S Landon Collins -- November 8, 2018
On the bye week:
A: The break helped a lot of guys just get away from football mentally, just get their minds back right, and everybody’s energized and getting ready for these last eight weeks.
Q: There was a report over the weekend that the Giants would either look to franchise tag you or sign you long-term. Would that be something you’re interested in?
A: When we get there, we’re going to get there. There’s no time to be talking about that. Nothing about contracts have been talked about yet, so when we get there I’ll let you know.
Q: Did the bye come at a good time for this team to just get away and focus on the last eight games of the season? Did it come at a good time especially the way things have been going?
A: I think so, honestly. We’ve got eight weeks, put us at that halfway mark so we kind of just figured things out. Like I said, a lot of guys came back energized, ready to play, and at the same time, when you come back to this game, it’s a lot. So that break definitely helped a lot of guys with the stress relief off their shoulders.
Q: How about yourself personally?
A: It was good. It helped.
Q: Because it was tough, right? No denying it was tough.
A: Yes, definitely tough.
Q: There’s only so much you can change over a bye week, but in terms of attitude, approach, work ethic, do you notice much of a change since you’ve been back?
A: From the guys? Honestly, the momentum has picked up. We had Tuesday practice, practice was really fast. Attention to detail was there, everybody was keyed in, tuned in, and ready to go honestly. There was nobody out there just lollygagging it, it felt really awesome to be out there.
Q: How much did you know about (San Francisco 49ers QB) Nick Mullens before a few days ago?
A: Not much honestly. He had a great game against Oakland, he played very well, and we just have to keep an eye out on him. We know he’s going to be the starting quarterback for those guys, and we’ve just got to key on what he likes to do, what he sees, and he likes to read.
Q: It was almost a year ago exactly you guys went out to San Francisco, you had one win -- they had none. Are you stunned to be in kind of the same position a year later?
A: I would say so, yeah. That’s definitely crazy, but I don’t think the outcome – not saying we’re going to win, but how they took over on us last year – will be the same.
Q: Does it feel any different this year? How would you say you’re different as a team a year later?
A: Like I said, guys are ready to play honestly. Guys know they’re still playing for something for themselves – either their family, the name on your back, or just interviewing for the other (31) teams if you’re still on this team. It’s always good to just go out there and play great ball.