Defensive End Olivier Vernon
November 30, 2017
Q: What is it like to bring down Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch?
A: Itís been actually a long time [since facing Lynch] and it really wasnít that much, it was my rookie year, so I canít even count that. Heís still one of the top running backs in the league and you can see it on tape. Heís powerful and heís one of those guys thatís going to make homerun run and weíve just got to do our best to contain him.
Q: For a player that has as many highlights as Lynch does, as a defensive player do you ever think that you do not want to be a part of those highlights?
A: You never want to be on anybodyís highlight. But the thing is, heís just a great back that sometimes, itís not by choice, you might just end up on there. But itís just the type of player that he is and weíre just going to try to do our best. Do our best to contain him and stop the run and affect the quarterback.
Q: What was your reaction to President Donald Trump tweeting about you kneeling during the National Anthem on Thanksgiving?
A: I didnít really pay attention to it. So, I donít have an answer for that.
Q: Nobody brought the tweet to your attention?
A: Yeah, but I really have nothing to say, really.
Q: With so many new players on defense, have you had to take a step up as a veteran leader on this team?
A: You know what, I just play my role. Iíve never been one for many words, all I do is go out there and play, thatís it.
Q: Did you ask the new players to wear nametags?
A: You know, itís crazy. When it happens, I was just thinking about it to myself that the defense looks so different and unfortunately with guys getting hurt and everything like that. But weíre all professionals and the guys that come in, they learn the playbook and they go out there and play, itís their job. So, everybodyís got to do what theyíve got to do.
Q: What was your reaction to the teamís change at quarterback?
A: Thatís above my pay grade right there. So, honestly, Iím standing behind Geno [Smith] right now and heís going to perform and do what heís got to do.