CB Shaquill Griffin

211212-final-vs-jaguars

(on what was said in the locker room following the game)

It's kind of hard to find the words. It's not like I am going to tell them to give up. The main thing is, with the type of individual I am, you just got to keep fighting. It doesn't matter the outcome or the circumstances. The main thing is we are not going to lay down for anybody. So it's back to the drawing board each week. We have got to figure out something, get better at something. That's what we have got to figure out. We've got to take 24 hours, figure out what happened, adjust, make some arrangements and make this stuff work, get this stuff cleared and get us going. We are going to figure it out.

(on staying focused)

My main focus is focusing on the players, focusing on the game, focusing on each practice and trying to play my best ball I can play. Besides everything outside of that, you can't control it. I give my all for each player. I make sure they are good. I make sure I do my best and they can count on me. I focus on each guy, get the guys started, get them going, bringing the energy. That's the part I control. In the locker room that is what I do.

(on Head Coach Urban Meyer still having control of the locker room)

For sure. As a coach, there is no way we can go between each another. It's tough, it's hard to do that. My main thing is whatever it is, we have to figure out as a group being on the same page, as grown men, that's what we have to do and we will. There's no pointing fingers, there's no, 'It's the coaches,' there's none of that. We are grown men and we have to have grown men conversations and figure out how to get on the same page with each other so we won't have these stories or whatever it is coming out.

(on if Head Coach Urban Meyer was the only one speaking in the locker room)

Yeah, we kind of got straight to our prayer and we have kind of already been through this kind of scenario. There is no real speech you can give. For the main thing that I do is not speaking up right then. I have no problem speaking to each guy one by one.

(on what he shared with Trevor Lawrence after his four interceptions)

Just keep going. Keep going. What are you going to do about it? You can't get the four picks back. You have got to believe in something and whatever it is it is going to come around. You can't give up now. It's his rookie year. You can't give up. You can't. And whatever is going on this year, you have got to reevaluate yourself. Figure out what you have got to do to get better. Learn how to take criticism, learn how to take certain pointers that works for you, and whatever doesn't, get rid of it. As a young man you have to learn that.

(on his biggest challenges of being a team leader)

My challenge is getting these guys to believe and not give up. That is the only part I can do. When you are talking about the offensive side of the ball and them trying to figure out whatever it is they need to figure out, it's not my job to figure that out. I have to do my best at my position and let the guys know they can count on me that I get it right. It's tough to try to coach the cornerbacks, coach the safeties, linebackers and D-line, and then go on the offensive side of the ball and try to coach those guys. They got to figure it out. Like I said we are grown men. That's our job. We have to be able to adapt, we have to adjust. So as grown me we want to fix this. We believe in this offense and we are going to figure something out.

(on the challenge for the defensive side when the offense hasn't been performing well)

The main thing I tell the defense is to focus on the defense. Focus on you. One thing about it, whatever you do is going to be on tape. I refuse to let my emotions run me because of what is going on outside of the defense and then I go out there and mess up. I can't do that. I won't do that. The defense has been doing a phenomenal job focusing on that. We can be a top defense if we focus on defense. I don't care where you put that ball, we are going to fight. You can put it at the two-yard line, we have got to fight. That's what this defense has been doing so I take my hat off to those guys because it is tough for anybody. It's tough to just focus on what is going on because you are watching the game too. We are watching the game too. We are seating the watching the game as well.

(on teammates having the same mindset as him)

The majority, if not all. Like I said, there is no reason for me to say this and not continue to do it until I get everyone on the same page. The majority is on the right track and that's where it starts. We are starting to learn and figure out the ones who truly love football, truly love this game. That's the part we are figuring out. So, I say the majority is on the right track, in the same mindset, but I got to get everybody. I need 400 percent support. I am going to continue do that. I don't care how tough it is. Somebody has to do it so I am fine with taking it upon myself to make this happen.

Advertising