NYG Postgame (vs. Vikings) Transcripts: LT Nate Solder -- October 6, 2019
Q: ÖWhat are they doing?
A: You know what? Theyíre extremely good pass rushers. That was something we knew going into it. So, you have to stay ahead on the down and distance. Like I had two penalties. That just puts you in an uphill battle the whole day. We would have liked to score a few more points. That would have changed the dynamic of the entire game.
Q: Obviously, Daniel (Jones) took more hits than heís taken in his first two starts. How did he bounce back in the huddle? Did you sense any frustration from him?
A: You know what? I donít know Daniel well enough, but I did not sense frustration. I think that he was battling like every one of us. Just one play at a time, trying to chug our way to make some points.
Q: Youíve obviously faced some good defenses earlier this year. But was Minnesota kind of a step up? It seemed like they donít have too many weaknesses.
A: Well, I think theyíre an excellent team. I think that all of the teams weíve played have had really good players, like all NFL teams do. But I thought they had a good team. Thatís how you win games, is with good teams.
Q: This probably goes without saying, but youíre down to your third running back. How much does that impact an offense?
A: Thatís making excuses. You know what? Whoeverís in there, weíre making the best of it. Weíre going full speed ahead.
Q: What did you think of your two guys that stepped in there today?
A: You know, I donít evaluate the running backs like that. I didnít have any issues with whatever they did. I thought that like all of the rest of us, we were battling and doing the best that we could.
Q: How did you feel about your performance?
A: You know what? I havenít been playing this whole season very well. I felt like myself today at times, which I was happy about. So, I think that we have to build off of that and continue to improve.
Q: Why do you think that is? You said the whole season. Why do you think that is?
A: Well, I donít know.
Q: I know youíre not an excuses guy, but the first thing that comes to my mind is the surgery.
A: No, that doesnítÖ No. I think the most important thing is to continue to improve as we go forward. Itís the teams that get better throughout the season. Those are the teams that are really stellar towards the end of the season.
Q: The same thing last year. You individually didnít start off particularly well. You were playing your best at the end of the season.
A: I donít evaluate based on last season. Our focus is on one season.
Q: It seemed like you were playing your best at the end of last season.
A: Yeah, thatís the goal, honestly. You never want to play bad, but to play your best at the end of the season is the goal.
Q: What do you think you would have liked to do better so far this year? Anything specific that you feel like youíve struggled with?
A: Well, none of it has been good enough. It all falls on each individualís shoulders, and Iím the first on that list. I have to run block better. I have to pass block better. I have to communicate better. I have to do all of the things that I need to do to be the best player that I can be.
Q: What do you pinpoint for it?
A: I just said exactly that.