You guys might have heard about a plan Demaryius and I had last week. We had this idea to throw an alley-oop after his touchdown. Salt and Pepper, one guy throws to another guy, just to have some fun. I don’t think we realized the repercussions or the consequences of something like that. We joke and laugh about calling Brandon Stokley “Daddy” in the locker room, but to have a guy that kind of in the heat of battle has that understanding to stop us and say it’s not good right now, I’m very thankful obviously that we saved a penalty in a big situation and probably a fine, too.
He grabbed the ball from me and goes, “What are you doing? You’re going to get fined and you’re going to get a penalty.” At that point I knew, OK, that was dumb.
But rest assured the lob would have been right on target. I’ve had some experience in high school lobbing it up to a couple teammates.
As far as this week, I think my message would be we talked about the fact that great teams string together wins. That’s our focus, but obviously one at a time. We want to be more consistent toward the end of the year and really pick up what our strengths are, create that identity and just play together as a team, not as individuals. More as a unit and as a team.
Cincinnati definitely matches the physicality of the rest of the AFC North. We played them last year and it was the same thing — we have to strap them up and play a physical game. It’s going to be the same at their house. They do play in a very physical division and we know they want to come downhill and hit people on defense and run the ball on offense. We’ve just got to make sure we match that intensity and match that physicality.
Today’s Halloween, and I am more wrapped up in it now because Jessica loves Halloween. We’ve got our house pretty decked out for the kids. I don’t know, we’ll probably have like five kids come visit. I’m definitely getting more into the holiday season with her around. I’ll probably dress up — I think I’m going to be a lobster. She’s going to be a mermaid. So we’ll see how it goes.
Happy Halloween and talk to you next week.