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Wednesday Media Transcript: Safety Landon Collins

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/12/2018 3:30 pm
Safety Landon Collins
September 12, 2018

Q: How different does this Cowboys offense look without (WR) Dez Bryant and (TE) Jason Witten?
A: Without Witten, it looks very different. Honestly, Dez was a big influence in their offense. Somebody that kind of took a lot of pressure off their running game. Now that those two guys are gone, itís kind of phenomenal that theyíre giving the ball to (Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott) ĎZekeí, and try to keep the run game going.

Q: Do you feel as if youíll be lined up closer to the box more often to try to mitigate that damage that Zeke can do?
A: Yes, of course. Just making sure we disguise very well Ė side rotation and their gap schemes. We can get them out of whack with that, and getting our linebackers free and be able to shoot gaps and get our D-linemen to get pressure and get off those blocks a little quicker.

Q: When Witten retired, did you have to go, who is their tight end?
A: A little bit (laughter).

Q: Do you know who it is now?
A: Yeah, I know now.

Q: How important is it to get that winning feeling back for this team?
A: Itís very important. Weíre stacking each and every day. Weíre working each and every day to become better as a team, as a whole, and making sure we get that win.

Q: How important is this game for you guys in terms of not falling into an 0-2 hole?
A: Itís a big hole, especially in this conference game. So, we need this game. We need this win. Itís definitely big to us. Out of the two teams that weíre both 0-1, one of the teams got to come out with a victory.

Q: What is the biggest challenge in defending a running quarterback like Dak (Prescott)?
A: Keeping him contained, honestly. You want to keep him contained, because a majority of the time if you got a running quarterback and the defensive backsí and the linebackersí backs are turned and he takes off, he can get a 15-yard gain just like that. With a guy like him, you want to keep him contained with your defensive front. Make sure your rushers are in the passing lanes, and the running lanes are all closed up and somebody is there.

Q: How did it feel to hit (Jacksonville RB) Leonard Fournette in the open field and not get run over?
A: (laughter) Not many people would try to put themselves in that predicament, honestly. Iím used to that. Iíve been doing that all my life. I was expecting that. I knew it was going to happen eventually. It was definitely a good bang-bang play.

Q: How did it feel? (To hit Fournette)
A: It felt great, it felt great. Honestly, I want that kind of stuff. I want running backs to try to just turn up field on me and not try to beat me to the sideline, because nobody is going to outrun me, Iím sorry. Just may as well try to run me over or try to shake me or something like that. If not, youíre just going to get pushed out of bounds.

Q: Thereís no Witten, thereís no Dez. Is all your emphasis shifted solely to Zeke now in terms of being the guy you all need to focus on?
A: Just like you said, we just really got to focus on stopping Zeke. Making sure that every run gap, weíre playing our gap assignments, weíre making sure we close the air out of their offensive running game. If we do that, put the ball into Dakís hands, I think weíll have a better shot at winning.

Q: (Inaudible)
A: Like that was their go-to. Without (inaudible) itís like who do you go to. Heís looking for Zeke more times heís looking for any receivers down field.

Q: How much does it help you to have a guy like Saquon in practice to practice against him leading up to a matchup against Zeke?
A: I mean itís good. You canít tackle him; you canít really hit him, so itís good because it gives us looks to where you got to play honest with him. Saquon can definitely give you all (inaudible).

Q: This a team that was reliant on Zeke before. So without these guysÖ
A: Heís the guy. Heís the guy.

Q: Do you think if I just hand you the stats after the game and you just looked at Zekeís numbers, you would know 100-percent if you guys won or lost?
A: Yeah. Correct.

Q: And how do you think Zeke and Saquon compare as runners?
A: Two different backs. I feel like Saquon Ė I mean heís younger, got a little bit more wiggle to him. I feel like with Saquon, Zeke is a north-south runner, a pound guy. Heís going to put his shoulder down on you, heís got a nice spin move and Zekeís got real good vision. Same thing with Saquon, but the run game for Zeke is different from the run game for Saquon.

