DE Olivier Vernon
October 5, 2017
Q: Do you have your potion there?
A: Yeah. Itís going to help me heal right.
Q: Youíve never missed a game in your career. How concerned are you about this week?
A: My main concern is just trying to get healthy. Be healthy and win a game, basically.
Q: How important is never missing a game to you?
A: I mean, honestly, football is football. Just a competitor. I donít want to miss a game and not be out there for my teammates and everything like that, but main thing is getting healthy so I can be out there longevity wise and help contribute.
Q: Did the last game bring the longevity concern up to you since you started but couldnít finish?
A: Yeah. I mean, those are the factors leading to it. It was a little slippery out there, but itís football. Iím just doing the best I can right now to get back right.
Q: Talk about the defensive playersí film review and what you think came out of it.
A: Basically everybody just taking responsibility of their jobs, of basically what they need to do, what they need to do better. Basically, calling themselves out, self-critiquing themselves and basically owning up. Owning up to whatever mistakes that we all did out there and making it known.
Q: When looking at the film, did it show you something that you didnít see or was it everything you already knew and did it disappoint you?
A: Itís disappointing when you lose four straight games. Thatís not what you ever want to do, but seeing the game film from the past several weeks is just something that we can fix and thatís the part that just guys are seeing and it can be a little frustrating at times, but itís just being able to bounce back and play Giant football. So, thatís basically what weíre going to do.
Q: DE Jason Pierre-Paul said that he doesnít think teams fear you guys. Does that bother you to think about?
A: Honestly, I mean, how we played last year put a target on our back and you know other teams want to prove something against us and we like that and we want that to happen. We want to prove how good we are and that last year wasnít a fluke, but we just have to get our stuff together. Once we get our stuff together and focus on the team we have ahead of us, then weíll be alright.
Q: Do you feel like the defense has been pressing?
A: No. Honestly, I think when you start falling into that, thatís when youíre not making anything happen. I feel like if you just be calm, sound, then youíre going to be alright. I think thatís basically everybody in the locker room. We know weíre going to be alright. Weíre just not playing good ball right now.
Q: Do you sense the defense might be a little tentative and not flying around as much as last year?
A: No. I wouldnít say that. Just some things, certain mistakes happen at the wrong time and itís not benefitting us at all. So, we just have to tighten up and get right.
Q: Have you played Philip Rivers before?
A: Yeah. I played him a few times in Miami and then, yeah, thatís it.
Q: What challenges does Philip Rivers bring?
A: I mean, heís a premier quarterback. Heís been doing it for a while. He can make big plays and heís going to get out there and heís going to lead his team and try to get a win and really, honestly, we just have to get pressure on him and get in his face and try to knock him off the spot. Canít let him get in a rhythm. Once he gets in a rhythm, thatís something we donít want.
Q: Philip Rivers is thought of as being a stationary player, which is different than Jameis Winston and other quarterbacks.
A: Most definitely. So, you have to get back there. But, they havenít given up that many sacks, so itís on us to make that happen.