Quarterback Jake Fromm
Q: Can you revisit what was probably one of the more interesting times in your life and the quarterback battle with (Bears Quarterback) Justin Fields, what that was like, how that helped you and if you guys are still in contact at all today?
A: Back in college my sophomore year, Justin was a great teammate, a great competitor. He made me a lot better at the quarterback position and helped our football team then. I look forward to seeing him this week and just wish him all the best.
Q: Are you guys still in touch at all?
A: Yeah – kind of, yes and no. I haven't texted him yet this week, but we still text back and forth. Hope him and his family are doing well and had a good Christmas.
Q: How did that help you? I just asked (Quarterback) Mike Glennon this because many years ago he was in a competition with (Seahawks Quarterback) Russell Wilson at N.C. State. How did that kind of competition against Justin, who obviously became a first-round pick – winning that competition, what did that do for your confidence and launch you forward?
A: It made me a better football player. I got to learn about the things that he did well, and I got to get better at the things that I did well. Kind of a little bit of everything and just seeing how another great player, great athlete plays the quarterback position. I learned a lot from him, and it made me a better football player.
Q: I know you said the other day that you weren't happy with the way you played, obviously, on Sunday. When you went back and watched film, was there anything that stood out in particular that you were upset with yourself for doing or not doing or anything like that?
A: I kind of went back to the old saying – and I just remember this back in high school, 'It's never as good as it seems and it's never as bad as it seems.' You go watch it and, obviously, I wish I had played a lot better, but you figure out what you did good, what you did bad, you learn from it and you move on. Ready to go into this week determined and ready to get my butt to work.
Q: (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) said that he figures on both quarterbacks playing at some point on Sunday. How important is it do you think to kind of get back on the horse after last Sunday's performance?
A: Anytime something doesn't go your way, you want to respond and get the opportunity to respond. Would love that opportunity to respond and go out and do better, get better and ultimately to score some points and ultimately win a football game.
Q: I know the circumstances haven't been ideal with the injury situation and all that stuff. Do you feel like you had to press a little bit more than usual to where maybe the pressure is on like, 'Oh my god, I can't make a mistake,' type of deal?
A: No, ma'am. I would say for me I can only control what I can control. That is my preparation, that is the decisions that I make and that is where that ball goes when I let it go. For me, it's just about trying to put myself in the best situation, put the offense in the best situation to move the chains and score points. I just want to get better at doing that and move forward with that.
Q: After the game or the day that came after that, did anybody reach out to you to say, 'Hey, relax. It's fine'? Eli (Manning) had a game in his rookie year where he had a 0.0 rating. Just wondering, did anybody reach out to you?
A: I have a lot of friends and family reach out offering their support. I'm very grateful and very thankful for that, that a lot of people are in my corner. I definitely want to prove those people right who love me and whenever I get an opportunity again to go out and obviously do a lot better.
Q: It would be fair to say that your confidence still is the same?
A: Oh yeah, always.