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What They Said: Bills HC Sean McDermott, QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy

Head Coach Sean McDermott

Opening Statement: Okay, good morning. Let’s go ahead and get started. Injury update, the following two players will not practice: Cordy Glenn still with the foot/ankle situation and Zay Jones with the knee [injury]. Charles [Clay] and E.J. [Gaines] will both be limited today. With that, we’ll open it up to questions.

Q: Was there some sort of setback with Cordy [Glenn] based on practice this week?
A: No, just, he’s got some soreness in there. We’re trying to take it one day at a time right now.

Q: Coach, do you think it’s a by-product of having to play two games in five days, just a wear and tear factor there?
A: I don’t know. I mean, we’ll just, like I said, I’m not a doctor so we’ll just take a look at it and trust our training staff and their evaluation of things.

Q: Does your offensive line need to play better, with or without Cordy Glenn?
A: I think we all need to play better. I need to coach better, and that’s the part of growing as a football team; building as a football team into what we’re trying to become as a football team. To say we’re where we need to be, we’re not where we need to be. We’ve had moments, just like the offensive line has had moments. That’s what we’re looking for as we practice today, is to continue to establish the standard, really.

Q: Along the same lines, when it comes to turnovers, you’ve been thriving on turnovers in your wins and even in the Atlanta game. Does it worry you that when you’ve been leaking yards and when you can’t get turnovers, that you just can’t be as imposing on defense [and] that some of the flaws are being shown?
A: Well, the number one goal is to keep people off the scoreboard. I’ve been around this defense, this system, for a long time and, you know, yards are not important. Yardage [doesn’t] win games. Points, points are what win games. We’ve got to score points offensively and special teams-wise, and then we’ve got to keep people off the scoreboard. I’m stating the obvious but that is the end result in what we’re looking for. That’s the goal. We’ve had some good days doing that. We’ve had some days where we’ve given up yards that have led to points, to your point. I recognize that. Just like I said earlier, we’ve got to continue to grow, continue to build and get better in all three phases of our game. We’re not where we need to be.

Q: As a follow up, just [assess] the missed tackling. Was that a one-off, or at least you must hope it was a one-off? Just, how inefficient you were in that phase of the game on Thursday.
A: Yeah. We’ve tackled well up to that game and so we’ve got to get back at it this week. Like I said the other week, it’s something that if you don’t, like fundamentals overall, if you don’t work on it and if you don’t emphasize it, that’s what happens. It sags or it lags in that regard. We had a day and a half of practice so now we’re looking forward to getting back to a normal routine, a normal week of practice and get better in all those areas.

Q: How big of a concern is the lack of pressure you’ve been able to get on quarterbacks, especially with Drew Brees coming to town?
A: Yeah, you’ve got to be able to affect the quarterback with your front four, there’s no doubt. There [are] times we’ve done that, there [are] times we haven’t done it as much as we need to and we know that. That’ll be a big challenge this week, just like it is every week. [We’ve] got a good quarterback coming to town and a big challenge.

Q: And as a follow up, is it strategic changes? Who’s in there in the rotation or positioning of people or schematically? What are ways [that] you can improve it on a consistent basis?
A: Well, you’ve just got to continue to get better. Number one, fundamentally and make sure we have a coordinated plan, which we have, and the execution’s got to be fast and physical. Hand violence is a big part of this game. You heard me mention that the other day with getting off blocks, with rushing the passer, with tackling, the subject that was brought up earlier. We’ve got to play violent football.

Q: Coach, you’ve faced Drew [Brees] a lot, obviously, so far in your career. For his stature and what he’s been able to do, why is he kind of so special in that regard? What separates him from a lot of quarterbacks [that are] his size [and] really haven’t succeeded like he has in this league?
A: I mean, you look at it and he’s not a tall player in terms of his height. He’s smart, extremely smart. Anticipates. He knows the game and he’s well-coached. I’ve been able to watch him up close for a number of years and then, like I mentioned, was at the Pro Bowl with him a year or two there and just to watch his habits. You watch what he does when he’s practicing and so it’s by no mistake or no accident that he’s had this success that he’s had to this point.

Q: Sean, as good as Brees is, would you agree though that their offense really has taken a step up because of the running game? They haven’t always been – they have a two-headed monster now with [Alvin] Kamara and [Mark] Ingram. They haven’t always run the ball as well. It’s always been Brees. Do you think the running game has really taken them up a level?
A: Well, you could probably say that. When you go back over the years of watching this offense and Coach [Sean] Payton, they run the ball and they’ve wanted to run the ball some years more and better than others. That’s probably natural of any offense. 41 [Kamara], we understand is a very, very good football player early in his career. He runs the ball from the backfield [and] he’s out as a receiver as well. It’s just another weapon that they’ve added now to what was an already-potent offense.

