Player Resource: The Process, Resiliency, Staying in the Moment

“Coach Gruden challenged us last night to be resilient, and as we know all these games come down it seems to the last couple minutes, and you’re going to have setbacks along the way, and we certainly had our fair share, but we kept challenging each other to respond and be resilient, and I think it’s a combination of things. I know that, that final drive, I was not capable of doing that when I came into the league as a rookie. It takes time, it takes failure, it takes learning from experiences. A culmination of I guess it would be three-plus seasons worth of work got me to a point where I was able to make the necessary plays on that drive. It’s a process, and we’ll just keep working and keep learning from these experiences, and keep getting better.”

“We try to focus on the process and not the results. It’s very important for us to take it one play at a time, stay in the moment, and stay present. Don’t try to think about how we’ve got to go 90 yards, don’t try to think about how we’ve got to get a touchdown. Just take it one play at a time. ‘What have we got on first down?’ And from there progress. Stay in the moment, and I think that is what helps us to handle the task.”

“Pierre has always been very consistent. He runs precise routes. He runs through the football. He’s fearless. He makes the touch catch. He’s a true professional, and he showed that today throughout the game, but certainly on those catches at the end. He’s the kind of guy you want to be in the huddle and be out on the field in those moments with.”

“If we keep working and stay together, we have high expectations, but it’s a process. We’ll just keep going one day at a time, one week at a time, one game at a time, and focus on the next challenge, and we’ll see where we are coming the end.”

“Turnovers are going to happen. You’re going to throw the football, there were plays today, I could have, I throw it in a tight window, the ball could have bounced up and gotten picked. I’m not going to, again, worry about results. I’m going to be process focused. Is my read right? Are my feet right? Am I throwing the ball with accuracy? Am I making good decisions? If I’m doing that, and the ball gets picked, the ball gets picked, but as far as what I can control, am I doing those things? There are probably some passes today that I’ll look back and say ‘boy, got away with one there that didn’t get picked.’ If we get worried about results, and ‘oh I didn’t throw any interceptions, so now I’m good,’ I’m going to get exposed pretty quickly. So I focus on the process and where I can be better each and every game, and if I do that, I think I’ll be alright.”

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