| Thursday, November 9, 2006
Team Goals Are My Focus In Wide-Open NFC
We've had quite a bit of success running the football this season and I credit the offensive line for that. We're all feeling comfortable working together and they are making the progress that I knew they would. I've seen the drive and the fire and the willingness to learn and get better in this offense. That, right there in itself, is something I've seen since training camp. I believe we are all on the same page now.
We all know together what we're seeing in terms of defensive fronts. We're attacking them, instead of letting them attack us.
As a running back, you need to trust the guys up front. Obviously, you gain that trust by practicing every day together. But there are other ways, too. Hanging out with them, shooting the breeze with them, finding out about them and their families -- all of that stuff is important. It's just like in the business world. It helps to know your co-workers as well as you can and that's how your business or your company works better.
I don't put any thought into individual awards, even in the off-season. That part of the game, that part of sports, is just part of it. If it comes, if it doesn't come, I'm still going to give 100 percent every day. The awards don't matter to me, and if I do happen to receive any of those awards, I look at it like it's more of a team accomplishment. I can't have success without the players around me doing a good job. We have five offensive linemen, two wide receivers, a tight end and a fullback blocking for a running back.
It was a tough loss last week in Buffalo. We dominated the game and we took care of a lot of our business. But we didn't take care of business as far as turnovers. They won that battle and they won the game by winning the turnover battle.
Sunday, we play Minnesota. The Vikings are very stout up front -- I think they have about 700 pounds of human being at defensive tackle -- and they do a good job chasing the ball. It's hard to run up the middle against that team.
We think we're playing pretty good ball. We want to turn it around and beat Minnesota and then try to get over .500 in a couple of weeks. We're doing a lot of good things. The passing game is going well and we're running well. We just have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. I can tell the young guys are getting excited about what is happening.
The NFC is out there. Nobody is running away with the playoffs. We have to keep that in our sights.
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