S Brandon Meriweather
Conference Call, November 2, 2015
Q: How does a defense rebound from a game like this, where you let up all these yards and touchdowns, historic numbers? How can you regroup after this?
A: You go back to the drawing board. You have to go back to the basics. I think what we did yesterday, we got away from the basics, the things that we do good, and you just have to go back to that and continue to build on that.
Q: Was there any confusion going on with plays coming in from the sideline or maybe being communicated in the huddle?
A: Yes, they did a great job of mixing up the personnel and running people in and out, going on quick counts, and that takes a lot of communication. They did a good job with that, but as I say, overall confusion, no.
Q: I know youíve just had last week with JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] back a little bit and I know heís new to you. Could you talk a little bit about your anticipation of seeing what heís able to do for you guys now that he gets to practice a little bit and when he gets on to the field?
A: Iím excited. A person like that takes the game up of everybody on the defense. When you have somebody who you know at any point can get a strip, sack, or could hit the quarterback, make a tackle for a loss at any time in the game. Whenever you have a player like that, that impacts the game in so many ways, which gives other D-linemen one on ones, gives the quarterback the anticipation that he has to throw the ball a lot quicker than he does, so Iím excited. I just canít wait to see him play.
Q: Do you feel that missed tackles are becoming an issue for you guys? There were a couple yesterday and itís been something that the team has struggled with at points this season.
A: Every team is going to have missed tackles. There isnít one team in the league who you can look at and say, ďOh, that team doesnít miss tackles.Ē As long as people are running to the ball, and being relentless, and make up for their brother who is next to them, then weíll be alright.
Q: What itís like to the watch film on a day after you gave up 52 points. What was that like?
A: It hurts. If you ask anybody else and they tell you it didnít, then that means that their heart wasnít in it. Anytime you go out and you have a good game plan and they throw for seven touchdowns, that has to hurt.
Q: Are you concerned about the overall team consistency, kind of one step forward, one step back kind of mode, where you donít really get anything rolling? So far, thatís kind of been the way itís been for you guys.
A: No, Iím not, Iím not concerned. I think we have a lot of veteran players that understand football and at the end of the day, we are going to pull it together. I wholeheartedly believe that, so no, Iím not. Iím not worried about taking one step forward and one step back.