Outside Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux
Q: You were saying, just about you and (outside linebacker) Azeez (Ojulari) playing together.
A: Yeah, I'd definitely say being back on the field together with Azeez has been big. He's a great ball player and just being able to put those things together has been everything. Now going into this next game, being able to really sharpen our tools and go make plays.
Q: How satisfying was it for you to get a holding call this week?
A: I would say it was a little satisfying, but they always come when it's too late. You always wish you get those calls when the time is right.
Q: That could be a setup for future ones, right?
A: I try not to focus too much on the holding penalties because either they're going to throw them or they're not. Either way I've still got to try to make a play or try to be a help to my team.
Q: If you get one, I mean it's not a stat.
A: Yeah, that's why I don't like them.
Q: But do you look at it and say well that's 10 yards in our favor kind of thing?
A: I'm going to be honest, if there's one thing a player hates is a replay of downs. So, if we could take out that replay of downs and just take whatever happens, we'd probably be happy with it.
Q: You're on the field longer…
A: Yeah exactly. I might've had a great rush and because of the holding call we've got to redo it.
Q: Do you have a sense of how big this game is?
A: Definitely, it's December, we've only got a couple left. There is no more time to make up. You don't have any plays to get back.
Q: When you started studying for the Commanders, did you look at it and say, 'Oh yeah, I remember this look, I just read it'?
A: I kept the notes up. Sometimes when you know you double back you try to hone in and save those things for next game that I'm really going to be able to pull out now.
Q: You like to think of yourself as a thinking man's player, do you think this could help you playing so close together against the same team?
A: Definitely. I feel like that's one of those cool things about the NFL, that you always get a second chance to go play that division opponent.
Q: What sticks out to you about that first meeting two weeks ago? What do you take from that game?
A: I know they're waiting on us just as much as we're waiting on them. I feel like because we just played them, and they haven't seen anybody yet all they've been doing is licking their chops. Being able to meet at that stage, unlock those gates, is going to be real fun.
Q: Do you ever think, how did (Commanders Quarterback Taylor) Heinicke hold onto that ball?
A: No, I try not to think about it.
Q: Kick it out next time…
A: Exactly, it's really on me to just figure out how do I take those next steps as a player to make those game defining moments.
Q: Do you think you like prime time?
A: Prime time likes me. Y'all can use that one.
Q: I don't even know what that means but it's a good line.
A: Yeah, but prime time is always a great time to go out there and play. There's always say about who's the best and who can do this and who can do that. One thing that never deceives you is your eyes, being able to see it. Having all the fans watching, that would be fun.
Q: (Head coach Brian) Daboll kind of preaches taking kind of a measured approach week in and week out. Obviously knowing the spotlight that's on you guys, how much do you have to reinforce that knowing that this is a big game, and this is in prime time?
A: It's funny, I'm such a smart guy but I try to dumb it down. Like I play d-line, so all I can do is contribute how I can, and most of my teammates feel the same way. We're not even getting in over our heads about this game. We realize what helped us win those first seven games is what's going to help us continue to win. We've just got to get back to that, get back to playing, and showing our swagger and showing our personality. I think it's going to be fun.
A: I’ve been getting 2 pressures a game. How are you questioning my productivity.
That's what I am saying ... Too much yapping for such little production.