Defensive Back Logan Ryan
Q: (Cornerback) Aaron Robinson missed all of training camp and the first eight weeks, so you're kind of easing him back in. How do you feel like he's adjusted these last few weeks now that he's gotten on the field?
A: He's done a great job. I think he's improved week to week. We didn't ease him back in, we threw him on there at Kansas City, got thrown in Monday night. You always remember your first game and he did some good things, did some bad things. He's improving, getting much better. It's different going out there, doing it with the group and kind of getting our chemistry. We have an experienced secondary that has a lot of nuance to why we do things, so just getting him caught up to speed. It's going to take reps and time, but he's good enough to be out there, that's why he's out there.
Q: We were asking (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator) Pat Graham about this earlier, if you look at the PFF numbers of why your defense has been better lately, the coverage grades are better. You guys have been consistently pretty good I coverage the last three games. He was explaining why he thought that was. Why do you think that?
A: Our pass rush is doing a great job, he's doing a great job of putting us in position to succeed. It's a team thing. I think people are taking their matchups. I just think we're playing with a greater sense of urgency and responding to the challenge. Every week is different, and our game plan is going to change based on the team's strengths and targets. I think we're just doing a good job of taking away what they do.
Q: He was talking about communication, that was probably the first thing he mentioned. Like, once you get to midseason, guys can do a better job communicating and that probably lends itself, he thinks, to better coverage. What have you noticed in that regard?
A: If my employer thinks that, I think that. Yeah, communication is definitely a part of it. So, if PG feels that – I mean, he stays here all night and studies the team. I focus on my job and the guys around me, but—
Q: You're on the field though, so are you guys communicating better?
A: Yeah, if PFF says so (laughs).
Q: I can look up on the internet what they say. You're here now, what do you think?
A: I think we're doing a better job of communicating better and Pat's putting us in great positions to make plays. I think, like I said, (Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams) Leo is getting great pressure, (Linebacker Quincy) Roche forcing the fumbles, those guys are stepping up for us and making our job easy on the backend.
Q: You're playing the defending Super Bowl champs on the road on Monday night against a quarterback who has only lost three games in a row once in his career. Why do you think the Giants should have a chance in this game when that's stacked against you?
A: Because when we play well, we can compete with anybody. That's just it, that's how we feel. We're playing against the greatest of all time, in my opinion. He has weapons that he has to distribute the ball to and facilitate, and those are the matchups that we have to challenge and contend with. Everything about him – his resume is impressive, so it's going to be a tough challenge. I think it's the greatest challenge in football playing him and it's a lot of fun. I love to play the chess match against him and that's why I'm here, to help us have a good chess game.
Q: When you're playing against him, what's the first thing that goes through your mind?
A: Don't let him look me in the eyes. He can look you in the eyes and don't look in his eyes. I mean, what is he seeing? He studies everybody really well, he knows players' tendencies, he has tips and tells out there that are just minute details. All the little things matter, which way you look pre-snap, your mannerisms in man versus zone. I mean, the littlest thing. I talk about disguise every week, but it's important this week that our star knows how to disguise it, our D-ends make sure to disguise. A linebacker can tip the whole defense and we might not have noticed that until we play (Buccaneers Quarterback) Tom Brady, so every little nuance is something that he can pick up on. You can't chase ghosts. You just have to do a good job of playing complementary football and it's just a challenge every single play because he's going to come back at you every single play, whether he's down or he's up. People crack me up when they say, 'Oh, he's coming off of a loss. How is he going to come?' This guy, anything can set him off in terms of wanting to win. I think he's best off a big win, he's best off a big loss. Anything motivates this guy. He prepares really hard, so you have to do the homework and really be willing to accept the test and the challenge.
Q: Do you give him false looks then?
A: Yeah, for sure. We did a good job of it last year, so I'm sure he's studying that. There's some stuff we'll use, there's some stuff we'll change, but he's seen it all. We've said that, but you have to give him some false looks or it'll be a long day.
Q: How much did he sort of figure it out though in that game? It seemed like you guys had him off his game in the first half and then he sort of in the second half came out and kind of did his thing.
A: I don't remember exactly how it went down, but they won the game at the end, so he made enough adjustments to win the game. We played a good game last year, but we didn't win the game. All he cares about are wins and losses, that's all I care about. We've got to find a way to win the game in the end. But it'll be a good challenge. Like I said, it'll be a chess match. PG knows him well, (Head Coach Joe) Judge knows him well, but he's as old as our coaches, so he knows the game well, too. It's really just a go out there and do the best I can do, do my job, lead the guys and hopefully get the game close in the fourth quarter and then finish the game.
Q: Everybody obviously hates to lose, but everybody always talks about Brady's insane level of competitiveness, so what's your best or most honest – obviously, Tom Brady is super competitive – story that may not even involve football? We see how he is on the field. How oddly competitive or weirdly competitive is he off the field?
A: Rookie year, my OTAs, I get up there and it's just OTAs. I don't even think (Patriots Head Coach) Bill (Belichick) puts numbers on the guys, everyone is just in a blue t-shirt or a gray t-shirt. I was in with the 1's, a receiver slipped on a curl route, completely the receiver's fault. I pick the ball off, I pick-six him in like May or something and he takes his helmet off and breaks it on the ground in OTAs. That's just a story that sticks out because it was my rookie year and I was kind of getting drafted to the New England Patriots – it was like the Chicago Bulls, it was like the show – and it was competitive in practice every day. He wanted to win every one-on-one. We had push-ups as bets in one-on-ones, who would win. He's just competitive in everything he does. That's why he is who he is and that's why it's fun to play against him.
Q: Non-football question, if you don't mind. Thanksgiving, athletes go out and give out hams and turkeys. You're going to Camden and giving out dog food?
A: Yeah, I love animals. It's part of my foundation. It's part of what my family does. I'm doing something tonight for Covenant House and pre-teen, teenage and child homelessness. I try to help people, I try to help animals. This is where I'm from. I'm going to give back in any form or fashion. Dogs need to eat too on Thanksgiving, so make sure they're fed well.
Q: You didn't trash talk on the field after that interception?
A: No, not then. No, not then. I just gave the ball to the ref and went back and prayed that he took it easy on me after that. I trash talk him now, though. It'll be fun. Hopefully I'm mic'd up and it'll be some good audio.
Q: Did you text him this week at all?
A: No. Not this week.