Offensive Lineman Justin Pugh
October 30, 2017
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I feel better. Weíre going to see how it goes this week. Just do whatever I can to get out there on Sunday.
Q: What happened?
A: My back was locking up on me so I went in and tried to get it to calm down. I couldnít get it to calm down in the Seattle game. It was bothering me going into it. So hopefully this week, it will be good. Having the week off was definitely helpful so just go from there.
Q: Is this the same injury as you had previously?
A: Over the spring? No, different.
Q: Is it the same thing as the week before or just worse?
A: Actually, yeah. It happened in the fourth quarter of that Denver game. Obviously we were running the ball towards the end of the game, so it was fine. Going out there in the second half of the Seattle game, I just couldnít get it to stay loose and I couldnít move as well as I need to to be able to play that position.
Q: How hard is it to flush what happened earlier in the season as a player?
A: Obviously youíre in the middle of the season. Youíre going through it so it is hard to flush it, but as a professional you got to go out there and thatís your job. You got to get ready to come back and go spend time with your family, get away from it for a second and then come back and realize what we have to do these next nine games and realize whatís your why. Who youíre going out there and playing for and go out there and we got to get it done these next nine weeks.
Q: They did a lot of self-scouting over the break, how many changes are you expecting?
A: You canít make wholesale changes in the course of a week. Find out what weíre doing well, keep doing those things, keep getting better at those things and find out areas where youíre lacking. Obviously, makes some time for some changes there. You canít make too many crazy changes. Weíre not bringing in new personnel. Itís still the same guys in this locker room.
Q: Did you run different sorts of plays when you came back from the bye last year?
A: Yeah, run different formations, run different plays at them. Get into what we do best and really find different ways to get that run. Thatís probably mostly what he meant. Obviously, we didnít put too much in today. It was more of a welcome back, get out there, run around, get a little sweat going. So that was good today.
Q: Did you see any signs of this team buying into the hype and not having the same hunger as last yearís team?
A: I can only speak for me personally and you can look back at what I said. I said, I thought this was the best team that weíve had on paper, but that doesnít win games for you and obviously that didnít win games for us. So I can probably say that I am guilty of that because Iíve said it publicly.
Q: Do you think this team was too full of itself?
A: I think in this league if you ever get too high, you ever get too low, this league will humble you real quick. Thatís something you can take individually, you can take as a team. You want to remain that median, that consistency, because this league will beat you up. If you ever think youíre too good, youíll find out real quick it will humble you and I can speak personally from that, not saying as a team. Then sometimes when you donít think you can play, you can go out there and do some good things. Weíre at a low point right now obviously at 1-6, so we got to go out there and we have a lot to prove still.
Q: Do you think this team has it in them to bounce back?
A: Weíre going to find out. Weíre going to find out what the character of the men in this room is made of and itís going to start this Sunday against a really good L.A. Rams team.