Linebacker Lorenzo Carter
Q: Do you think about this as possibly your last game with the Giants?
A: Yeah, that's a possibility seeing as it's my last game under contract, but I've really just been thinking about the chances I've had with my teammates, getting a chance to go out there one last time with this team and my guys and just competing and just fighting.
Q: What has been different for you these last four weeks, where I think you've had the best stretch of your career when you look at the stats? What do you think's been different for you?
A: It's just been, I've grown into my game, just grown into it. Being comfortable, being healthy and just the coaches, we're all working together and coming up with a game plan that works.
Q: There hasn't been a lot of winning around here, do you want to come back or would you like to see what else is out there?
A: Yeah, man. I love it here. I love it in New York. I love this organization. I've been blessed to be a part of a great organization like the Giants. I'd love to come back. (Head) Coach (Joe) Judge, he has something going. I like what he's doing with it. I'll just let the rest of that shake itself out in these next couple months.
Q: What was it like out there today with the stadium being so empty?
A: I don't worry about that other stuff too much. I wasn't focused on the fans, the crowd. I'm not worried about any of that. The whole time I'm just focused on taking advantage of the opportunity, the one last opportunity I had with my brothers.
Q: Joe had said that a couple of weeks ago that pending free agents like yourself – he didn't mention anybody – had been coming to his office saying how badly they want to come back. Have you done that?
A: I'm not going to talk about conversations behind closed doors, of course. I've talked to Coach Judge, we've had conversations and not just me personally, but the guys in this team, the guys in this building and in the locker room, we've got a pretty good core. We've got a group of guys that are competing no matter what, that are going to come to work every day and work hard. I appreciate all my brothers who are doing that.
Q: You just said Coach Judge has something going here. Obviously, the team is not winning, what does he have going that makes you say that?
A: I've been a part of teams that haven't fought as hard as we do, haven't practiced as hard as we do every day. We practice hard. We fight for each other. Judge squeezes it out of us every day. It's not acceptable for us to come in and hang our heads. We come in every day, every week, no matter what and we work hard at it, and I appreciate that. That's what it takes to win. I know the results haven't been there, but I think we've got the right guys in the locker room. We've got the right mindset.
Q: When you make a decision, what's important in this free agency? Is it being comfortable? Is it money or winning or what?
A: Yeah, of course, I want to win. Winning is the thing that everybody comes into the league wanting to do. Of course, it's money and stuff involved since it's a business aspect, but for guys like me that just enjoy the game and just have that love for the game, that childhood love, it's about winning. Yeah, it's been tough, but it takes work and I know we're putting the work in.
Q: You just listed a number of things that you think are in place to help this team succeed, what needs to change obviously to get them there because the status quo is just going to result in more of the same?
A: I'm sure guys upstairs that make decisions above my pay grade are worried about that and working on that right now as we speak. My job is to focus on the defense, make sure we do everything we can to put ourselves in the best position to win. I think we do that. We fight hard every play no matter what. Each possession, we're coming out swinging.
Q: You guys cut it 12-7 and then they came down and scored the touchdown. What did you see that they did differently in that drive versus when you were able to stop them earlier on?
A: Just little adjustments, different things. I can't really recall exactly what happened, but we gave up the points. Any time we give up points, we're not doing everything right, so we've just got to fix that.