Q. Coach says you have nothing to be down about as far as performance. But, how do you feel?
A. It is what it is, like I said. I am carrying the ball and people see me, nothing else. So I can take the blame for that because a lot of people that don’t really know what is going on. When something happens, the wide receiver runs the route, there is a tipped ball, it’s on the QB because that is what people see. It is the same thing. I am going out there, I’m playing, I’m doing the best I can do for my team. I am not worried. It is going to come. As long as I finish where I finished the last couple of years, I am fine. It is going to come together.
Q. Does it make it easier for you to watch your running mate excelling?
A. Not really. He is a different style runner from what I am. A lot of the stuff suits him perfectly. If someone is running free, he is able to see him real quick, make him miss and do something. Me, I am 6’4, 265 pounds. I am supposed to run into people. I am supposed to take somebody on. That’s me. If I don’t do that, I am terrible. So it is what it is. Anymore questions about the New Orleans or the Giants success?
Q. Are you excited about going back home to play?
A. No question, this is my first time being able to go. We were supposed to go down my rookie year and the storm came. We had to make the midstream adjustment playing them here on a Monday night, which was fine. I am very excited for this opportunity. The Saints are 4-0, good football team, good offensive football team, good defensive football team. They are well coached and they have good players. It is going to be a war and that is something that I think our football is ready for. We’ve got to go down there and handle our business.
Q. On defense what is the most dangerous aspect of their team?
A. They are very physical. Their defensive line, their front four is very physical. They’ve got linebackers that run, and of course, Vilma is a playmaker. They have a lot of experience and faith in Darren Sharper. He has been playing a long time and has done well against us, with the way he plays. We have to go in there, be careful and not beat ourselves, and I think we have a chance.
Q. Does it help going against a Gregg Williams defense?
A. That is one plus for us. We don’t play these guys very much but we have a familiar guy that we have played against in the last five years. He has the defense down there a little bit differently then what he had in Washington. I don’t know if it’s the players or what it is, but they are playing extremely well right now and we have our hands full.
Q. Have you played in the Superdome before?
A. I played in the Superdome in high school. It didn’t have as many people in it as it will on Sunday.
Q. How many people do you have going to the game?
A. I am going to have about forty-five people just for me. It is going to be fun. I am going out and get a chance to see my family and a lot of my friends. The main thing is that we get a chance to go down there and play against the football team that they all love and try to come out on the winning end of it. It won’t be easy because they are a very good football team. We just have to go down there and get ready for battle.
Q. How far did you grow up from the Superdome?
A. Back and forth there. I am born and raised there. We had to move out of there on the account of some things happening. I am really from there.
Q. You expect a very physical matchup Sunday?
A. No question. I am expecting a very physical game. They come off the ball, they are a very good defensive football team. We have our hands full.
Q. A lot of your teammates refer to you as a tone setter?
A. I try to go out there and do what I do. This year so far I have been going out there and just running into people and trying to make my way that way. I see myself as a tone-setter, not only on the field but before the game I try to get my team ready to play.