Mike Reiss and Mike Rodak offer the transcript of Matt Light's Q&A with the media.
How are you feeling? "We're getting there, buddy."
What happened the other day? "I just wasn't able to go the other day, unfortunately. It's a tough deal, game-day, making that decision. But we'll work this week and get back out there. It's feeling better."
What are your thoughts on the guys who replaced you? "I think those guys all fought hard. To come back in the second half that way and battle back, and get a win, that was a heck of an effort. We have a lot of things we have to correct, and there always a lot of things we have to do better. But those guys did a great job out there. Of course, guys stepping up and playing positions they hadn't practiced, and going through plays they haven't run -- maybe at all in some cases -- it's not an easy task."
How often are different five-man combinations able to practice together? "It was a short week anyway, relatively, and there are only so many things you can rep out there in practice. You want your guys that are going to be playing in the game to take most of those. A lot of times these guys that are in the backup position, that come in and out of the game, they're not going to get those reps. So it comes down to the film room and understanding the plays, and the concepts and what we do, and doing it mentally for the most part."
How confident are you that everything is going to come together for the offensive line for the playoffs? "I never have any lack of confidence in that, whether it's Dante [Scarnecchia] working with some of the younger guys, or some of the vets, talking to those guys, or just guys stepping up and going out and doing their job. It will work out one way or the other." At that point, Light's cell phone rang. "I think this is the president," he cracked, before looking down and adding, "Absolutely not."
"Open-field tackles, those are hard even for real athletes," Gostkowski joked in the locker room after the game. "I just dove. I probably closed my eyes."
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