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Transcript: Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/20/2019 1:47 pm
Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel -- September 20, 2019


Q: What have these first few weeks been like for a rookie like Dexter Lawrence?
A: I think with Dexter, and with everybody, it’s a learning experience. You get better each week as you go out and try to get better to try to work on the little things—hands, eyes, and feet, as far was the defensive line goes. Just improving to try to get better.


Q: What has impressed you that you’ve seen from him? What do you look at him and say, ‘We really need to work on this’?
A: Well he’s like all of the rest of them, they all need to work on the same things. Just getting better in the technique overall, playing the pad level, understanding the speed of the game, but he’s physical enough and he’s tough enough. We like where Dex is headed.


Q: On the 3rd-down conversion for Buffalo on the final scoring drive, where B.J. (Hill) got into the backfield but then (Bills Quarterback Josh) Allen gave him a move--how difficult is a play like that to defend where you get pressure but then you’re facing a mobile quarterback?
A: We just have to play with technique a little bit. Have to get a little bit higher in the rush as far as containing goes, and hopefully force them back to get help. So, we’ll get a little bit higher, improve on the technique, and then that’ll help the play.


Q: What does Tampa’s offense present to you guys this weekend? Are there any similarities from what you’ve seen the last two weeks or are they different?
A: This is the NFL, every offense presents a challenge. Every offense is very capable of scoring points. We have to do a great job of stopping the run, we have to do a good job of getting to the quarterback. They have a very good offensive line and a quarterback who was a first pick in the draft who is playing pretty well. They have an outstanding running back in number 25 (Peyton Barber), he’s a great player.


Q: Do you determine the rotation as far as how many snaps each guy plays? Is that a group thing?
A: We talk about things as a staff, we do everything as a staff. We talk about it, but I have a lot of control over the rotation.


Q: When you see Dexter last game getting more pressure, it looks like he feels a little more comfortable, do you look at that as a way to progress him and start playing him more if he’s more effective?
A: Absolutely, with all of them. If somebody has a hot hand, obviously we are going to play them if they continue to play well. But we try even out the reps so when we get into the fourth quarter we are pretty fresh.


Q: Are you content with the pressure your group has received or produced through two weeks?
A: We are never content with the pressure we’ve received, or the pressure the group has done in the previous two weeks. The object is winning the game, and we want to get more pressure on the quarterback, so we all work together. All 11 of us like it is to stop the run, it’s all 11 to stop the pass. The coverage and the pressure all works together. Stopping the run, playing gap control is important, it all works together. We’re a team and we’re all together right now.


Q: When you have someone like Janoris Jenkins saying there needs to be more pass rush, do you guys take that personally?
A: We love Janoris. Janoris is a great teammate, Janoris is a great guy who works extremely hard, Janoris meant nothing by that. Like I just said, we all have to do a better job. The coverage is tied into the front, we need to get more pressure on the quarterback, and then it’s easier to cover longer. If we get more pressure, it’s like stopping the run where if we play our gap, everybody else’s job is stopping the run. We love Janoris, Janoris is a great teammate, he works extremely hard, and he’s a great, great young man.


Q: What do you like about Dalvin Tomlinson in the middle in that nose tackle spot?
A: Dalvin is real stout, Dalvin is tough, Dalvin has seen all the schemes, Dalvin plays good against the double team, and he has toughness—there’s something about that there where you have to have toughness. They all can play in there, but right now Dalvin is playing a little bit more at the nose than anything else right now, and hopefully in the future will be able to rotate some people in.


Q: What do you think of your run defense in general?
A: Again, it’s not about numbers, it’s not about any of that stuff, it’s about winning. We haven’t won, so we have to improve on everything. So, we’ve just got to keep working to get better overall. Like I said, we have to play with better technique, better gap control, and do those things, don’t miss tackles, and stuff like that. It’s a work in progress, put it that way.
We have a defensive line coach  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 9/20/2019 1:51 pm : link
on the payroll?
RE: We have a defensive line coach  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/20/2019 1:52 pm : link
In comment 14589768 LawrenceTaylor56 said:
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on the payroll?


Defensive line are the only ones earning their pay checks.
Nice interview  
5BowlsSoon : 9/20/2019 2:00 pm : link
I enjoyed this one too.
RE: RE: We have a defensive line coach  
jcn56 : 9/20/2019 2:04 pm : link
In comment 14589772 Eric from BBI said:
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on the payroll?



Defensive line are the only ones earning their pay checks.


