Q: A lot of the younger guys had a bunch of interceptions today. How much does that tell you about what they’re doing and how much does that help their confidence?A: They were in the right spot and they made a nice play and hopefully we can grow with that, we can get better because of that. It’s a good thing to see the people make plays.
Q: Can you teach ball-hawking skills? Or do they have to be more instinctive?A: It’s both. You can teach them where to be and how to play it and what position they should be in and where their eyes ought to be. And then, of course, there’s some individual ability involved, but yes. You can definitely teach the whole thing probably except for catching the ball, which we can work at that, too. Being in the right spot, the eyes, the quarterback… Where is your leverage coming from? Where is your help coming from? When do your eyes go to the ball? If they do go to the ball and you’re in man coverage, how do you handle that when the receiver is looking for the ball or which shoulder you’re going to work with? So all of that stuff is taught.
Q: Are you anxious to get in pads to see how the defensive line and the offensive line bang?A: We need that. You get to this point and, quite frankly, they bang on each other more than they’re supposed to and no matter how many times you talk about hands and feet, there are a lot of shoulders. So we need the protection of that, especially as they get more and more aggressive.
Q: Was Hakeem Nicks limited today?A: Yes, he was.
Q: For precautionary reasons?A: I hope so.
Q: How do you think David Diehl can benefit from Justin Pugh pushing him along at right tackle?A: David Diehl is a highly motivated guy in the first place and competition always brings out the best, so between the two of them competing and battling away for positions and especially with Brewer in there as well, that’s all good stuff.
Q: Is Rueben Randle starting to show a little bit more early in this camp?A: He’s made some outstanding plays and today he had a couple that were almost that would’ve been nice plays. The one in the team drill in the left corner… The jump ball post in the middle of the field was a nice play and I don’t know how close that one in the far corner was from Murphy, but it looked like it was competitive.
Q: It seemed like quite the battle between Randle and Prince Amukamara? Did you like what you saw from both of those guys?A: Prince competed like heck. He really did and that’s what we’re trying to get there and he’s rising to the occasion. He’s being more and more competitive.
Q: Are you concerned that maybe Nicks is being a little too cautious? He seems to be really very worried about making it through camp and staying healthy.A: I don’t know that. That's not what he tells me. We just want him out there competing and practicing. The guy has not practiced and he really needs to get out there. We’ll have to see the extent of which we have an issue here.
Q: What needs to happen for you guys to bring the pass rush back to where it was two years ago in 2011?A: Well, I think ‘back to work.’ You know ‘back to work’ and I think if we start out the way we’re talking about starting: about you know, stop the run, be more physical, and I think the opportunities will be there and I think we’ll respond.
Q: Why do you think it fell off a bit last year?A: There are a lot of reasons. I’m not going into that.
Q: Have you ever been a part of a team where all three linebacker spots are open, and what does that say about the chemistry and playing together, is there any concern on that?A: Well, it’s been the position everyone’s wanted to talk about in the spring and now. It is competitive, we do have guys who have been outstanding special teamers who can run that are vying for those spots. Just because you don’t know necessarily a lot of information about them doesn’t mean they’re not football players, so we’ll see. It’s very early, but they’ve done okay up to this point.
Q: Kris Adams looks like he had a hand issue?A: Yeah, his finger popped out on him but he popped it right back in. He’s fine.
Q: You talked about how much contact they’ve had being without pads so far, but when they do get pads on, isn’t there a balance on how much contact you are having?A: You’re not supposed to be out of control. You’re supposed to stay on your feet, stay on your feet. You’re going to get some hitting in, that type of thing, but that’s what those preseason games are for as well. You have to remember that part about it.
Q: But at camps years ago there’d be more tackling, there’d be more contact, why is that not so anymore?A: There are lots of reasons. One is a salary cap. Secondly is that you don’t have quite as long as some of those old camps where you brought them along slower and that type of thing. You have these off-season programs the way they are today, but you still have to, in this day and age, you’ve got to try to do the best you can. It’s a very fine line you’ve got to get a team ready to play and they’ve got to be physical, but you can’t step over the line. You have to take care of each other. Although it’s highly competitive, it is a team, and you’re working as a team to improve each other and that’s what you have to keep in mind. Is it easy? No.
Q: Has it been hard for you to adapt because your whole career it’s been ‘work the guys hard,’ and now it seems like it’s a little bit-A: Well no, that’s not the right way to put it. Working hard…they work hard year-round, it's just you’re not going to see any full scrimmages or anything of that nature, at least from me. It’s been a very easy adjustment for me.