NYG Postgame (vs. Buccaneers) Transcripts: LB Olivier Vernon -- November 18, 2018
Q: Ö. Itís 38-35 and it gets nervous at the end.
A: You donít want to give up points like that when it comes down to any game. When you want to seal a win, you want to seal it the right way. There are some things that we need to go back and fix in the meeting rooms. You know, establish when we were wrong and how can we fix it.
Q: Now that youíve won two in a row, do you almost wonder why did it take so long? Now that everything is clicking, turnovers are coming, points are coming. Itís almost like where was this for eight weeks?
A: Yeah, of course, but sometimes itís just the NFL, man. A lot of games, especially in the beginning, just came down to the last minute and things just didnít go our way. Especially when it came to turnovers, it just didnít go our way. Thatís just how things were turning out for us. Now, we were able to get some turnovers and it was just helping us. Guys made big plays when we needed it and it helped us seal the win.
Q: Other than the fact that the result is different Ė the win versus the loss -- is there something thatís changed? Is there something that you guys have done differently that has led to the back to back wins?
A: Man, just staying together. Honestly, you know, everybody goes up and shows up and works hard, does the same thing sticking to the process. Ainít nobody was ever folding. Every game we went out there, it was always a fight until the end. These past two games, they went our way and we made some big plays when they needed to be made. Thatís what we need to win the game.
Q: Is it safe to say that that stop on fourth down early in the game, that that kind of I donít want to say was the turning point in the game, but I guess was a big moment for the defense and kind of gave you guys some momentum going forward.
A: Yeah. When it comes to that, with a challenge like that, you want to step up and show up early, show up early in the game especially when you got an explosive offense like that. Theyíve been putting up points these past several weeks, like non-stop. Right there it was a challenge man and we stepped right up to the plate and everybody executed.
Q: How much can the confidence and momentum off of two straight wins now help you going into a hostile environment in Philly next week against a division rival?
A: We are totally prepared to get a winning streak these past couple of weeks, but at the end of the day we are going into a rival, hostile environment, like you said, and all we can do is buckle up and study our opponent again and just go through the same process again like we have been doing each and every week.
Q: Has it changed to the point where when youíre losing games, itís like ĎOh no, here we go againí and now at the end of the games you expect to make a big play?
A: No, I donít think itís ever gotten to that point. We got a lot of positivity on this team, itís just that certain things werenít going our way as far as capitalizing on turnovers. You know what I mean. I think everybody was just playing solid in all phases. Special teams making plays, offense making plays, and defense showing up and making plays as well. Thatís what you need to help win the game.
Q: What was going on with those penalties? It looked like the tackle was doing something thatÖ
A: We were kind of getting a jump on their snap count, so they ended up switching it up after the first penalty - switching up the cadence - we were just trying to shoot your shot and make plays. You got to shoot your shot if youíre trying to make plays in this league. They just ended up catching us on two in a row with the offsides. The less penalties you have in a game, you have a better outcome of winning, so thatís on me.
25 yards of penalties is a lot to give up on 3 consecutive plays - how did you stay in the mindset of being aggressive after that series?