"We talked about it before tonight's game, that we wanted a better start," McDonald said. "Obviously, we didn't do that and got ourselves in a deeper hole than in the last couple games. Going down four, it's just too tough to come back."
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"We're not going to make the playoffs this year, but guys are fighting for jobs for next year," McDonald said.
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