I really love the 3-tech. I really love the 4-3 defense and shooting that B gap and getting the one-on-one situation in that small space – you know, the “phone booth” is where I’m pretty good at. But if teams want me to play end in a 3-4, then I’ll do whatever they want me to. If they want me to gain weight, lose weight, get to an ideal weight to play there, then I’ll play there.
You’re going to see a guy with great character, I’ll tell you that. A real good knowledge of the game. Someone who is explosive. May not be making the play every time, but is going to make an impact somehow.
Man, that’s tough! I can’t even say that. There’s so many great players – like Carl Bradford who decided to declare for the NFL. Me and him last year were the top sack leaders in the nation. Chris Young, who’s at linebacker – he makes me right. I make a move and he feeds off me. I’ll even take an offensive player. Marion Grice is just a versatile player. I’m sad he couldn’t be here this week. I could take a bunch of guys. Alden Darby – he played in the Shrine Game and had two picks in the Shrine Game. Osahon Irabor at corner. Robert Nelson at corner – he had 8 picks this year I want to say. We just had a bunch of talent this year.
My teammates. That’s the big thing. We have a bond, a special bond. Our coaches installed that it’s about relationships. That’s how teams get good. I see the Florida State guys and I see how they’re all close. That’s what it takes to win Championships. That’s what I’ll miss the most.
My thing is to just invade and get in the O-lineman’s space. Make him uncomfortable. I’ve got good hand-eye coordination so my thing is to just get his hands off me as fast as I could and try to make a play.
Yes, I have talked to them (Bears). It was just a regular, informal interview to get to know me. A couple of teams have come up to me. Dallas and the Bears are a couple of teams that I have been watching throughout the season and I know they need D-linemen. I’m just trying to make an impression. They ask just simple questions – you know, like “How’s my life at home” – things of that nature.
Yes, I think so. The 3-tech, you know, B-gap and go.
You know, I don’t know. Usually, a 3-tech is one of the most athletic guys on the line, so there are a bunch of 3-tech guys who could play the end, or could go play the nose. So, it’s just a matter if teams want to use a guy as a 3-tech or use them somewhere else.
It’s tough. It’s like deciding what college to go to, what agent to pick. There’s some decisions in life that are tough and I think I made the right decision. I don’t look back and regret it at all.
Yeah, it was hard. I had to get used to playing at a heavier weight. And I knew that it was going to be a challenge all season because offenses were going to start scheming for me. I’ve been under the limelight in past years, playing with guys like Vontaze Burfict and guys in that area.
I finally got the appreciation that I kinda deserved. It was a matter of me taking it upon myself to where I just need to get better, even if it’s just my strength, I needed to make it better.
You gotta workout. You just can’t eat and sit around. You have to get your body used to it. You gotta go out there and run, lift, go hit the sled and just work on your football in a different way.
Somebody who is mentally tough, smart, you know, take an extra hour or two to get in the film room and study the opponent and show a great knowledge of the game.
You know, they pretty much know a lot right now. What they are pretty much looking for is if I still have my quickness and my first step and that’s what I need to showcase.
It was just every game, every team. So I had to come in with the mindset that I know they are going to come after me. So I had to do everything in my power to have the right technique, to have the right leverage to go out there and do everything that I’m coached to do to be successful.
Just to work hard. Be somebody who is not looked at as somebody who slacks off. Be somebody who works hard, has good character, has a good attitude and has a good head on their shoulders.