A chat with Aaron Maybin – Part I Craig Thomas
Q)How important are late sack to close out games?
Maybin: We’ve been harping for the past couple of weeks, about not letting our worst drive be our last drive. Not allowing teams to finish in crunch time, being able to buckle down at the appropriate time. Right before the play, Coach [Rex] Ryan came to me on the sidelines and said, ‘Sacks in the fourth quarter win football games.’ So that was the mentality of our whole defense. So for us to be able to go out and close them out was pretty good.
Q)The defense seemed to pick it up in the second half . . .
Maybin: To reiterate what I said before, about our worst drive not being our last drive, I think it’s pretty clear to see what our worst drive was today (Redskins first possession). It’s not positive to start off so slow, but for us to be able to buckle down and play that style of defense for the majority of the rest of the game was good for us.
Q)What do you think of getting double-teamed?
Maybin: That’s fine by me. If you’re going to double-team me, you are opening up for somebody else. I fit into this defense as a piece of the puzzle, and I’m fine being the decoy, I’m fine when I get my chances to be the feature pass rusher. It’s all a part of the defensive game plan, and I’m happy just being a part of getting to win.