”


(On if they have to sharpen their focus this week playing against the talent that Cincinnati has despite their 2-11 record)- “It’s every week honestly.  They’re 2-11, but they have the ability to be so much better.  You don’t really look at their record, records don’t really tell you too much about a team.  You have to go out there and play because any week, you can get beat.”


(On if he is getting used to the cold weather)- “I’m good.  I didn’t think I could get used to it as fast, but I’m starting to get used to it.  Yesterday it was freezing, but I felt a little bit more comfortable than I normally do.”


RB Peyton Hillis

(On if it harder to hold on to the ball now than it was last week at this time because of the weather)- “No, sometimes that’s how the game goes.  You can’t play this game hesitantly, you have got to go out there and play with aggressiveness and go out there and do the best you can.  If you try to fix things or try to over think things, it can be bad.”


(On how long it takes to get over a bad game)- “It’s out of my mind the next day.  Not to say that it wasn’t weighing heavily on my mind, it’s just when you have it on your mind the next week and you’re worried about this week, it can affect you for the next game.  I can’t allow that to happen for myself, for my coaches or my teammates.”


(On if he has had a chance to reflect on rushing for more than 1,000 yards this season)- “No, I didn’t.  It’s not about getting 1,000 yards, it’s about winning ballgames.  When you lose ballgames, none of that stuff matters.”


(On if he has ever had a game with as many fumbles as he did in Buffalo)- “No, I really never did.  It was more when you fight for those extra yards and the ball gets away from your body kind of deal.  I can’t really change my style of running, it’s who I am, but I can change about when I get into traffic, holding on to the ball better.  That’s what I’m going to work on.”

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