Highlights of defensive end Cameron Wake’s session with the media Friday:
Has it been nice to have a lot of success at home this year and be more consistent, because it seems like it is a louder place to play in?
“We’ve had a lot of fun, for sure, playing. This year, a home win or on the road, it is two different kinds of environments. When you’re the villain or when you’re the hero, either way, you kind of bask in that. Obviously being the home field, and the home team, they’ve been very supportive – the greatest fans in the NFL. I’m definitely looking forward to Sunday.”
What’s been the difference this year, where you guys have played some of your better football in December? In the previous years, things kind of fell apart.
“I’ve been saying it all year, just complementary football. And it’s come obviously late in the season, late in games, situations where we’ve needed plays and guys have made them. It’s come from guys all over the place – special teams, offense, defense, second string, third string, guys who were practice squad – I mean all of the above. I think it’s just the mentality. Listen, the next man up, whenever the play needs to be made, you be the guy. Don’t wait for somebody else. I think it’s bad for the blood pressure, but it’s good for the win column.”
How fresh do you feel at this point? Obviously you haven’t had to play 65 snaps.
“Terrible, as everybody else should feel by week … What week is this?”
“You all don’t count camp, I count camp. What’s that?”
“There you go. Week 30, if anybody feels fresh, you are not playing football – maybe basketball, or tennis, or golf, or something like that. Week 20, nobody feels fresh. We all feel beat like you’ve been hit by a truck, and a car and a train. You’ve just got to go out on Sundays and strap it up and make sure you do the best you can. That’s just the way it is.”
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