Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul
Postgame vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 17, 2017
Q: How tough is it to get so close in this game and still fall short?
A: Obviously, it was a close game when it was at the Eaglesí home field. Itís division game, itís a grind. You have to grind it out, and obviously they came out and they grinded it out much longer today, and they came out with the win.
Q: Youíve been through a lot of games here. Is it a different experience to hear the crowd chant, ďdefenseĒ when your offense was out on the field?
A: Obviously, theyíre right up the street, right in the backyard. Itís not surprising to see all of their fans here chanting about the Eagles. They won today, salute to them. They were the better team today; you have to give them their props.
Q: How frustrating is it to see somebody else on the defense go down with an injury?
A: Itís football. This is what we signed up for. At the end of the day, injuries are going to occur, but thatís what makes the game so special. You donít know when the injuries are going to occur, but the next person has to step up.
Q: Does it still cause havoc with the continuity and the communication?
A: Yeah, but at the end of the day, weíre all still pros. The next guy up should be able to fill the next guyís shoes. Like you said, communication is a big key. Sometimes itís there, sometimes it isnít. But we still try to get it right as a team in the best way possible. Injuries occur; you donít know when the next guyís going to get hurt. Thatís why you try to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
Q: Are you impressed that S Landon Collins tried to give it a go today?
A: Landon is a tough cat. All hats off to him. He couldnít finish the job today, so the next guy had to step up. But, heíll be ready. Iím pretty sure Landon is the type that gets in the locker room and gets in the training room and does the best he can to try to be with us and help us.
Q: Is your hand giving you a hard time out there?
A: I finished the game, didnít I?
Q: It seemed like there were some moments that it was off.
A: No, no. The first one that I missed, I just missed it. I didnít expect that. I was going up, I was putting my hand up for him to try to stay there for a little bit longer, but I didnít know what was going on in the back end of the play, and I passed him. Thatís on me.
Q: You were in the glove before, now youíre back in the club. Do you have to get used to it?
A: Iím used to both. I could go all year with the club if I want. I prefer to play with both. It doesnít stop me from playing football.