DE Jason Pierre-Paul
September 22, 2017
Q: What do you see in Carson Wentz on tape?
A: Iíve seen a lot. Heís a very good quarterback. Very athletic. So, I know Iím going to be chasing him around this week probably a lot. We have to maintain our rush assignments and thatís basically it.
Q: Did you feel like you were close to making some big plays against the Lions?
A: We werenít close enough. We didnít win the game, so we werenít close enough.
Q: Do you think you and DE Olivier Vernon will stay on the field as much as you can?
A: Weíre both from Florida, so weíre good. I donít know about the rest of the team, but weíre from Florida.
Q: How much do you need to win this game in Philadelphia?
A: Honestly, itís a must-win game. We know we need this game. Itís a division game. I donít see us going 0-3. Weíve started 0-6 before. This team Ė we have good talent on this team. We just all need to come together. Offense needs to come together. Everybody sees it, but at the same time, we have to help them too as well. We just have to ball and get in and play some great football. Thereís nothing the defense can do on that side of the ball, but Iím pretty sure theyíre going to come out and play this week. They do every week, but just have to find that will power to get things done.
Q: When you watch QB Eli Manning, what do you see?
A: My quarterback. He won two Super Bowls here. I was lucky to be a part of one of them. Eli is a great quarterback. Iím just saying that from the bottom of my heart, not just saying this for everybody to hear, but he is. We need to block up front. Thatís just the point of the game. When you play football, it starts up front. It starts with the defensive line. It starts with the offensive line. So, we have to play our best on the defensive line. Offensive line has to play their best. So, theyíre going to come out and do good this week. All this week has been just rushing to the ball because weíre putting an emphasis on it. So, I think they get the picture.
Q: What makes you convinced that you wonít have an 0-6 start this season?
A: The players that we have. I donít see the players that we have are going to allow that. Even with our defense, last year we started off pretty bad and we picked it up. I donít know how we picked it up, but just communication and coach Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) is giving us a lot of play calls and we find it within ourselves to not put everything on the coaches. We have to actually do the work. Thatís what we did and we finished on one of the top most defenses. Right now, we need to get off the field, third downs, we need to get off the field. Thatís basically it.
Q: Have you spoken to any of the offensive linemen?
A: I donít have to speak. They know. They know. Itís really nothing to be said. Weíre all a team here. The outside world is the outside world. The fans are going to be the fans. The media is going to be the media. We donít care about any of that. At the end of the day, we care about this team and to hold it together, we have to be accountable for everything. Our actions speak louder than words. Thatís what I always live by. Action speaks louder than words and whatever you put on tape is what youíre going to see on the field.
Q: We havenít seen a dominant defense yet.
A: You havenít seen it yet. So, thatís pretty scary.
Q: Will we see a dominant defense come Sunday?
A: Weíll see. Thatís how we play football. So, weíll see.
Q: What is it about playing in Philadelphia that is so challenging, especially in recent years?
A: I donít know. I just think every football game Ė this is how I see it and this is how I play Ė go out there like this is a Super Bowl. You have one game to play. Go out there and this is a Super Bowl. Donít worry about the 14 games we have left. Go out there and play like this is the Super Bowl and youíre coming up with a win because when itís a Super Bowl, youíre under the big lights. Forget Monday night. Forget Thursday night. Forget Sunday night. When youíre under the big lights, when you see those bright lights, you want to perform at your best, right? So, why not do it every day?