Q: Would you credit Kamara with the main reason with why they seem to be a lot more effective with the screen game? I don’t recall that being a major part of their offense. You would be able to speak to that more.
A: Yeah, it’s always been. It’s always been a big part of this offense, yeah. When you go back, Reggie Bush, [Darren] Sproles over the years. They’ve always had a good screen game and he does a great job of calling it at the right time. [Payton] tries to keep you off balance and they do a really good job not only calling it but also executing with their linemen as well. Very, very big part of this potent offense.

Q: What did you know about Jordan Poyer before you went out and got him and how has he impressed you to this point?
A: Well, we had some inside info, if you want to call it that, from Coach [Bobby] Babich, our safeties coach. He was with Jordan in Cleveland there for a short amount of time and really, was probably not a guy on a lot of people’s radars because of the injury he had last year. But again, we had that information from Coach Babich so he’s a guy that we evaluated during the free agent period there and you saw on tape what he is and what he’s done for us this year. You saw the toughness, you saw the fundamentals and just a good football player. Very similar, I would say, [and] I don’t like comparing players, but in my history, Kurt Coleman, a safety we had in Carolina who’s had a nice career so far. Similar style to Kurt Coleman and I’m just, I’m thankful that we have Jordan right now.

Q: Do you get any sense that Tre White’s extra geared up for this game given that he’s from Louisiana and that [Marshon] Lattimore is a guy being touted for Defensive Rookie of the Year?
A: All, you know, probably relevant. That’s probably more of a question for Tre. He gets up every game. We treat every game as a big game because it’s the next game on the schedule. No different in this case. Other than that, it’s probably more of a question for Tre, honestly.

Q: The Saints blocked a punt for a touchdown last week and tried a funky throwback on a kickoff. I know you concentrate on special teams a lot. Does that kind of perk your ears up and pay a little bit more attention to detail this week to some of those things?
A: Right. They do some things in all three phases that are very aggressive. They’ve got an aggressive team, overall. Certainly, we saw what they tried to do last week. Coach Payton has done some things [like a] surprise onside. He attacks the game that way. We’ve got to be detailed every week. That’s, again, as we look to grow, if the standard’s here [motions], that’s where we’re trying to get to. Detail. Every week it’s the same. That’s what I’m trying to communicate to you guys, that every week, we have to continue to grow in detail, fundamentals, technique, effort – and effort’s been really good, as you’ve seen. That’s just becoming and building towards becoming a better football team.

Q: You’ve talked about, even before you got here [and when] you were in Carolina, about what that stadium is like when it’s rocking and the Bills are scoring and have the momentum. What have you noticed during this 4-0 [home] run, being the last team to be unbeaten at home, what have you noticed about that stadium right now and what advantage it gets as opposed to maybe some other places?
A: You’re talking about our stadium here, right?

Q: Yes.
A: Yeah. I mean, I mentioned this before. It’s a special place to play. It’s a place where our guys embrace playing at home. It’s a very comfortable situation for us that way. It’s a nice environment for a home team and a challenging environment otherwise. But really, we’re focused on this opponent, and this is a good opponent. They’re 6-2, won six straight. We’re going to have our hands full and we’ve got to prepare to play well.

Q: Do you think good teams adapt to their stadium? New Orleans in the [Mercedez-Benz SuperDome] and Green Bay in Lambeau Field when they’re playing well. Is that a factor?
A: Well I know going down there, in the division over the years, going down there is a challenge. They do a tremendous job. Their fans get behind them down there [making it] a very tough place to play. Loud, their tempo is up down there of course and the success that they’ve had down there speaks for itself.

Q: Sean, Atlanta obviously, a lot of talented players on their offense. Would you say, right now, the Saints might be the best offense that you’ve seen coming into this game?
A: I would say they rival that, yeah. Absolutely. They’re playing at a high level, the number two-ranked offense overall [with] an elite quarterback; future Hall of Famer. I think he ranks third on the all-time yardage list right behind [Brett] Favre and [Peyton] Manning. What a challenge, right? What a challenge for a team that we’re building. I’m looking forward to watching us prepare, go through the process this week one day at a time, and that really started Monday and it’ll continue today.

