The following is the transcript of a question and answer session between Vic Ketchman and Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley.
Vic: What were the emotions of this team following the loss to Cleveland?
Aaron: We were pretty much down on ourselves because of the fact we knew we should have won the game. We didn't play as good as we should have. Right now, we're kind of in a must-win situation, like last year when we played against Seattle. With me being a vet, you have to get rid of those negative thoughts because you have to go on to the next game.
Vic:This is a critical time of the year, especially if you apply last season. This team started 2-1 and went on that skid that took it all the way to 2-6. Are you guys aware that you can't let that happen again?
Aaron: I think guys are. We had that humbleness last year with the losing season. I think this year, it is very big that we not start a trend of losing. Guys were at practice working today and we know that we have to get this win.
Vic: We are doing this a little after four p.m. on Wednesday. Today was your first real practice for Seattle. I had mentioned the loss to Cleveland was demoralizing. Judging from what you saw at practice today, has this team recovered?
Aaron: I think so. There are a lot of games in this season. You can't harp on the bad. You have to keep building. Even though we lost, we have to find good things out of what happened in the game. We have to learn from the bad things that happened.
Vic: It's now onto Seattle and then you have a bye week. You mentioned that this was a big game, for what reasons?
Aaron: First of all, we don't want to start a losing trend. We don't want to lose two games. We don't want to lose any games. I think it's big for the fact that, hopefully, we can get a lot of guys back that were injured. Hopefully, Boselli, Tony (Brackens), and Donovin (Darius) can get that extra week that will help them to recover.
Vic: I talked to you after the season-opening win against the Steelers. I talked to you about Gary Moeller's defensive scheme. You gave me some interesting and enlightening comments about the scheme. You basically said it's Dick Jauron's scheme in theory, bend but don't break, but you felt this team was more capable of executing that scheme this season as opposed to three years ago when Dick Jauron was here. For what reasons?
Aaron: First of all, I think we have more play-makers on the team defensively. I also think we have more team speed than what we had during the years coach Jauron was here. So, I think, with those two factors, we can fly around and make things happen defensively.
Vic:Tell us a little about Gary Moeller's scheme, without giving away trade secrets; basically, the scope of what it's trying to accomplish and where do you fit into it? How does it fit personnel differently than in the past two years?
Aaron: He really factors in on stopping the run and, with most coaches, that's their main thing. In the NFL, if you can stop the run and make a team one-dimensional, you'll be successful. I think our main thing is to get teams in third-and-long or second-and-long situations where we can dictate to the offense what we want to do.
Vic:You accomplished that against Pittsburgh and Tennessee and, for the most part, against Cleveland, except for one long drive in the first half and they had a decent drive in the second half. What went wrong, where did you get off the ball a little bit?
Aaron: Just not making our plays on third down. We would get into a third-and-whatever situation and not make the play. That's going to happen throughout the year. You're not going to be able to stop everybody. Teams are going to figure out what you are doing and scheme against it. We cannot make any excuses. We have to get off the field on third down.
Vic: Do you like the scheme?
Aaron: I like it. As long as we are winning, I'll like it forever. It's not for me to say if I like it or not, I just go out and do my job regardless of whatever is called.
Vic:That's pretty much what you guys had to resign yourselves to. In training camp you got your first dose and you say, yuck, I don't like this, I like press coverage. There comes a time when you say this is the way it is and this is the way it's going to be and we have no real voice in the matter.
Aaron: Exactly. A lot of guys accepted it because no matter what's called, we have to play. We can't be out there bickering about what's being called because any negative thoughts can bring about a negative play on your behalf.
Vic: This team has had to deal with a lot of injuries. It's kind of spooky. What's the mindset the team has to have to overcome injuries?
Aaron: Guys just have to step up no matter who gets hurts; the next guy has to be ready to play. When Carnell (Lake) was here, we talked about everybody being just one play away. Carnell missed all of last year and guys had to come in and play. We just have to make the plays, no matter who's called on. This is the NFL and we all have to act and perform like professionals.
Vic: You scored a touchdown on Sunday against Cleveland on a fumble recovery. You had two in 1999 and that was a very good year. What do you think about this year? Do you think that's an omen?
Aaron: I think so. I think I've matured from the standpoint that I would try and get an interception every game and that's not going to happen in the NFL. Quarterbacks in this league aren't throwing to the defensive backs, like they do in college. My thing is to do my job, grade out at 100 percent, and make sure we win no matter what the cost.
Vic: You have four touchdowns as a defensive player in a short-career period.
Aaron:I grew up in Philly, so I watched Eric Allen a lot. I learned to get around the ball and good things will happen.