S Landon Collins
January 9, 2017
Q: Is this season a success?
A: Yes. We went to the playoffs. Itís been five years since the Giants have made it there. Itís a definite success.
Q: A complete success?
A: Itís not complete unless you win the Super Bowl. Itís not complete at all. Itís a success just from the outcome that came with having a new coach, the season we had last year, and the overall unity that we accomplished.
Q: Do you look at this as a missed opportunity?
A: We donít look at this as a missed opportunity. Just a blessing. Not many teams got this far. Weíre a young group with a new coach. Just the opportunity to be there was a blessing.
Q: 32 guys making their playoff debut. How much will this help going forward?
A: Experience is the key. Itís the key to a lot of things. Itís definitely helped a lot of guys out in understanding how the playoffs are. Just what it takes to be there and what it takes to win.
Q: What does this mean towards building towards the future? Does this mean that this is going to be a good team for years to come?
A: Definitely. Like every other team, we have to fill in some holes. At the same time, the team that we had this year, we got it that far. We have to continue to push ourselves each and every week. When we come back we have to continue to push for something.
Q: What about your growth? Not many people though last year that you would be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.
A: Itís fantastic. I wouldnít have put myself in that category either. I was just trying to work and be the best that I could be for this team. In doing so, I got acknowledgement everywhere. Just to go from the mindset, the planning, the workouts, the eating right. All of that has contributed into how I played this year.
Q: Do you see yourself partaking in the Pro Bowl?
A: Yes. Definitely will be playing in the Pro Bowl. Have the opportunity to play again, put the pads on, and do something great.
Q: Do you know what the Pro Bowl experience will be like?
A: I donít know what the experience will be like. I have to ask around and see what to do and how itís going to be. Itís my first rodeo. Basically, they can call me a rookie because Iíve never been in a Pro Bowl. I know there are all types of tricks and schemes that are going to happen. I have to be on my ďpís and qísĒ while Iím out there. Iím just really excited to be out there and have fun with everyone.
Q: How good can this defense be next year if it stays intact?
A: Phenomenal. We have the same guys that we had this year. Just the energy that we have and the confidence that we have. The guys know each other. We know our strengths and our weaknesses. We feed off each other. Itíll be fantastic if we get all the guys to come back.
Q: How can you take away what you were able to do this year and carry it on to your third year in the league?
A: Experience. The more knowledge that I have, the smoother things are. At the same time, bringing into next year, Iíll know what I know against teams and quarterbacks. Itís going to get better.
Q: At what point did you feel that you had the confidence in Coach McAdoo?
A: The confidence in him was tremendous. We knew what we had. He was doing a phenomenal job calling the plays. Really, the offense last year did a great job keeping us in the game. The confidence level is high in him. We know what heís going to do and we know what kind of coach we have. Now, we just have to continue to keep buying in and finishing this time.