Q: Sean, in regards to Kelvin [Benjamin], you said you wanted to take a wait-and-see [approach] and see how far along he was. How has he done in terms of rapport with Tyrod [Taylor] and getting to know the playbook?
A: He’s done a nice job so far. Again, credit to Kelvin and credit to Coach [Phil] McGeoghan and also his teammates. They’ve helped as well. It’s been a team effort. He made progress Monday, did some good things on the field there, and then we’ll see today how he does as we continue to move forward throughout the rest of the week.

Q: Sean, with Cordy [Glenn], just for clarity, is that the same foot and ankle from the preseason or is it the one he had? Because he’s been dealing with both instead just the one the whole time.
A: Right. I believe it’s the same one.

Q: Coaches always look forward to the next game. Have you talked to the team, either when you got here or after you got off to a good start about the history here? Not only the playoffs, but having some good starts not end up being decent seasons, or do you just not address that stuff at all?
A: I believe each team is different. I went through a situation in Carolina where we went to the Super Bowl two years ago and then the next year, the following year, it was a different team and I learned that. That was a great lesson for me to learn because with different teams come different cultures and you’ve got to rebuild the culture. In my mind, they’re separate. You certainly tie into the tradition and understand the tradition. Understand the roots and the passion of this great city. I think that’s an important part of it. That said, this team is different than teams years ago or the team last year. That’s just how it is every year, whether it’s football in my mind, or any team. My kids’ teams, they’re different year-to-year than they were the year before. Each team takes on its own personality.

Q: At any point, do you look at the playoff standings?
A: [shakes head no]

Q: I figured I knew the answer to that.
A: Honestly, right now, I’m looking at Drew Brees, right? That’s all I got to say. Drew Brees. Sean Payton. How’s your week look? Right? [laughs]

Q: They’re first in the league in not allowing sacks and you’re 28th in getting sacks. Is this a game where you kind of just concede that you’re not going to get to [Brees]?
A: Uh, concede? Concede. Help me with that word, concede. I’m not sure that’s in my vocabulary.

Q: Well, you haven’t been blitzing a lot so maybe that’s not a way to go against him?
A: Well, each game plan is different. Just, you look at it and he gets the ball out fast, to your point. We’ve got to do some different things. Every game, you look at, and I’ve gone up against Drew a lot and I’ve got all the respect in the world for him. I mean, his quarterback rating is going to be high and sacks are going to be low. They all bake into that QBR. He’s a talented quarterback in a good system with a good coach. That’s why they’ve been who they’ve been over the years. Now their defense is playing well. Credit to them, credit to their coaches and so there’s six wins in a row.

Q: What’s your relationship like with Sean Payton?
A: I mean, certainly I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Payton. Early on in my NFL career, he was still with the Eagles in a different role, obviously, than he is now. I had a chance to watch him and how he kind of got his start, really. He’s worked himself up and then he was with the Giants when I was with the Eagles on a more consistent basis there as my career got going and certainly gave people fits in the division and now. I believe he got the job in Dallas after that, and then now at New Orleans. He’s well-established as one of, if not like I mentioned today, the best offensive coaches in the league.

Q: What’s it like going back and forth with a guy like that? I mean, you go through the series history with you two where they put up 40 but you can hold them to 10. What’s that cat-and-mouse game like?
A: Yeah. I mean, it all starts from, I think, a foundation of, for me, of mutual respect. Knowing what they do [and] respecting it. One of the hardest parts is to get other people to understand, especially your first time going against this type of offense, what it takes to have any type of success against this type of offense. He’s brilliant from that standpoint in terms of what he does with situational football, what he does with down and distance, what he does with personnel groupings, tempo. He’s way ahead of the curve as far as that goes.

Q: Can you draw any parallel to what the Saints with what Sean Payton did, bringing them back to respectability or even any sense of respect after being the angst for so long in and taking them to the Super Bowl? In some ways, you’re stepping into a relatively similar situation with the 17-year drought.
A: Right. There probably are some parallels there. Really, I’m just focused right now on November 8th, if my watch is right, and Wednesday practice. After the season, maybe another time, we’ll be able to sit down and take a bigger picture perspective on that, to look at it more closely. They certainly got it going down there and they got it cranked up. You mentioned the home-field that they established down there. They’ve been to where we’re trying to get to. A lot of credit goes to them.

