DT Damon ďSnacksĒ Harrison Sr.
October 4, 2018
Q: What are your thoughts about Carolinaís run game from watching the film?
A: Overall, I think itís the most complete running game in the NFL.
Q: What makes you say that?
A: The offensive line, they do a pretty good job of getting movement at the point of attack. If anything breaks down, (Panthers QB) Cam (Newton) is taking off running. Itís a two-headed monster.
Q: Can you talk about reading the read-option on the edge. Even though youíre more of an inside presence, do you have to do a little bit of reading in those situations?
A: No, because it can be two guys on me at that point. Theyíre trying to move me off the line of scrimmage so that Cam can find that crease in the middle, if the defensive end does crash down. Or, if he stays home, he hands the ball to the back. I just got to do a good job of not getting moved off the ball.
Q: What does potentially getting (LB Olivier Vernon) ďOVĒ back this week do for the defense?
A: Itís everything man. Thatís the terminator. OV can do it all. Can provide some much needed pass rush, as well as be strong on the edges. I think thatís not a discredit to the other guys. OV is just a different animal.
Q: Is this system something where OV can really excel in and play to his strengths?
A: Yeah, everything you saw in the preseason, thatís gospel, man. Thatís what we expect when we get him back. Again, weíre all excited. I havenít stopped talking about it yet. I missed him.
Q: Itís been a while since heís been back on the field. Do people sort of forget what he brings and what he can do?
A: I think so, because itís been about three or four weeks now. Itíll be a nice surprise for the Panthers, if we can get him back. Iím not sure, is he playing?
Q: Having already played against some mobile quarterbacks this year, does that help with the preparation with Cam Newton?
A: It makes it difficult to really rush the passer, because somebody has to always keep their eye on them. Iím usually tasked with the job. Itís a thankless job, but I donít mind. Anything to help us win, but itís tough. Not only do you have to respect the running back, but you have to respect the quarterback, especially, like you said, I think everybody we played this year have been mobile. (Saints QB Drew) Brees can move a little, too. Thatís just the way the league is going.
Q: Do you know the identity of the 2018 Giants yet?
A: Iím not sure, because again, Iím still trying to figure out what we are on defense. I think we somewhat have established our identity as a team. A tough unit, a physical unit, but we just donít complete ballgames in itís entirety. I think thatís just something we have to work on.
Q: How do you work on that?
A: Just be more consistent. Focus, knowing exactly where youíre supposed to be and trust in the guys to your left and right.
Q: Would you say you guys have to develop that killer instinct?
A: Yeah, that too, but again, you canít stress to make plays, which I think is another part of our problem. You see guys trying so hard to make a play instead of just being where youíre supposed to be. Thatís just human nature.
Q: How have the guys handled the first four weeks of the season? Is it different from last year in terms of how the guys are handling it?
A: I really canít speak to the past, because again, thatís something I donít even want to think about. Nobody has their head down. Everyone is still working. Coach is doing a good job of keeping everyone motivated.