CB Adoree' Jackson
Q: How unique is (Buccaneers Quarterback) Tom Brady as an opposing quarterback to face?
A: Just the accolades itself. I've played against him three times before. To witness him growing up and then to be able to play against him in the league and see the things that he's done, it's for sure great to watch and great to witness. I think that's what stands apart from him.
Q: What makes him great do you think?
A: From the outside looking in, I don't know him personally, I guess his work ethic and the way he leads. Just hearing different stories from different guys who played in New England or played with him and just hearing different stories. I just think that nature, that atmosphere of what makes him, him. Just being a unique competitor and going out there and putting it all on the line.
Q: Does he see things that most quarterbacks don't see?
A: I'm going to say yeah. Just by speaking off of the things that he's accomplished, the numbers that he has put up and different things that he's able to do. I feel like he sees the game at a different level. That's why he's considered elite, and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game.
Q: Did this break come at a good time? You take it whenever you get it, but coming off a win, sometimes teams want to play again after they come off of a win but it's also Week 10 – set this break for me.
A: I think the break is good just mentally aside from physically. Obviously, you want to get your body together, but I think mentally having a time to reset and digest what you want to do, what you want to become and things of that nature. So I think mentally, a bye week is always great no matter if you win or lose. It's always good to have to reset yourself and find new goals and keep pushing yourself.
Q: How do you think this team will change now – or will it?
A: I think just by keep coming in and competing. Every day fighting and working and understanding that even though we've got eight weeks left, we really have one week. We've got to take it one week at a time and one day at a time and just focus on the now. That's what we preach about. So, I think the changes will come through practice and how we approach each day. You can't look at the bigger picture, you've just got to put the little pieces together to get the ultimate picture that you want.
Q: Three weeks ago, you guys obviously had the Rams game where you struggled and then the last three games since then you've played real good defense. I'm curious, some people have said Coach (Pat) Graham simplified things, some people have said Coach Graham took some things out of the playbook, like paired it down a little. What do you point to as the biggest change coaching-wise that's helped the players?
A: I think us clicking together and being cohesive. I think us understanding the situation that we weren't excelling or doing well at, which was third down, two-minute and then the red zone and trying to correct those things. I think by that aspect and us coming together and understanding what we wanted to do and what we needed to do to get the job done and it started working for us.
Q: Did you actually go home or did you hang around here? Because it really wasn't a full week to get away.
A: Chilling, I was here. Get my body right, get my mind right, like I was saying. Just be to myself, not trying to be worried about the outside. Just staying in my house, I watched a couple TV shows, eating good and playing some video games – which was much needed.
Q: What did the coaches challenge you to do personally, and what have you improved on maybe the last month or so?
A: I think the biggest thing that we harp on about is just having that edge, being more aggressive by attacking the ball and different natures. Just going out there and playing fast. Other than that, we work on that throughout the week of practice. Just being comfortable being who I am, playing fast and playing free. You take everything in, and you hear everything from what they coach you and tell you to do and just try to implement it in practice and keep getting better and constantly improving.
Q: Do you like being coached hard?
A: I love it. That's the only way that you should want to be coached. Understanding that no coach wants to put you in a situation to fail, they just want to see you succeed and play well. That's how I always look at a coach trying to coach me. They wouldn't put me out there because it's not just their name on the line, the team's name on the line and ultimately, it's me out there, so at the end of the day you've just got to go out there and prepare yourself and compete.
Q: You look at this team and obviously the quarterback is what stands out, but who's the biggest threat at receiver in your mind?
A: Man, they're all lethal. I'm not even going to lie to you. Watching them play, Tom's going to spread the ball out and spread the ball around, so I feel like each receiver has a different asset and a different uniqueness to them that makes them all go together and makes them a lethal repertoire. Then they have great running backs too and tight ends as well. I feel like they're just, like I spoke about Kansas City, they have a lot of weapons around them to make them go and make them fire at a high rate.
Q: Speaking of Kansas City, how much did you give (Linebacker) Oshane (Ximines) for the offside?
A: No, man. Because I feel like as a player, if you've been there and you understand certain things – I take it back to (Former Titans Defensive Coordinator) Dick LeBeau. Like when we used to play, he used to be like, if somebody did something and gave up a pass or gave up something, he always had a story that was worse than what we were going through and he was able to explain to us like, 'I've been in your shoes before, I understand.' So, you never want to harp on or beat down a dead horse on something that's already going bad. You just try to uplift them. At the end of the day, like Coach always says, everybody in that room is going to help us win games at some part through the season, so you just want to lift them up as much as possible because you don't know what he's going through and you don't want to say the wrong thing. You just want to bring them all together because at the end of the day we're a team.
Q: The other day we saw you back out here catching balls working as a receiver with one of the quarterbacks, is that something that they specifically want you to work on that you've been working on to sort of –
A: Dang, I didn't even know you all were out here. No, that was just me working on just trying to catch the ball and use my hands really and attacking the ball. It was cool to have the quarterbacks – I had (Assistant Athletic Trainer Philip Buzzerio) Buzz throw me a couple of passes, deep balls, and then pretty much was just getting some extra work in where I could before I went to the crib.