NYG Postgame (at Cowboys) Transcripts: S Logan Ryan
October 11, 2020
Q: What did you see from that tackle standpoint?
A: First and foremost, the worst thing that happened today was the Dak (Prescott) injury. I mean, it's bigger than football. I feel terrible. It was a routine football play. Look, I study a lot. I thought this game would come down to me and Dak. I know it's a team game, but, my job in this game plan was to make it tough on Dak. He made it really tough on us. He's a hell of a player. He's got a lot better in his reads. He's got a really good arm. He was tearing it up there. He was making it hard on me. That's why this sucks. You have a guy who -- I'm in a similar position. He's scratching and clawing with one contract on his deal to try to get rewarded and try to do the right thing. He's trying to show up for work and trying to lead his team and trying to get a lucrative contract and tried to come out and prove it this year and for him to come out here and get this type of injury, that's why I feel like that. Dak, I hope he gets $500 million when he comes back. He deserves it. He's a hell of a quarterback. That was nothing but a routine tackle with two competitors. He's trying to stiff arm me while I'm trying to tackle him and punch the ball out. When I saw it, I saw it immediately. I broke my fibula. I broke my leg two years ago. I came back a better player and I want to wish him well. Obviously, there was no mal-intent there. I went through a similar injury a couple years ago. I just told him, 'What would Kobe do?' I hope he comes back. I hope he gets $500 million. He deserves it. Honestly, that was the worst thing that happened today. I have a sick taste in my stomach for it. He was playing a hell of a game and it was a hell of a battle between us. I hate to see it, but stuff like that - adversity - it makes the real ones stronger. I heard he's getting surgery tonight. I asked my people to reach out so I can send him a tweet or get his phone number and wish him the best of luck. There was no ill-will on my part. Dak is a hell of a player and he's had a hell of a year. I know he's going to come back even stronger.
Q: About your team and this loss, what are you feeling? What are you thinking right now? So much back and forth - a quick lead, a deficit, come back and tie game - you guys give up the field goal and the play over the top. Is the frustration level incredibly tangible for you and your team?
A: Yes, this one hurts because we feel like we could have won that one. We didn't play well enough to win. The turnovers, the penalties, and the bad defense before the half and at the end of the game - we have to execute better. We have to make more progress. We have to do quickly. But look man, I'm not running anywhere. I'm here. I don't care what the record is. I'm here. I'm going to lead our troops. Joe is going to lead our troops and we're going to have to execute better. I've been on really good teams and it's about details and executions. It's on the players. That's why it hurts because we care. You saw guys out of the locker room in two minutes and dressed and can't wait to get to see what the snack was after the game - I don't think you have that here. You have guys really painfully hurt with this one because we put a lot of work in and a lot of effort. We had a really great week of practice. We just didn't execute in the situations that we needed. Hats off to them. Dallas made some good plays. We did a good job containing them. CeeDee Lamb is a really good player. For a rookie, he came out and he tore us up in the zones. We had to adjust. Andy Dalton came off the bunch and made a good throw there in the end. We just have to be better and we know we can be. Our expectation and standard is to be. Our standard is to win these games. That's why it hurts.
Q: What was the locker room like after the game and did you know right away that Dak was seriously hurt?
A: Emotional for a minute. Upset. We put a lot of time in. Guys put a lot of effort in. We wanted to win that game and we didn't. I think honestly, it was a lot of finger pointing back to each other. It was a lot of finger pointing to the man in the mirror. I feel sick myself, about my play, I feel like I need to do more. Blake Martinez was upset with himself about one missed tackle. James Bradberry was upset about himself and one missed interception. Guys are trying to stand up and trying to lead and trying to do the right thing. That's the sick part about it. It's not a guy pointing fingers. Nobody is pointing fingers. Everyone is looking in the mirror about what they need to do better to help the team and win these games. The Dak injury - I think I spoke on it enough there. I'm sick to my stomach about it because it's just a guy doing everything right to get paid. Obviously, the franchise tag isn't a bad thing, but in the NFL, we want long-term security. He's doing everything he can to get long-term security. He has it and then he goes out there and gets an injury like that. It's just not fair. It's just not right. He has to go back on the grind. I knew it right away what it was because I had a similar one. His was pretty gruesome there. It's just always tough to see. Even as competitors, I have the ultimate utmost respect for him, like I said. He's a heck of a player. He was making it hard on me out there. I wish we could have battled until the end. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Q: At the end of the half and at the end of the game, on those two drives, were not like the rest of the drives that you guys played as a defense during the rest of the game. What is it on those kinds of drives - I know you guys struggled in the end of first halves in a lot of games - what's different about those two minute drives that you guys are struggling with?
A: It's just execution. It's execution throwing the ball the pass defense has to be better. We have to execute zones better. They made a heck of a throw and a heck of a catch. They had a penalty there to extend it. They were all tough catches. The plays we made and they made - when they make you make those plays, that's how you win those games. I've been in many football games that were decided on one drive. We've had three of them this year that were decided on the last play of the game and we weren't able to make them and the other team did. We just have to find a way to make them. I love to get complex about football but Joe's saying is that, 'It isn't easy, but it's simple.' Simply, they made those tough catches. CeeDee Lamb got hit extremely hard and caught the ball every time. That's what he's there for. We have to be a step sooner and it's a different play. Like I said, credit to them. We have to go back to the drawing board and play better in those situations.
Q: How do you guys feel as a team when you see two touchdowns get taken back? How do you feel sort of snake bitten and those kind of things are happening to those guys?
A: It's football man. Calls go how they go. I wasn't watching to see if we were set or not. We have to line up and we have to execute the plays. If there's a penalty on it, somebody probably did something wrong. It hurts when there are 14 points off the board, but it's football. Not every call goes your way. Not every ball bounces your way. What are you going to do about it? Like I said, we have a bunch of fighters. I'll be back in the lab at 5 a.m. tomorrow to do what I have to do. I'm not going anywhere. Washington has to come see us next week. We're going to make it tough. We have to clean up what we have to clean up. This one, credit to the Dallas Cowboys. There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds, some missed tackles and some mental errors defensively. Look, we scored on defense. We did a lot of good things, but we're not getting anymore 'Atta-boys'. No more pats on the back. At this time, it's done. The fan base deserves wins and we're going to do what we have to do to get some wins for the fans and for ourselves because we deserve it, too. Coach Judge deserves it. I'm going to stand up here at this podium with my chin held high and I'm going to go back to work like anyone else would do. I'm going to find a way to play better for the team.