RB Orleans Darkwa
September 15, 2017
Q: Do you hope you get more carries this week than you did last week?
A: Yeah, I hope so. Running backs want to be able to get carries, but we have a lot of talented backs in the room and I think everybody deserves carries and opportunities. So, when we get those opportunities, we’ve just got to make the most of them.
Q: How difficult is it to deal with all of the different looks that the Detroit defense gives?
A: I think that when you have a lot of different looks, you’ve got to make sure you’re getting in the film room. We’ve got a lot of smart guys. Offensive line, they’ve been doing their due diligence and making sure they’re ready for anything that they throw at us. We had a good day of practice today, we’ve just got to continue with it and have like two-three more days and try to make sure we’re 100 percent prepared for them.
Q: How much reacting do you have to do to what the fronts are doing, or are you just going to run what you want to run?
A: It’s kind of a little bit of both. Obviously, you want to adjust into the best look possible. Obviously, [quarterback] Eli [Manning] is in charge of that and you can’t doubt him or anything that he does. He’s one of the smartest to do it. So, we’ve just all got to be in sync as an offense and, like I said, the past two days we’ve had a great week of practice and just try to build off of it.
Q: Where does the blame lie for the lack of running game against Dallas?
A: There’s no blame. I think as an offense, we didn’t play well. That’s just what it is and we’ve got to get better as a group. We’re not singling out anybody. We’ve got to run better. All we can worry about is what we control and as the running backs, we’ve got to run better, that’s what it is.
Q: Why do you think the running backs need to be better?
A: I mean, at the end of the day, you look at the numbers. Whatever we averaged, yards-per-carry wise, it’s not good enough. We hold our room high, as far as the standard and setting that standard. Even if there’s nothing there, making a hole, breaking it and getting four yards a pop.
Q: Do you think that there should be extra opportunities for the running game because so many teams will focus in to stop the pass?
A: Yeah, I mean, as an offense, we’re dangerous all around. The tight ends, obviously the wide receivers and who we’ve got. The running backs we’ve got in the room, we’re dangerous all around. So, everybody wants to scream and cry and panic about last week, I think we’ll be fine as an offense and just get it going. It only takes one game.
Q: Was there talk in the running backs room this week about how you all have to be better?
A: Yeah. Like I said, the group that we have in that room, obviously the numbers we put up, we’re not satisfied with it. We want to be better as a group and, so we look at it. We’re not going to sit here and hold our heads down because of it. We’re just going to keep churning and I think it will show on Monday.
Q: Do you feel like there were opportunities to do more last week against Dallas?
A: I mean, yeah, but like I was trying to say before, if there’s no hole, make one. I feel like with the guys we’ve got in this group, I think we’ll be able to get it going. And like I said, it’s a collected effort, it’s not singling out one group. Everybody’s got to do better and like I said, we’ve just got to show it on Monday.
Q: Is it not fair that the offensive line is taking so much heat?
A: Yeah. I don’t know why everybody is trying to crucify them, like you said. I don’t get that. We’re a team. We win as a team and we lose as a team. I keep emphasizing that. It’s not one group’s fault. We’ve all got to do better as a unit.
Q: When you’re in the game, is your mindset that you have to take advantage of every chance you get?
A: Yeah. With every back, I think that’s kind of how it is. We’re a competitive group and we want to go out there and perform. So, you don’t get complacent. At the position I’m in, every time I get that ball in my hands, I want to do something with it. Every time I’m out there on the field, I want to make sure I can protect Eli, I can catch the ball. Whatever needs to be done, I’ve just got to get it done.