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Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/14/2023 5:08 pm
Linebacker/Safety Isaiah Simmons

Q: Any animosity or feeling about the team you're playing on Sunday?

A: No, not really. Like I was telling him, the main goal is just to win the game and beat whoever's across from us and this week it just so happens to be Arizona. I'm not letting any external factors come in the way of what my responsibility is going to be out there on Sunday because ultimately, I feel like that's going to do nothing but just limit my production and how I play out there. Like I said, not letting any external factors of like revenge or anything like that come in the way of the game.

Q: Are you able to estimate at this point this point how much of the playbook that they have spoon fed you after only being here such a short time?

A: I think they taught me everything.

Q: Everything? That's pretty quick!

A: Yeah, I know.

Q. How comfortable do you feel about that?

A: I feel really comfortable. I feel like I can go execute everything.

Q. Do you expect your role to increase this week?

A: Yeah, I mean, I expect it to. Is it though? I'm not sure. I just control what I can control. I mean, I would assume that it is going to increase some.

Q. But you're comfortable with the playbook, you got it down?

A: Sure.

Q. You said that you feel like you fit here, and you fit into the defense. What is it about the defense that you feel like fits your skillset or vice versa?

A: I think just the way that (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) runs his system. It's kind of different than any other system that I've been in. When he says positionless defense, he truly means that. Learning things conceptionally knowing that where you are some weeks you may not be there next week. I think that was kind of something that stuck with me, and it goes a long way because it's kind of how I think of things. Just because you align on the edge like outside linebacker, you're still maybe dropping curl flat. Curl flat drops curl flat drop, regardless if you're doing it from the line of scrimmage or if you're doing it from a linebacker spot, coming down spinning like a safety. It all could be the same it's just all alignment and what not. I think my skillset that I have personally – an example like that, I can do that from any spot on the field effectively. I'd probably say that's kind of what I was getting at saying that this is probably a really good fit for me.

Q: When you hear that term positionless, do you take that as a compliment that you can move around the field?

A: Yeah, I think so because why would you ever – I feel like that just increases your value and that's how you stay in the NFL anyways, is holding your value. I don't take it as anything bad.

Q. Do you call yourself a linebacker or do you just call yourself a defensive player?

A: Yeah, when people ask me what position you play, I say linebacker.

Q. But anything that puts you in a position to make a play, that's what you want?

A: Yeah, that's all.

Q. You said that there was no animosity with the Cardinals, but do you have a little extra juice going back there so soon after just leaving there?

A: I'm not an emotionless person so I'm sure there will be some emotions flowing through me but nothing that's going to affect me and make me do anything crazy. I'm not a person to go out there and be like, 'rah, rah, rah,' so I'm not going to go out there doing that or try to make an extra play because then that's when you end up hurting yourself in the long run.

Q. You're not going to go out there and jump up and down on the logo?

A: No (laughs). No old school (Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens) T.O.
He seems well-spoken  
HBart : 9/14/2023 5:55 pm : link
With an excellent attitude. I see why -- on top of being a freak athlete who's made for his system -- Wink loves him.
Giants really have only one real impact player on defense - Lawrence.  
Ivan15 : 9/14/2023 8:40 pm : link
On a good day, Leo, but his best days are behind him. Okereke and Thibs need to develop into impact players, and they need Simmons to be one too.

4 or 5 impact players on defense would really consolidate that unit.

This week, if Ojulari is out, I see Ward and Simmons sharing the edge opposite Thibs.
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