Sam Darnold, 12.28
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Hey Sam, you’ve got a streak now of three straight games without a turnover, which is the longest streak of your career. I’m wondering if you knew that it was the longest streak of your career and secondly, what are some of the factors that have played into that?
I didn’t know that. But I think just for me it’s doing everything that I can to help the team win. It sounds obvious, but the more times you can end the possession with a kick, whether that’s a field goal, a punt or a point after, that’s how you want to play a game. You want to play the field position battle and not give the other team opportunities to score or make it easier on them. So, I’m just going to continue to do that this last game, because that makes my job and everyone else’s job on the team a lot easier.
Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Regarding Jamison (Crowder), what’s it like for a quarterback to have a guy like that that it seems like he’s always there for you when you need him?
Yeah, he’s a great player and I’ve said it before, he’s got such a great feel in space, whether it’s finding a zone or even if it’s man-to-man, breaking away from the guy. Jamison has always been really good ever since he got here and he’s going to be really good for a long time.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Adam just told us that Frank Gore has a bruised lung and he isn’t going to be able to play Sunday, so his season is over. Just curious from your perspective, what has Frank meant to the team this year and what’s it been like for you to play with him?
He’s been amazing, just the work ethic that he shows day in and day out and regardless of our circumstance. Going 0-13, obviously a winless year for most of the weeks that we played, he was able to come in and just put his head down and go to work. And for other guys to see that – I know he probably doesn’t even necessarily think about it, but the young guys including myself and all the guys on the team look at him and you just want to embody everything that he shows on a day-to-day basis. It’s so consistent, and that’s why he’s had such a long career, that’s why he’s had the career that he’s had, because of how consistent he is day in and day out, regardless of circumstance. It’s been awesome. He isn’t a “rah-rah” guy, but you know when he has something to say, people listen and it’s important. He’s a great leader for this team and one of the best ones to ever do it. I’m super happy to have played with him and very grateful to play with him this year.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Sam you didn’t get a chance to face the Patriots the first time around because of the injury, but you’re 0-2 against them and you haven’t had great success. How cool would it be for you personally just to end the season on a high note and finally beat them?
I think what you said at the end is the most important thing, just to end the season on a high note. Just because it’s the next one, it’s the most important. So, that’s the mindset I’m going to take towards this thing and just prepare the same way I’ve been preparing and get my body right and my mind right for this game on Sunday.