DT Damon Harrison
September 16, 2016
Q: How would you describe your message to the team?
A: It was a little bit all over the place. It was some direct comments made to certain people about accountability, holding your brothers accountable, holding yourself accountable and how do we go about doing it.
Q: Is this kind of a new role for you? With the Jets, you were surrounded by a bunch of other stars. Coming in here, do you see yourself as one of the leaders?
A: No, because it was the same thing with the Jets, it was just behind closed doors. You could talk to anybody there; it was the same thing. I didnít expect for it to happen here so soon, but apparently guys listen to what I have to say. I donít know why, man.
Q: Well, you do run your mouth a lot on the field.
A: Oh, hell yeah.
Q: What does it mean to you that Spags came to you to make the speech? I assume someone talked last week.
A: I think it was the coach last week.
Q: So you are the first player to make a speech?
A: Nope. Nope. I donít want to lie. J.T. (Thomas) was the first. But, yeah, it meant a lot. I donít want to sit here and lie to you, I donít know why, man, but I am very passionate about what I believe in and it comes off verbally and guys tend to buy into it.
Q: I donít know if you would call it a pep talk or not, but usually those happen after a bad loss. You guys come off an emotionally dramatic win. Is that not surprising?
A: No, because you donít want to get too high and we donít want to be too low. We want to stay even-keeled. We did a lot of great things in the game, but there were a lot of things that we did bad that the game could have gone the other way easily, so we just have to keep our heads down, keep working and keep everybody focused.
Q: How important is it to set some sort of tone at home and make it a home field advantage?
A: Because I remember the last time we played the Saints, I was a member of the Jets and I think they used two or three timeouts in the first quarter. So just playing well, getting the crowd involved, getting everyone excited and pumped, it helps us on defense, we feed off of it.
Q: Being a member of the Jets, you are used to playing at MetLife. What are you most looking forward to your first game, well second, at MetLife wearing Giant blue?
A: Having the bathroom directly behind our bench. I donít have to make a big scene when I have to go now. I go during every game at some point, first quarter, second quarter, it is just nerves, man. Having the bathroom right behind me is what I am most looking forward to.
Q: During the preseason game when you went in, people got a little worried.
A: Yeah, because I had to go halfway across the field because it was an away game, a home away game, but donít look either because I disappear really quick.
Q: What have you liked about how the team has gone about its business after the big win?
A: Everyone is working. Nobody is overly excited about the good performances; nobody is too down if they had a bad performance. The coaches have been doing a great job of preaching that and making sure that we all understand that. Guys have really been doing that. I have been on some teams where you can say we had some success and didnít have success, so I know a little bit about what to look for and the guys here have done a great job.
Q: People talk about getting in Breesí windshield because he is smaller?
A: Are you trying to get me to say that I need to get Brees off his spot?
Q: I am trying to get you to say you want to get in his throwing lanes.
A: If you are listening, Saints O line, that is not what I am going to do. I am just staying at the line of scrimmage. But, no, he is a great quarterback. No quarterback likes to have their pocket interrupted and Brees being a smaller guy, it is especially true for him.
Q: As a member of the defensive line, what is the biggest difference preparing week to week? You go from a rookie in Dak Prescott making his first ever start to Drew Brees, a guy that is going to be in the Hall of Fame one day.
A: Experience. Brees isnít necessarily the runner that Dak Prescott is, so we can be a little more aggressive in some sorts, but you have to respect Drewís arm. He has a major league arm and he can make all the throws and he is not a rookie, so there is not too much that he hasnít seen.
Q: Do you think this is the sort of game that you, OV and Janoris were brought here to win?
A: You asked me that last week, man. We were brought here for every game, every week. It is nothing with team specific or anything in particular. We were brought here to do a job and we just have to go and do that to the best of our abilities.