Defensive Tackle Damon Harrison
November 9, 2017
Q: When you hear people criticizing your coach, why do you think thatís happening?
A: No idea, sir.
Q: When you watch the film, do you think guys gave full effort on Sunday?
A: Yes. Were there mistakes made? Yeah, there were a lot of mistakes made, but the effort was there. Could some guys have done something differently on the play? Yeah. But to sit down there and to say that guys werenít playing hard or gave up, thatís false. Completely false.
Q: Do you think the criticism that Ben McAdoo is gettingÖ
A: I have nothing to do with that.
Q: Ben McAdoo is under fireÖ
A: I have nothing Ė no comment on that, sir.
Q: You donít feel the need to support him?
A: Anybody else?
Q: Whatís the mindset of the team going to San Francisco?
A: Weíre going out there to win. We expect to win just as we do every game. We can feel how we want to feel during the week, but we just got to go out there and execute the game plan. Thereís just been a lot of mistakes made, which are all correctable. We just got to go out there and put what we put on the practice field on the game field.
Q: Whatís the state of the locker room?
A: I mean, I donít understand why anybody would think that Ė to address your point why Coach McAdoo has lost the locker room Ė thatís false. To answer your question that youíre so adamant about getting a response from me on. Whoever was anonymous, whoever said it is a coward. Flat out. I mean, if youíre not man enough to put your name behind something that you feel because that hasnít been echoed to anybody in this locker room. I mean, we could have talked it out if you feel that way. It could have went differently, but point blank, whoever said that is a coward.
Q: How disappointing is it to see someone from your team do that?
A: Thatís about all I got to say on that.
Q: Will you talk to the team about it?
A: No, sir.
Q: Why not?
A: Thereís no need to make a big deal out of it.
Q: You donít think it could spread.
A: No, sir. Only the media thinks that. Locker rooms donít work that way.
Q: How do they work when something like that happens?
A: Youíve been around a while?
A: Have you seen a lot?
Q: Iím not a player.
A: Have you seen a lot? Could you feel the temperature of the locker rooms youíve been in where youíve seen that?
Q: I guess.
A: The way that you all see leaders. I hear a lot of people speaking up on it. Everybody doesnít lead that way. Donít need a rah-rah guy and a vocal leader. We got a lot of great guys in the locker room who are self-motivated. Things just arenít going our way right now, so itís easy to criticize or even formulate an opinion when youíre not in this locker room. You donít know the men in this locker room and I challenge anybody who says otherwise.
Q: Ben McAdoo said he has an open door policy. How much do you use it and how much had you seen other guys use it?
A: Thatís not usually something thatís talked about. Iím not going to just sit down and tell anybody I went upstairs and talked to coach McAdoo today. He said that from day one, from the very first day Iíve been here and itís still the same now. If you got a problem, go talk to coach McAdoo. Itís just Ė itís cowardly for you to go sit there and tell a reporter whoís only doing her job something that has to deal with the guys in this locker room.
Q: Do you think he has become an easy target because of the record?
A: Who are you talking about?
Q: Coach Ben McAdoo.
Q: Have you been in a situation where you felt that you had to get a message out through the media in terms of saying what you feel about a coach?
A: No. No. I mean, thatís going to be addressed internally. I would hope whoever told you what they told you donít tell you the outcome of whatís going to said, whether itís by a coach or by a player. I have no idea. But, itís going to be addressed.