DT Marcell Dareus
Q: When you watch Jay Ajayi on tape, what do you see from him?
A: I mean he’s a hard runner. He finds holes and he likes to punish people. He really likes to come down and play hard. I mean he enjoys the game you can clearly see and I just can’t wait to meet him.
Q: With all these questions about Rex’s future, do you hope ownership will maybe take your opinion into account when it comes to major decisions of that magnitude?
A: Really when it comes down to that, I have no result. I really don’t think my opinion matters that much. Like I said last time, shoot, we’re all on the chopping block. Nobody’s job is safe. We just go out there doing the best we can and we’re going to continue to do that.
Q: As far as the scheme, there was talk about setting the edge and forcing them inside and then getting them when they come inside. Do you sense that you can take the same approach as long as you do the job when the guy wants to cut it back in?
A: We’re just going to do the best with the game-plan we have with (what) Rex and his brother come up with and we’re going to go out there and just execute. I feel like we have something pretty good for them and we’ll just play fast and go after them.
CB Stephon Gilmore
Q: Any thoughts on what happened with Aaron Williams the last time you guys played?
A: We’re just going to keep it in between the game. We know what happened, we know it was a dirty hit but if we win the game I think that’ll hurt them more than doing anything out of the ordinary.
Q: Did you get a chance to review tape and probably see the hit?
A: It was a dirty hit. I mean I’ve seen it, it was right in front of me. We can’t go out there and play with emotion. We know it was dirty but like I said, we go out there and get the win then that takes care of everything.
Q: Looking ahead to Saturday, this might be your last home game with the Bills. Have you given that any thought?
A: I mean yes, that’s a true statement but I try not to—if it happens it happens. I don’t really try to think about it too much. Just go out there and play my game for these last two games and whatever happens, happens.
OL Richie Incognito
Q: Do teammates actually appreciate the fact that LeSean [McCoy] is sharing the love [letting offensive linemen spike the ball] with you guys?
A: Yeah, it’s pretty cool. When you’re having the success that we’ve had running the football and you’re getting in the end zone as often as we do running the football, it’s a fun deal. We came out with the mindset – we weren’t going to lose to the Browns. We were going to go out there and play physical, and kind of set the tone for the rest of our season. We did that. We ran the ball up and down the field and were just having a little fun in the end zone.
Q: Is there a mindset, given the fact that LeSean wasn’t healthy for that game at Miami, that you guys have some offense on the table and maybe this might be a chance to get them back?
A: Yeah. I think last time we went down to Miami, the offensive line didn’t play well enough for us to win that ballgame. I think it’s on us up front. We’re a talented group up front. They’re doing really good on third down. They’re leading the league on third down and that’s on us. We’ve got to run the football, find rhythm and protect Tyrod [Taylor] and give him the opportunity to throw the ball down the field.
Q: Only ten teams have scored thirty touchdowns rushing in one season. You guys are three [touchdowns] away. I’m not sure if you’re aware of that, but how much pride would this team and your offensive line take in getting to that?
A: Yeah, it would be pretty cool. I’d take two more wins over thirty rushing touchdowns any day of the week. That’s our focus right now, just getting two wins. We’ve got Miami coming in here. They’re rolling – they’ve won eight of their last nine, and they’re playing good football. They’ve kind of turned things around and it’ll be big for us to get a big win.
RB LeSean McCoy
Q: Under the assumption that you’re a Pro Bowl select, last year you said you didn’t think it was deserving. How do you feel about yourself this year?
A: Probably this year I probably deserve it more than last year. It’s a collective type of achievement. I think the guys up front blocking away for me week-in-week-out. Tight ends and wide receivers and Jerome Felton, so it’s all together type of achievement.
Q: You have had a couple of these games where you have been pretty dominant types of rushing games. What’s all working together from your stand point? It looks like you’re at the top of your game, how do you see it?
A: I think it’s the guys up front. They’re really playing well. Giving me some opportunities, a lot of one-on-one opportunities. I think Coach (Anthony) Lynn the way he’s calling, his play calling since he took over has been a lot different. More or less though, I think that when you first think of me you think of the guy that wants to go outside, but he kinda knows how I play. I’d rather get in the middle and dance a little bit and then try to get a run, but it’s this offense. I think it fits me. A quarterback that can scramble, that can run helps out. Those defensive guys have to take that into account. Overall just the schemes and the way that Coach (Anthony) Lynn calls his plays, it’s the guys up front really.
Q: Has it become a tradition for you to hand the ball off to Richie (Incognito) for a spike?
