Wil Lutz on game winning field goal


[LAUGHTER]
REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
>>THAT IS WHAT THIS GAME IS ALL
ABOUT, IN MY OPINION. NOT EVERYTHING WILL GO YOUR WAY. THERE WILL BE EBBS AND FLOWS AND
THE FOOTBALL GAME. YOU HAVE TO RELY ON EACH OTHER
TO COME OUT OF IT, AND I THINK
THAT SHOWS THE RESILIENCE OF
THIS TEAM. WE HAVE DONE THAT IN THE PAST
AND I THINK TONIGHT WE WERE ABLE
TO DO IT AGAIN. REPORTER: ARE U.S. CONFIDENT AS
YOU SAY YOU ARE WITH ALL THE
DEFENSE?>>I THINK THAT IS THE
PREPARATION THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. I AM CONFIDENT IN WHAT I DO,
CONFIDENT IN MY OPERATION. I KNEW THAT WITH 30 SECONDS LEFT
WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET
CLOSE TO FIELD GOAL RANGE. IN THAT SITUATION, THERE IS NOT
A SINGLE KICK I TURNED DOWN. AS WE TALKED ABOUT, THE FIRST
HALF DIDN’T GO MY WAY. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS GAME IS
ALL ABOUT, PASSING BACK AND
BEING IT WOULD HAVE YOUR
TEAMMATES HAVE YOUR BACK AND
MAKE A CAKE LIKE THAT. IT HAS GOT TO BE THE TOP ONE
MOMENT FOR ME. [LAUGHTER]
MEANING [INDISCERNIBLE]
WIL: I WAS PRETTY CONFIDENT IN
THE CAKE. LIKE I SAID, OUR OPERATION
WORKED SO HARD, BETWEEN ZACK AND
THOMAS, TO MAKE MY JOB IS HE. I TOLD HIM AFTER MY FIRST MISS
THAT I WOULDN’T MISS AGAIN. I KNEW THAT IT WAS GOING TO GIVE
IT A CHANCE TO MATTER WHERE THE
BALL WAS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO
GET IT DONE.>>IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE THE
ULTIMATE CONFIDENCE.>>THAT IS WHY I AM HERE. NO COACHES GOING TO HAVE A
KICKER AS CONFIDENT. IT IS CRAZY, AND BRINGS THE BACK
A MEMORY. THE ONLY REASON I THOUGHT ABOUT
IT TODAY WAS THE OAKLAND COACH,
MY FIRST GAME EVER, WHEN A MISS
A 61 YARDER LEFT. TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ME. IT GIVES ME CHILLS THINKING
ABOUT THAT. HELLO AND HERE WE ARE THREE
YEARS LATER. SO IT IS PRETTY WILD. MANY [INDISCERNIBLE]
REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
WILL: I HAVE TO BE HONEST, THAT
ONE FELT A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I TRY TO TREAT EVERY KICK THE
SAME. I FELT LIKE I TWITTERED THAT
WOULD LIKE ANY OTHER KICK. I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY SMOOTH. I WASN’T TOO NERVOUS, BUT
OBVIOUSLY IN A SITUATION LIKE
THAT, WE HAVE NOT STARTED OUT
THE LAST FEW SEASONS REALLY WELL
AND THEN YOU HOW THIS ONE WOULD
THE COME HOW BIG IT WOULD BE. BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT DONE. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
>>DON’T STEP ON MY FEET? I TRIED TO STAY OFF THE GROUND
SO I DON’T GET MY FEET STEPPED
ON. [LAUGHTER]
REPORTER: DID ANYONE SAY
ANYTHING TO YOU OR DID THIS WAY,
YOU GOT THIS? WIL: IT IS KIND OF A BLUR NOW. I THINK WE ARE ALL FROZE HERE
AND EVERYONE HAS A JOB TO DO. EVERYONE IN THAT MOMENT KNOWS
THAT WAS MY JOB TO DO. I DON’T SAY, LET’S GO TO ANYBODY
BEFORE THEIR WAYS, AND THEY
DON’T DO THAT TO ME, AND THAT IS
JUST HOW IT WORKS. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
I HAVE BEEN HERE LONG
ENOUGH THAT THEY KNOW THAT.>>IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT WERE
THERE WAS NO CHOICE BUT TO KICK
THE FIELD GOAL, I DON’T THINK
THEY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED ME TO
KICK. WE NEEDED THREE POINTS, THAT IS
IT. WHATEVER THAT DISTANCE IS, I
THINK THEY KNEW THAT I WAS
WILLING TO GIVE IT MY BEST SHOT. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
WIL: I HAVE MY LINE. I ALWAYS SAY THAT ANY GAME
SITUATION, MY LINE IS 42. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE JURORS YOUR
QUARTERBACK, AND YOU HAVE 37
SECONDS LEFT AND I WANTED TO
MAKE SURE THAT I WOULD GET THE
KICK. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE]
>>THAT IS A TEAM EFFORT. I GOING OUT THERE THAT THAT WAS
THE SITUATION. I DO THAT WE HADN’T STARTED THE
SEASON WELL LATELY AND I KNEW
HOW TO MCCARRICK WAS. IT SPEAKS TO THE TEAM — I KNEW
HOW BIG THE KICK WAS. WE HAVE THE BALL ON THE 50 YARD
LINE TO START THE DRIVE AND WE
MANAGED TO GET A FIELD GOAL OUT
OF IT IN 37 SECONDS. IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT OUR OFFENSE
AND DEFENSE IN THAT SITUATION. REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT TO BE ABLE
TO WIN THESE TYPES OF GAMES? [INDISCERNIBLE]
WIL: I MEAN, IT IS A NEW SEASON. ALL WE CAN DO IS FOCUS ON THE
GAME WE ARE PLAYING. JUST LIKE I APPROACH EVERY GAME
CAKE AS THE NEXT CAKE, IT WILL
BE THE SAME. WILL CELEBRATE THIS ONE FOR 24
HOURS AND MOVE ON. THAT ONE. THAT WAS MY LONGEST. WE HAD 257 MY ROOKIE YEAR, WHEN
MY ROOKIE YEAR AND ONE YEARS
AGO, THAT WAS MY LONGEST. REPORTER: AS YOU SAW THEM — BUT
TOUCHDOWN, WHAT WAS YOUR
PROCESS? WIL: ALL I CAN DO IS GET READY. LIKE I SAID, WHEN YOU HAVE OUR
OFFENSE AND OUR QUARTERBACK, I
KNEW THERE WAS A BIG CHANCE. I WAS SHOCKED IT HAPPENED. BUT I LOOKED AT ZACK WOODEN WAS
SITTING NEXT TO ME AND I SAID,
WE WILL GET OUR CHANCE HERE. THAT IS THE WAY WE LOOK AT IT. YOU DON’T GET 50 SECONDS TO
THINK, HOLY COW, HOW DID THAT
HAPPEN, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO
THINK ABOUT IT, AND THAT IS WHAT
WE DID. WIL: I HAD NO IDEA. I WAS CELEBRATING AS SOON AS IT
LEFT MY FOOT. I THOUGHT I HIT IT WELL. IN THAT DISTANCE, YOU DO HAVE TO
DRIVE IT A LITTLE MORE. IT ALLOWS YOU TO OPEN UP THE
SWEET WHEN YOU HAVE A
I THOUGHT WERE THE CONFIDENT A

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