In that locker room, if you were in there, you got a sense of how the team was hurt. You get a sense that we are not giving up, and that's something big. I think that is something the fans really need to know that we might have lost this game and things aren't looking too bright for us right now, but we're not giving up and that's just pretty much the mind-set of the team right now.
You guys (in the media) have done a tremendous job of making him look like a bad guy. But I've been most impressed by Randy. I didn't know what to expect because I didn't know him. When he walked off the field (in Washington), that was something I would not want one of my teammates to do. But I also don't know what the situation was in Minnesota. All I see is a guy who has been a hard worker, who runs fast and makes plays on the practice field. He shows a lot of emotion on the field he seems to be all about winning. He doesn't come across as an outcast. He doesn't come across in a negative way.
Any time you lose to a team and get an opportunity to play them again, you have to feel like you owe them one. Not taking anything away from those guys, but we just didn't make the plays up there New England offensively. Overall as a team, we have a big test next week. My main focus right now is how well we are going to do against the Patriots.
For me to be a starting running back in the NFL and somebody says that I could play 16 games, but I won't get 1,000 yards, for me I look at it as a slap in the face. That's one of those slaps where I say, 'OK, you can slap me once. But at the end of the season, I want to make sure I'm hitting you back with a powerful punch.'
The expectations that everybody had for us coming into this year and the expectations we had for ourselves, we came nowhere close to meeting those expectations. Some people might disagree with me, but we did underachieve this year. ... Our defense has played well enough for us to be in the playoffs right now. There's no doubt about that. Offensively, we've done nothing but let our defense down and let our team down. What we have to do is come back and reload.