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Player Quotes, Post-Game, 10.03.10

Osi Umenyiora on tonight's defensive performance:

That is the way we are capable of playing. We needed to honor those guys who were inducted into the Ring of Honor tonight. We have to give a lot of credit to those guys. And with Michael Strahan here, he is one of those guys who paved the way. We were just in position tonight to rush the passer. And we were able to rush the passer hard tonight. Sacks are like that - sometimes they come in bunches and sometimes they don't. And everybody needs to understand that tonight was one of those nights.

Justin Tuck on tonight's defensive performance:

You know what; we need to have a Ring of Honor ceremony every week. Tonight just kind of steamedrolled. Osi came in and got the party started early. After that we shut down their run game. We were just able to go out there and let it loose. I'm hoping that tonight is kind of a wake up call for this defense, and especially for the d-line. We have kind of been shut out the last couple of games. We just want to get back to the old ways and tonight we took a huge step toward that. Tonight was just all about execution and I have to take my hat off to the secondary. They gave us a lot of time. They were blanketing their receivers tonight. He had nowhere to throw the ball. We wanted to make sure Jay Cutler didn't have anywhere to run - and we kept him in the pocket. And the pocket just shut down on him a few times. When it rains it pours, I guess.

Ahmad Bradshaw on the 90-yard drive in the third quarter:

On that drive, we just knew what we had to do. Defense kept us in the game the whole night. We knew it was really important for us to go down and score at that particular time. In our offense, the pass and the run compliment each other. And that is exactly how that drive went. For each of them to work effectively, we have to run the ball well and pass the ball well. It's great to watch our defense. They get so pumped up and they are so entertaining to watch. Both ends are so competitive. It is just a great thing to watch - to see how competitive they are.

Chris Snee on the 90-yard drive in the third quarter:

We knew we had to start holding up our end of the bargain there. Defense played phenomenal tonight. All of the stats speak for themselves. With what they were doing to that team over there tonight, we just knew we had to get into the end zone. We just had to add a little cushion because it was clear that they weren't going to get anything on our defense. On that drive, coaches put us in all good situations. And we just went out there and executed the way you are supposed to. Tonight's was a really important win because now we are 2-2. And now we are back to .500 and there is a three-way tie in our division. We are right back in the thick of things. We just have to play smart football from here on out.

Terrell Thomas on interception:

We were in a nice cover-two and my guy progressed all of the way across the field and I didn't have a deep threat. And I was able to make a play on the ball. We were jelling tonight. Our d-line wouldn't let him throw the ball, and they did a great job of attacking the quarterback. That is one great thing about our defense - we don't care who gets the glory as long as everybody is making plays and we are winning.

Deon Grant on his interception and on tonight's defense:

It was a great call by the d-coordinator and I was just playing my technique. Tonight was perfect. We'll take 10 sacks any night. With the d-line coming after you like that, they have to get rid of that ball quick. And because of that, some of the balls are going to come our way. It is just great when our d-line is playing like that.

Hakeem Nicks on tonight's game:

On our first scoring drive we just started to click as a unit. We just had to come together as a team and put everything together. Hats off to the defensive line tonight. They held it down and they got 10 sacks, which is just great. We just felt that the way the defense was playing tonight, we just had to put some points on the board and they were going to protect whatever we put up.

Kareem McKenzie on tonight's game:

Tonight was just a great defensive effort. The defense really held up their end of the bargain tonight. They gave us a chance to get things started. We kept cool heads tonight. We were very patient tonight. We knew we were going to get it going; it was just a matter of time when we did. We stayed after it. We didn't beat ourselves. We played football the right way. We cut down on penalties and we would still like to cut them down even more. We just wanted to play a classic game tonight and play very disciplined. We wanted to make a good representation of ourselves.

Jonathan Goff on tonight's game:

I have never seen, or been a part of anything like this tonight. The d-line did a great job and we all did a great job of playing together. The d-line was really getting after the quarterback tonight. Tonight was scheme and execution and we put it all together. We played as one.

Corey Webster on tonight's game:

This was a highly self motivated game tonight. We wanted to get back to playing defense the way we are capable of playing. We had all of the legends in the house tonight and we didn't want to disappoint them. We wanted to show a lot of enthusiasm for guys tonight. Tonight was a combination of scheme, execution and motivation. We also had a lot of discipline tonight, too.


Q: What are they telling you about your injury now?
A: I haven't heard anything definitive yet. I'm waiting to get all the opinions from the doctors, and we'll go from there.

Q: Is next week really a possibility for you with this injury?
A: Anything is possible and I'm trying to stay optimistic. The way these guys fought out there today, it makes me want to get back a little faster.

Q: NBC reported that you couldn't even turn your head, is that accurate at all?
A: You wake up in the morning and your neck is a little stiff, but I feel a lot of people are like that. It's not something that I think will keep me out for a long time.


Q: What happened tonight that was different?
A: I think things are finally starting to click now. We wanted to turn things around on Sunday Night football. We were all looking forward to it.

Q: Ahmad Bradshaw had his first 100-yard game in a while, what did his running do to open up the passing game?
A: It helped a lot. He went out there and ran the ball real hard. That always helps out the passing game.

Q: What was so difficult about getting into a rhythm out there, esp. with all the early three-and-outs?
A: It was just us coming out to a slow start. It was a defensive game at first, and we were going against a good defense. We just had to put everything together, and when we finally did, it clicked.


Q: As the game got rolling and you got better, did the confidence help you play better?
A: Not really because the game was still 3-0. It was still a good game, so at any point in the game, it could've changed in either direction so we had to keep our discipline. Our D-line did a great job. We were in a great position as a secondary, and were allowed to make great plays.

Q: Did you feel the coverage was responsible for Cutler holding onto the ball for so long?
A: It went to head-to-head. That's what kind of defense we have to be. When we are able to jump routes like that and our D-line went to the quarterback like that, it went both ways. Sometimes, he didn't even have time to throw the ball. If we keep playing like that, we'll be a great defense.


Q: Does it surprise you that a performance like this comes after you lose Kiwanuka?
A: I'm not surprised. These guys worked extremely hard throughout the week. I think a lot of guys went to each other, sat down, and had personal talks. We had guys come in and give us a pep talk, tell us things we needed to hear as a defense. I think these guys went out there and played with a chip on their shoulder. We had talks from Michael Strahan and Jessie Armstead this week.


Q: How frustrating was it in the beginning of the game when you guys had good field position but came up empty?
A: We just knew we had to keep fighting. We knew if we got our great defense to keep us in it, and they did a great job today, and I take my hat off to those guys.

Q: Those two 25-yard runs really were game changers, can you take us through those plays?
A: I think I cut back on one of them and was able to square through and make Peppers match up coming up the left side. I tried to hit the sidelines, and run straight to the end zone.

Q: How'd you feel running the ball today?
A:It was great. The line did a great job, and they executed well up front. I was able to work with it.


Q: You guys heard from some ex-Giants this week, was that really meaningful to you guys?
A: No question. To see Mike (Strahan) come run around the facility and stop by every meeting room and meet with every group. He came in and talked to us for about 15 minutes almost, and we're really thankful to have guys like Ottis and guys like that to come by and encourage us to play hard.


Q: Do you attribute the great pass rush to the guys in the secondary and their great coverage?
A: Those guys in the back end did an outstanding job. They made the quarterback throw the ball.

Q: What made you think that "going out there and having fun" was the key to tonight's win?
A: I think anytime you are able to do that, you have a tendency to win games when you go out there and are playing for each other, and I think that's what we did.