LB Jameel McClain
December 24, 2014
Q: When you look at the Eagles, how much have they changed since the last time you saw them.
A: Not much. It is still the same system. They are still going out there running a fast paced offense and getting after people with the same things they accomplished in the beginning. They havenít changed much, but the real question is how much have we changed.
Q: You say they havenít changed but the results havenít been as good in the last few weeks.
A: I donít think anything has changed about their number statistically. They are still in the top.
RE: The wins.
A: Itís a Ďany given Sundayí game. Sometimes the football just doesnít roll in your favor. As far as statistically, they are still doing great things. LeSean McCoy is still one of the top running backs in this league. So that is nothing to downplay at all.
Q: How much have you guys changed?
A: I think we changed drastically. I think we have learned to trust each other better than we had in the beginning of the season. I think we understand the idea of fundamentals and understanding the idea of the scheme, and with that, we become a different team than what you have seen before. I hope that my teammates will continue to prove me right and understand that we are focused on the fundamentals and hopefully this game will be our last testament.
Q: The way you guys are rolling right now, it is almost a shame the season has to end this week, isnít it?
A: I guess, it is, but I guess, it isnít. All good things come to an end. Fortunately, weíve got a chance to get on a roll and ultimately we want to carry this momentum into the next go-round. We want our young guys to understand that fighting is what this NFL is about, this league is about. Finishing on a high note will give us momentum going into the offseason. I am already looking into the offseason, with getting this game accomplished and now focusing on the journey, the Giants organization.
Q: When you talk about how the team has changed from that first game in Philadelphia, what did you learn from that game?
A: We have to believe in each other ultimately, we have to play the assignment, we have to know exactly what is going on, through chaos becomes order. Weíve got to have order through all of the chaos of the game. That is what we learned from our study, that is what we learned from our losses, to that extent. Hopefully we can prove that this week, that we understand that and we know how to overcome any situation.
Q: What does it mean to even out the season series, to get that win against them?
A: It means everything to win, ultimately. It means something to win, something to win against your rivals and all of that. Really, it means something so special for us to finish as a team and as a unit to go into next season with that type of momentum. ďAlright, we clicked. We did it. Alright, now letís just transition, letís just keep it rolliní.í It means a lot for my teammates, it means a lot for everything we have been building. As far as the Eagles, no disrespect to the Eagles, but this is bigger than them, this is about us, every game is about us. This is the last testament to show that it is about us.
Q: This is going to be the last game you play with some of these guys, maybe even some of these coaches. Does that kind of factor into your mind at all?
A: At the end of the season, that is always one part of the thought process. This could be the last time I play with this person, so I want to give my all. I want to do everything I can do to, whether if it is the personís last time playing with me, we all want to ride off into the sunset with happy feelings either way. That is the goal. Sometimes you do think about that. This is the NFL, and that is just what the NFL is. We donít get players for four or five years guaranteed.
Q: Is it hard to carry over what you started at the end of this season to next season?
A: I donít think it is hard to carry over. In my experience, from what Iíve seen, I have seen it transition. I have seen seasons in my experience where we have lost in the AFC Championship game and came back the next year and went to the Super Bowl. Just learning off of those mistakes, and that is what we have done through this season. Gradually, slowly but surely, we have learned from our mistakes and not made those same mistakes. If you can take that into the next season with the talent that we have, the upside is amazing.