On the deep ball he threw that was intercepted: "I mean, it was just a vertical throw, just trying to take a shot and if I’m being honest, I just made a horrible throw. The ball came out bad and it had a little bit of wobble to it. You have to really cut it and I didn’t do that. I just have to spin it and it started fluttering towards the end. I under threw (WR) Jeremy (Maclin) and the guy came back and made a play. So it’s a bad throw, it’s one that I can’t have. But it happened and I just have to, next time it happens just really throw it out there."
On whether he thought the throw to Maclin could have been a touchdown: "Well I felt good. Anytime I’ve got one of our receivers on a guy one-on-one going vertical, I feel really good about it. So I just have to get the ball out there and make a better throw."
On whether he feels things are spiraling out of control: "It’s tough but you just try to think about the next time you get the ball. Move the ball. Be efficient. The game is never over until time runs out. That’s the mindset I always have no matter what the score. Play our hearts out and you just can’t make mistakes. Mistakes lose you football games. You can’t turn over the ball. We have to protect the ball. I thought our defense was fighting all game and got some turnovers early and we need to, we had the ball in the redzone and we need to capitalize on that. We need to get the ball in the end zone and score touchdowns instead of coming away with field goals. That will help a lot. I mean the big thing is we have to protect the ball and we’ll be in a different situation if we do that."
On whether his deep passes are accurate in practice but not in the game: "I mean it just depends on what the defense is doing. We were throwing a lot, so they started playing softer and you try to take shots when they come up a little tighter so you can’t really, you know if we have a look we’re going to try and take a shot. We tried to take a shot with the deep ball and made a bad throw. So I have to make better throws when we do take shots and really take advantage of it."
On whether he can make deep throws accurately: "I can, yes."
On what was the difference between the last game and this one: "We lost. I mean that’s it. We have to get the job done. At the quarterback position, I take pride in putting points on the board and we didn’t put on more points than the other team. So that’s on the quarterback. That’s on me. You have to go back to the film, have to keep grinding, keep getting better and that’s why one week you win and the next week it’s tough. So you just have to keep running. Just have to be critical on myself. There’s a lot of things to improve on, but I’m going to work hard at it. I’m going to work hard to improve on all them."
On whether he was second guessing himself in the redzone: "Different things happen. Different plays have different things built in, so based on what we’re seeing, trying to get us in the best look. But have to capitalize. We have to execute. I have to execute down there and we have to get the ball in the end zone."
On whether he thinks he improved in any aspect tonight: "I mean there’s always stuff you can take away from games. I mean each game, you learn more and more throughout it. And I mean I learned a lot throughout this game. It doesn’t feel good right now and it won’t feel good for, like I said before, I have a 24 hours rule when dealing with a game, but I’m going to learn a lot from it. I’m going to use this game as moving forward. And I mean, that’s all you can do."
On Brown’s fumble: "It’s just one of those things, one of those freak things. I don’t know. I just know that we have to hold onto the ball. I’ll see it on film, but I mean my job is always to get Bryce (the ball). I know there was a guy, I think they had a good step on us with a guy shooting up the gap. It doesn’t happen often, but we have to make sure me and Bryce get the exchange right and don’t let the ball hit the ground. I have to make sure I get it to him and in a good spot and I know he’ll hold on to it."
On the lack of deep throws and the game plan against the defense: "Like I said before, it depends on what the other team is doing, based on coverages and stuff. What’s good versus different coverages. We were hitting some good routes. We hit some 20-yard routes and like I said, we tried to take advantage of the defense and I made a bad throw. So I just have to play the game, no matter what play is called, you just have to run it. I have to be on target, have to be on time and we have to execute and drive the ball down the field and put it in the end zone."
On whether anything changed in Cincinnati’s defense after the half: "They played well. We just have to protect the ball. I mean it’s just as simple as that. Protecting the ball and limiting the turnovers is huge. Most of the time that will win you a game if you can hold onto the ball."
On what he wants to do in the last two games: "I just take it a day at a time. Just get better. There is a lot to learn from this film. I saw the guys’ eyes after the game and everyone is still going to be there working. Everybody is still going to fight. We’re going to stick together as a team. I know the coaches are still sticking together and we’re going to move forward. That’s the only thing I know to do is move forward no matter what. Win, lose, no matter what. I’m going to keep pushing, keep working. I’m going to learn. I’m going to grind. I want to win these games. I know all of us want to win these games, but it’s going to take the proper steps. We need to look at the film, see what we need to do better, protect the ball and keep staying together, keep pushing on and get something going."
On what they learned from the first game against Washington this season: "They’re a talented team. They’ll be a different defense than Cincinnati and it just goes back to that we need to execute and protect the ball. They’re going to come in here on a playoff hunt and we just have to stick together, execute our plays, when we get the ball in the redzone, we have to put it in the end zone. I mean, that’s key. We need to learn from this film and move forward."