NYG Postgame (vs. DAL) Transcripts: DL Leonard Williams -- November 4, 2019
Q: How did it feel running out of a different tunnel and being in a different room and all of that?
A: I donít know, man, it feels different. Thereís really not that much to say about it. I was so used to parking in the parking lot, going this way and luckily, Iím still in Metlife and Iím still familiar with the stadium and the field and all of that type of stuff, but it definitely felt different.
Q: Did you play as much as you thought you would today? What did you expect?
A: Yeah, I feel like I was out there a lot. We had a good rotation, which I like. I still need to pick up the defense a little bit faster so Iím not hesitating so I can play a little bit faster and not rely on my teammates to tell me a play here and there when I forget. I just got on the team, so Iíve been quickly trying to learn my teammates and the defense as soon as possible.
Q: You had a couple of plays where you were almost there. What is it going to take for you to finish those plays?
A: Yeah, what came to my mind is how you are able to horse collar in the pocket, so when I bull rushed the guard, I got right on his lap, I tried to reach around him and grab the back of his shoulder pads, but he just stepped away in that one split second and he was able to get away from me.
Q: Did the Cowboys do anything different from when you played them a few weeks ago?
A: I think they did run a little different plays. They ran more perimeter type runs with the Giants compared to with the Jets. I think overall, they were still the same scheme. We didnít do a good enough job stopping the run first of all and then getting off the field on third downs.
Q: Why did you guys have so much trouble stopping the outside run plays?
A: Iím not sure. I still have to get on film and see exactly what happened. Obviously the d-line is always going to say itís on us. We want to take the blame for anything on the run and weíre going to put it on our back and try to fix it. But at the same time, we have to watch film, itís going to be a short week so we just have to have a 24-hour rule, quickly get this out of our system and get on to the next game.
Q: How odd is next week going to be for you?
A: Itís going to be fun. Iím playing against guys that I know, but itís still football at the end of the day. Iíve played against guys that Iíve known before throughout college, throughout combine, people that Iíve met and stuff like that. So itís still the same, you know?
Q: As odd as it was today, will next week be even more weird?
A: I think next week will be a little odd. One, being that the Giants and Jets donít normally play each other in the season, so itís like ironic that the one time they do make a trade together, we play them in the same year after the trade. But at the same time, I think Iíll be more comfortable with my teammates, more comfortable with the defense and Iíll be able to play faster next week.
Q: Is this a Ďcanít loseí game for you guys next week?
A: Yeah, I think so. Going forward, we basically have to treat almost every game like a playoff game. You donít want to take any more losses than we already have. We want to turn the tables over and get the ball rolling. Once we get a win, just keep stacking some wins.
Q: Did you watch any of the Jets game yesterday?
A: I watched some of the highlights of the game, yeah.
Q: What did you think?
A: I think that was a tough loss. I think that was the Dolphinsí first win or something like that. Itís not mine anymore. This is my team now. Iím focused on tonight, Iím focused on watching film and getting better for next week.