Marcell Dareus had some extra motivation to play in his first career playoff game.
The seven-year veteran had spent his entire career in Buffalo until wholesale authentic nfl jerseys the Bills traded the defensive tackle to the Jaguars in October.
His first playoff game just so happened to be against his former team.
“I’m so grateful to the Jaguars for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” said Dareus, who had four tackles, including one for loss, in Jacksonville’s 10-3 win. “I worked hard out there (Sunday) and so did the whole team to make sure we got that win. My emotions were running high and I used them as motivation. I wanted this win badly.”
While the 27-year-old Dareus told reporters he doesn’t “have anything against the Bills organization,” he isn’t exactly a fan of the two men who decided to trade him — general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott.
“The GM, if he walks to me, or the head coach, and tries to shake my hand, (I’ll) act like I’m going to shake their hand and then be like, get out of here,” Dareus told NFL Media prior to Sunday’s playoff game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. “Head coach, GM — f— out of here. I ain’t no f—boy. After all this, you’re going to try to come shake my hand? Come on now. Don’t try me. Don’t do me like that. If you’re going to do me like that, that’s crazy.”
Dareus was the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and was a Pro Bowler in both 2013 and 2014. But his work ethic was called into question the last couple of years, leading to his Bills departure.
“I had a great run there and enjoyed every moment,” he said of his time in Buffalo. “Of course, playing against them made it bittersweet, but we won and I’m glad I’m on the winning side.
“It just feels good,” Dareus added. “It’s been a long year for me so to be able to participate in my first playoff run makes it all worth it. I’m so happy we’re on to the next round, excited to go into Pittsburgh and keep this opportunity rolling for me and all of my teammates.”
Jacksonville, Fla. — Marcell Dareus and his Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills, 10-3, in an AFC wild card playoff game on Sunday.
Here is a what the defensive tackle said in the locker room after the game.
On how the first playoff win feels and against his former team:
“Man. A lot of ups and downs, it’s just the way life is. The game is the same way. When things are going like this you have to keep on a straight and narrow path as long as you’re moving forward and making your way up with making the right decisions, you must be living right. Things have to go the right way, I guess.”
On Bills fans in Jacksonville:
“They were going crazy. I love it. They just bring that energy. It was pretty fun. They all came out and showed up and had a great time.”
On the team surviving and advancing:
“Yeah. Every play, every rep and every step out there you earn the right to do another one. I’m at a loss for words right now. I have a lot of friends (out there) and it was an emotional game. I didn’t think it was going to be like that. I didn’t think I was going to feel like that, but man it’s life. It is what it is and it’s a game.”
On if the intensity of the playoff game surprised him:
“No, not at all. It’s just the will to win. Everybody was willing to win. It was just the speed of the game and the attitude of the game and the tension between the two (teams), it was like a proving point. For me personally, I was just hovering over the whole atmosphere and trying to live in the moment.”
On if he helped the defense this week because he played at Buffalo:
“Hey, we got this one and we have to work to the next week.”
On how the Jaguars stopped the Bills:
“We studied film and had a good understanding of what was going on. We just played as tight as we possibly can.”
On Tyrod Taylor’s injury:
“I hate to see that happen to anybody. I just wish him the best, man.”
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