Q: Do you have any concerns at all that after the game against the Jets, the team’s overall confidence took somewhat of a hit?
A: No. We don’t put too much into one game. I was asked this, I believe it was Monday, and we’ve got a group of guys that work hard. You’ve got to learn from it. You either win or you learn and we learned. We learned a lot of valuable lessons. I learned a little bit more about our team and I think they learned how important it is to stay on your game in order to sustain winning, and that’s hard to do in this league, is sustain success. That’s probably the biggest thing we took out of that game and then how important fundamentals are. If you don’t use it, you lose it, and we’ve got to continue to drill it, drill it, drill it. That’s a challenge. I mean, it’s a challenge every week around the league, just like the jump shot is in the [NBA]. It’s somewhat of a lost art so we’ve got to continue to drill [the fundamentals] because those correlate to winning.

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QB Tyrod Taylor

Q: So, [are] you ready for a shootout against Drew Brees this week, which is what it might take with that guy?

A: Definitely. Definitely, this team that we’re facing in the Saints is definitely a high scoring offense, they’re a very talented defense, so we have to be prepared to score when we’re on offense and capitalize on our possessions.

Q: Drew Brees is obviously one of the greatest off all time. Do you appreciate–him being not a 6’5” guy, that he is a smaller quarterback and has excelled in this league for a long time. Do you look at him, see what he does, and kind of pay attention to how that might help your game?

A: Yes. Drew is one of my favorite quarterbacks [of] all time. [He’s] somebody that I definitely watched growing up. Had a chance to meet him a couple years ago, and actually see some of the things he does in the offseason and how he works and how he approaches the game. Definitely somebody that I admire, but this week, we get a chance to go against each other, team wise, and I’m excited for the matchup that this team presents.

Q: Tyrod, what is it that drew you to Drew? I mean, obviously he’s talented, but what is it about his style and what he’s done that caught your eye?

A: Of course, like you said, he’s talented. Just from a size factor, [he’s] somebody that I can compare myself to as far as moving in the pocket and finding throwing lanes, and actually playing the game from the pocket.

Q: Even back when Doug Marrone was here, that was before your time, but everybody talks about Drew’s work ethic and his practice habits. What have you garnered from him in the time that you been with him?

A: Just a hard worker; he’s going to try to out-work anybody, any and everyone. He brings intensity to the workouts, very disciplined guy, and he wants success for his guys. I mean, he’s that example whenever he leads the workout.

Q: How much do you think it’ll mean to you, to the passing game to have Kelvin Benjamin?

A: Definitely big to get him in. He’s a talented receiver; a big target for sure. As he continues to keep learning the playbook and the things we’re doing here, we have to find ways to give him opportunities to make plays. That’s my job, that’s Rico’s [Rick Dennison] job, and, as an offense, we just have to welcome him in and allow him to go out there and play free.

Q: Tyrod, is he [Kelvin Benjamin] one of those guys where with his size being such an advantage over most, would you be more apt to throw it up to him and let him go get it as opposed to other wide receivers who are more close to the same size as their defenders?

A: If you look at the plays he’s made over his career, he’s definitely made a bunch of contested throws. Like you said, just have to give him a chance and those opportunities where it’s him one-on-one with a DB. More times than likely, he’s going to have the size advantage, so we’ve talked and trying to get on the same page and it’s going to take reps, but just, like you said, give him a chance. His ball or nobody’s ball.

Q: As a player, as a quarterback, or as just a teammate, how much do you appreciate your coaching staff and management going out mid-season and making this kind of deal when there was so much talk earlier in the year with ‘who knows how good this team’s going to be’. Some people were saying ‘the Bills might be tanking’. For you guys now going out to make a play for a guy like Benjamin, what does that say about the team?

A: Some of the stuff that we preached from day one. I think the outside perception is definitely one thing, but from an inside-out, we believe that this team is capable of being one of the best Bills teams, and we have to go out there and prove it. Them making a move, as far as going and getting Benjamin, helping out our offense, helping out the wide receiver room, and just adding another playmaker to this team, definitely shows that they’re serious about winning, and we are as a team.

Q: Coach Dennison said on Monday that he actually apologized to you guys for not being more effective at the start of games, start of the second half where you guys have kind of had problems putting up points in the fashion that you’d like. What has to come together there, maybe between the guys executing on the field and the coach, to be more effective early in the games or coming out of the locker room at halftime?

A: Just like you said, it boils down to us executing. Regardless of what coach calls, we have to go out there and make it work, and that relies on the players. I take responsibly of that as well, too. Like I said, just executing early on, getting a feel for what teams are doing on the first couple drives as well, too, and making those right adjustments. Execution is what it boils down to.

