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Transcript: Outside Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/21/2022 5:12 pm
Outside Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux

Q: How much more today did you do than you did last week with the team?

A: What did I do last week? I got some reps. I did less amount of reps. I got really involved today, so I really was able to open it up and do some things.

Q: You said last you wanted to be able to not even be thinking about it, be full go, play your game. Today, were you able to do that and think that way?

A: I don't really know if it worked like that, how I thought it did. But today (I) had a lot of progress. Was able to open it up and do a lot of things. So yeah, today I'm definitely confident.

Q: You were optimistic about Week 2 last week. Do you feel optimistic this week about Dallas?

A: Hey, one plus one is two. So, we're building right now. We're building on Week 2. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but we're taking the right steps.

Q: Do you want to get the brace off before you start playing? Would you rather play without that?

A: Yeah. I feel like anybody doesn't want to play with a brace.

Q: But you would if you had to?

A: Yeah.

Q: Is a part of this right now being safe and sure about it and making sure that for the long term you're healthy? Like you can play, but you don't want to rush?

A: I feel like we all know the answers to everything you ask me. Yeah. Just you want to be smart and be healthy. Like a 17-game season.

Q: Is it more important to you feel in your head (that) 'I am 100 percent' or that they feel you're 100 percent?

A: Let's just take a time out. Let's decompress. Let's restart the camera; roll them back. Only ask questions that we don't know the answer to. Okay, if we don't know the answer, let's ask them. But if we know the answer, I'm the only one that can go out there and play. So, I'm the only one that can say if I'm able to play.

Q: What do you think of (Cowboys linebacker) Micah Parsons?

A: Great player. I mean, he's a guy. He's what – 17 sacks? 15 sacks? Not too many people have done that. So, I think he's the first one to do that in that many games. So, it's greatness as of now. He's on a roll.

Q: How have you been approaching taking mental reps while you've been on the sideline? Everybody takes them differently. How has your approach been?

A: Just making sure I'm mentally focused. Taking mental reps, you got to really got to lock in, pay attention and hone in on those details.

Q: Let's get back to Micah for a second. Do you feel an added incentive maybe to get on the field against him? You guys are going to be in the division for a long time.

A: I play defense. He plays defense. I don't really think there's like a – like I'm not trying to beat him. I'm just trying to play to the best of my ability knowing that it's going to be a great game, and there's going to be a lot of eyes on us. So, really trying to perform under lights.

Q: But you're going to be measured against him for a couple of years then here to come.

A: Who's going to be doing the measuring?

Q: Do you kind of like lick your chops a little bit knowing you're going up against a rebuilt offensive line, that it's still early in the season and they haven't really gelled to the point of mid-season or so?

A: When we go against any O-line – whether they're vets, whether they're rookies, whether they've been together or not – I think you always try to find tendencies in different players that you can try to take advantage of or different situations that you can try to be your best. So, for me, I wouldn't say I lick my chops. But I would say any team we play against; I try to find their weaknesses and figure out how I can use them to my advantage.

Q: How do you kind of keep yourself from going 100 miles an hour after so many weeks off, kind of pacing yourself? Or do you pace yourself if you're cleared to play?

A: When you say pace yourself, as far as?

Q: As far as some guys are so hyped up that they just go 100 miles an hour coming off of an injury. Or do you not think of that?

A: I mean, the thing I think that people don't realize is that whether you're injured or not injured, once you decide to step on the field between the whistles, it doesn't really matter. So, just making sure that I can go. Today was a day, like you say, to open up and really try to go that 100 (miles per hour) to see what it would feel like. So, being able to do that was a good thing from today.

Q: What do you feel like you have to prove to yourself to be out there?

A: That I can go. I can be healthy, and I can perform the different moves and tasks that I need to do my job at a high level.

Q: Growing up, were you a guy that watched Monday night football sometimes, all the time, never?

A: I would say I probably didn't watch football until I got older because the games are kind of late, and then it was slow. So, for me, I was a cartoon guy. I didn't really start watching Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football until I started getting recruited and really started paying attention to the big leagues.

Q: Do you watch it more recently? You watch the games?

A: More recently, yeah. I didn't watch it as a kid.

Q: Do you think it's a big deal?

A: I would say it's a big deal as far as a player individually. I feel like the way games go in the NFL or like those bigger games, (if) you make plays in the Super Bowl, you're probably going to be looked at as a better player than you are because it's the Super Bowl, because it's the height of the game. So, big games like this – whether it's a National Championship, Super Bowl, Monday Night Football, not saying it compares to the Super Bowl – in a sense where everybody is watching, I wouldn't say it adds pressure to me, but in a sense where if you do better, it will amplify. We're in New York.

Q: How are you avoiding being frustrated by the fact that you're not on the field yet?

A: That doesn't really frustrate (me). You have to have an understanding of where you want to get to. If I tried to focus too much on the now, of course you'd be down. But (I'm) just trying to focus on the future of what we have in store and what I have in store for myself.

Q: Is it taking longer than you thought when you first did it?

A: I'm not the bone doctor. So, I couldn't really tell you how long it was going to take or what it was going to feel like. But, as far as my mental and my body, it's been a good process having to come back.

