TOJ’s Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio got to interview New York Jets Running Back Chris Ivory at the XBox One Loft today. A big thank you to Marc Sousa for allowing us a chance to interview The Kraken.
You started out slow this year, but really picked it up after about Week 7. The Jets acquired you for a 4th round draft choice. What would you say to the fans that clamored for Idzik to trade for you, nick-naming you the #Kraken, and who believed in you despite the slow start?
Chris: It felt great, even before the trade was completed. Anytime you have that kind of support, you want to go out and prove those people right. Having Jets fans in my corner, and in the team’s corner, motivated all of us to go out and try our hardest to get into the playoffs. We really thought we were going to get in, but it didn’t happen this year.
You finished the year with 833 yards and a 4.6 yards per carry average despite the initial slow start. Is 1,400 yards out of the question for next season?
Chris: (laughs) I hope not.
Speaking of motivation, Rex has been labeled a master motivator. Geno appears motivated, as do a lot of your teammates, to carry over the end of this season to next season. You’ve played with Drew Brees, one of the best QBs in the league, and for Sean Payton, one of the best coaches in the league. How would you compare Geno Smith to Drew? How about Rex to Sean Payton?
Chris: With Rex and Sean, they’re both in your corner no question. With Drew and Geno, it’s so different because Drew has 12 years as an NFL QB under his belt. Geno’s just starting out, so it’s hard to point out similarities. Anytime you have a young QB, there’s going to be a transition from college to the pros. Geno showed towards the end of the season that he’s got a chance to be a really good QB.
What impressed you the most about Geno?
Chris: He always kept his head up. That was big for me cause young players, especially QBs, will lower their heads if something bad happens. Not Geno. Plus, when we kept him clean, he could make every throw.
How does the NY Media compare to New Orleans?
Chris: Biggest thing, aside from NY being a larger market, with the media in NY, you have to watch what you say.
The XBox One Playoff Face Off App allows users to predict the results of games during the playoffs. It’s a different way for fans to immerse themselves in the NFL, similar to Fantasy Football. Are you a big gamer?
Chris: I am. In our locker room, not a lot of my teammates are, but in New Orleans they definitely were.
The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ. I know you’d love to be playing in the game. Who do you think is the favorite to be hoisting the Lombardi trophy come February 3rd?
Chris: I think it’s the Patriots and the Seahawks. Before you kill me, here’s my reasoning: I’ve seen the Patriots in person. Like Rex, I hate them but I respect them. Whereas a team like Denver, the team many consider the favorite, I haven’t seen much of them this year. So, based off what I’ve seen, the Patriots.
Thank you to Chris Ivory (@ivory33) for sitting down with TOJ.