NYG Postgame (at Cowboys) Transcripts: LB Blake Martinez
October 11, 2020
Q: What was the mood inside the locker room? There were so many good things that happened today, but it’s another loss. What was your confidence level in that last series that your defense could at least cause overtime?
A: First, I want to say my prayers are out to Dak (Prescott), obviously going down during the game. You never want to see a player, especially him, of that caliber, go down and have something like that. Praying for a quick recovery for him. On your question, I think every single one of us is a competitor and all of us want to go make those plays and do what we need to do to not have that situation come down to what it came down to today. But at the end of the day, we have full confidence in ourselves to make plays, and we just didn’t make them coming down the stretch.
Q: How long is that missed opportunity to stop Amari Cooper on that first down going to stick with you?
A: Definitely a tough one. Obviously, you want to make all the plays possible, just a classic game of inches – you hesitate, think he’s going to underthrow him, possibly have a chance for a pick, instead I just need to go make the play.
Q: How come, you guys, at the end of halves, and at the end of games, struggle. What is it about these two-minute drives you guys struggle with?
A: At the end of the day, it’s about executing your 1/11. I think every single time we get in those situations, there’s always just one play here, one guy here, one person here, it’s kind of a domino effect where you think you’re good, and all of a sudden, someone else thinks they’re good, and it's been kind of a splinter in our foot.
Q: You guys have dealt with a lot of injuries and moving parts, how challenging is that as the leader and middle of this defense?
A: I think that’s my role as the play caller and leader of the defense, and the captain. To be that guy, calm, cool and collected, no matter what situation we’re put into, no matter what guys are out there. Everyone is locked in, working hard every single week, and I think that’s the toughest part, that right now, we’re putting the work in, and we just need to execute when we’re out there.
Q: You guys have all mentioned Dak (Prescott) at the podium, but you also had your own serious injury with Lorenzo Carter. Did you talk to him? How are his spirits? What kind of loss would that be if he was out for a long time?
A: Just like Dak (Prescott), it’s tough to see anyone go down. Obviously praying for Zo for it not to be something serious, not be out for too long, a quick recovery. I haven’t talked to him too much about the extent of it, but obviously I know he came out of the game. We’ll see what those details are.
Q: There were some games early on where you could look at it like you made progress but didn’t win, has that time passed or could you say that about a game like this?
A: I think I heard Logan (Ryan) say it best, it’s at this point in time that there’s enough of this “we’re so close, we’re getting there,” it’s time to win, this is a result business, we need to go out there and win, get the job done, and it’s time for that now.