Q & A with LB Clint Kriewaldt

<b>GVB: </b> The team's a little nicked up coming down the stretch but it's amazing to see so many guys who have stepped into the situation and come through for this team.

Kriewaldt: Oh yeah, definitely. I've been around a lot of other seasons—you know, injuries are going to happen, especially this late in the season. It's a long season. I don't think I've been with a team with a group of back-ups that have been doing just as good as the starters have been doing.

GVB: It's tough to lose a guy like Haggans for a couple of games, probably; Farrior's a little banged up although he has said that he's going to play. I guess as you get to this part of the season you're going to expect some nicks and bruises.

Kriewaldt: You always expect that. You go through four preseason games and then the whole season—I mean, it's a physical sport. You're going to have injuries, you're going to lose guys for a week or two here and there, but you've just got to have the number two guys who are going to step in and play just as well, if not better.

GVB: If Farrior doesn't go, that's your position, so you would see a little bit more action.

Kriewaldt: Right, but he's going. I know what kind of competitor he is and he's not going to miss (Saturday's) game. He's banged up right now, and it doesn't make any sense—I haven't practiced. Let him get healed up. He knows what he's doing. Tomorrow I'm sure he'll get some work. He'll be fine, but if not I'll be ready to go.

GVB: I think you could make a legitimate case for him for team MVP. What do you think?

Kriewaldt: I think you could make a case for him for league MVP, defensive MVP. He's having a heck of a year. He did last year but this year is night and day from even last year. He's outstanding with everything he's doing on the field. He's a playmaker. He's around the ball and he's one of the—the best linebacker in the league as far as I'm concerned.

GVB: You're at a point now where you're playing for positioning in the playoffs. You've got the division title. New England is still out there, they're trying for home-field advantage, too. I guess it's a matter of which one of you blinks down the stretch. You'd like to be able to relax a little coming down the stretch, but one of you has to blink.

Kriewaldt: Right. All we can do is control what we can control and that's by starting this week and taking care of the Giants, working hard this week and going to New York. It's going to be a tough game. We can only take one game at a time, not look too far ahead, look at who we're playing and just take care of that. We'll do that every week and just see what happens.

GVB: Clint, I appreciate it.


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