Steve Burton interviewed Derrick Martin during the 5th Quarter following Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and here’s a transcript of the interview:
First of all, seven sacks on the day and you got one, so congratulations on that.¬† How sweet was this victory?
‚ÄúIt was great. Coach wanted us to get out there and start fast and we were able to do that. We started fast on offense, defense and special teams and then we finished strong.‚ÄĚ
This defense didn‚Äôt start out so great earlier in the year, but you weren‚Äôt here. Derrick Martin didn‚Äôt even get here until, what, week eight?
And they had to call you where?
‚ÄúI was at the house, man [Laughs].‚ÄĚ
Let me explain Derrick Martin‚Äôs situation [looks at the camera]. He‚Äôs been in the NFL for seven years and each year he‚Äôs gone to the playoffs, how lucky is that?
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been real lucky. I‚Äôve been blessed with being on great teams, good quarterbacks, good coaches, gets you to the playoffs.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúRight timing [nods].‚ÄĚ
But you were at home when the Patriots called?
‚ÄúYeah, definitely. Nick [Caserio] gave me a call and called me out.¬† I was out here for Training Camp and I guess they liked what I did a little bit, they were able to bring me back.‚ÄĚ
And you were with the Giants last year, we won‚Äôt go there [smiles].¬† But you were there and all of a sudden you guys win it all and‚Ä¶
‚ÄúYeah man, I‚Äôve been getting used to it. I like winning, I was in Green Bay the year before that, the Giants last year, the Patriots this year. Good coach, good quarterback, the sky‚Äôs the limit.‚ÄĚ
How far do you think this football team can go and before you even answer that question, did you know that you were up for a first-round bye before this game even started?
‚ÄúWe were aware, but we focused on the next game, the next team ahead. We can go as far as we can and as far as the team takes us. We‚Äôre going to show up next week for whoever plays us, going to try to beat them first. That‚Äôs how you‚Äôve got to do it, take it one step at a time.‚ÄĚ
Do you think this defense is peaking right at the right time?
‚ÄúDefinitely man. We got a good defense. Everybody‚Äôs covering good, the rushers are rushing well‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚ
Yeah, I mentioned seven sacks that means that‚Äôs good coverage in the backfield?
‚ÄúDefinitely good coverage. The young guys are stepping up, Justin Francis had three.‚ÄĚ
Undrafted rookie mind you, Justin Francis.
‚ÄúTrevor Scott had one, so the young guys are stepping up and he was able to call my number couple of times and was able to sneak me in there and get me one.‚ÄĚ
What did Belichick say to this team after the game? Because he comes to the podium, you don‚Äôt get a chance to see has postgame pressers, and he just down plays everything. But in that locker room, what‚Äôs he telling you guys?
‚ÄúPretty much the same thing he told you guys, ‚ÄėYou guys did a good job, were going to come out here Monday and we‚Äôre going to talk about what happened, be ready for next week‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
So even though it is a bye, you still have to come back to work tomorrow, you don‚Äôt even get tomorrow off?
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be here. We‚Äôve got to see what we did wrong on film. It was a good game, but there were some mistakes, some down plays, and we‚Äôve just got to shore up on those things and make sure we‚Äôre ready for whoever comes out here.‚ÄĚ
What was it like to get Gronk back in the lineup?
‚ÄúOh man, it‚Äôs great. He‚Äôs a huge target and Tom [Brady] loves him. Whenever he can throw the ball anywhere over there and he can catch the ball, that‚Äôs awesome.‚ÄĚ
And it was good to see him find the end zone again.