Q: Is it a concern last two games, the preseason finale and the game on Sunday, that the quarterback got outside and kind of went for a long way? Are you losing containment, is there a Ė
A: That was just gap assignments, missing gap assignments, not being on the same page with the defense in the front and playing the right gaps, thatís all that was.

Q: Everybody would say how they hate the Cowboys. Is that sentiment still exist in this locker room?
A: I donít know, thatís a good question. The guys that have been here for a minute, yeah. They got it, but itís not to the fact where I really donít dislike Dallas because you got so many new faces, not many people know the tradition over here with Dallas and the New York Giants. They kind of know, but theyíre really just focused on the game and playing each and every play to the best of their ability.

Q: Youíve been here a little while so how do you feel about the Cowboys?
A: Theyíre just another team in our way, honestly. Weíre just trying to build on top of that and keep on pushing from there.

Q: How desperate is this team for a win? I know itís only 0-1 right now, but you guys want a taste of victory, of course.
A: We want a taste of it. I wouldnít call it desperate, but weíre working towards it each and every day. We keep on working as hard as we work, weíll definitely know weíre going to get it and multiple ones.

Q: For the guys that are new around here, what would you tell them about this particular rivalry?
A: Just watch the history, honestly. Thereís a lot of history between the rivalry. For me, I havenít been apart of that history a lot. Only been three years so far so itís not really taken in on me, but honestly, we just look at it as another game, another opponent and weíre just trying to better ourselves.

Q: What will that atmosphere be like on Sunday night?
A: Atmosphere is crazy. Itís always crazy when we get down there and play the Cowboys at home. Itís a different feeling. I feel like once we get there, we feel the hatred and then thatís where the fumes, the emotions and the tempers come.

Q: These games always seem to come down to the final two minutes or so, too. Why is that?
A: I donít know, thatís a good question. That is a good question. I think itís the fact that no teams are trying to make mistakes. The team with the less mistakes wins the game and if you could do that, thatís what happens and a majority of the time, we know each other so well on both ends, itís like Ďalright, we know theyíre going to do this so weíre going to play this and weíre going to beat them this way,í so itís like back and forth, back and forth so the team with the less mistakes wins.

Q: So these games are more fun?
A: Yeah, these games are more fun because you kind of know the opponent. You know what youíre going to get.

Q: Whoíd you grow up rooting for?
A: Nobody.
Iím certain Zeke is going to get his share  
Simms11 : 9/12/2018 7:21 pm : link
of carries, but heís not their whole offense. I can certainly see the first play being a Flea Flicker or a play-action bootleg toss by Dak. The Giants seem to be so focused on stopping Zeke, that theyíre going to fall for play action early on IMO. Sure they need to stop Zeke, but they canít overlook the other receivers out there. They still have guys that can catch the ball and move the chains.

Expect another tough contest down in Dallas. Iíd be extremely happy with a 1 point victory at this point.
I'll be happy  
mrvax : 9/12/2018 7:34 pm : link
with any win. I have a gut feeling that the Giants will execute a beat down Sunday night.

RE: Iím certain Zeke is going to get his share  
nygiants16 : 9/12/2018 7:34 pm : link
In comment 14073116 Simms11 said:
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of carries, but heís not their whole offense. I can certainly see the first play being a Flea Flicker or a play-action bootleg toss by Dak. The Giants seem to be so focused on stopping Zeke, that theyíre going to fall for play action early on IMO. Sure they need to stop Zeke, but they canít overlook the other receivers out there. They still have guys that can catch the ball and move the chains.

