In Runaway Jury (2003), after unsuccessful cross examination, a defendant confronts their attorney:
Attorney: We've got damage-control strategies, and your testimony before cross was strong.
Defendant: Oh, you, you! I mean, you are the one that told me denial was the route to take here. I was improperly prepped.
Defendant: You, get out of here.
What does "denial was the route" mean?