Greg Manusky: "We Got To Make Sure We Rebound Back From A Bad Performance"

Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky speaks to media following practice on Thursday at the Inova Sports Performance Center

On the highs and lows of the defense this season:

"I think overall there was just a lull. I think over a season you've got those ups and downs and we just happened to have one of those downs [against the Atlanta Falcons]. So, we've got to make sure we rebound back from a bad performance and go into this week. The best thing I think about it when you do have those bad performances, usually the guys focus a little bit more and they're focused in. [We had] a good practice today."

On what happened differently with the run defense against Atlanta:

"I think with the guys that they had overall from a receiver standpoint, tight ends and even the running backs, we tried to play a little bit of a light box at times and they kind of took advantage of it. Overall, we've got to learn from the experiences that we had on Sunday, but we've got to make sure we get off on third downs, that's huge. That was a situation where we just didn’t get off on third downs and it extends drives with an offense like that, that they have with so many potent receivers, you've got to make sure you make plays when the opportunity arises."

On the detriment of crowd noise on on-field communication at home:

"Yeah sometimes it is, you know. From our standpoint – I always talked about communication standpoint – I don’t have a magic ball like I always talk about – but overall it is a little bit hard sometimes when from a communicational standpoint when you are at home where there's a little bit more hand signals and stuff that we talk about every week, that we've got to keep on improving on. But, yeah it is a little bit hard. But, it's great to have the crowd going wild."

On how S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has looked in practice this week:

"Very good, he's a Pro Bowl guy. He understands coverages. He knows exactly from a leverage standpoint and overall, just a phenomenal human being that understands the game of football. I'm excited for him and getting ready for the team that we're playing."

On defending pick routes and how it impacts a defensive game plan:

"Well there is a lot of pick routes going on in the league. Sometimes they are a little bit beyond two yards or one yard that they say and not everybody catches those. We got a couple of calls with one or two last week, but I'm just saying it's where you have to balance. If the team's doing it, you've got to make sure you get in a situation where you are playing a little bit of zone then man. We'll go back and forth based upon the down and distance. It's huge nowadays, they give you one yard, which they fudged about two or three, but we'll see."

On passing off coverage in man-to-man:

"Yeah, there's different ways. You've got all different ways of doing it. From a bunch, from a back in the backfield, you've got totally different ways of doing it, so we just chose the wrong way. We chose the wrong pill."

On two players going for the same assignment and difference between recognition and scheme on defense:

"That was the call, we messed it up – plain and simple."

On the pass rush against Atlanta:

"It was a good offensive line. Overall, I think they had some big bodies up front. I think we got there a couple of times, we were in his face a couple of times but good quarterbacks make those throws. He did, so I think that he's a good quarterback and then the receivers that he has are very talented. So overall, he made some throws, we didn’t execute sometimes and that’s what happened."

On where the successful pressure is coming from:

"Left, right and middle. [Laughter] Just try to pressure them."