CB Janoris Jenkins
June 13, 2018
Q: How do you like this new defense?
A: I love it. It is an aggressive defense. Coach (Bettcher) is doing a good job.
Q: Do you like him as a coach?
A: Yes, I love him. He understands the game, is an aggressive play caller and understands the way his guys play.
Q: Does the role of a cornerback change in this defense?
A: Not really. Basically, it is just the same, they just use different terminology and ways they are playing. Different scheme. You just have to get in and stride it on out.
Q: What do you like about this secondary?
A: We are bonding more off the field. We are hanging out more and everyone is getting to learn everyone. We just compete and are picking each other up whether it is a good day or a bad day. I feel like it is a family atmosphere.
Q: What is the impact of not having DRC, who you are kind of used to having and his presence?
A: It is different. DRC was the old guy. He understood the scheme and what they expected in New York. Now that he is gone, I am the older guy. I have to step in and fill his spot. Push the guys and show them how to practice and play hard. Just continue to do what I do.
Q: Are you instigating the bonding part?
A: It is not about pushing it. Some of that stuff comes natural. You have to understand that it is football and we are going to be around each other more in football season than we would be outside of football. Just bonding off the field and on the field. It is just building that tight chemistry.
Q: Does that translate to more success if you are closer off the field?
A: Of course. It makes everyone want to play even harder. We are already playing hard, but just knowing that we bond on and off the field makes you want to play even harder.
Q: What makes this a tighter group than last year?
A: Just communication, man. No one getting mad at each other or calling each other out for a bad play or rep in practice. It is just critiquing and maximizing potential.
Q: Do you see a change in Eli Apple?
A: Of course. He has been here a while and I keep telling him he can be just as good as he wants to be, if not great. You just have to put the work in and compete. If you compete on a daily level just like it is a game, everything will be fine come Sunday.
Q: Do you think last year was a wake up call for him?
A: No, he just hit some stumbles. That is usual for a young guy. For Eli, I just want to see how he responds. Last year is over with. I just want to see how he responds. Me coming in telling him he could be good, if not great, that is his motivator.
Q: The real question is how he responds when the criticism starts to come. How do you anticipate how he will handle adversity in the season right now?
A: To be honest, I don’t think he will feed into it. Not this year. He matured as a young guy and he understands that there is going to be people that love you and people that hate you. No matter how good you play, it is still going to be the same.
Q: Are you playing with a chip on your shoulder?
A: Of course. Big chip. I just feel like defensive-wise, we have to pick it up more.
Q: What do you want to get better at this year?
A: Finishing plays. Staying more focused into the game and just leading the right way on and off the field.
Q: Do you think it is realistic to get back to the defense you had two years ago, a top defense in the league?
A: That is realistic, but right now we are just focusing on getting better one day at a time. When the season comes, we will see how that rolls, but other than that, we are getting better each and every day.
Q: Is there any concern when you switch schemes?
A: I was always told football is football. Everyone has the same defense but everyone uses different terminology. It is basically the same defense.
Q: Are you really going for eight picks and four pick six’s?
A: Big time.
Q: That pick you made last week in the end zone, does that show you that you are healthy?
A: That is just a play that is showing that I am coming out and competing everyday. Just as I got here, I am going to be the same when I come as when I leave. Play hungry, play fast and to the best of my ability.
Q: Do you feel focus was an issue last year in the secondary?
A: I wouldn’t say we weren’t focused. Some plays we didn’t play to our full potential. Learning from last year and coming to this year, we understand that. Every play counts. Whether the defensive line or the linebackers make a mistake, we have to pick up the slack. At the end of the day, we are the last line of defense. As a secondary, we have to come in, cover our guys, fill the gaps and play good defense.