Defensive Back Logan Ryan
Q: How'd you feel like the guys came out and responded this week. Obviously, (Head Coach Joe) Judge challenged you on Sunday, but how did you feel like guys came out to practice this week?
A: I think it's been really good. I think so far, so good. Myself personally, I think I've been caught up a lot in trying to rally the team and trying to give the great speeches and trying to figure out what's wrong and trying to pick everyone up and trying to make sure everyone does their job and trying to get lined up faster and trying to simplify – trying to do a lot of things and I think for me this week it's been about playing better personally and the better I can be for the team, the better the team can be. If we all focus on our own jobs and kind of – I'm a safety first. I'm a safety of the defense first and obviously they ask me to do more than just play safety. They ask me to do some other stuff leadership-wise, but I think I've got to be a great safety for the Giants first and foremost. The better I can play, the better (Cornerback) James (Bradberry) can play, the better (Safety) Xavier (McKinney) can play, (Safety Jabrill) Pep (Peppers) can play. That helps our team collectively.
Q: You see anything specifically that sort of ticked you off? It seems like you looked at it and you said, 'I'm not happy with the way I'm playing.'
A: No. Just the results. Just the results aren't what I wanted or what we wanted thus far and I'm always willing to make changes and adapt and trying to figure out what to do next. Maybe this game I'll play a little deeper to prevent this. Maybe this game I'll play a little more aggressive to help us in this. Maybe this game I'll be in the run a little bit more so I can help stop the run. Really, my job is to play with my instincts, communicate and handle my position and play really well, and that's what I get paid to do. I just felt like if I could focus on that personally and I think as a team focus on our jobs individually instead of all trying to collectively solve the problem, then you get away from who you are and what you do best.
Q: Guys who played the game – not just us, but analysts – said that on (Rams Wide Receiver) Cooper Kupp's final touchdown guys were jogging. You saw it. Did you think guys were jogging?
A: I don't think guys were jogging. I think he caught the ball and he scored the ball. If it's my effort or JB's effort, a question there, I think that I play hard every play and that play I think I played as hard as I could until the end of the play. I understand that's their right to analyze and critique, and I'll take it. I'm going to go out there and play as hard as I can every play. I think I made a living on that and I'll continue to do that.
Q: Your position coach seemed frustrated with that play too when we asked him about it. What more do you think you could do on a play like that?
A: What was his response?
Q: He said, 'I don't know if they could've gotten there. I don't know, but we'll never know. That's the problem, we'll never know.'
A: I think he's just saying it's in the past and we don't know, and we can't harp on it now. I think we've got to go out there and play hard this week. I think you'll anticipate us playing hard, I think you'll anticipate Carolina playing hard. I think their coach called their team out about getting back to their identity. I think we've got to get back to our identity, so I think it will be an urgent game on both sides. I think we've got to show urgency on defense and that's something we can control, our urgency, so I think we're going to be urgent.
Q: You've played somewhere where you've pretty much only had success at home. Is playing at home becoming psychological at all for this team? It almost seems like you play better on the road. We know how the boos have started here. Is playing at home almost becoming a disadvantage for the Giants?
A: Never. No, I don't think so. I just think it's game by game and you don't want those factors to affect you. Playing at home will never be a disadvantage. It'll never be a disadvantage. It's just we haven't success in the last game. Wherever it is, home or the road, you execute like that you're not going to win wherever you're playing. We've got to play well, we've got to execute, play urgent and definitely got to do that at home.
Q: You've been one of Joe's biggest backers always, especially because you're a team leader and you're out here. He said today that it starts with me, the mistakes from the head down. What do you think when you hear that and what do you see from him that makes you confident that what he's doing is correct them?
A: I think you've got to respect that. I think you've got to respect people who take ownership. I think finger-pointing and blaming is the easy thing to do and I think you've got to respect a coach who says it starts with him to get the team prepared. I agree, it does start with him, but it starts with me individually to be myself and to lead my unit, as well. I think all of us are up here taking ownership, but we can only answer the questions how we can. When there's negative stuff going on, there's only so many answers there are. At the end of the day, we need more positive results and I think that starts with people taking ownership, so I think that's been a good sign.