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Joe Gibbs Monday Press Conference

On how they played offensively against Tennessee:

"Offensively, it goes half by half. In our first half I thought we had a heck of a performance. We had 112 yards rushing and averaged about seven yards per rush. We had 214 total yards. Mark (Brunell, QB, #8) was 11-for-14 and we had two long drives. We had no sacks for the game and we were good in short yardage. If you put all of that together we had a good performance in the first half. In the second half we had 10 rushes for 13 yards. Anytime we get out rushed we lose. That does not take away the fact that you want to play athletic football, catch balls down field and make great plays in the secondary. You always want to do that. The hard core base principals for us are that if you get out rushed you are going to lose the football game. Our second half offensively was not good. We turned the ball over twice. It was more of an inconsistent thing in the second half."

On how they played defensively against Tennessee:

"The defense kind of mirrored the offense. We would have two plays where we did a good job. We had a number of three and out. Then we would have drives where we would play two good downs and then they would break a run on us. We talked about individuals over there. We would have one guy playing the gap correctly and another guy going around the block. Basically we had inconsistent performance with our defense. Any time anybody rushes for that many yards against us we are going to get ourselves in real trouble. It was an inconsistent performance by our defense."

On how they played on special teams against Tennessee:

"We had great punt and kickoff coverage. Rock (Cartwright, RB, #31) did a heck of a job for us. He is one of the leaders in the league right now. We are doing so many good things right now. We have a great core group of guys. Then we have kind of a mental breakdown. It was a six man rush. It was nothing fancy which does happen up here quite often. It is not some kind of a fancy rush that gets put on. It is one person making a great play. That is critical, it is two points. It was a good job by Derrick (Frost, P, #4) getting back there and being alert and knocking the ball out of the back of the end zone. That saved us a touchdown on that. That certainly puts you in a hole. You give up two points and you are in an awful situation when you punt. We wound up coming out of that pretty good with great coverage. We had some great effort at different times. I would say that we are inconsistent from a football team standpoint."

On newly acquired safety Troy Vincent:

"He is very bright and a sharp guy. Our coaches here have been around him. Jerry (Gray, Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach) coached him in Buffalo. I think he understands our scheme and terminology. He is a guy that has played corner, nickel and safety. What it gives us is a veteran guy who is a high quality person that has played across the board in the secondary. We will go to work and see how fast and where he will fit in. We felt like it was a chance to add somebody that was a quality person and our kind of guy and a guy who can play multiple positions back there for us. Hopefully that is where he will fit in. He feels like he is ready to go."

On if he feels the defense has been disappointing:

"I always look at it from a team standpoint. We are disappointed. We are sitting here 2-4 we started out 0-4 in the preseason. I have talked long and hard about one year doesn't buy you anything the next. You start all over again. Did I think we would be here? No. That is part of life. Sometimes you don't get what you want. I certainly wouldn't look at just the defense. I would look at the defense, special teams and the offense. When you are not playing well across the board that is my responsibility. Certainly there have been games where the defense has impressed me with their run defense. We have lost the rushing end of it twice in six games. Four times they were stoning people in the run. We gave up some passes in the secondary which can't happen to you. I think our whole defensive group is disappointed."

On Joe Salave'a (DT, #95) and Cornelius Griffin (DT, #96):

"Obviously those two guys mean a lot to us. Both of them are leaders and both of them have proven that they are two of the best. In Cornelius' case he missed some time last year and we were hoping we would get off to a good start and not have to experience that. He did miss last week. Both of those guys not being in there hurt us. You have to have young guys to fill in and we like the two we have. We didn't play well as a group. Getting them back would help us. Anytime you are missing two of your key guys it hurts you. It would help us to get them back."

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