Finn is kind of the red-headed stepchild of our team. He's not really a running back because they don't give him the ball. He's not a receiver because they rarely throw to him. And we don't want him on the offensive line because he's too skinny to be a part of the line. So I guess he's just kind of a mutt. He's just a mutt who does whatever is needed.
I hope we carry this over to next week and we take it out on Oakland. That's what I'm hoping for. I hope guys look around and say we've got too good of a team to let something like this - I mean, there's got to be a time where we mature as a team, and win games that we're supposed to win. We haven't done that this year.
Eli's not a scream-and-shout guy. He's a quiet, lead-by-example type. Won't say much, but when he does, it means something. He doesn't just talk to talk. He's just the most humble guy in the world. He's got the Manning name on his back and he's the No. 1 pick, which means he carries around all those expectations, but he never acts like anything but one of the guys in this locker room, never puts himself on any pedestal.
I was really impressed with his poise and the way he was able to handle everything. Not many people want to come into a stadium and face what he had to face. You couldn't tell by looking at him that anything was happening. It didn't bother him. He handled it with such class. He really wanted to win this game. Early on it was loud and it was tough, but he handled it beautifully.
There were a lot of good things from an offensive standpoint that we did. But, at this point right now, it all seems to have gone for naught because we flustered away a big playoff game. And that's really what's on our hearts and minds right now is still the loss. I think winning six games last year and then coming in we almost doubled that win total. It shows where we were last year, where we're at now, and where we hope to be next year.
Is there a difference from last year Absolutely. Last year he'd come in and you could see him, in his head, going over formations and plays and trying to think, 'Where am I going What am I doing' Now, he comes in and calls the play and knows what he's doing, how to do it. He's not thinking, he's reacting.