Q: How big of a concern is it for you, Tyrod, that the last game you played you were sacked seven times, under siege a whole lot and you just seemed like you never often had a chance to do you, to do much of anything in the passing game?

A: That was a great defensive line, a great defensive group that we faced. As far as up front, those guys do a great job of pressing the quarterback and pushing the pocket. Our guys fought as hard as they could. Like I said after the game, they just beat us fair and square. Don’t make any excuses; the things that we have to be able to do is look at that game with an honest eye, correct it, and I think we’ve done that. Moving forward, we have to just have a plan that we can go out there and execute better.

Q: I know you may have to see it before you give an accurate answer on this, but are you almost anticipating that Kelvin’s presence on the field [will] help to shift the focus of opposing defenses this year here going forward?

A: Definitely have to get out there and see how defenses view him in our offense. It’s definitely going to draw some attention. Like I said, he’s had success in his years playing in the NFL, and he’s definitely going to bring eyes that way. But as well, we have a bunch of playmakers, possibly coming back in. A guy like Charles [Clay], who also opens up things as well too. We’ll have to see once we get out there on the field.

Q: When you talk about Kelvin’s size, the ability to throw it up to him, how much does it accelerate the trust process, when you can have that, as opposed to a smaller receiver that relies more on timing to develop in order to get a play?

A: Like I said, he’s definitely a big target. Some of those 50/50 jump balls, you definitely can trust that he’ll make a play on it. Like I said, that’s [where] he’s made a bunch of his plays, especially in the red zone in his career, is going up and making contested catches. I have to give him those opportunities to be able to make those plays.

Q: I know you make it a point to talk to your receivers, especially new ones coming in the door, to kind of build that rapport with them. Is there value in you talking to Joe [Webb] a little bit, knowing he’s thrown to Kelvin over the years?

A: Yeah, me and Joe have talked, he was actually the one that broke the news, or one of the guys that broke the news to me when we first got him [Kelvin Benjamin]. [Just] some of the things he noticed while with Kelvin in Carolina, some of the things he did well, and just ways to allow him to make plays. We’ve definitely had that conversation, and it will continue to go on.

Q: With extra time over the weekend, how much scouting did you do of Kelvin, himself?

A: Yes, whatever cut-up that was made, I was able to watch some plays of his and try to get a feel for him watching film. Like I said, the reps and stuff were limited, we were able to get some extra reps after practice two days ago, Monday. [We] have to continue to keep building the chemistry mentally and on the field as well.

Q: Typically, when you face a rookie corner, you might want to attack him, but Marshon [Lattimore] has played really well, [Lattimore], on the other side. What do you see, what makes him kind of stand out to you when you watch him on film?

A: [A] confident guy; doesn’t mind pressing, which is rare sometimes in rookies. Those guys on that side of the ball, the younger guys, are definitely playing well. Like I said, it’s more so about confidence, and they’ve made some plays, him in particular, early on. [We] have to have the right plan going against him, and going out there, executing and challenging them.

Q: Are you surprised that you guys maybe didn’t throw a few more screens, or try to get the ball out quickly up to the side, just to try and negate that rush?

A: Looking back at it, it’s definitely something that we could have done. I wouldn’t say it caught me by surprise. I think coaches and players definitely learned from that game, what we could do better, and I think we’ve attacked that so far.

Q: Tre [Davious] White, second time after a game blamed himself for the team losing. As a leader, do you know, [even though] he’s a defensive player, would you ever go [up] to him and say ‘hey look, kid, don’t be so hard on yourself’?

A: Absolutely; Of course, guys, you never want to let your teammates down. But this game doesn’t boil down to him, it was a collective effort, we all took our fair share in that loss. Definitely, like you said, as a young guy you don’t want him to get down on himself; he’s a very good player, [he] has to continue to keep playing with confidence for the rest of the season, because we’re going to need him to make plays.

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RB LeSean McCoy

Q: The offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in the first quarter yet this season.

A: Really?

Q: Yeah. You only have six points in eight quarters.

A: I didn’t know that.

Q: Is there something you can put your finger on as far as the slow starts go? Is it just kind of an execution thing?

A: That’s not good. I didn’t know that. It just comes down to executing whatever the plays are, get down and focus more. You know, get the job done. We got the players; good thing is a lot of guys are healthy. We’ll get Ben [Kelvin Benjamin], he’ll be out there this week, so that’ll be good for us. Just have to go out there and execute, simple as that. Terrible loss on Thursday night, so how do you bounce back? That’s the question, so we’ll see how we answer that.

