Thursday, May 31, 2012
Has Jonathan Vilma helped you out in your transition to the Saints?
“Vilma’s been doing this for a while, but I’ve also been doing it four years. I have a few questions for him, I’ll bounce it off of him, and you know I told him, if you see anything you need help with (I’ll reciprocate), and he’s been helping me along the way, making me a better complete player.”
How interchangeable are the strong and weakside positions?
“Well each position is different, but at the same time, in order to be a linebacker, the next man up, you need to learn all three positions, so our guys have been doing that.”
Are you practicing at different linebacker positions?
“No, I’ve been staying pretty much in the middle, but I’ve also been learning, when I’m not getting my reps. I also look at what the other linebackers are doing.”
Are you guys learning from each other with such a talented linebacker group?
“Yes. You don’t do everything perfect, so the next guy, you look at him, and he’ll teach you, and you pick up little traits from each guy. We’re pushing each other to be great.”
Coach Vitt said that you have some familiarity with this defensive system from your time in Atlanta?
I give as much advice as I can, but at the same time, I’m learning it too. It’s similar but it’s different. We’re all learning it together. We all help each other out. That’s what being a good teammate is.”
What are your thoughts on coach Vitt speaking of you in such high regard?
“It means a lot, but it what it is. It’s still early. I’m still growing as a player, being a middle linebacker in this defense, getting everybody lined up, getting them in the right position.”