Q: (Outside linebackers coach) Drew (Wilkins) said last week that he told you and (outside linebacker) Azeez (Ojulari) after Week 1 that you guys could make pretty good assistant outside linebackers coaches. I'm assuming that is not a job you want anytime soon.

A: I didn't get that question.

Q: You were relegated to that role to being on the sidelines to support your teammates, and you weren't out on the field where you belong.

A: Nobody wants to be on the sideline, but I think that's the part of team sport where you really got to be humble. And the fact that I can't win a game; I can't lose a game. All I can do is contribute to the outcome. So, for me, even when I'm not on the field, just trying to figure out how I can contribute to the guys I'm playing with.
Thibs clearly getting annoyed  
Metnut : 9/21/2022 5:15 pm : link
annoyed with the reporters here.
Pretty positive from him on his health  
BillT : 9/21/2022 5:22 pm : link
Seems like he went all out. With game day still five days away that couldn’t be a bad sign.
Pretty Poor Line Of Questioning  
Trainmaster : 9/21/2022 5:28 pm : link
From the reporters.

Ugh
A: Who's going to be doing the measuring?  
David B. : 9/21/2022 5:43 pm : link
Ha. Good for him.
Love the way he handles himself  
BigBlue7 : 9/21/2022 5:52 pm : link
Puts the awful beat reporters in their place without being a dick about it
Ever feel like the guys asking these questions  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/21/2022 5:52 pm : link
Aren't trying very hard?
With the questions being asked  
cjac : 9/21/2022 6:01 pm : link
It’s getting to a point where there’s no reason to pay attention to these Q n As
RE: With the questions being asked  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/21/2022 6:02 pm : link
In comment 15826844 cjac said:
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It’s getting to a point where there’s no reason to pay attention to these Q n As


There really hasn't been. It's amazing how little these writers do with the opportunity they have.
Thibs is a smart guy  
ZogZerg : 9/21/2022 6:06 pm : link
Nice job with answering the questions, especially the moronic ones.
BBI gets frustrated with the Beat Reporters  
JohnF : 9/21/2022 6:11 pm : link
But it's not easy asking athletes to answer questions. The reason the questions sound repetitive and simple is pretty obvious. The Beats are not writing to BBI, they are writing to normies, who don't get as involved with Football or the team as much as BBI does.

The Beats need to get your average fan to buy their content, so they make it topical (Drama sells, for example), and they keep it simple, so you don't need to know the ins and outs of the sport to understand it. It's rare to see in depth analysis from your local paper (the NY Times used to do that back in the day). Most of that is behind paywalls now.

I did interviewing for a bit (lower level, Arena Football website), and I always found the coaches and front office staff easier and more informative to interview.
RE: BBI gets frustrated with the Beat Reporters  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/21/2022 6:12 pm : link
In comment 15826850 JohnF said:
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But it's not easy asking athletes to answer questions. The reason the questions sound repetitive and simple is pretty obvious. The Beats are not writing to BBI, they are writing to normies, who don't get as involved with Football or the team as much as BBI does.

The Beats need to get your average fan to buy their content, so they make it topical (Drama sells, for example), and they keep it simple, so you don't need to know the ins and outs of the sport to understand it. It's rare to see in depth analysis from your local paper (the NY Times used to do that back in the day). Most of that is behind paywalls now.

I did interviewing for a bit (lower level, Arena Football website), and I always found the coaches and front office staff easier and more informative to interview.


David Oliver was a master of building relationships with players. It's why so many of them sought him out and hugged him when the team won the 2000 NFC Championship Game.
RE: RE: BBI gets frustrated with the Beat Reporters  
JohnF : 9/21/2022 6:17 pm : link
In comment 15826851 Eric from BBI said:
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David Oliver was a master of building relationships with players. It's why so many of them sought him out and hugged him when the team won the 2000 NFC Championship Game.


Hi Eric! Wow, a name from the past! Yes, for all the people who were on BBI back in the day, David was special.
RE: RE: RE: BBI gets frustrated with the Beat Reporters  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/21/2022 6:21 pm : link
In comment 15826853 JohnF said:
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In comment 15826851 Eric from BBI said:


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David Oliver was a master of building relationships with players. It's why so many of them sought him out and hugged him when the team won the 2000 NFC Championship Game.



Hi Eric! Wow, a name from the past! Yes, for all the people who were on BBI back in the day, David was special.


David had three "secrets": (1) he genuinely cared about the players, (2) he would talk to them about non football stuff, and (3) he tended to seek out the non stars.

I don't think most of the players felt he was a "reporter."
Who the hell asked this...  
VinegarPeppers : 9/21/2022 6:30 pm : link
"Q: Let's get back to Micah for a second. Do you feel an added incentive maybe to get on the field against him? You guys are going to be in the division for a long time."