Q: How much did the short week, the fact that you had 32 touches against the Raiders, play into what happened on Thursday?

A: How many touches did I have that game?

Q: 12.

A: Well, I’d like to have more. I just think how the game went, we got down, so we had to throw the ball, and that was it. They played well, you know they stopped the run when they needed to. Give them credit, they always have a solid defensive line. But at the end, everybody was sore from a shorter week. There’s no excuses. I’m sure, if I had my choice, I’d love to play on a regular Sunday [with] the right preparation, the right rest, recovery, nine years in. But hey, it is what it is. It’s been like that for a while, so no excuses.

Q: Before the game against the Jets, you guys hadn’t trailed by more than seven points in a game. How surprising was it that they kind of took it to you guys?

A: I was surprised, I really was. I always thought that they had a really good defense, no matter what the stats say. Because they’re good, they really are. They just physically handed it to us; every way you can pick apart they did. Simple as that.

Q: How motivational is that, as you said there bounce back, how you respond from a game like that?

A: Yeah, well it’s a loss. It’s a loss. Good thing is [that] we’re still 5-3. [We have] another opportunity this Sunday, going against a really good team; all star quarterback, solid team together. It’s a big challenge for us, it really is, but we’ve had big games before. [We] win this game, we’re 6-3. Things are a lot different if that happens. We just got to make sure we take care of business.

Q: Sean [McDermott] would expect Kelvin Benjamin to help the passing game, [but] how does he help the run game?

A: A lot, first of all, he’s 6’5”, 200 plus, plus, plus, plus, so, getting him blocking will be good. First thing, he came in the building, you know, big guy, I said ‘Hey man, happy to have you, but can you block?’, so, we laughed. Also, just from a passing standpoint, you have to watch him, because he’s a guy that’s slow to bring down, and it’s going to be tough to cover him in one-on-ones. I like our chances, so that’ll definitely be a big key for us.

Q: LeSean, how aware are you guys as a team of where you stand stacked with the rest of the AFC playoff picture here at the midway point?

A: I didn’t look at it. It’s too early to look at the playoff standings or where we’ll be at if the – last game where we stand at for the playoffs, I’m sure we’ll get in. But, I haven’t looked at it, doesn’t matter. We have a couple more games before we can think about that. Take care of business this Sunday, you know, you don’t want to look forward. Right now, the task at hand is the Saints.

Q: Why are you sure you’ll be in? Be in the playoffs, right?

A: If the season ended today, we’d be in it right?

Q: Oh okay, I thought you meant like in a broader sense.

A: No, no, no. If like the season ended today, we’d be in. Is that correct?

Q: Yes.

A: Okay. That would blow up.

Q: You’re 4-0 at home. What has been the key to that success here?

A: Just, I think the environment; it’s crazy here, Buffalo fans really help us out. They come out, they get it rocking, they really do. I think we just – something about being at home; you don’t want another team coming into your own home and disrespecting you. For the fans, we’ve had that same mentality. That’s something that Sean [McDermott] really preaches, and we believe in it. You’ve got to protect your home field, that’s major.

Q: You’ve always been a guy who has watched other great players and appreciated what they’ve been able to do. Drew Brees - what is it about him that makes him a future Hall of Famer? How much have you enjoyed watching him play?

A: Drew’s dope, he really is. I don’t really watch a lot of offense while the defense is on the field. Certain players, I’ll watch. I watch him, I watch [Adrian] Peterson, I watch Le’Veon [Bell], and AB [Antonio Brown], and Drew Brees. I remember the first time I saw him play in Philadelphia, he was throwing like bullets. Guys are covered, only his guys are catching. I remember at the Pro Bowl, one of the Pro Bowls I went to, it’s like a hang out. You know, guys are hanging out, having fun. We’re at the pool, and all the guys, you know, have a little margaritas, having fun, and he’s over there studying the plays. I was like wow, we’re not even in practice, he’s like ‘Hey Shady, you got this?’ and I’m like ‘Yeah, yeah, I got it’. Just seeing that type of preparation in like a Pro Bowl, that setting, that environment, just hanging out and having fun. It shows you that competitive nature he really has. You want to win, you want to be a leader and legit, so I’m a big fan of his, I appreciate his work. We got to win, but I appreciate his work.

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