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DE Osi Umenyiora Interview


Q: Why is your defense different from the one that played them a few weeks ago?A: I think we are playing a lot better, for whatever reasons, I don't know why. I think everybody seems to be coming together now. In the back end we are playing better now and in the front we are playing better. The calls are coming in better and we just seem to be playing better than we were back then.

Q: Does it mean something to you that everyone else is saying it is because Osi is back?A: I guess that would be a logical explanation but I don't think that is the case at all. As a defense, on the defensive line, they were playing better when I wasn't there so I can't attribute that success to me. I think, for some reason, everything is coming together at the right time now.

Q: Where are you guys mentally after coming out of today's practice?A:  I think it was a good practice. It was sharp but the last couple of weeks, we have had good practices. Today was no exception and I hope we finish strong tomorrow. 

Q: Mathias thought it was one of the best practices of the year, do you?A: It was a good practice but I don't know if it was the best of the year but it was definitely a very good practice for sure.

Q: How is the team approaching this challenge in general?A: We have confidence. We know we have a huge challenge ahead of us. They are an outstanding football team and they are coming off a bye so they will be extra prepared. We are confident in our practice and our coaching and what we are able to go out and accomplish. I think it is going to be a good game.

Q: Can there be an advantage to not having a bye?A: There are advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that you get the rest but the disadvantage is your timing probably isn't what it was after you played that last game. They have some things working for them and against them.

Q: Do you think you can take advantage because they are getting some linemen back whose timing may be off?A: I would hope so but I don't know if that is going to be the case. I hope that is the case for sure.

Q: Everyone is saying it is all on the defensive line, how do you respond?A: It is a team game. We can get all the pressure we want but if they are not covering, it doesn't matter and if they are covering and we are not getting pressure, then it doesn't matter. Everything has to work hand in hand so it is not on the d-line, it is all on the defense.

Q: How do you feel?A: I feel good. A lot of the things that I was going through, I feel pretty good. I went to see my own doctor and they took care of me along with Ronnie Barnes and Doctor Warren and those guys came together and I think they did a good job. I feel pretty good. 

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