Defensive Back Logan Ryan
Q: So, does Rutgers have a chance this week?
A: Of course. Did you see last game, man? (Rutgers Head Coach Greg) Schiano's back, playing good football. We've got a good chance. We're going to cover that spread, I know that for sure. I think we might have a good chance to win that game, too. Ohio State hasn't been looking too great from what I've been seeing. Even though I'm a fan of (Ohio State Defensive Coordinator) Kerry Coombs, he coached me before, I know he works hard, but I'm a bigger Rutgers fan, so I'm going for Rutgers.
Q: How are you guys doing this week?
Q: The team, you guys.
A: We're good, man. We're great, man. We're alive. We're out here getting better at our craft. A real submarine mentality, like (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) might speak about, it just feels like (in) our locker room. We're going obviously into a hostile environment, a fun environment, an electric environment. We're going out there to try to win a game. We're really locked in I think this week.
Q: Obviously, the 0-3 number stares everybody in the face, but you've lost two games on the last play of the game essentially. Is there anything you can take out of that? Not to make an excuse for it, but obviously you have to close the games, but can you look at positives there and say, 'Well, we're two plays away from being 2-1'? Is there any element to that?
A: Yeah, 100 percent. That's the reality of it. You take any win, you take any loss, you try to improve on it. Last game, there was a lot of three-and-outs. We forced a lot of three-and-outs. We had a fast start to that game, defensively and offensively against Atlanta, so there's tons. But any time you've got to play an entire season or build, you don't say, 'Oh, the win, we're not going to watch any tape, we're perfect.' And the loss, 'Oh, everything was horrible.' That's not it. It's always in between. It's never as bad as you think. It's never as good as you think. So, you take the good things you did and some of the stuff we did, getting off the field on third down and you implement that this week and you try to clean up the end of game stuff or whatever that might be. That's what we're working on to close the game out better.
Q: Have you put your finger on that though? Like the end of game stuff or the end of the half stuff, really – what it has been that's led to breakdowns during that time way more than the rest of the game?
A: Yeah, just repping it. Just repetition and taking the things we like to do and doing more of that. Last game for example, to end the half we got a turnover. We let up a drive in four-minute or two-minute. Our offense turned the ball over, we got a strip-sack, so that's improvement right there. So just take that strip-sack and do that again and we'll be good.
Q: That atmosphere in the Superdome, it's going to be – it's always ratcheted up. But the fact that it's their first game back since the hurricane and stuff, what are you expecting out of that? You're a veteran you've been through a lot of hostile atmospheres, but what are you expecting out of that? What kind of preparation this week maybe have you done?
A: Exactly that. A hostile, not even hostile – an energetic environment. It's a passionate fanbase. That city has been through a lot and they get to have their team back and they're going to be excited just like our fans were excited for our home opener. It meant a lot there, too. It's going to be exciting, and I just think anybody – most of us who's got to this level of football played in big time games on the road. There's a lot of guys in the SEC, they played LSU, whatever it may be. It's going to be loud. We anticipate a lot – we had a lot of crowd noise going this week to communicate in that. At the end of the day, it's blocking and tackling, catching and running, and it's going to come down to (Saints Running Back) Alvin Kamara, (Saints Quarterback) Jameis Winston, (Saints Head Coach) Sean Payton, that offense against our guys and our defense. That's where the matchups going to be.
Q: You were blunt, I remember back in Foxboro when you guys had that first bad practice against the Patriots, you made the comment that if you have a bad day and (Linebacker) Blake (Martinez) has bad day, you lose by 100. I know it was probably a little bit tongue and cheek if you want to say when you said that that day, but with Blake not out here, how much more do you take on your shoulders as a leader in that huddle? Have you been impressed with the guys that are stepping in for Blake?
A: Yeah, definitely. I could put that pressure on myself to do more, but I can't replace Blake. No one can. I've got to do my job and there's a lot on my plate already as a signal-caller on our defense, a leader that will line us up a couple of times and then everything that I have to do in the multiple positions I play. A guy like (Linebacker) Tae Crowder to step up, have his best game in his NFL career so far, in the midst of getting the green dot in the middle of the game. I think guys like that, opportunities man. That's what happens in the NFL. I didn't come in an established leader. I had to earn my opportunities and when my opportunities came, I ran with it. Tae Crowder got an opportunity last week, he did really well. (Linebacker) Reggie (Ragland), he's here for a reason. He's played a lot of football. He filled in and he did pretty good, too. Obviously, we can't replace Blake, but guys have got more opportunities. Guys stepped up last week, so I don't have to do more and JB (Cornerback James Bradberry) doesn't have to do more. We've got to trust everyone who's out there and I trust Tae a lot.
