Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour, 9/8

Posted on September 8, 2008 
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It was a mostly quiet locker room, but we were able to get a few defensive veterans to talk about the events of the last few days:

Rodney Harrison

One player doesn’t win or lose ballgames. It’s 53 guys, collectively, as a group, and we understand that as a team. That’s why we’re a team. It’s not 11 guys against one. It’s 11 guys on the field against 11 guys on the field. That’s something that we understand. That’s something that all the other guys in this locker room understand. And we’re going to move forward.

Having gone through a similar situation, do you have any advice for Brady?

Just be patient and just work hard. We’re praying for him. He’s a fighter. He’s a tough guy. He’ll overcome this.

Mike Vrabel on Matt Cassel…

I like his confidence. I like his attitude in the locker room. I like the way that he can lead this team. I think that Matt has worked hard to get this opportunity. It’s been a long time since he’s played a lot of football — he’s backed up a lot of good players.

On the challenge facing this team…

I would like to think that we’ve always been a team, and gone out and tried to play the best we could possibly play regardless of who the quarterback is, so, now that it’s going to be Matt, you feel bad for Tom. Our thoughts are with Tom and whatever situation he’s going to have to deal with, but life goes on, man. There’s a lot of games left. We’ve won a lot of football games around here, and that’s not going to change.

Richard Seymour

It’s always a shock when you lose anybody, especially a quarterback. That’s the reality of it. But we must move forward as a football team, and we will. Like I said, there’s always a way to win in this league. You just have to find that way. How do you find it? Obviously we have to look at game film this week and come up with a game plan to go down and get a win in the Meadowlands.

On the defense maybe needing to step up a bit more…

The only thing we can go out and do is do our job. I play defensive line. I can’t go out and play offensive line. I can’t coach or play quarterback or anything else. I’m going to go out and do my job to the best of my ability, and if everyone takes that same approach, we’ll be fine as a unit. 

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