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SI: What's gone wrong the last two years?
MR: Generally speaking we haven't been as good at running the football. Defensively we dropped way down in the red zone and on third down, where we had been extremely high for many years.
SI: YOU'RE NOT IN FAVOR OF CHANGES TO THE POSTSEASON?
MR: I'M NOT FOR THE PLAYOFF SYSTEM. I LIKE THE BOWL SYSTEM. I LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING SUCCESSFUL BY BEING A BOWL TEAM EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T A CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR.
SI: Since it's coming, though, what's your reaction?
MR: It will be exciting. There will be a lot of arguing about who the fourth- and fifth-best teams are. I suppose it will alleviate the [current] concern about not having more equity in getting to the championship game.
SI: Do you still drive a Prius?
MR: I've never been a real car guy. I usually only know the color. I like that car because it's easy to park and nice to drive. I told somebody that if I didn't have to drive [occasionally] to Portland, I could go the whole season without filling up.
SI: What's the last book you read?
MR: I always have a book going. I just finished The Man from Beijing, by Henning Mankell. It was pretty interesting. I got interested in Swedish authors after I read all of Stieg [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] Larsson's books. I asked the guy at the bookstore to recommend some more.