S Landon Collins
November 23, 2016
Q: You've really been leading this defense recently, how exciting is what's going on in this locker room and for this team as whole?
A: It's awesome. We're working as a team, working as a unit and we harped on that throughout the whole OTA's and throughout the whole Spring. We're doing it and we just have to keep doing it and raising the level.
Q: The defensive unit, you guys have set the bar. How do you think it's helping the offense raise their level as well?
A: Hopefully it helps them a lot. They see that we're playing hard and trying to get them back to balling. They know that we're expecting them to score and march the ball down the field and at least get three points on the board. We feed off each other and they've been feeding off of us the past few weeks and we've been feeding off of them, so it's hand in hand.
Q: Do you think about this streak that you have going right now and wanting to continue it or what's the mindset heading into Cleveland?
A: My mindset is to just do my job, play my ball, be the leader on the defense and on the back end and let it come to me. I'm not forcing anything and don't care about the streak. It's awesome to have, but it's better to get the W.
Q: You say you don't care about the streak but do you care about your individual interception streak?
A: Definitely. I want to catch as many interceptions as I can. The more interceptions, the better chance the offense has to score and sometimes when I have the ball in my hands I can get down the field and score myself.
Q: When you're watching the Browns on film, what are some of the challenges they present with the rotation at quarterback?
A: They're fluid with it, they can switch quarterbacks in and out and the quarterbacks are ready to go. They have different packages so you have to play sound and just play your technique.
Q: How do you prepare for that?
A: Watching film. They've had kind of things going on, just a little difference. But you have to go back on old film and just go from that.
Q: When you watch the film, what do you see out of Terrelle Pryor?
A: He's a very talented athlete, great player. He's done great things and you expect great things out of him.
Q: How much of a difference does it make being healthy in the secondary?
A: It's fantastic. You've got all your guys back; you can play all your packages that you could play prior to coming into the season. You can play all over the field, you don't have to worry about too many things going on and you know that everybody is going to do their job.
Q: When you look at this Browns team that doesn't have a win, is there any pride you take in this locker room in not being the team that gives them their first win?
A: Definitely. They're coming into it and they need to win, they want to win. They've had a lot of close games that they could have won.
Q: You're looked upon as a leader on this secondary, how do you help other guys avoid the proverbial trap game?
A: I don't know about a trap game. A lot of the younger guys, some of still don't understand what a trap game is, I still don't understand what it is. I don't believe in it, I don't look at it as a trap game, I look at it like we're playing our next opponent and they're going to play us as hard as they played any other team and try to get a W.
Q: What do you think of the Alabama team this year? Are they better than any of their teams that you played on?
A: My freshman year, that 2012 year, that was a great team.
Q: People say this yearís team might be Saban's best though.
A: No. We had a pocket quarterback on that team.
Q: Any predictions for the Iron Bowl this year?
A: We win. They always play us hard; I'll tell you that much. It's always a struggle with them. It's always a three or seven-point game.