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Transcript: Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/15/2021 5:51 pm
Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence

Q: Before the season, I think I asked you something about the d-line being one of the deepest positions and if you guys have to lead the way, and you said, 'The team will go the way we go, we need to lead the way.' Do you think you guys as a group are doing that to this point?

A: Clearly not. We're 1-4, so we know that we have to step it up. We know that we have to bring more energy, more leadership, just to execute, type of thing. We always put that pressure on us as a front to go out there and just lead. Just go out there and show, 'Okay, we're playing for each other. We're going to try to do this to get everybody going.' We know that we have to do more.

Q: Why do you think guys aren't getting more pass rush pressure?

A: Teams typically don't pass too much when you're playing from behind. That's obviously the goal to try to stop the run first. We obviously haven't done that well, so teams are going to keep running if they think they can run it. So, we've got to do better stopping the run.

Q: You brought it up, I think to have 201 and 170 were the rushing totals over the last couple of weeks, how crazy is that to see?

A: It's wicked. You don't want to see that, especially as a d-line you don't want to see that. Like I said, we have to step it up. We have to be more disciplined in our gaps and get more knock back and make more plays.

Q: What do you see as the problem there? Is it just gaps? Is it guys not winning one-on-ones? Is it more just guys being out of place?

A: It's just as a whole, like on defense if one guy's out of the gap, it's a big play. If one guy is out of the zone, it's a big play. So, it's about just all being on the same page and playing as one.

Q: Why would be guys lined up wrong like this late into a season?

A: I don't know if it's alignment. It's just executing the play type of thing. It's not really – I wouldn't say it's alignment, it's just being locked in into your 1/11th on the play.
Dex himself is, to me, one of the big disappointments on the team.  
81_Great_Dane : 10/15/2021 6:17 pm : link
Not as good in any phase of the game as I thought he'd be. Certainly good enough to be a starter, but he not a monster as a run stopper or at collapsing the pocket up the middle.

I want to love Dex but it's tough.

The whole not-playing-as-one thing is similar to what we hear on the O-line. These guys know more than I do, so I'm not going to argue with them, but at some point, they have to beat their man and make a play. I mean, don't they?

Not enough of that this season.
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