LB Jon Beason
September 22, 2015
Q: Short weeks are tough, but is there a feeling this team wants to get right back out there with the way the first two weeks have gone?
A: For sure. Anytime you feel like you should win and you donít, itís always a tough pill to swallow. Luckily itís early in the season and the benefit of a short week is that you kind of get a chance to get that taste out of your mouth a little bit sooner. Itís a divisional game, great opponent, theyíre riding high, and we just have to do our best to prepare mentally and be ready for the game Thursday.
Q: How much better off do you feel today than you did this past week going into the Falcons game? How much better do you think you have to feel for the coach to let you play?
A: I would honestly say that Iím in the same boat, itís the same situation. With our new schedule, itís working well for us, weíre playing fast, we look sharp, we donít do much on Fridays where if I could have worked it more, so I could get a chance to show that I am ready under some type of live action. Last week I didnít get that, unfortunately, so you go with the fact that, hey, we havenít seen you yet, but you feel good, and I know how important it is to practice and kind of move around a little bit, and then this week is kind of the same situation. I hope to play this week, I feel good, and hopefully I get the opportunity on Thursday.
Q: This is the second time in the first three weeks that youíre going to face a divisional foe, how important is it to get this W?
A: Well, itís everything. You donít want to talk about the past, but if you win the first one, the way the other three teams in the division, youíre up really two games, because you win the head to head battle and obviously they lost and you won. To make it up, itís really two games to get back into the race. The division is in a little of turmoil right now with the injuries in Dallas, us being 0-2, the Eagles being 0-2, so itís up for grabs; thatís the good thing. We know that itís a big game, we have to have this one, itís a must-win.
Q: Thatís the message Tom [Coughlin] kind of delivered to the team yesterday?
A: Yeah, for sure. We go as he goes, he gets us the information, and we have to go out and play fast and physical, and be a Tom Coughlin-coached football team.
Q: What has to feel right for you to be able to go Thursday?
A: Iím just looking for the nod, just looking for the nod, thatís it. Going into the season, it was still sore and years past I would risk it all for one play, you play in one game and you end of missing a lot more, so it was probably the smartest thing to do, maybe give something back early to gain a lot in the end.
Q: Is the key for you tomorrow, the day after you practice? I know a couple weeks ago he [Coughlin] said you got sore the next day and it kind of just didnít respond well. Has that been sort of the problem here? Was that a problem last week?
A: I just didnít get the opportunity because of the way the schedule goes now. With it being a short week, how much practice can you really play, guys who played 60-70 plays Sunday. Iím in a different situation, I feel pretty good, I feel fresh, but I know my teammates are really sore, and Washington probably is as well.
Q: Do you have to be able to play 60 snaps in order for you to come back or is there a way for you to come back and say, ďHey, you know we can make this work in a limited type role?Ē
A: Players want to play. I donít want to give a play back but you are smart enough to know that conditioning comes into effect, practice reps, getting that mental rep is important as well, so Iíll play the best I can for the time that I have and thatís my mentality going into it.
Q: Given the fact that Washington runs the ball like crazy and the fact that youíre not sure and you feel fresh, how important is that?
A: It should be an advantage, right? You feel good, you should play good. Itís a huge challenge, they really got after it, great backs, very aggressive, physical offensive line, a mobile quarterback, gets on the edges, a very smart quarterback, heís taken care of the ball, and thatís why theyíre 1-1 and could easily be 2-0.
Q: Whatís the challenge for you run defenders? Is it different when you face a running team as opposed to a team that throws the ball a lot?
A: Well, the good thing is that I think weíve played the run well this year. We just have to do a better job on third down and critical situations, and really hone into what the call is, and make sure weíre just executing our technique at the right time. We all need to get on the same page and realize, hey, in the moment, letís step up and make a play.
Q: As the guy who would be the quarterback of the defense, how tough has it been to sit on the sideline and watch the defense struggle at the end of the fourth quarter two weeks in a row?
A: You want to be a part of it. Obviously itís tough to assess it from the sideline until you sit down and you watch the film, but there are things that we can do better and we know that. Itís not one guy, one particular play; weíre all kind of picking and choosing when we make that critical mistake. For the most part, overall, Iím happy with the way we play; we just have to do it when it counts the most.