Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
November 1, 2017
Q: What was your reaction to the Janoris Jenkins suspension?
A: I couldnít believe it because I know what kind of guy Jackrabbit is. Heís a guy that comes in here every day and he competes with the best. He shows all of us in the locker room what a real competitor is. So not knowing the situation, I really donít know, to be honest.
Q: Have you ever seen anything like this?
A: Nah, never. I think the people that got suspended got to take ownership to it. They got to own what they do. There is consequences to everything you do. Whether you feel like youíre right or wrong, there are certain ways to handle things and if you do it the wrong way, you got to pay for it.
Q: The perception is it is a lack of respect towards Ben (McAdoo).
A: Nah, you canít say that. If that was the case, it would be haywire, a lot of chaos. I think guys show up to work every day with the same energy, with the same mindset of coming out here and competing. So itís definitely not disrespect.
Q: Is it just a coincidence that it was two defensive backs?
A: Definitely, definitely. You canít pinpoint who itís falling upon. I just think itís been that type of year. All you can do is keep going out and just try to finish it the right way.
Q: How much does the frustration of being 1-6 play into this?
A: Very. Youíve been losing, you get guys suspended, youíre not always at your best when youíre on the field. Thatís very frustrating, especially when you know what youíre capable of doing.
Q: Do you think the losing has contributed to this stuff?
A: Nah, nah man. At the end of the day, we come here every day with the same mindset. Like I said, losing makes you that much more hungry to win. At the end of the day, this is a profession and we want to win but we just got to find a way.
Q: When you came back did you address your teammates?
A: Of course.
Q: What did you say?
A: I apologized, but for the most part I just thanked them for not allowing a situation that really got out of control that really shouldnít have even got like that not affect all of this and still go out there and play. I told them I was sorry and Iím glad to be back and all of them accepted that.
Q: Have you heard from Janoris yet?
A: Yeah, thatís my partner. I talk to him, but it ainít going to be about football. Itís just off the field. As long as youíre good and you hit him with a text, heíll hit you back. He said Iím good, you leave it at that.
Q: He didnít address the team though yet?
A: No. Iím quite sure throughout the week heíll reach out to us because at the end of the day, we know what he means to us on that field and to lose him is a big blow. But I know heíll text the group just like I did before the game and during the week and say yíall go out there and do what youíre supposed to do.
Q: What was the message from coach today?
A: Just that everybody has to be held to a standard. At the end of the day, weíre professionals and we got to act like it.
Q: Did Janoris explain what happened?
A: Nah, I didnít talk to him about it.
Q: Does he seem upset at all?
A: Nah, nah, nah. He is in good spirits from what I can tell.
Q: How are you guys going to consistently win games with the way youíre currently comprised?
A: I canít answer that, man. All I can tell is we just got to go out there and keep fighting. I think every man has to play with a little more something. Get above the Xís and Oís and find a way.
Q: Will you step in for Janoris now?
A: Nah, I donít know. That ainít my decision. Iím just out there grinding every day. You say do this, Iím going to go do it. If you say sit down, Iím going to sit down. It is what it is.