I mean, c'mon!
I don't get why reporters always go for the same questions  
Mike in Long Beach : 9/21/2022 6:31 pm : link
over and over. This is a perfect example. Clearly in that room, Kayvon is going to get asked plenty of questions about his injury and his progress. You actually have a chance to stand out to Kayvon and ask him something different and thoughtful. You'll still get your injury quotes from the other questions, but you can develop a better relationship with him at the same time.
RE: I don't get why reporters always go for the same questions  
Shady Lurker : 9/21/2022 6:36 pm : link
In comment 15826868 Mike in Long Beach said:
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over and over. This is a perfect example. Clearly in that room, Kayvon is going to get asked plenty of questions about his injury and his progress. You actually have a chance to stand out to Kayvon and ask him something different and thoughtful. You'll still get your injury quotes from the other questions, but you can develop a better relationship with him at the same time.


They already know the story they're going to write. They keep going back to prompts that they hope will give them to quote they need to logically fit in that story.

The sooner they're replaced by AI the better for everyone involved.
My main question is this  
5BowlsSoon : 9/21/2022 6:43 pm : link
Have the doctors cleared him to play?

Have they? Anyone know?
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SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/21/2022 6:48 pm : link
Sounds like someone who just wants to get on the field & talk about his game performance. I don't blame him.
I liked it when he said"Don't ask questions we all know the answers  
Blue21 : 9/21/2022 6:50 pm : link
to". In other words the answer to your question is so obvious your wasting everyone's time asking it. As someone posted some of these questions are asked for a different kind of fan but there are so many other questions that could be asked.
those are 3 good strategies to get info from anyone  
Eric on Li : 9/21/2022 7:20 pm : link
In comment 15826855 Eric from BBI said:
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In comment 15826851 Eric from BBI said:


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David Oliver was a master of building relationships with players. It's why so many of them sought him out and hugged him when the team won the 2000 NFC Championship Game.



Hi Eric! Wow, a name from the past! Yes, for all the people who were on BBI back in the day, David was special.



David had three "secrets": (1) he genuinely cared about the players, (2) he would talk to them about non football stuff, and (3) he tended to seek out the non stars.

I don't think most of the players felt he was a "reporter."


nfl or not.

not to pile on but i completely agree our beats mostly suck. stapleton is the only one who seems to try to not be an uber prick all the time.

it's a weird world where the good fan-reporters like falato/talkin giants seem like they now do a better job across the board than the paid pros from traditional outlets. they even seem to outscoop them on news and one thing probably has very much to do with the other.
Eric on LI.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/21/2022 7:23 pm : link
I think Duggan is good. But Leonard/Raanan seem more interested in the clicks than being good journalists. Such is the media in 2022.
RE: Eric on LI.  
Eric on Li : 9/21/2022 7:38 pm : link
In comment 15826907 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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I think Duggan is good. But Leonard/Raanan seem more interested in the clicks than being good journalists. Such is the media in 2022.


duggan is the most thorough and to his credit this past offseason he did break a few news items but he does the same receptive question routine. i think daboll preemptively answered an injury question for him this week before they even opened it up to questions. to the point of someone above if you get 10 questions a week why waste any of them on something the team already publishes updates on after every practice and the coach has already said he's not going in detail?
RE: Eric on LI.  
Essex : 9/21/2022 7:54 pm : link
In comment 15826907 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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I think Duggan is good. But Leonard/Raanan seem more interested in the clicks than being good journalists. Such is the media in 2022.

Our beat writers ain’t Woodward and Bernstein that’s for certain!
Still like Schwartz the best  
David B. : 9/21/2022 8:58 pm : link
Duggan's generally good (I read him), but I feel his opinion seeps into his writing more often. For example, he's been banging the drum to cut Slayton (or that he'd be a likely cut) for months in his articles. He also lamented the Giants letting Zeitler go for months, even though it was pretty clear that Zeitler appeared DONE by the time the Giants let him walk. If you don't believe me, go back and read Sy's game reviews of him).

Schwartz isn't really a shit stirrer himself, but when the others stir up shit, he'll chime in, and report on it. He'll occasionally fish, but in general, he seems more content to ask "football questions" rather than "drama questions."

Serby, Meyers, Leonard, are pure trash, and Raaaaannaaaaannnnnn slums with them more than half the time.
You could make a game out of  
Giantfan in skinland : 9/21/2022 9:53 pm : link
mixing in fake stupid questions that people make up and the actual ones and some of them would be very hard to spot as real.

"Do you prefer not to have to wear a knee brace?"

Really?


REALLY?
 
CoughlinHandsonHips : 9/22/2022 7:58 am : link
I think these questions are designed to annoy - baiting for an emotional response from a player

That kind of response is what generates clicks, sadly
RE: Who the hell asked this...  
Paulie Walnuts : 9/22/2022 11:51 am : link
In comment 15826865 VinegarPeppers said:
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"Q: Let's get back to Micah for a second. Do you feel an added incentive maybe to get on the field against him? You guys are going to be in the division for a long time."

I mean, c'mon!
95% of all media is trash
It honestly is more about  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/22/2022 11:57 am : link
"I'm going to write a story about this one thing, give me quotes I can stick in there." Serby is notorious for this.

Except Leonard. He's a rat, should have pulled his credential. Total trash.
mostly terrible terrible questions imo  
Dave : 9/22/2022 12:08 pm : link
a bunch of pot stirrers looking to create controversy
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