DE Olivier Vernon
November 17, 2016
Q: How much is your improved play in correlation with your health?
A: Iím just happy weíre winning games. Thatís all Iím glad about. All Iím worried about, just winning games and getting to the postseason.
Q: Spags has given you some different opportunities inside. Is that something that youíve ever done at this level and how much are you enjoying it?
A: Yeah, Iíve done it plenty of times back in Miami. Whatever coach tells you to do, you have to be able to fulfill what he wants you to do. We have a lot of guys on the team that can do that.
Q: Are you starting to smell playoffs a little bit?
A: Still taking it one game at a time, one week at a time. Thatís the goal.
Q: How good is it to see this defense closing out games like you have done?
A: We still have a lot of work to do. We still have to play more of a solid game. I think everyone feels that way on the defensive side of the ball. Just one game at a time.
Q: What is the mentality of your red zone defense?
A: Itís just defending our territory, basically. You never want to have it fall on us where you give up points. We take a lot of pride in that, our defense as a whole. Itís still something we have to work on. We gave up a touchdown this past game in the red zone. Thatís not up to our standards.
Q: Is this scheme for you personally more of a rugged, tough physical deal like it was in Miami?
A: I am not taking anything away from them in Miami. We had a good defense as well. It might not have shown it on the stats paper but we had a lot of guys out there that played their hearts out. It comes like that. Over here, we just played solid defense. Not give up the big plays.
Q: Since youíve been here, what have you learned about JPP?
A: Thatís one hell of a teammate right there. Just as far as his preparation. He never complains about anything despite everything heís had to battle. He goes out there and makes plays. All you could do is respect that. He comes in the building and works hard. He works hard in practice each and every day.
Q: Do you feel like you two guys are providing what people envisioned?
A: Well, I donít know what they envisioned. I just know as far as being cohesive as a unit, everyone on the defensive line is just trying to feel each other out. Just play off each other and build that chemistry.
Q: Have you felt that chemistry grow?
A: I think so, most definitely. The whole defense as well. Thatís what you need to build good defenses. To build a good team you need that type of good chemistry. All the guys, they make it easy. Iím still a new guy in the building. As far as all the guys, theyíve welcomed us with open arms.
Q: Odell believes this is a Super Bowl defense. Do you agree with that?
A: I didnít know that. All we can do is prove it on Sundayís. Thatís all we can do.
Q: What did it mean to have the back-to-back sacks on Monday night?
A: Just making plays. I think a lot of guys on the team know that they can make plays. The opportunity presented itself. We were able to make a play.
Q: Is playing opposite JPP part of the reason you signed here?
A: That and Eli had a thing to do with that as well. I spoke with JPP before coming here. He had a lot to prove. Iím with that. I can be a help to him. Letís do it. Itís great being in the building with guys like that. Not only just him, itís everyone else. Damon Harrison, heís trying to do what he has to do to make a name for himself. Prove his name worthy again. Rabbit, as well. Being able to be on the same defense with those guys, itís a blessing.