Cornerback Janoris Jenkins
November 16, 2017
Q: How can you describe your performance on Sunday?
A: Itís football. I played to the best of my ability. It wasnít a lack of effort, I just think it was lack of technique and just stay focused.
Q: What was your conversation with coach (Steve) Spagnuolo like?
A: It was a private conversation. It was nothing overboard. It was just being direct with each other. That was it.
Q: It was just a bad day at the office for you last week?
A: I mean Iím a DB. Every game is not going to be perfect. I know that, yíall know that. He came out, he took me deep. Nice caught ball. Just move on and keep playing football.
Q: Some of the missed tackles werenít due to a lack of effort?
A: No, I think it was lack of technique. Like when he broke the long one, I was really thinking try to strip the ball, but it turned out to be the other way around. And then the one where the running back stuck me out, I think my feet got caught up under me too much and I just reached with my left arm.
Q: What do you say to the fans questioning your effort?
A: They question one game? Question the other 36. Question the other 36 games. Out of one question the other 36 games.
Q: So is that admitting that your effort wasnít as good as the other 36 games?
A: Itís going to be like that. Sometimes you arenít going to have the best game. Everybody knows that. One out of 36 games, I donít care what they say.
Q: What was it like to watch the film yesterday?
A: It was just like every other week. You come in, call out your mistakes, admit to them, fix them and just move forward.
Q: Were you supposed to have help on the deep 83-yarder?
A: Hey man, I got beat. I canít put it on nobody else. I got beat. I understand when I play good, things are going good on the other end. So I just put that on me.
Q: Does it bother you when your effort gets questioned?
A: Nah, man. Like I said, people donít know football, so they donít understand. They just go off of what they see. So I just go out there and play football every day.
Q: What donít they understand?
A: Itís football. Things are going to happen. Things arenít going to be perfect.
Q: Are you extra motivated to show something this week?
A: No. Iím coming out to play my same game, baby. Iíve been here, what, a year and a half? Iím going to go out there and play like Iíve been for the past year and a half.
Q: Was it tough in that meeting watching the clips of some of these plays?
A: Itís always tough, but as a pro, you got to own up to it. Got to man up to it, understand it. Thatís part of football, like I said, and just move forward.
Q: If you could do that game over again, would you play it any differently?
A: Thatís the crazy part about it. There ainít no ifs in people, baby. It happened, itís gone. Iím on to the next game.
Q: Do you regret any of those plays?
A: If I do, then they might happen this week, right? So no, I donít regret them. It happened. I canít take it back. In a game, that will happen. Iím not going to play great every game. Just move forward.
Q: Is it fair to say you werenít happy with last week so youíre going to put more effort in this week?
A: Nobody is happy when you play that kind of football, but at the end of the day you got to understand itís football. Mistakes are made. They get paid, I got paid. Itís going to happen, so it is what it is.
Q: Are you now even more motivated than usual?
A: Nah, I stay motivated. Iím self-motivated, baby. Iím self-motivated.
Q: Coming off of the suspension, you had to know that these questions would be more intense.
A: I mean itís going to be like that sometimes. Just got to keep moving forward.
Q: Did you happen to know what was going on with Marquis Goodwin personally?
A: No, I donít know that dude at all.
Q: His wife lost his child before the game.
A: Oh, Iím sorry for that. Iím sorry to hear that. I think I read about it after the game, but I didnít know too much.
Q: Do you think itís extra important to give it your all knowing this could be your coachís last season?
A: Weíre going to stick with him, man. Whatever decision they make, weíre going to go out each and every day and week and just work and just prepare to stay focused.
Q: Do you understand why people have been questioning your effort?
A: Because theyíre critics. Itís life. Itís part of being an athlete.
Q: Is the important part of being a cornerback forgetting the last play?
A: You got to, real fast. DB, youíre going to be out there on the island by yourself a lot. Youíre going to win some, youíre going to lose some. Youíre going to win some. Hopefully you win more than you lose and just continue to play.