Here’s a transcript of WBZ’s interview with Jermaine Cunningham by Steve Burton and Scott Zolak during the “Patriots 5th Quarter” on WBZ:
STEVE BURTON: You get a chance to see some of these highlights for the first time just coming off the field. But letâs just talk about this win as a whole. This was a big win for you guys and yet you know it was a nailbiter because it came down to the end?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM: âI mean yeah, itâs the NFL, a division rivalry against the Buffalo Bills, we needed a win, came out with a âWâ.â
SCOTT ZOLAK: What you do in the off-season? I look at you here today, as opposed to a year ago, it seems like youâre bigger up top, youâre packing on more pounds, now all of a sudden – not that you didnât work out years prior – I donât know, you look more physically imposing out there. Maybe itâs because they bring you in, youâre active on bigger guys, coach is mixing and matching trying to get you over the guard inside, outside and it seems like itâs working?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âI mean itâs just hard work in the off-season, try to carry it over to the season.Â Itâs paid off, and Iâll just attribute it to the off-season.â
STEVE BURTON: When you some McCourty make the interception at the end was a just a big sigh of relief for you guys because all of a sudden the gameâs over after that? Theyâre driving, everybody in the Stadium is biting their nails here with a âhere we go againâ and yet you guys come up big?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM: Â âYeah, two minute drive. They had to score to win. They had a couple good plays, last playoff Â the game Devin came up big for us.Â Like you said, a big sigh of relief, everybodyâs happy.â
SCOTT ZOLAK: Bottom line, coach loves to win football games. He loves it when you win in the scoring category. You guys are human, you read the paper, you hear the radio shows talk about the defense and the amount of yards you give up. Youâve got a lot of young guys in the locker room, 21, 22, 23-year-olds in the secondary, whatâs the message that Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick as a head coach/defensive coordinator tell you guys as a group to keep it going?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âOne play at a time. Everybody do your job and win your battle. Take it one play at a time and fight for four quarters.â
STEVE BURTON: You know, clutch turnovers at key moments. The forced fumble down at the 1 yard line, the interception at the end, I mean Vince Wilfork I guess was saying in the defensive huddle, âsomebody needs to come up with a big play.â You guys have been able to do that time and time again at clutch moments?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âThatâs just football. Whoever has less turnovers basically loses the game. Whoever has the most, usually wins the game so thatâs our game plan every game – just try and create turnovers.â
SCOTT ZOLAK:How good were their backs today? I mean when you guys played Buffalo several weeks ago, both of these guys were hurt and they even had some key turnovers up there â that goal line situation before the half up in Buffalo. They seemed shifty today, theyâre healthy, they had some pretty good moves?
STEVE BURTON: And Spiller was tough, wasnât he?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âI mean a shout out to the Buffalo Bills coming home in our house and giving us a good game. But itâs football.â
SCOTT ZOLAK: Before you came in, we were talking about Brandon Spikes – he went to Florida with you. What is it about that guy that you see on a day-to-day basis that allows him to be the player he is? How do you practice knocking guys out, jarring the football loose and does he pride himself on that?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âIâd say he prides himself on that. I played with him four years inFlorida, heâs been doing the same thing.â
SCOTT ZOLAK: Was he a bad man there?
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âI mean, you check the film [laughs]. I mean heâs just a guy that loves football you canât coach that up, itâs just something thatâs inside of you â and he has it.â
STEVE BURTON: Well hey, good luck to you next week. The Colts are coming to town, Andrew Luck and company but you get by this week, you guys are now 6-3 on the season and youâre moving on.
JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM:Â âAll right, thanks for having me.â
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