Expect another tough contest down in Dallas. Iíd be extremely happy with a 1 point victory at this point.


he is there entire offense, their receivers are garbage and dak is not a very accurate qb...

if the ball is in daks hands giants are having a good day
NYGiants16,  
Simms11 : 9/12/2018 7:38 pm : link
Weíll see, but this is a divisional game in their house and our ability to put pressure on Dak will be key.
RE: NYGiants16,  
nygiants16 : 9/12/2018 7:40 pm : link
In comment 14073124 Simms11 said:
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Weíll see, but this is a divisional game in their house and our ability to put pressure on Dak will be key.


if the cowboys drop back to pass more than they run they will lose just like theynlost last week...

you get up early on the cowboys and they do not have th e weapons to come back
Is this the same  
Joey in VA : 9/12/2018 7:49 pm : link
Dak Prescott who tossed 3 TDs and absolutely killed us in week 14 last year WITHOUT Ezekiel Elliot? That Dak? Yeah this should be a cakewalk, he killed us twice last year, once w/o his best player. I don't understand the hubris here after a 3-13 year coming off a loss. Prescott can beat us by himself because we have no pass rush and he can buy time all day. Mobile QBs are murder for us apparently now, so it's a matter of time before he runs a naked boot on us for 80 yards and a TD. Where in the HELL is all of this talk of us steamrolling a team that ate us twice last year coming from?
RE: Is this the same  
Simms11 : 9/12/2018 8:26 pm : link
In comment 14073135 Joey in VA said:
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Dak Prescott who tossed 3 TDs and absolutely killed us in week 14 last year WITHOUT Ezekiel Elliot? That Dak? Yeah this should be a cakewalk, he killed us twice last year, once w/o his best player. I don't understand the hubris here after a 3-13 year coming off a loss. Prescott can beat us by himself because we have no pass rush and he can buy time all day. Mobile QBs are murder for us apparently now, so it's a matter of time before he runs a naked boot on us for 80 yards and a TD. Where in the HELL is all of this talk of us steamrolling a team that ate us twice last year coming from?


Joey, my thoughts exactly.....this team canít take anybody lightly until they show they are capable of putting points on the board with regularity. Dak Is certainly capable.
RE: Is this the same  
arcarsenal : 9/12/2018 8:30 pm : link
In comment 14073135 Joey in VA said:
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Dak Prescott who tossed 3 TDs and absolutely killed us in week 14 last year WITHOUT Ezekiel Elliot? That Dak? Yeah this should be a cakewalk, he killed us twice last year, once w/o his best player. I don't understand the hubris here after a 3-13 year coming off a loss. Prescott can beat us by himself because we have no pass rush and he can buy time all day. Mobile QBs are murder for us apparently now, so it's a matter of time before he runs a naked boot on us for 80 yards and a TD. Where in the HELL is all of this talk of us steamrolling a team that ate us twice last year coming from?


To be fair, they had a healthy Travis Frederick then - and Prescott threw 2 of those 3 TD passes to Witten.

Frederick is out for a while and Witten is gone. This is a different year and a different team.

We really shouldn't lose to them. They're not good. If we do, then we're even worse off than I thought.
what does last year have to do with anything?  
nygiants16 : 9/12/2018 8:32 pm : link
the year before giants beat them twice and shut them down...
RE: what does last year have to do with anything?  
arcarsenal : 9/12/2018 8:39 pm : link
In comment 14073169 nygiants16 said:
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the year before giants beat them twice and shut them down...


Yeah, I mean all you need to do is look at the difference between the 2016 Giants and the 2017 Giants.

One was an 11-5 playoff team with a top 5 defense, one was 3-13 and one of the worst Giants' teams ever assembled.

Things change fast in this league. What Dallas did against us last year is largely irrelevant. Especially when two of the guys who had a lot of say in those outcomes won't be playing this time.

The 2018 Dallas Cowboys are a crappy team that isn't going anywhere. The same may be true for the Giants. But I think the Giants have much more offensive talent than Dallas does right now and I really do not think Dak Prescott is anything special.
I remember when Dak Prescott was the next great QB  
BestFeature : 9/12/2018 9:04 pm : link
When he was forced to beat you with his arm against us he couldn't do it.
This guy does know  
kelsto811 : 9/12/2018 9:33 pm : link
We lost to Jacksonville without Fournette right? What crazy weapons fors Jacksonville have again? Point being, unless your offense is going to score or not get scored on, no Zekes stats do not necessarily tell the whole story
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