A: No. It was just a big game, the way that they were blocking and they never get any credit. You know, if I don’t do a good job then it’s always, “oh they didn’t block well”. If I did a great job, “oh it’s Shady”. So it was something to just have some fun. Let him know that I appreciate him and not just him all of the guys. The only thing that Richie (Incognito) has is a personality. So, it worked out.
Q: The other thing about this front that you talk about hasn’t helped, to lose your center, to lose Eric Wood the way you did. Then Ryan (Groy) steps in there it seems like, I don’t want to say it, but you haven’t lost a beat, but that’s part of the story.
A: Yeah, well when you kind of push a team together you always want to have depth. That’s the difference between a good team and a great team. You know, one thing that I think that we have here is depth. Like you said, Ryan (Groy) stepped in, he’s played excellent. (Cyrus) Kouandjio has stepped up, he’s played excellent. Even Jordan (Mills), at one time he wasn’t the starter, he’s now “the guy”, so I think that’s what makes a team good, when you get some depth. When guys can step in there and not miss a beat.
Q: The owners seem to talk to the players a lot here at the end of the year. Are you hoping that before there is any decision made on the coaching and the coaching staff that maybe you’re a part of a voice that maybe could be heard?
A: I think that the first thing, is just the task at hand. Just going out here and getting this win Sunday and the next week after that. I think that the big stuff will happen as far as what we are going to do. The hardest part of this game is the unknown. Not knowing what will happen. The only thing that you can control is just to win games. But just knowing the type of staff that we have here and the ownership, I’m sure that they’ll look for advice, but at the end of the day they have the last opinion. That’s what really matters.
Q: With how much you love your coach, how do you feel with him being left to twist in the wind here? I mean, management hasn’t said anything.
A: Yeah, right. Like I said I can’t control that. Just that I’m stating it out that I support him and just to ask question about it. We all hear the same things floating around, rumors. But you can’t control the rumors and I support him. You know, we have a good management, we really do. A lot of places don’t have this, they really don’t. They’re very hands-on. They’re involved with the community and involved with this team. They know what’s going on in the locker room and that’s a good thing, so they communicate with their players. They know exactly what to think, instead of trying to figure it out. That’s one thing that I like about them that they go to the source where most people just go by hearsay.
Q: LeSean, if you were asked your opinion at the end of the year, is that something that you would be willing to talk about?
A: Yeah, I’ve always felt that players and coaches, the assigned coaches, unless they do something crazy like trade their best player, but in all seriousness, I believe that coaches should get some years to establish their culture, their players and kind change things. I think it takes time. I mean it’s hard the next year or the year after that to just flip it. But, I’m not a coach and I can only imagine how hard it is to control a group of guys and do what you want to do. It’s a tough job, but I think it takes time. And just to speak on that, knowing the type of locker room we have and the type of players, the commitment, the talent we have, we get it done.
Q: How disappointing are the memories from Miami in the second half?
A: Yeah it was tough. That was a game that we actually had, we let that game slip away. So we’re definitely going to pay them back because I didn’t really get the chance to play, I’m not going to lie, due to injuries. So now I’m healthy. I can’t wait to get out there and play.
Q: How do you feel now that you’re going to be giving that defense something that it hasn’t seen?
A: Yeah, since I’ve been here we’ve had good success against Miami. This year they got us. I didn’t play the first game against them really, so I can’t wait to get out there and perform.
Q: You guys were 4-2 going into that game and they were 2-4. Is that the game that tipped the scales for both of the teams?
A: I’m not sure for us, but for them they kind of went on a winning streak after that game. But they’re a good team for a defense and the guys up front get to the quarterback I mean, they have a talented defense for sure. That always puzzled me about them because you look at their team and their roster, you would think they would be a winning, winning team year in and year out. So, this year I think they are actually playing to their potential. So it’s not really a surprise. I mean, they’re a good team, we’re a good team so we’ll figure it out on Sunday.
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
Q: Looking over the tape of what happened last time and seeing the hit Jarvis Landry had on Aaron Williams, do you have any thoughts on what happened?
A: Yeah, I mean I have my own reaction to it, specifically about that hit, but I’m going to keep it to myself. As far as the game, they just out-physicaled us that first go-round, so we got to come in with the mind-frame of coming out with fire, a lot of fire and just not getting out-physicaled this go-round.
Q: How important is it to remain composed against Jarvis Landry so you don’t get into any disciplinary problems?
A: Right, we definitely can’t let him get us out of our game. We have to play our game. He’s just one guy that made a move that real professionals wouldn’t make at that time, but as far as the game, we got to come out and stay focused on trying to get a win.
Q: How big of a loss has it been not having Aaron out there?
A: You can feel it. It’s definitely been something we’ve been trying to adjust with ever since he’s been out for the rest of the season and it’s tough. Aaron is a great player and he brings a lot to the table and he brings a lot for our defense.
