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Q&A with Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry


Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who played at Creekside High and Tennessee, spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday.

Here’s what Berry had to say:

Q: Are you pretty excited about playing your first game in the Georgia Dome as a Kansas City Chief?

A: “Yeah, I’m always excited to come home.”

Q: Will a lot of family be there?

A: “Yeah, they’ll be there.”

Q: What’s been the key to the Chiefs’ comeback wins this season?

A: “Just sticking with the process and just understanding that things happen in the game. All of them don’t go your way. So, as long as you keep playing hard and keep competing something is bound to go your way. That’s the main thing that we focus on. We don’t really focus on the score. We focus on stacking good plays and giving it our best effort on each play.”

Q: How excited were you all to get Justin Houston back?

A: “Oh man, that was a big plus for us. He’s very excited to be back on the field. He’s very determined and everyone is in tune for the mission. We are just staying focused on that. We’ll just go and approach the game like that.”

Q: What’s the key to leading the league in turnover differential at plus-14?

A: “We just want to put our team in good situations. We practice taking the ball away in practice. It’s not just something that pop up and do during the game. We actually work on getting turnovers in practice and we try to score with them. That’s an emphasis through the week.”

Q: What more can we expect to see from Justin Houston?

A: “He’s just going to keep playing ball. I just know him as a person and I know how determined he is. I know how hard he worked to just get back on he field. I’m excited to see what he can do and how he can help us win on the field.”

Q: What have you seen from the Falcons offense?

A: “They just go and run their offense with a purpose. They are not just out there running plays. They have a specific plan and they know they are a good offense. They run their plays as if they are a good offense. They are very confident in what they do and that’s from player to player. They compete very well. We definitely have a challenge.”

Q: How do you handle the balance and diversity of the Falcons offense?

A: “Just read your keys and pay attention to what’s going on. Just keep stacking good plays and try to give as much effort and as much focus on each play. You have to go about it in that manner.”

Q: How do you deal with small and shifty players like Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel?

A: “Everybody just has to get to the ball. He’s a good player. He’s a speed receiver and has some good moves. It’s going to take more than one person to bring him down. But everybody just has to get to the ball.”

Q: Are you aware that other teams are talked about more than the Chiefs?

A: “I can’t really even get involved in that because I don’t really pay attention to that. I watch film on my iPad and there isn’t any sound on my iPad, so I just watch film and that’s it. I don’t really pay attention to media, as far as what’s being talked about.”

Q: Is there anybody in this league better than the Chiefs?

A: “I’m really just focused on what we do. I think we are the best at what we do and as long as we stay true to ourselves and our personality as a team, I think we’re good. We have to continue to grow and get better.”

Q: Do you all have all of the ingredients to win in January?

A: “Definitely, we just have to keep staying focused and take this things one game at a time. Next up is Atlanta.”


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