NYG Postgame (at Rams) Transcripts: LB Blake Martinez
October 4, 2020
Q: How are you doing? Very physical today. Overall, how would you assess the way your defense played physicality-wise, and you held this team to 240 yards, what was the key to that today?
A: Good, but also bad… Yeah, we’ve kind of been saying each and every week… I think a lot of people didn’t take us seriously when we were saying that. It was just, every single week we’re hurting ourselves, there’s nothing teams are doing that we can’t stop, no matter who’s out there, who’s on the field, who’s up, what personnel we have in, we can go and compete against anybody. I think today we showed that, but we also showed the things that are hurting us. We’ve just got to keep fixing those things and keep minimizing those as much as possible.
Q: What did you think of the effort of your defense overall, the way you guys were fighting?
A: I think it was awesome. I think that’s the type of team we want to be, and I think overall it’s something we’ll hold our hat high on, but at the end of the day, it’s a production league, it’s getting wins, and that’s what we want, and I think we’re not going to be satisfied until that happens.
Q: What happened from your vantage point at the end of the game with the fight on the field?
A: I wasn’t even near it, so I couldn’t even tell you anything about it.
Q: As a captain, will you address it with the guys?
A: That’s kind of a coach’s issue, and at that point, we know what we have to do moving forward, and just focus on that.
Q: What did you see on that (Cooper) Kupp touchdown? It looked like there was a mixup in coverage with no safeties in the middle of the field… what’d you see there?
A: I think there was something there. For me, I have to go back to the tape and see what went wrong. I can’t exactly pinpoint right now where it was at, who it was, whatever situation right now, I can’t really answer that
Q: Defense got off to a rough start, what did you think changed? First drive, seemed like the Rams had their way but you guys seemed to tighten up.
A: Our game plan was making that type of team keep having to snap the ball. I think both their drives were 15-play drives, or close to that, and at that point we knew that type of team didn’t want to have to keep doing that, and maybe went away from some things or went back to some things, whatever way you want to think of it, and at that point, we kept sticking to what we were doing and made adjustments and made plays.
Q: What’s it like as a defense when your offense is averaging 11.75 points per game?
A: It’s one of those things where we’re all a team. I think for each and every one of us, we all have things we need to keep improving and get better at, and I think it’s a process. I think a lot of people write us off, think that something's wrong, think they know how to fix everything. But for us, we’re just working as a team, and I know it’s going to keep getting better each and every week, and I saw a lot of improvement across the board today.