Offensive Tackle Nate Solder
Q: Did you break your finger? How badly are you hurt?
A: No, I didn't break my finger. I dislocated it, so it's fine. It's just a little bruise, it's fine.
Q: How hard is it to improve pass protection off of a game like yesterday when it seems like there are regular breakdowns? As a group coming out of a game like that, how do you guys regroup and believe that it can get a lot better right away?
A: You work at it, obviously. Pass protection is difficult in the NFL because you've got great pass rushers, so that's our challenge every week to be really good. This next week is going to be similar challenges because they're going to watch the same film, and they're going to do the same things. So yeah, it's going to be really hard, but that doesn't mean we step down from the challenge. We step towards the challenge and continue to improve, do the things that we've been taught, get better at the things that we've been taught and go forward.
Q: I know you didn't play last year obviously, but you were a captain here in 2018 and 2019. You were in similar positions here in the middle of October 1-5 and 0-6. Is this franchise in any better position than it was when you first arrived in 2018? Do you think, four years later, this team is better, the organization is better, or is it kind of déjà vu to you?
A: I don't feel déjà vu. Even though you don't always win, I think that you can build. You can build the qualities, the character that get the right people in place and then start to mature. I think one of the things that losing does teach you is resiliency. The guys that are going to be in the locker room and the guys that are going to continue to improve and get better from this point on are going to be the resilient ones. That's going to be the core foundation of what you can build off of for the future.
Q: Do you worry about the losing setting in and guys just kind of not giving their max effort? I don't worry about this with you, but do you worry about it with other guys who maybe are younger or haven't won as much as you do who just kind of become lazy or accept that this is the way it is and we're just going to play out the stretch?
A: I don't think anything in my past – just because you've won a lot doesn't necessarily mean that it's not going to be difficult to regroup and all that sort of thing. But I think what's important is with the group of guys that we have now, with what we're doing now, we continue to push forward.
Q: You've been around for a while with two organizations. What is your experience with getting booed at home? I'm sure it happened sometimes with the Patriots, certainly not as much as it has when you've been with the Giants. How do you react to it? How do you tell younger teammates, who aren't accustomed to that, how to deal with that kind of stuff?
A: I heard this study once that said the testosterone levels of the fans goes down after a loss, so what that tells me is they're in it with us. They're in there, tooth and nail, they're fighting the fights in their minds and going through it with us emotionally. I think I understand where they're coming from because, quite frankly, we feel the same way a lot of times. We are not playing up to our standards. We need to continue to play better, so we're with them on that. We want to see improvement as much as they do.
Q: Do you think it bothers some of your teammates?
A: I don't know. I haven't had that conversation with guys. I don't know how other guys felt about that. I think you've got to embrace the fact that we're not where we are, or where we want to be, and we've got to improve. We're with the fans on that. We can take it two ways. We could say, 'Oh, they hate us,' or, you can say, 'Hey, they're really wanting the best for us. They really want us to see improvement. They really want their team to be what it could be.' That's how we are, so we're all together on that.
Q: (Head Coach Joe) Judge tells us a lot about how well you guys practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We don't see the whole practice, so why is that not translating to Sunday afternoons?
A: Well, some of those things aren't immediate. You're building, like I said before, the foundation of your team. Those are calluses built over long periods of time. Someone asked earlier about pass protection, well that doesn't just happen overnight. Those are things that happen over long periods of time where you work hard at it and you're developing a system and guys are getting comfortable in that system where it's like second nature, like speaking a language. I think that we have had great practice and I think we have to continue to have great practices and those fruits start to show up as we continue to push forward.
Q: Do teams get more aggressive in their pass rush? Do you notice that teams are keying off, so to speak, on you guys and the quarterback when (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley) is not there, (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) is not there, (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) isn't there? I don't mean to disrespect the backups, but when you don't have your top play makers, is that crippling the offense in a way where it just can't do anything?
A: That's a bold statement. I think that this is a tough league, like I said before. They're going to see everything that you're weak at on film, just like we see every week with what they're weak at on film and we're going to work to expose that as they are going to work to expose that. When we show a weakness, they're going to find any way they can to use that to their advantage just like we do every week. I don't know if it has to do with players not being there, or if it has to do with poor technique, or it has to with – whatever it is, those things have to be shored up so that they don't become blood in the water for their attacks. So, yeah, that is something that we do every week to other teams and that is something that other teams do to us.