Cornerback James Bradberry
Q: What did you see on the play you got the interception?
A: I saw an over route coming from the other side, so I fell off my man and then he (Panthers QB Sam Darnold) overthrew the tight end, and it came right to me.
Q: How did it feel for you guys to have this performance today? I know there has been a lot of talk about how the defense had been struggling. How personally did you take that?
A: We took it personal, like you said. We're a defense, and our goal is to stop them from scoring. We hadn't been doing that the past few weeks. Our goal today was to come out here and play strong every series. I think we did a good job of doing that, so we're definitely happy with our results.
Q: What was different for you guys in your mind? What did you do differently?
A: I think we communicated well all around throughout the whole game - first quarter, second quarter, all the way through. I don't think we did a good job of that the past few weeks. So, I think that was different today.
Q: Did you get a sense as the game was going on that Darnold was getting frustrated? What is the defense's mindset like when you see he's the starting quarterback and in the fourth quarter, they bench him, and they put somebody else in?
A: I think their whole offense was getting frustrated. I know that our front seven did a great job of rushing the passer and getting after the quarterback. I think that affected him today. As far as seeing another quarterback come in, I'm not sure, he's just another quarterback to me, and I'm trying to get an interception. That's what I was thinking when he got in. I figured we still have to make some plays to keep our offense ahead.
Q: How surprising was that though?
A: I wasn't really surprised. I wasn't thinking about it too much. We were about to get on the field, and they said, 'number six is in.' I said, 'bet.' Of course, you don't want to see a guy get benched. I felt bad as a player, but that's the business of it.
Q: To do it against this team, for you personally, how did that feel? Is there anything to that with them being your former team?
A: It feels good to get an interception against those guys. (Panthers Linebacker) Shaq Thompson was on the sideline talking trash the whole time to me every time I lined up to their side. So, it definitely felt good to throw it in his face and get an interception (laughs). Like I said before, a lot of the guys, personnel wise, they're with (The Washington Football Team) now. They're not even there anymore. I didn't have any animosity toward the coaches.
Q: What was his trash talk?
A: Me and him are close friends, so he was just talking trash and saying anything that came to his mind.
Q: Take us through the pick. Were you surprised that he put the ball in the air there on second down? Did you feel the need to be the hero in that spot?
A: I wasn't surprised. I'm just thankful I had enough awareness to come off my man and be aware for the over route that was coming. Fortunately, he made a bad throw, and I was able to take advantage of it.
Q: Did you keep the ball?
A: I did. I think one of the equipment guys have it.
Q: Do you keep every interception or was that one special?
A: I keep them all, but I'll definitely keep that one close by.
Q: You said you were coming off your man, so you guys were in man coverage, you weren't in zone in that situation? It looked like you were in the same spot.
A: We were in a zone play, but I only had one threat to my side. So, I could have stayed with my man, but I figured the over was coming, so I came off. Fortunately, it was the right call.
Q: It looked like similar zone coverages you guys had last year when you guys got turnovers. I think you got a couple in zone coverage. Was that similar to some of the plays from last year?
A: Yeah, we're playing the same zone coverage that we did last year. Like I said, this year I think we're communicating well and alerting certain indicators that the offense is giving us. Making sure everyone is on the same task. I think that's one thing that's helping us out right now.
Q: What did you think of your quarterback's one-handed catch?
A: It was pretty smooth. I'm just glad he caught it. He got up safely. That's the main thing.
Q: Did you have to cover him in practice running that play?
A: No, I haven't had to cover (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones). Honestly, during practice he has a red jersey on, so you don't want to be too close to Daniel anyways.
Q: What did you think of his athleticism?
A: I've always thought Daniel was a very athletic guy. Even during the first time I was watching him, he has a strong arm, but also can run the ball. And he definitely ran the ball well for us today.
Q: Who would win in basketball, him or (Defensive Back) Logan (Ryan)?
A: I've heard that Daniel Jones is pretty good at basketball. I haven't seen him play yet, but I heard he was pretty good. I haven't seen Logan play. I haven't seen Logan even shoot a paper ball or anything, so I don't know if he's good at basketball or not. I've never seen either of them play basketball, but I've heard about Daniel Jones. I've heard he's pretty good.