LaRon Landry: Skins sent a "big-time statement"
LaRon Landry was the man of the match Sunday night, and as such, he took his sweet time getting ready to address the media. Still, since he was the man of the match and all, you sort of had to wait. He was, I believe, the very last player to come out to speak with the media, well after midnight.
Which is why he said that his victory celebration had already ended. This gets confusing, but stick with me here.
"It's big time, but I live by the 24-hour rule," Landry said of the divisional win. "[Jeepers], it's 12:25 right now, so this victory right here? I'm not celebrating it any more. I'm looking on to Houston. That's what we've got to do, just keep on pressing, and if we dwell on this, you get complacent. It's over for me right now."
A lot of us looked around at each other as Landry was explaining this. How does a 24-hour rule mandate an end to the celebration less than an hour after the game ended? Shouldn't he, by rights, have until about 23:35 on Monday? Victory Monday and all that.
"Nah man, this game is over," Landry said. "Tomorrow is Monday. Let's go now. Let's go. Let's go. The preparation starts on Monday, so I'm gonna go and get the tape and break it down. [Monday] I'm gonna go in and get the tape if they have it available and start breaking it down."
In fact, Landry said the defensive starters asked for Dallas tape before the Arizona preseason game, so they could have two weeks of studying. Seems to have paid off for the fourth-year safety, who finished with a career-high 17 tackles. Mike Shanahan didn't seem overly impressed -- "in preseason he had 10 tackles at half, so play a full game and you know he is going to be somewhere in that area," the coach said.
Still, Landry had only cracked double digits four times in his career, and hadn't had more than 12 tackles in 40 games. But he got to 17 on Sunday despite fighting cramps that began in the first quarter and forced him to the locker room early for a halftime dose of IV fluids, the first time in-game IV of his life.
"My hydration's [good], I don't know what was going on, I don't know why," he said. "I have no idea. I mean, I'm not inside my body."
As for the 17 tackles, he attributed it both to his preparation and the new defense.
"I wish I could have got 30," he said. "Like I said, this defense enables me to fly around, read my keys and I can just play ball instead of just sitting back in the middle of the field, trying to get action. This defense enables me where I can go really get it, and not mess up, get beat on double moves. I'm closer to the ball, I can just read my keys and fly, and that's what I love about it."
Finally he was asked if this win sends a statement of some sort to the league. (Sample statement: Holding doesn't pay.)
"I mean, if the viewers want to look at it like that," Landry said. "We're just doing our job, and our job is to win. We're not trying to lose. So if they want to look at it like that, of course, it's a big-time statement. And week in and week out we're trying to make statements: that we're here to play, we're here to win. That's what it's all about."
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