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Transcript: Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence

Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/17/2023 6:08 pm
Defensive Lineman Dexter Lawrence

Q: To get another shot at the Eagles – how much are you looking forward to that?

A: I'm looking forward to the battle. The third time, just trying to come out with a different result this time.

Q: Do you look at New York and Philadelphia grit – both teams with that kind of mindset?

A: For sure. Both prideful places. I know their fans are going to be out there and I hope we travel well.

Q: How do you describe that environment?

A: Like he said – gritty, hard nose. I told my mom she can't come to the game because she'll go back at them. It should be fun and I'm excited.

Q: What makes their offensive line a challenge to deal with?

A: They are some big dudes, physical. They've got a good leader in (Philadelphia center Jason) Kelce, he helped them learn a lot. They can latch on to you pretty good.

Q: When you look back at the film from that first matchup, the 48-22 loss, what was the biggest thing that stood out to you with the defensive mistakes?

A: We didn't play well, and they attacked us, they did a good job of that. We just have to play well and make less mistakes to be able to compete.

Q: How much do you think the defense has grown since that first matchup?

A: I think we've grown a lot. We grew together (rather) than apart during that time. I think that kind of shows in the play. We just keep that confidence and that want to be there for each other and play for each other and we'll be good.

Q: Are you looking back at all like, 'Hey, we got here,' or are you looking ahead to what else we can do?

A: I think it's just ahead right now. This is a new season. We're 1-0 right now and the Eagles are in our way right now.

Q: You mentioned Kelce. He's not the biggest guy but he's able to get his job done, a hall-of-famer, right? How is he able to play so well even though he's a little undersized for the position?

A: He's little and he's scrappy. He knows how to get his body in good position, he knows how to manipulate d-linemen and the guards do a good job pounding down and helping when he needs it.

Q: Last week, (defensive coordinator) Wink (Martindale) was speaking about the moment where he realized this was a playoff defense. Obviously, you are still alive, so you are a playoff defense. Do you remember the moment you, or even a conversation that took place with teammates, where there was something that clicked or something on the field that showed you?

A: I think as players, we all see how we see it. We all think we can be whatever we want to be. The best, the greatest – all these things. For a coach to say that it just helps build that confidence that we're seeing the right things. He's seen it before, he's seen a good defense before. For him to say that it just builds extra confidence for us. As players, we always talk about it, and we always try to be about it.

Q: This rivalry is always intense, now you add the playoffs to it. What does that do to the intensity of this game?

A: I think it's always an intense, physical game. I'm excited for that, I like those types of battles. A little more is at stake now – winner wins all and loser goes home.

Q: Why do you like those battles?

A: Battling somebody? What do you mean by that?

Q: Does it ratchet up? Does it do something inside you?

A: I think it's probably just a pride thing. It's more like, you're going against a great guy – you want to beat him more than he beats you type of thing.

Q: When you have a mobile quarterback like (Philadelphia quarterback) Jalen (Hurts) is there anything from the attack point that you have to be more cognizant of because he can slip out?

A: Yeah, it's more just being disciplined, if that's in your rush lanes or if that's in your run lanes. You've just got to be more disciplined with a guy like that, a dual-threat guy. Planning on doing a better job of that.

Q: What is it like for you personally to be in the playoffs, to have this big opportunity?

A: It feels good. I feel like it's more than just about me. I'm here for my guys and I want to win for my guys. I hold all that on me, just being consistent every week and dominating.

Q: Why do you think this team is here? Why do you think you've played this well this year?

A: Just the resiliency we've had. Through adversity, we've stayed strong, we've stayed positive, we stayed with each other. That just shows a lot in the leadership that we have.
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