QB Tyrod Taylor
Q: You entered this matchup the first time around, you guys were 4-2 and they were 2-4. Since that game and the outcome of that game, both seasons seem to have gone in opposite directions. Was that a little bit of the tipping point of the season?
A: For our season or theirs?
Q: Both I guess.
A: Yeah, I guess if you look at the two storylines, like you said, both of them are flipped. They went on a run kind of after they played us. And we lost two more games after that going into the bye. But a very good team, was a good team then, bunch of talented players on both offense and defense. We definitely have to bring our A game going into this game. Definitely a very important game for us, as well as them, but I’m looking forward to getting out there. It’s always fun to play against these guys so definitely looking forward to the challenge that we have coming on Sunday.
Q: What’s the story behind your Sabres hat the last two weeks? Anything special?
A: Chris Jenkins picks out my hats. (Laughs)
Q: Are you a hockey fan at all?
A: No. I started watching hockey when I got up here. I’ve been to four games so far.
Q: You guys were kind of able to manipulate some matchups last week against Cleveland. I know you guys try to do that every week, but it seemed to be inordinately successful last week. Do you guys feel that you’ve come upon something that you feel you can find those answers maybe better here in the second meeting with Miami rather than the how things unfolded the first time?
A: It’s definitely a lot to learn from in the first game. Like you said, matchup-wise they’ve had a couple of shakeups in the secondary. But definitely, getting Charles Clay going, getting our guys going and winning those individual matchups definitely comes down to us putting a plan together, and I think we’ve done a good job with our first and second down plans so far. We’ll continue to keep building on the third down and red zone but it’s our job to get our players in the best situation as possible to go out there and be successful, and I think we’re doing that. We’ve just got to continue to keep doing better at it.
Q: I know sometimes players are going to be missing from your lineup. You guys didn’t have Marcell Dareus, Sammy Watkins, and LeSean McCoy only played half of the game and wasn’t 100 percent. When you think about the fact that you’re going to have all those guys, what kind of feeling does that give the whole team when you have all of your horses?
A: I think (Robert) Woods was out that game too. But yeah, just having those guys back, I mean those are big time playmakers, and guys that make plays on both sides of the ball. Guys that can create plays, and like I said, make plays happen. So having those guys back in our lineup definitely makes our team a better team. It’s just about us going out there and executing. And playing four quarters, the way we know how to play.
Q: The ownership has seemed to lean on the opinions of some of the players throughout the year. I know that the players talk a lot about how they’ve talked to the Pegula’s throughout the year. No matter how the coaching thing ends up at the end of the season, do you hope that the voices are heard from the players again?
A: Absolutely. We have a head coach that stands by his players, as well as a locker room that stands by the head coach, and hopefully the voices are definitely heard. Ultimately that’s not my decision. Like you said that comes from a decision that’s higher than us. But guys love playing for Rex (Ryan). He’s done a good job in the time that he’s been here. We just haven’t finished games, as players, the way we wanted to. I mea, we’ve got to deal with whatever comes but like I said, guys love playing for Rex. I love playing for Rex and love having him here.
WR Sammy Watkins
Q: You had one catch for 10 yards last game. That can’t be what you’re looking for.
A: That’s not what any receiver is looking for. Every receiver is looking to have six, seven, eight catches, 100 yards but for me, I just put it on film. I used to get mad when coaches tell me that, like just leave it on film, but I think that everybody who watches film will see that certain times I’m getting open. It’s not just, ‘he’s not getting the ball.’ Most of the time I was about to get the ball, it was kind of pressure situations and I’m wide open. I’d be thinking about just flipping out, showing bad body language but you can’t do that. It’s on to the next play.
Q: So you feel like you are winning your battles?
A: I think all the wide-outs, all the receivers and tight ends are. Like I said, it’s certain situations where a guy’s right in his face getting pressure. It’s like, ‘Ah!’ Like you want to be mad, but at the same time you’ve got to look at the whole play. When you go watch film, you’re like, “Ah, man, dang. He’s got somebody in his face, he couldn’t throw it to me.” So those are things you kind of have to weigh in. You can’t control the line or what goes on back there.
Q: You talked about not being angry. Is that just kind of the maturity of being around and knowing that your body language affects the team as a leader?
A: Yes, you got to grow up. I can flip out and say I’m not getting the ball, but is that going to help the team? Is it going to help the quarterback and myself, saying I need the ball? If you say that then he’ll force you the ball then other guys are open so it’s a lose-lose situation when you ask for the ball because sometimes you get double-coverage and they throw the ball in double coverage. I don’t want the ball then, so you can’t really get involved in saying I want the ball on every play or I need ‘this’ certain amount of passes.
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