Mark also talked about performing without the number one receiver:
There’s just no time to waste thinking about, ‘Aww, that’s just too bad and I really wish we could, or what if. I don’t have time. There’s really no time in the week to think about it, so I just don’t. I think about the guys we have. I go over the film with those guys. We talk as much as we can, getting new guys in with (Jason) Hill, the new Hill. It’s a constant effort and a constant process of getting guys ready to play. If somebody goes down, next man up.
There’s a lot of pressure on Mark these days, for obvious reasons. How is he handling it?
I think it’s just another opportunity. Nobody expects it to work. Nobody expects it to go right. Nobody expects us to win, and that’s fine. I’ve been in situations like that before. I’m confident I can handle it, and there’s only one way in my mind to go about it, and that’s really attack it. Get after it, give it 100 percent and (we) never want to look back and say ‘Man, I wish I would have done that. (We) just leave it all out there and continue to give our best effort and be as sharp as possible.
Does the team have a good set of leaders?
There’s plenty of guys, and to be honest, there’s not a ton of vocal guys. A lot of guys just work by example, and that’s fine too. There’s a lot of guys like Y.B. (Yeremiah Bell), Calvin Pace, who just come in early. They’re here early in the morning. They’re taking care of their body. They’re studying extra film. They stay late. They’re in there getting extra workouts, lifting, keeping their body in shape. Guys know they’re not doing this just for fun, it’s serious to them. Those are the kind of leaders we need too. When somebody has to step up and say something sometimes it’s me, sometimes its Mangold or Brandon Moore, whoever it needs to be. I think we have a good group and great chemistry in here, so we know how to win. We’ve won here, so we’ll just keep doing it.
You have to wonder if Mark’s confidence is just him putting on a good face for the media sometimes. I mean, he can’t sound like he is worried, or the mainstream media will never leave him alone. But he can’t feel great going into this game. If he does, than his confidence during the week is just not translating onto the field.
And it needs to, and fast.