Q: When you look at the Saints, is there a difference in their offense with (Former Saints Quarterback Drew) Brees gone and Jameis in?
A: Yeah, there is. I mean, definitely. You can't replace Drew Brees. He's a Hall of Famer. Same play-caller, but it's definitely a little bit different with Brees just because he does more at the line of scrimmage himself and gets the ball out how he wants it in his targets. I just think with (Saints Wide Receiver) Michael Thomas injured also, it's just a little bit different offense than last year. They're finding ways to not turn the ball over, to be positive, get the ball in (Saints Running Back Alvin Kamara) 41's hands as much as possible. I mean, they're still a really good offense because they have a really efficient offense and because they have a really good play-caller.
Q: You talked about this kind of submarine mentality kind of thing, does this team feel like it's better than 0-3? Obviously, your record is what it is, but going back to what I was saying before, the games have been – it's not like you guys are getting dusted. What does this team feel like?
A: 0-3 doesn't define us. I've never played a season where we only played three games. I never played a season where we only played three games. There are times you have two-game skids, three-game skids and that doesn't define the season. Where we are right now on the standings of the NFL, the teams that are 3-0 may not be in the Super Bowl in the end. You've got to keep on playing the weeks. I never had a team be defined in September. I got asked a question earlier, I've always been on great teams in my career, that's not true. There were times where the team was not very good in September. Our record was not the top of the league and we ended up closing. So, we all know football is how you play towards the end of the year, but you've got to keep yourself in the race and that's what this is about. This team definitely doesn't feel defined by 0-3. I just think that we realize we've got to put work in and execute better and that's what we're focusing on. Whether we're 2-1 and not getting better from week to week or 0-3 and realizing right now what we need to work on. I'll take what we've got to work and we're going to work on it. Obviously, I wish for a better record, but I can't control that anymore. I can only control what happens in this New Orleans game.
Q: You're a fan of football, you were there for a while, (Buccaneers Quarterback) Tom's (Brady) going back to New England. What do you think of that?
A: I'm excited to get a win and get home and watch that game. I'm going to be tuned in. If you're a fan of football, that's a fun game to watch just because of the significance of it. I've obviously played with him. I've played against him. I always said it's the best matchup in the world. If you're a football junkie like me and you want to play against the best, he's the best. So, it's going to be fun. I know for him and (Patriots Head Coach) Bill (Belichick), I'm sure they're going to – I can't say they're going to treat it as business as usual, but they're going to do everything they can to win, like a maniacal amount of film- watching going down. I'm sure they're spending more time watching film than sleeping. I'm excited to watch. It's going to be a game against two geniuses. If you're a fan of the game, it's a good game to watch and learn to see the strategic part of the game.
Q: I can't remember if we ever asked you this, you intercepted his last pass ever as a New England Patriot. Did you keep the ball?
A: Yeah, so it's funny. The ball was just laying around my house because I don't really do a lot with my stuff, like I'm not egotistical and have just portraits of me all over the place in my house, so my kids like kick the ball around. When I saw Tom starting to – some of his autographed cards going for like a million dollars, I was like, 'Let's put the ball up on the shelf at least.' (laughs) So, the ball is up on the shelf and I actually spoke with Tom this offseason and when the time is right, I probably should have had it ready for this game, but I want to auction the ball off for some of the proceeds for my charity, if we can get behind it and split our charities and try to do something. Now, I don't know who is going to want that ball. I don't know if a Patriots fan wants his last ball ever thrown is an interception. I don't know if a Titans fan is really going to pay. Like I don't know what the Titans fanbase, the media market, you know? So, I don't know where it's going to go.
Q: Tom didn't want that one?
A: Yeah, Tom might want it back (laughs). Tom might pay to get rid of it to burn it. No, there's been talks between me and Tom on doing something with that ball. Hey man, it might go down in his Hall of Fame thing. Maybe I'll get a little asterisk by who his last pass – or maybe it's a 'Jeopardy!' question when (Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers is hosting it. It can be a 'Jeopardy!' question. It's pretty fun, but yeah, I picked the ball up off the floor and I'm going to try to do something to raise some money for charity with it.