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Transcript: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/24/2022 5:49 pm
Cornerback Adoree' Jackson

Q: Take us through the last play. I don't believe you were on that side of the field but when you saw that catch around the goal line, what were you thinking?

A: Just knowing that the guys that we have on our team were on a relentless pursuit. I saw him catch the ball. I saw about four or five of our players running towards the ball trying to stop him and stop his momentum. I think we did a great job of doing that.

Q: I saw something late where it said you were being evaluated for a concussion. Were you evaluated?

A: Yeah, I was evaluated for a concussion.

Q: But you're fine?

A: Yeah, I'm fine.

Q: You guys are 6-1. I'm sure there are people jumping on the bandwagon now. Do you have to ignore that – people telling you you're great?

A: For us, we're just trying to get better each week, day by day. Even though we do win, there are a lot of corrections that need to be made. For us, we understand that it's a long season, and we're just trying to be 1-0.

Q: You were on a team that went to the conference championships in Tennessee. At what point in that season did you start to think that that was possible?

A: I think once we got into the playoffs. Obviously, you've got to take it week by week. We were still playing in games to make sure we got in there. Once we got into the wildcard game, I believe – I don't know who we played first, I think it was the Patriots – I believe we played them first then we went to Baltimore. I think each week, you just keep knowing that you can keep going forward, and it's just a look into the future a little bit. But at the same time, you've got to focus on the present. I would say once you get into the playoffs, that's when you start to think you could go all the way but at the same time you have to focus one week at a time.

Q: To bring that back to this year's team – how hard is it to not have your eyes peak up towards what could happen the second half of the season?

A: I think it's pretty easy not to look too far ahead. I remember talking to Jelly, (Defensive Lineman) Justin Ellis about when he was in Baltimore and they started off 8-2, and they didn't make the playoffs. To have that in perspective and understand that it doesn't really matter how you start; it's really about how you finish. That year that we did go to the conference championship, I think we started out like 2-5. You just never know how this league may go. It's hard to get wins. It's hard to collect them. We're just trying to keep stacking those wins and keep coming into work each day and trying to get better.

Q: On that last drive, with Jacksonville driving, you guys were mixing and matching coverage a little bit. I know it's your job, but how challenging is it in today's game where teams are not only looking for completions, but they're looking for flags. They're trying to put you in position for you to make a mistake and commit a penalty that keeps the drive alive from that route. Do you have to guard against that as well, but also be aggressive in your coverage? How do you balance that in that situation?

A: It's just about playing the game within the game, understanding just do your job and don't do anything outside of that realm. So, for us, just go out there and execute our assignments. At the end of the day, just play your technique and play your game and let the rest play out itself.

Q: Are there certain plays where you can tell they're looking for a flag? They're looking to bait you into a flag, and others that they're really looking to make a completion? Or is that really not an issue?

A: No, I don't think that's an issue at all. It's just how the game is going throughout the game. Probably will be the same level of play that's going through the beginning, but once you get towards the end of the game, it might be a lot different. It's kind of like basketball when it's a championship game, whatever it may be, and it's fouls this, fouls that. Just getting a little more tight and critiquing different things. At the end of the day, it's still the game that we sign up to play and just got to go out there and do your job.

Q: The throw to the end zone with (Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver) Zay Jones, that jump ball – if you had to draw up the perfect technique for you in that situation, was that play it?

A: No, I probably wouldn't say it was the perfect technique. I was just fortunate enough to be in a good position to be able to see the ball and make a play on the ball.

Q: It didn't seem like you guys blitzed maybe as much as you guys have in previous games. Was that the case? If so, how much did you change up what you did yesterday?

A: For us, it was just really about trying to do our job. They have a great receiving corps, great quarterback, great running backs. It's pretty much a great offensive threat that they have there. For us, it was just playing a game that (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) signed us up to do. I feel like we did a great job executing, although some things didn't look as pretty. But to be able to keep fighting, which we do fight for 60 minutes, just go out there and keep battling.

Q: (Safety Xavier) McKinney had the big strip there. Was that a coaching point with (Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Travis) Etienne that he's susceptible to that? I mean, he's had some fumbles. Were you guys kind of hammering that during the week to go for the ball?

A: I think that's every week – just trying to get a punch at the ball, a rip at the ball, trying to strip the ball or whatever it may be. That's just a habit that we probably go through throughout the week. It just happened to come up at a clutch moment, so shoutout to Zay for getting that done.
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