Albright blames himself
Ethan Albright still hadn't seen the tape of his snap on Shaun Suisham's ill-fated field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, but he was blaming himself anyhow.
"It's like [how] Jordan used to shoot free throws with his eyes closed, and he knew on the follow through," Albright said. "You know, I can tell. It felt high."
There were plenty of reactions to the missed field goal inside the locker room. There were those who wanted to comfort Suisham.
"You know, you win or lose as a team," Casey Rabach said. "There's nobody in this locker room that wanted to make that field goal more than Shaun. And the guy's made some big plays for us, has kept us in a lot of games. You can't blame Shaun. You can't blame anybody for that missed field goal. You win or lose as a team."
"It's a total team effort," Jason Campbell agreed. "There's a lot of different plays in the game and a lot of different ways we could've won the game. It's not totally one guy or anything like that."
And there were those who didn't go out of their way to comfort Suisham.
"We've all got to do our job," Haynesworth said, when asked about the kicker. "I can't really say anything. We've got to do what we're here to do."
Hunter Smith said that all three men on the kicking operation were responsible for a successful kick, but said that wouldn't make Suisham feel any better.
"The bottom line is--and Shaun would agree with this--you have to make the kick," Smith saidk. "I'm not trying to make it better than it was. It wasn't a perfect operation."
And then there was Albright, who was all over himself.
"I feel like it was a high one," he said. "I feel like it started with me. I mean, obviously I've got to watch the film to see what it was, but I felt like it started with me. I threw the rhythm off. I mean, nobody feels worse than me. It's my job to do it right....If I'm off, it's a problem. There's never a time when I can have one that's off. I mean, it needs to be right. That's what I do....You know, Shaun, he never complains about anything. He's like it was fine, it was fine. But the film won't lie about it....I can't remember in a long time having one like that. I'm certain I'm the one that threw it off. Like I said, I've got to watch the film, figure out what I did and correct it."
(Suisham, I should note, said that "the operation was perfect.")
Albright, though, said he follows "The Midnight Rule." He can worry about the mistake until midnight on Sunday, and then he has to let it go, even when he's holding himself to blame for a missed gimme field goal that possibly cost his team a win.
"You just have to," he said. "I think part of my mental makeup is I'm just trained, no matter what happens, good or bad, next week's a new week. For me, every snap's a new snap. It doesn't matter if I've got 15 years of good ones. If I go out the next week and have a bad one, well that's what I am, that's what I've put on film. And if in my mind I'm thinking last week I had a bad one, don't do it again, don't mess up, don't mess up, I mean, that's a recipe for disaster. I've got to do it like I've done it every time, getting the grip, follow through, go where it's supposed to and go to the next one."
December 6, 2009; 8:37 PM ET
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