NYG Postgame (vs. Bears) Transcripts: LT Nate Solder -- December 2, 2018
Q: You guys kind of getting sick of us asking you about the Bears defensive front this week?
A: Well, I think theyíre so good, I think thatís an easy topic to talk about. I donít take anything away from them after this game. I think theyíre a very good defensive front.
Q: But were you guys angry? You donít seem like the angry type, but (Pat) Shurmur said Ė
A: Angry at who?
Q: The idea that you guys werenít Ė
A: I donít pay any attention to you guys.
Q: But just the idea was out. Iím sure you knew whether you didnít listen, just from the questions.
A: I have so much frigginí confidence in our offensive line. Those guys, theyíre physically talented, but they also just care and they work hard and they want to play together and itís a good group to be apart of. We got a long ways to go and weíre going to keep doing that and I have confidence that those guys will continue to improve as we go forward.
Q: How unique is Ė so the play before the half is third and 23, 17 seconds left and he hands off to Saquon (Barkley). How unique is a play like that to block based on how the defense is playing, the situation, and then whatís it like with him kind of darting all over the place, you have to hold your man?
A: Iíve been in that situation before and you give it to a back like that in open space like that, heís going to make a couple guys miss and thereís a possibility that heís going to get a big play and I think itís a great call because you donít always just want to sit back and throw it right into their hand, why not just call something and let your best playmaker make some plays. My thought process on that was Iím just going to go stay on my guy as long as I have to and just block him until they blow the whistle.
Q: How much of a momentum shift was that because that actually gets you a field goal Ė
A: That really won us the game and Aldrick (Rosas) came in with a huge kick, like heís done this entire season and he was consistent all day today and I give him all the credit in the world, that was awesome.
Q: The feeling changed there, though, with what you guys were able to do there between that run, the field goal, and everything?
A: It was exciting. Itís a good way to go into halftime and give ourselves a little confidence going into the second half and then we scored coming right out of the half. Those are two big series I think that made a big difference.
Q: Shurmur was talking about changing the culture and I know itís a big picture question, but can a win like this play a role in that?
A: I think thatís the whole shift theyíre trying to make is a winning culture and so winning games I think is doing that, but I think more than that is being a really solid team after a season thatís been so tough, number of wins weíve had and how close weíve lost and all those sort of things and it speaks to the resiliency of the guys, it speaks about the type of guys we have in the locker room and we just got to keep doing it and moving forward and believing in each other and doing it together.
Q: Some of the vets said that this is a game that you probably wouldnít have won earlier in the season, that I guess the team maybe wasnít mentally ready to do that. Do you agree with that?
A: Who knows. I mean, who knows. Itís hard to say.
Q: If you had lost blowing a 10-point lead with two minutes left, weíd be saying does it feel like worse than a regular loss Ė
A: Thatís the biggest thing with this game and Iíve noticed that is you can play a terrible game and win the game and everyone sings your praises. You can play a wonderful game and lose the game and everyone thinks youíre in the dumpster, so really you donít worry about what everyone says about you. You know you got to take it objectively, look at the film, you look at what your coaches are telling you, you improve every week.
Q: So I guess you wouldnít buy my feels better than had you won the game, 27-17, to show you can win a game like this, does it feel any different?
A: A winís a win and any way you can get it, you take it.