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McGloin Talks Learning, Chiefs, Mobility

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Rookie QB Matt McGloin spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice and discussed the match-up with the Chiefs, his learning curve, his mobility and much more.

Q: What have you seen from the Chiefs defense from when they played the Redskins?

McGloin: “Obviously it’s a good defense [with] a lot of good position players, a good secondary. We know that from the first time we’ve played them, and they’ve been having a great year so far. So, it’s going to be a challenge for us, offensively, but we’re excited about it. We had a good start to the week, today.”

Q: How much of a benefit would it be to get [Denarius] Moore back, assuming that he can play, to add another wideout there?

McGloin: “He’s a great wide out for us. He’s a guy you can trust and has some experience there. So, hopefully he continues to progress as the week goes on and we can get him out there on Sunday.”

Q: How important would it be to get a win against a team that’s a playoff contender?

McGloin: “I think it would definitely be good for our confidence. Like you said, they’re a playoff team. They’re having a great year. The past couple of weeks have been tough for us. They’ve been frustrating, so to get a win at home – against a top team – would definitely help us for the rest of this season.”

Q: What did you guys change in the second half last week that made you guys click offensively?

McGloin: “I think we just settled in. Things weren’t just going our way early on we were getting a lot of bad breaks. We made some adjustments at halftime, kind of settled down, relaxed, played our game. Hopefully we can take some of the good halves we’ve been putting together and put together with that half and put together a complete game this Sunday.”

Q: Did you find that sitting out a series and watching from the sideline was of any benefit at all?

McGloin: “No, I don’t think so. Any time you’re in or out it’s kind of tough, but it’s still not an excuse.”

Q: What is it that you’ve learned about Rod Streater as a receiver that’s been so successful?

McGloin: “He’s going to be in the right spot all the time. He knows what he’s doing. He shows up every day; he works hard; he goes about his business; I can trust him; I can throw him opportunity balls and there’s a 50-50 chance he’s going to come down with it. So like I said, I trust him, have a lot of faith in him and he’s a very good player for us, and a good all-around hard worker.”

Q: How worried to you have to be about where Tamba Hali is?

McGloin: “He’s having a Pro Bowl year; he has a lot of sacks. He’s a guy that goes each and every play. I know Tamba personally from seeing him around at Penn State so I know how hard he works. We’re definitely going to have to be aware of where he is but that whole defense is good so we’ll have to be on our toes throughout the whole game.”

Q: How is your learning process going and has losing impeded that in some way?

McGloin: “At the end of the day, you hate to lose, you don’t want to lose. People will say it’s part of getting experience and learning and I think that’s just a bunch of, you know. It’s still a loss at the end of the day, regardless of who’s in there or what you’re doing and how much experience you have or how much you need to learn. It’s still a loss and it still feels just as bad.”

Q: You said you didn’t really care for coming out of that one series, you didn’t really learn much from it and it was tough to get back in there, but did it make it easier knowing that it was going to happen and it was part of the game plan or does it still short circuit what you’re trying to do?

McGloin: “It was part of the game plan. We’re trying to do what’s best for the team. Everybody thought that was going to help us, it was going to get us some momentum, and we didn’t think they were going to be prepared for it so we tried to throw them off balance. Like I said, it was a game plan thing and at the end of the day we all want to win and I’ll do whatever it takes, the guys on the team will do whatever it takes, the coaching staff will do whatever it takes to make sure we’re put in the best position to win.”

Q: You had a play where you broke a scramble and you pretty much just left somebody flat footed and went by them, is that a part of your game you look to use very little. Is running always the last resort?

McGloin: “For most quarterbacks I think so. Obviously I wasn’t blessed with great speed like some guys, but every now and then you have to tuck it and see what you can get. I think one of those a game, one rushing first down a game, for a quarterback is pretty good.  That’s something I know Coach ‘Flip’ [John DeFilippo] tries to teach us, to try to get one a game running. When it happens you just have to tuck it and go.”