DL Dexter Lawrence II
November 18, 2020
Q: You look at the records and it’s really just a one-game difference between where you were last year and where you are now. What in your mind is the biggest difference? What has changed in this franchise from the last year?
A: Honestly, it’s the guys wanting to buy in, the guys wanting to play for each other. It’s just us collectively as a whole just being hungry to win and being hungry to getting better each and every day, to fight each and every day, to practice hard and prepare the right way.
Q: How much has Joe Judge and what he’s done for this organization impacted that?
A: He brought that attitude to where we’re going to be tough, we’re going to work hard, we’re going to prepare the right way. You have 1,000 meetings. That shows you how much preparation and getting ready for the game and things like that is important.
Q: I wanted to ask you about your Clemson brother, Trevor Lawrence. You guys are brothers, right? Same last name.
A: Long lost, long lost.
Q: I know you’re here and he’s there, obviously, but I’m sure you guys stayed in touch, you played a year with him. How has he handled being the biggest celebrity in college football? You know his personality. Why is he made for that?
A: Honestly, he’s just laid back. I don’t think he buys too much into it. He’s going to be his self regardless. That’s kind of why I think he can hold that weight on his shoulders pretty much. He’s always the same guy every day. He’s going to be funny, he’s chill, he’s going to be a team guy, everybody loves him. That’s just who he is.
Q: He’s kind of a country guy though, right? How would he handle New York? You know what New York is, what it has to offer, how tough we can be. How would he handle New York?
A: Any environment I feel like he’s put into, he can make the best of it. That’s the type of guy he is. He has the Lawrence blood in him. Come on now.
Q: One of the things at Clemson, Dabo Swinney has been very successful and he has a tremendous amount of talent. Do you see any of what he does down there in what Joe Judge does here?
A: It’s kind of two different cultures. Everybody wants to win, so that’s always the same. Coach Swinney goes about things maybe a little different than Coach Judge does. But Coach Judge, I applaud him because he’s really building a strong culture right now. That’s what he came in to do, and that’s what we all needed this culture that he’s bringing.
Q: What’s his best quality? Is he detail-oriented?
A: Very detail-oriented. That’s the biggest thing. We harp on the little things. The little things, they turn into big things. If you have too many littles, then that can cost you a game or something like that. The details in everything is the most important.