Q: When did you find out?
QUINN: “This morning. I was informed about it by the head coach.”
Q: What was your reaction?
QUINN: “I’m excited about the opportunity. I think, especially after coming off last week, we have a lot to do. I’m excited about the opportunity of getting to play. Oakland is a great team. There is a lot of work ahead of us.”
Q: What do you take away from the Tampa game?
QUINN: “I think the one thing is, again, we just have to find a way to not have any turnovers. I think that’s been killing us, especially where it’s been happening. A lot of times it’s happening in the red zone and we’re not coming away with any points, so that’s a big key for us. The thing is for us to just continue a sustained drive, whether it’s making a play here or there. Having a bye week, sitting back watching these games this weekend I noticed guys are making plays. It’s not exactly how they draw it up, and guys are making plays. We have to put in our selfless players to be able to make the most of opportunities when we’re given them.”
Q: Did you have a feeling after the game that maybe this would be your shot?
Q: Romeo Crennel said he didn’t want you looking over your shoulder. Did he express that to you? And if so, how do you feel about having a seemingly long look at this?
QUINN: “He explained that to me, and really when it comes down to it, I’m not worried about anything else except just getting better each week and focusing on Oakland and the game plan. Again, they’re an extremely talented defense. I know Coach (Dennis) Allen. He’s a great coach. He’s an aggressive coach, so we have a lot to prepare for. That’s really my only focus right now.”
Q: What do you build on from the Tampa game?
QUINN: “I think I did some good things out there. There was some efficiency with passing the football, but still, there are some things that we’re still trying to work out. I think anytime you’re coming into a situation where you’re playing with a bunch of guys that you didn’t necessarily play with in OTAs, so you’re still trying to get into a rhythm with some of those wide receivers, etc. I think besides that, really, again, going back to the turnovers. You just have to eliminate the turnovers and do a better job in the red zone, coming away with some sort of points.”
Q: Last game the ball didn’t go down the field much. Was that the calls or defense? Is that something you want to stress a little bit more?
QUINN: “We tried a couple times early in the game and then really we had a few plays called there in the end, but the problem is their defense didn’t allow that to happen. We had a couple plays early, there was one to Jon (Baldwin) and a couple more. We tried to have a couple shots down the field, but their defense did a good job trying to take it away. At the end, we were in a position where we had to go down the field, but they took that away from us.”
Q: What is your strength in this offense?
QUINN: “I don’t know. I really couldn’t say right now. I haven’t been playing enough to really give you an idea.”
Q: Is there a sense of a fresh start after the bye week?
QUINN: “I don’t know. I hope so. You hope guys would be focused and ready to go. First half of football really wasn’t quite it. Right now, we’re in a 10-game season. We need to focus on one day at a time, one game at a time. This is a big one for us.”
Q: Are you ready to deal with the pressure?
QUINN: “There is always pressure. Pressure is what you make of it. As a quarterback in this league, you get used to it. We do a good job with our coaching staff and really with the players in here of rallying around each other and focusing on what’s on the field and not necessarily what’s around it.”
Q: Did you ever have any doubt that you might actually get an opportunity to be a starter for a reasonable length of time?
QUINN: “I’m not the type of guy to file hypotheticals, so I don’t let my mind wander to those thoughts. I just try to do the job that’s called upon.”