CB Prince Amukamara
December 29, 2014
Q: When you look at what this team did accomplish, are you excited for what the future holds?
A: Of course, especially on the offensive side. I know everyone is licking their chops to see [Victor] Cruz, [Rueben] Randle and Odell [Beckham Jr.] out there together. On the defensive side, I think it is going to be great to hopefully have another year with DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and the same defensive backfield.
Q: You guys finished 29th in yardage allowed this yearÖ What has to change on the defense?
A: A lot of things come to my head, but I think big plays were still something we were still very susceptible to this year. A lot of things. The one thing that I am comfortable saying right now is the big plays.
Q: Do you anticipate a lot of change on defense in terms of personnel and coaching?
A: From what I am hearing, I could see that happening. On the other side, I could see some of the coaches staying.
Q: What kind of schedule are you on? Do you think you will be ready for OTAs?
A: I think I will be ready starting at OTAs. By March, should be the time I can start curling. Right now my arm feels well and as soon as I start doing push-ups and curls, it will build back some strength into it.
Q: Are you doing push-ups and light curls now?
A: I havenít yet. I know I am able to, but I canít do it without the trainersí command.
Q: Did you see enough from yourself this year in terms of further advancement and development before the injury to know what kind of player you are going to be in 2015?
A: Of course. I definitely saw a lot of potential. I felt like I was ascending pretty well. It was just a bummer. One of my personal goals was to play in the Pro Bowl, especially with it being in my backyard in Arizona, but that didnít happen this year. I wouldnít say I surprised myself because I knew by the type of camp I was having that I set myself up to have a pretty great year. I got to be the number one cornerback for a couple of weeks, whether it was due to DRCís injuries or due to my play, but I felt like that was one of my goals that I wanted to accomplish.
Q: Did you have a feeling of where this team is? Are you worse than last year or do you sense something else?
A: It is tough because in this league you are only graded by wins and losses, but if you go and look at those wins and losses, we lost it by this play. You can go look at the Jacksonville game, the 49ers game, the second Cowboys game, and it is just like we were a play way from being in the ĎWí column. Those are the plays we have to make to win games in this league.