Linebacker Quincy Roche
Q: Talk about the last play—the strip sack fumble.
A: I'd been looking at his (Raiders T Kolton Miller) set all game. I was going power for the most part, but that drive wanted to give a change up, wanted to switch it up against a good player and I beat him around the edge. He's a great player. It was a great play.
Q: What was going through your head when you're approaching (Raiders QB) Derek Carr and getting that play (inaudible) getting a clear shot at him.
A: Just finish. It goes back to what we do in practice. Just practice and finishing all the time at the top of your rushes. That's been drilled hundreds of times, so when you're in the game your body is taking over.
Q: When you get the ball out are you even seeing it at that point? Are you seeing when (Giants DL) Leonard (Williams) comes over?
A: No, I just heard the crowd start screaming and that's how I knew (laughs). My head was turned the other way and I saw the crowd screaming. I heard the crowd screaming and I just got super excited.
Q: In what ways do you see this defense really grow and the pass rush improve?
A: I think it's just everybody jelling together, everybody working hard in practice and it shows in the game. So, I'm really thrilled with this defense, the way that we've been playing, but of course there's room for improvement, so we'll be back in the lab after this bye week and we've got a tough opponent next.
Q: (Giants Head Coach) Joe (Judge) was talking about—he was telling us a little while ago that there was, that (Giants Defensive Coordinator) Patrick (Graham) was on the sidelines—he used the phrase "drawing a few plays in the dirt" that last drive, stuff that you guys knew and understood but maybe wasn't in the game plan. Was anything that you did on that last play there a part of that? Do you recall making a particular play that he adjusted?
A: We made some adjustments. Coach is great at coming to the sidelines and making adjustments during the game. It's one of the things I'm understanding—being a rookie—is that there's going to be a lot of adjustments coming during the game. We made some adjustments in the last drive and it paid off.
Q: On that last play, in your play, was there an adjustment there?
A: No, that was a play we ran before.
Q: When you guys are on the field in the last series are you guys talking about "we've got to make a play" or are you just like "do your job" or what?
A: So anytime you have a two-minute situation, you know, for the pass rushers that's on the field that's time to show up. That's for any pass rusher and so you know that's the moments that we live for. It's those two-minute opportunities, opportunities to help the team and get the quarterback down.
Q: You started off the season in Pittsburgh. What's it like playing for the Giants right now and everything you're gone through up to this point?
A: I'm thankful to be here. I'm thrilled to be here and thankful for the opportunity for the Giants to claim me off of waivers and I've just been trying to get better every day. That's my job—to come in here with a great mindset, get better every day and when my number is called, show up.
Q: (Giants LB) Oshane (Ximines) goes down for this game as a healthy scratch. I'm wondering if he said anything to you and (Giants LB Azeez) Ojulari, (Giants LB) Trent (Harris), and the guys who kind of took his spot.
A: Yea, he's been supportive since I got here. Me and him were coming off the bench together so that was the guy who was helping me through the playbook, helping guide me through everything, so he's been nothing but supportive and I'm the same for him.