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Coach Payton’s Monday Presser

Coach Payton was his usual entertaining self at his Monday morning press conference, answering questions on team injuries, the crowd and the significance of the win. Let’s get straight to the highlights.

On the crowd’s affect on Sunday’s game:

“I thought the crowd, especially on third down, was significant. That has become pretty common for us in the evening games. You can hear the difference in an evening crowd than a 12 noon game. I thought it was very loud, similar to that opening game that we played on Thursday night..I think there’s a level of excitement. I do think the crowd is mindful of a national TV game. They understand the importance of a game like Pittsburgh and that’s a team that travels well. You saw a lot of Steelers fans in but I thought that was significant last night; a big advantage for us.”

On the improvement of this season’s goal line defense and it’s huge stand in the second quarter:

“You can go three or four weeks and not have a goal line sequence. It’s the one category in football where at the end of the year you might have a dozen or 15 snaps, maybe a little higher or lower. And then generally they come where a third of those snaps will be one game. So that stand yesterday was significant. Obviously to hold them to a field goal there was worth four points and encouraging. Something like that happens and you gain confidence from that defensively and as a team. They had a similar stand on their end of the field, but that was a big sequence of plays.”

On what encouraged him watching the game film:

“I felt that we played with a lot of energy. I thought that we were very physical. I thought the second half, going in at halftime it was very close at 3-3. I thought in the second half we did a very good job on third downs. Comparatively, I think both teams were 1-7 at halftime. We were much better with our ability to stay on the field and possess the ball. Defensively we continue to do a good job on third downs. Those are just some things.”

On the presence of the bye week play into the decision-making process of the playing status of Jabari Greer, Tracey Porter, Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas:
“Your view is additional time, but it doesn’t change our thinking in regards to how we approach this game. If a player’s ready, he’s ready to play in this game. We’ll just do everything we can here. I’m anxious to see how this week goes, because I think we have a chance to get a few guys back.”

On the importance of capitalizing on this win:

“I think it’s important to be more consistent. We talked about it a week ago. We’ll look closely at this film and try to see the areas we feel like we can improve on and then have another good, solid week of practice.”


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