LB Alec Ogletree Conference Call -- September 9, 2018
Q: What stood out to you after watching the film of yesterdayís game?
A: We just had a lot of little mistakes that turned into big plays. When you play a good team like that, they are able to do that to you. Like I said, itís disappointing the way we lost. We know we are a better team than that. Itís a long season, and thatís only one game. You canít win them all, but we definitely hate the fact that we didnít do better than what we did and what we were hoping for. We have another opportunity this week to go out there and get that bad taste out of our mouth.
Q: You expressed confidence at the beginning of the year that this is a top 10 defense. Does yesterdayís result change that in any way?
A: No, it doesnít. Like I said, itís a long season and this is one game. We have the right people, we have the right scheme and everything. Itís just a matter of going out there and doing it. You canít talk about it, you have to go out and do it, and we definitely are going to do that. My confidence hasnít been shaken in our defense. I know we have a great defense here, and itís just a matter of us doing it, and doing it on Sunday.
Q: Over the summer the defense didnít get a chance to really play a lot of preseason snaps together for different reasons. How much of that do you think carried over in terms of some of the rough spots you guys experienced regarding communication?
A: I think we communicated pretty well yesterday, itís more so being in the wrong position on certain things. Like I said, we had a lot of really great practices this summer, in summer camp, and OTAs. Itís different when you get in an actual gameóitís a little bit different. I think itís just a matter of us detailing everything out and being very detailed in our work. When we get to the game on Sunday, relying on our training and doing the little things. Being in the right position and being able to make plays when itís your time. Thatís the main thing that I took from the game yesterdayójust keep growing, keep communicating, but also make sure we cross all our tís and dot all of our iís.
Q: It certainly wasnít only the young guys on the defense that made some mistakes yesterday, but it seemed like a bunch of them were and had trouble in their first NFL game. What do you say to them, and how do you correct that and also keep their confidence high?
A: You tell them that they have 15 more games to go. Itís a long season. Welcome to the NFL. Weíve kind of all had those experiences. But those guys are confident in themselves. Theyíve played a lot of ball. They study the game and they know how to play. Itís just a matter of all of us buying in. Well not buying in, weíve all bought in, but all of us just doing the right things at the right moment and being very detailed in our work. Like I said, we have an opportunity this week to go out there and get that bad taste out of our mouths from last week.
Q: Iím curious what you saw on the Blake Jarwin TD? Really just that and some of the big plays and what you attributed that to?
A: A little bit of missed details. Everybody was in the right call and everything, but if youíre not looking at the right thing, you wonít see it. It goes right by you. It kind of took turns doing stuff like that. Like I said, we just werenít in the right position to make those plays. When you play a good offense like that, theyíre able to pick up on those mistakes that you have and get you big for it. Itís one game. Our confidence isnít shaken, for sure. It was disappointing to lose in that fashion, but like I said, we have another opportunity this week to change that narrative and go out there and be the defense that we want to be.
Q: Ryan Connelly, the rookie, got some snaps alongside you yesterday. What was that like? How do you think he held up in his first game?
A: I thought he did well. He was able to get in on a few tackles. I thought he was able to play pretty fast with it being his first game. Him and Tae (Davis), they kind of rotated in and out. I thought they both came in and did well. Ryan played really well. He got in on a few tackles. Weíll see how it goes from here.