LB Jonathan Casillas
October 30, 2017
Q: What has been going on?
A: Itís my neck. I mean, I had the little Ė I wouldnít call it little, but shoulder, wrist. Little things Iíve had. But, the neck Ė it was something I had to be really cautious about and this week, Iím still going to be cautious about it, too. Iím not going to Ė come later in the week if it doesnít feel great, I think we have a communication here, me and Ronnie Barnes that itís okay if I sit down for a while because itís not like itís a wrist or an ankle. Itís a neck and itís not a first time deal, either.
Q: Do you think thereís truth to the fact that this team wasnít hungry enough?
A: I say yes because of the record. I think in spurts throughout this 1-6 start, you have seen signs. But, I donít think it has been consistent. At yearís end, youíll look back and see if we were a good team or a bad team and as of right now, I donít think weíve played up to being a good team. I donít think a good team can sit there and say almost halfway through the season they have one win. We do have a lot of games left and thatís always a positive thing when the ship didnít start the way you wanted to go, you can always correct it and I feel like we still have a chance to do that. I got my haircut. I got my beard shaved off and just kind of wanted to get a little fresh start. Hopefully, that Ė my game and my fresh start carries over to other people as well.
Q: How can you explain buying into the hype?
A: I donít know. Year in and year out, itís not the first time Iíve seen or Iíve been around it where youíve got a team that performed really well, the playoff caliber team, a team that doesnít start the way they want to the next year. You know, lose the first couple games. Go 0-2, 0-3, 0-4. Whatever it is. We have to be able to figure out a way how to turn it around and I think it rides a lot on the defense. Thatís not to take anything away from the offense, Eli (Manning) and everything theyíre doing. But, historically, over the years, growing up in the back yard of the Giants. Historically, the defense has won games for New York and I feel like moving forward, it has to be on our backs. We have Snacks (Damon Harrison), we have Landon (Collins), we have a very experienced linebacking crew. We have two of the best corners and a young, promising corner. We have the makings to be a great defense that we were last year, but we have to be consistent. We have to pay attention to details and I told a couple guys today, like Iím going to go ahead and look back at some of the original calls just because itís been a while since I actually opened up my base playbook to look at our base defense. Just to go over certain things and cross all my Tís and dot all my Iís and Iím trying to hit the ground running if and when I play this week.
Q: Thereís a thin margin of error. Has being caught in close game situations caught up to you?
A: No. No. No. I think, like I said, I think the definition of a good team. It has to be at the end of the year. Those good teams find a way to win those close games. I feel like two years ago, 2015, I donít think we were a good team and I say that because we didnít make the playoffs. We went 6-10. We ended up losing some of those games, 2-minute drill. Last year, we were a good team. We got the turnover when we had to, the ball bounced our way a couple of times. We got those wins in the 2-minute drill. The ball got completed later in the game. Thatís what good teams do. They find a way to win games. Bad teams find a way to lose games. Iím not calling us a bad team now because itís still halfway through the season. But, we have to be able to get away from where weíre at right now. Weíre not in a good spot right now and I think our bye came at a great time and Iím talking personally. Especially for my health. Iím trying to hit the ground running and hopefully we get some more wins in that win column.
Q: How surprised would you be if this team if this team traded before the trade deadline tomorrow?
A: Of who?
Q: Generally speaking.
A: I mean, that happens. Iíve been a part of a trade. Not too many guys have. Mine was more issued by me a little bit at the time. But, I mean, Iím hoping you werenít talking about me. Iím going to have to call up Jerry (Reese) after this and talk to him. It happens. It happens. A piece that may be on another team or may seem valuable here. That happens. Iíve seen it happen. Iíve been a part of a trade and I donít want to be a part of a trade and leave this team. Thatís for sure.
Q: You would rather stay here than play for a contender?
A: Yeah. I wouldnít go anywhere else. I would fight here no matter what the record is. We started something here. Iíve been here for a couple years and weíre a team of warriors. I wouldnít go out there and fight without my guys, without my warriors and battle without them. At the end of the day, sometimes you donít have a choice when it comes down to it. But, I wouldnít trade this locker room, these group of guys for anyone in the world. And, Iíve been a part of two Super Bowl teams and Iíve left a team who had a similar record to go to a Super Bowl team. So, Iíve been there. I donít want to do it Ė not with this team. Never.
Q: Your name has been thrown out in the last week when it comes to trade. The Patriots need a linebacker.
A: Iíve played there. I got a great relationship with Bill (Belichick) and Matt Patricia and those guys over there. But, I want to be here. Hopefully, those guys hear me say this and they take that into consideration the next 24 hours. But, I want to be here. I want to finish my career as a Giant. How many years I have left Ė I want to finish them all here and hopefully this season, we can get some more Wís and I can feel a little better about how the season started. But, Iím all in man and I think you have a group full of guys that are hungry in this locker room and a group full of prideful men thatís willing to go out there and get that second W.
Q: Are you looking for a couple of wins or are you looking to run up?
A: One. One at a time. One at a time. We got one and that was hard to get. It took us eight weeks to do it. But, wins are hard to come by. Iíve heard that my rookie year and we were 13-0 when I looked up at the end of the year before we lost our first game. And then Iíve been a part of an 0-8 team. I understood the exact meaning of that term wins are hard to come by in the league. Itís just this year and weíve been in there a couple times and weíre going to be in games. Thereís nine games left. Percentages are all nine of them are going to be close. If not, eight of them are. We have to figure out a way to win more of those than we lose. Hopefully, we can win most of them.