New Orleans Saints LB Craig Robertson
*Monday, December 18, 2017*
*Have you guys had the chance to watch the film from yesterday yet?
*"Yes, we came in this morning at nine and watched the film."
*What do you think went wrong with the run defense on some of those early drives for the Jets?
*"We just (had) a couple of miscommunications, misfits. It's something that will definitely get cleaned up."
*Can you take us through that tipped pass that led to your interception?
*"100 percent that was all Ken Crawley. I was just the guy that was right there closest to the ball. We were just in a cover three and Crawley made a great play, a great PBU and the ball just jumped up. Anybody could have caught that and it just happened to be me at the time. It's a great play that the defense made for our team."
*How unique is this situation and I guess exciting that you get to play this same team, this same Falcons team two weeks later? You really want to get back on the field and sort of play again and get revenge against (them because) it means a lot to the division race and everything to play them twice in three weeks?
*"Yes. This game means a lot. More so because it's a division game and we haven't beat them in our last three opportunities to play this team so it's another opportunity for myself to get the first win against these guys since I've been a Saint. It is just a good opportunity for this team to see where we're at to play them again for a second time and find a way to win."
*You mentioned at the top of the call that you did watch the tape and you saw some things that went wrong against the run, how is there such an urgency to fix that knowing you are facing a Falcons team that likes to run the football?
*"We have stuff that you have to fix every game so there is always a sense of urgency when it comes to trying to fix something. No game is ever going to be perfect no matter how good or bad you may play, you always come into the film room knowing that you have to fix something. That is just how you grow as a team and as a defense. We definitely need to get off things fast and we will. That's why we came in today and we're focused on that. We watched it as a front seven and at the end of the day (run defense) rolls on us so we have to get that fixed and that's our goal right now."
*Do you feel like some of the defensive penalties are easily fixable, especially the big ones? The pass interference penalties, the unnecessary roughness infractions, those kinds of things?
New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver 迈克尔·托马斯 *电话会议新奥尔良媒体 *周一，2017年12月18日
*Would you try to avoid reaching over the goal line carelessly like a situation in a game played yesterday?
*"I would say Coach always reminds us how important ball security is. It's probably one of our top three keys to victories every week. He always tells us he has tons of plays to call, just protect the ball. That kind of happened to me on Sunday on the fourth and one or fourth and two play where I got stopped like an inch before the goal line. I could have reached out, but the guy was coming from my left and the ball was also in my left side so I didn't know how he was going to play the ball."
*As a wide receiver in the NFL, are you still surprised that there is so much controversy over what is a catch?
*"No. The rules are the rules and you just have to find ways to get better and critique your technique."
*You're pretty comfortable with the rule on what a catch is in the NFL?
*"Yes. They've been playing this game for a long time. Those are the rules they created. I'm just trying to do my job and trying to make all my catches, but ultimately, I'm not trying to argue, just get better."
*If you were to make a catch and you fall down near the goal-line, would you be inclined not to reach the ball out?
*"If there are a ton of defenders around, depending on the situation and where I am on the field. You just don't want to turn over the ball in that situation. That's the main goal, just to not give the ball away."
*In that case, it would've been incomplete? If you reach the ball out while you are going down and you have not secured it and it moves when it hits the ground?
*"I didn't see the exact play, I was just going off the description that he had gave earlier so I don't even want to argue with it."
*The Saints right now are the only team in the NFL to have three players each with 1,000 total yards from scrimmage. Obviously, with yourself, 阿尔文·卡玛拉和 马克英格拉姆. How presently surprised are you that you've been a part of this and what does it say about this Saints offense that you can have three players with 1,000 total yards?
*"It just shows how high profile the offense is. Credit our coaches here, the development和 the preparation during the week. We are getting a lot of those reps that we are getting on Sunday in practice. To be out there and go from practice and perform on Sunday is always a great thing. It's a blessing."
*Do you think it is important for this offense the way each guy has gotten to 1,000 yards to have that diversity? Mark is mostly on the ground, you're all in the air和 Kamara is almost 50-50?
*"When the play is called in, we are just trying to do our jobs and execute it to the best of our ability. However it turns out on the stat sheet it turns out, but ultimately, we're just trying to go one for one on every play. However we need to get the victory is how we are going to get the victory and when our number is called, we're just trying to make the most of it."
*In terms of keeping defenses off balance, you're not sure if it's a factor having three guys with over 1,000 scrimmage yards?
*"That's what makes Coach Payton, Pete Carmicheal, Curtis Johnson, the whole offensive staff, that's what makes them great and makes this offense very successful. It's how they use the guys on that side of the ball. Like I said, when our number is called, we're just trying to make our play."
*For the Atlanta game, are you glad you can focus on that game now, especially with all the emotions carrying over from the last one? Do you carry any of the residual emotions from the Thursday night game into this game?
*"We're just going to play Saints football. We will have our team meeting on Wednesday and coach is going to give us the keys to victory. From those keys to victory, we're going to do whatever it takes from that Wednesday immediately to Sunday when we get to perform. We will try to do as much as we can to get those keys to victory almost 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by gameday."
*It seems like you're a level headed and even-keel guy with your approach to every game, maybe some guys are more emotional. Do you not really buy into the fact that you need to draw upon some kind of emotional motivation in certain games to reach the level of play that you need for that situation?
*"Ultimately, we are trying to win them all. I just put it all into preparation. I asked coach immediately after we won our game against the Jets和 now it is onto Atlanta, what do I have to do to get ready for our next opponent and that is just how I approach every week. There is not really emotion. There are going to be games that are probably more important than others, but at the end of the day they're pretty much all important. As long as you enhance your routine, coach always tells us to find ways enhance our routine, try to get an extra rep, try to watch an extra rep of film, try to get your rest, enhance your recover. All of those are ways to get you ready for Sunday."
Did you get asked how you liked playing with a visor? It didn't seem to affect you negatively, that we could see. What do you make of that?
"It wasn't a big deal. It's just a visor."
Do you think in the long run a better sense of security and concentration in any way just knowing that your eyes are protected more?
"No. It's just a visor, a face shield. It's not that big of a deal."
Did the player who hit in the eye ever say anything to you anything about it or reach out to you in any way?