DE Jason Pierre-Paul
November 11, 2015
Q: A big ingredient for beating the Patriots in the past was getting to the quarterback. Do you guys think you can get to [Tom] Brady?
A: We just have to see. Heís a good quarterback, can get the ball out fast, and weíre just going to have to see.
Q: Whatís the key to getting pressure on him? Is it a collective effort?
A: The obvious thing is working together as one, as a unit on the d-line, and it starts up front, so we have to get there.
Q: As a defense, how much do you guys enjoy a challenge like this to show what you can do against some of the best in the game?
A: Itís a big challenge. Heís a great quarterback, pretty soon heíll be in the Hall of Fame when he retires or whatever, but itís going to be a big challenge and weíre up for a challenge.
Q: What do you think from yourself this week? You think youíre ready to take the next step?
A: I think yeah, Iíll be better this week than last week. I was a little bit rusty, but each day is a day for me to get better, so Iím up for the challenge.
Q: How did you feel coming out of the game?
A: I felt good. Like I said, I was rusty. I felt like I played okay, Iíve got some work to do, but Iíll be okay.
Q: But physically, pain or soreness?
A: No, physically, I was good. Like I say, I trained all season even with my incident or whatever it is, it happened or whatever, but I trained my butt off, so it was okay for me.
Q: Coach [Coughlin] said there was a lot of electricity and energy in the locker room for this particular game.
A: Itís a big game. Theyíre undefeated, they havenít been beat yet, and itís going to be a big game. Weíre all up for the challenge. Like he said, weíre just going to go out there and play some great football.
Q: You remember playing against Brady and the Patriots before, does he look any different to you even after all these years?
A: I really havenít studied him, to tell you the truth. Last week was my first game back, it was supposed to be this week, but I have to study him. I havenít really watched him.
Q: Heís getting rid of the ball a lot quicker, I think itís less than two seconds per release. When you face a quarterback like that, what do you have to do?
A: I donít know. Like I say, heís a good quarterback, everybody knows about Tom Brady, heís coming through here, and itís an away game for them. Hopefully the crowd is in the game and we get some stops.
Q: You said you came through last week pretty good. You werenít sore? Your hand didnít hurt at all?
A: No, I wasnít sore, I wasnít anything. I came in Monday, I felt good, I felt great, and even after the game, I felt great. Like I say, I put in the work so it really wasnít anything to me. It was just getting the reps out and getting that conditioning in, that game mode, which I think I got in pretty good.
Q: Were there any points in the game where you hit your hand and it hurt?
A: No, not all. My hand doesnít hurt, guys, so let me just get that out there. It doesnít hurt, thereís no pain, so Iím good.
Q: Youíve only had one game, but do you think this defensive unit can rise to the occasion this week?
A: Yeah, I think weíre all coming along. We all have to play as one, no individuals, not saying Iíve seen individuals play or whatever, but if we come together as a unit, as a defense, weíre good.
Q: Ödo you think you all have the determination and desire to do it?
A: Of course, Iím not going to say no. Itís going to start up front with us guys on that defensive line and we have to get to the quarterback and stop the ball.
Q: Do you remember your sacks?
A: No, I never do.
Q: Do you know what I mean, like a particular one? Like do you know how many times youíve gotten him [Brady]?
Q: Youíve played him twice.
A: Yeah, I donít remember.
Q: Itís not like I remember a time when I got him?
A: No, none of that.
Q: So if I asked you how many times youíve got him, you would not know?
A: No, I would not know.
Q: But you do know this, when you get to him, he does get affected. You guys beat him because your front four really got after him.
A: Yeah, itís a different group. It was me, [Justin] Tuck, Osi [Umenyiora], those are pass rushers. We have pass rushers but we have to work together and thatís what weíre doing now.
Q: Do you think the guys you have here can duplicate some of that?
A: Yeah, of course. Weíre going to get to the quarterback, I know I am, I know others guys as well. We have to do whatever it takes, itís a big game. Like I say, theyíre undefeated, but they have to come through here first.
Q: You guys are 5-4, I know you just got back, but going up against an undefeated team, how much do you feel like you as a team can learn about yourselves?
A: The team is the team. Any given day, you can be beat and any given day, you can win some. It all happens on Sundays. Itís a big game, everybody knows that, and weíre going to play the best we can.
Q: You say your hand doesnít hurt, are you going to do anything different, experimenting with different wraps or different things? Did you like how your protection felt in the first game back?
A: Sooner or later, Iím not going to use a club. Itís just for protection but my hand didnít hurt. Like I said, it doesnít hurt, no pain, Iím just out there protecting myself. When I feel like I donít need it anymore, itíll be off.
Q: Youíll wear it this week though?
A: Maybe, Maybe not.
Q: Maybe you get ticked off and take it off at halftime or something?
A: Yeah, maybe.
Q: Does it inhibit you?
A: No, not at all. Itís a big adjustment to me, period. Iím doing good with it, so no need to change things if weíre doing good.
Q: You know there are people who are going to say, ďYou know Drew Brees threw for 500 some odd yards and 7 touchdowns against the Giants, whatís Brady going to do?Ē
A: I wasnít there.