Not sure I follow that one - unless you're referring solely to the run stopping ability, which is nice but doesn't win many games in a pass-first league.
RE: RE: We have a defensive line coach  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 9/20/2019 2:09 pm : link
In comment 14589772 Eric from BBI said:
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on the payroll?



Defensive line are the only ones earning their pay checks.


That's a pretty low bar. I wish you were my boss.
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Lines of Scrimmage : 9/20/2019 2:22 pm : link
In comment 14589799 LawrenceTaylor56 said:
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on the payroll?



Defensive line are the only ones earning their pay checks.



That's a pretty low bar. I wish you were my boss.


What are your expectations? Are you wanting more sacks based on the Giants being 4-3 and having great rushers in the past? The rush needs to come more from the LB's. Our interior is doing pretty well and they may wind up being outstanding in fairly short order imo.
The line has been strong against the run  
BSIMatt : 9/20/2019 2:25 pm : link
And against the pass, well, they did better against the Bills getting pressure. Buffalo's offensive line ranked 28th in pass protection last week. You can point a lot fingers around the roster for the poor performance on defense, the line has been the one bright spot. They didn't pressure well against Dallas, but they handled Dallas offensive line in the run game..and that's an accomplishment.
the line has been strong against the run?  
Greg from LI : 9/20/2019 2:30 pm : link
Buffalo ran for 151 yards. That's strong?

Yes, they did well against 500 year old Frank Gore, and Elliott only averaged 4 yards per in a game about 20 minutes after he ended his holdout. Somehow I think strong is a bit too much.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/20/2019 2:36 pm : link
I don't think the line has been the issue.
We have zero pressure  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 9/20/2019 2:37 pm : link
and haven't done anything well on defense. I don't think any one unit gets a pass.
Both lines are the beneficiaries of low expectations  
Greg from LI : 9/20/2019 2:38 pm : link
Are they the problem? No. Are they standing out in a positive way? Also no. They've both played decently enough, but given the slow motion train wreck that is the rest of the team, both lines are being graded on a rather large curve.
RE: We have zero pressure  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/20/2019 2:44 pm : link
In comment 14589842 LawrenceTaylor56 said:
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and haven't done anything well on defense. I don't think any one unit gets a pass.


Pressure does not just equal sacks. The ends are starting to exert pressure.
We had 12 pressures against Buffalo  
BSIMatt : 9/20/2019 2:49 pm : link
3 sacks, 6 hurries. Allen can also move, and is not a statue..that helped Buffalo. I feel like the coverage once again was the worst facet of the defense.
Buffalo only had 30 pass attempts  
BSIMatt : 9/20/2019 3:10 pm : link
12 pressures and 3 sacks in 30 attempts is a 40% pressure rate and 10% sack rate. The Dallas game was the abysmal performance on all 3 levels with regards to pass defense. 10% sack rate versus Buffalo is good, SF is currently 5th in the NFL with a 9.3% sack rate. Hopefully things continue versus the Bucs as they will be the worst offensive line we've faced this year.


Winston is 23rd in attempts, but 4th in hurries and 1st in QB hits, Bucs oline ranks 27th in sack% at 10%.(Eli is 3rd in attempts, but only 13th in hurries and 17th in hits, Giants oline ranks 6th in sack% at 3.5%)
Good post bsi  
idiotsavant : 9/20/2019 3:48 pm : link
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Great info BSI  
Dinger : 9/20/2019 4:10 pm : link
and I'm going to perpetuate the horrible myth that PS made the change now to keep his seat cool.....

When J called out the lack of pass rush it was the first sign of PS possibly 'losing' a player. He has to make a change that will reflect positively. TB is not a defensive power house and their offense may be the most 'vulnerable' they've played so far. He makes the change, distracts everyone from the lousy play calling and defensive performance and dissension. Not saying its the right move, but a lot of aspects will be interesting to see during and after this game. /conspiracy
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Maybe but none of that matters  
idiotsavant : 9/20/2019 4:18 pm : link
As father time had a hand in it all
Tampa has been significantly better on defense this year  
BSIMatt : 9/20/2019 5:10 pm : link
But I still think Dallas and Buffalo are more talented units than Tampa. They’ve been particularly good against the run, they were tough on San Fran, and then San Fran exploded for over 200 yards rushing on Cincy. McCaffery had a great opening game and then was completely shut down by Tampa. So Tampa’s defense versus the Giants rushing attack is going to be one of the best matchups to watch.
Tampa has a great young NT in the middle in Vita Vea  
BSIMatt : 9/20/2019 5:17 pm : link
And I think Levonte David missed last years Giants game, but the Giants also have improved up front so it will be interesting to watch.
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