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Thursday Media Transcript: DT Damon ďSnacksĒ Harrison Sr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/4/2018 5:26 pm
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.
And not one question on his lingering knee problems.  
Diver_Down : 10/4/2018 5:52 pm : link
Love Snacks and his play, but it does no good if he can only play half a game.
His body is massive  
mrvax : 10/4/2018 6:03 pm : link
and his knees are, well, human. He may have to drop 20 lbs or so.
transcripts don't always show it...  
Dan in the Springs : 10/4/2018 8:34 pm : link
but I'm sure it was funny to hear him talk about being assigned to spy the QB. It's a hard job, but he'll do anything to help the team. ;>

I know he's not the kind of leader that many on BBI would like, but he's one of my favorite players because he clearly dominates on game day. I'm not too worried about the knee - although they didn't ask about it, did anyone get the sense that he's not planning to play?

Him taking it easy in practice during the week isn't a problem for me at all.
RE: transcripts don't always show it...  
Diver_Down : 10/4/2018 8:40 pm : link
In comment 14106734 Dan in the Springs said:
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but I'm sure it was funny to hear him talk about being assigned to spy the QB. It's a hard job, but he'll do anything to help the team. ;>

I know he's not the kind of leader that many on BBI would like, but he's one of my favorite players because he clearly dominates on game day. I'm not too worried about the knee - although they didn't ask about it, did anyone get the sense that he's not planning to play?

Him taking it easy in practice during the week isn't a problem for me at all.


I don't mind if he has to play the Plaxico route by not practicing during the week and playing on gameday. But him only playing for a half a game is a problem. It was no coincidence that Kamara had a great second half with over 134 yards when Snacks had to retreat to the sideline. It changes the identity of the defense.
RE: RE: transcripts don't always show it...  
Dan in the Springs : 10/4/2018 9:08 pm : link
In comment 14106744 Diver_Down said:
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In comment 14106734 Dan in the Springs said:


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but I'm sure it was funny to hear him talk about being assigned to spy the QB. It's a hard job, but he'll do anything to help the team. ;>

I know he's not the kind of leader that many on BBI would like, but he's one of my favorite players because he clearly dominates on game day. I'm not too worried about the knee - although they didn't ask about it, did anyone get the sense that he's not planning to play?

Him taking it easy in practice during the week isn't a problem for me at all.



I don't mind if he has to play the Plaxico route by not practicing during the week and playing on gameday. But him only playing for a half a game is a problem. It was no coincidence that Kamara had a great second half with over 134 yards when Snacks had to retreat to the sideline. It changes the identity of the defense.


A little bit of an oversimplification of what actually happened. Snacks played on both drives of the 3rd quarter including when Kamara ran for 18 yards and later for 9 yds and a TD.

He played most of the running downs in the fourth quarter too. Yes - he was subbed out half way through one TD drive (about 7 minutes remaining) but he was back into the game at crunch time, including when they had Brees backed onto the goal line. Remember the non-tripping call on the goal line with about 3 minutes or so remaining? He was on the field for that play, commanding attention from the center, giving Tomlinson the gap into towards Brees. In fact it was the center who was double-teaming Snacks and realized that DT was breaking through who turned late and tripped DT.

With 2:30 left he was on the field when Kamara ran for 9 yds.

In fact, a couple of plays later he was double-teamed by the center and LG when Kamara went into the hole at RG for 49 yds and a TD.

Other than kneel-downs, that was the final drive NO had in the game.

That's 85 rushing yds gained in the second half when Snacks was on the field, and I'm not including yds from every play Snacks played, just some of the bigger runs.

It's a shame how many myths get thrown out there and aren't true. Lots of fans noticed him not on the field for parts of the second half - generally he comes off during passing downs and at times he gets a rest, particularly after long gains. That's normal for him.

He played over 50% of the snaps again last Sunday. Don't believe everything you read on BBI, consistently we get the facts wrong here. Snacks was and is a beast on Sundays.
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