Monday, December 23, 2013
A: Appreciate it.
Q: This is something you were talking about wanting a couple weeks ago. How does it feel?
A: It feels good just knowing my future is secure for a little bit and just not wondering what’s going to be happening the next couple of months. That’s a load off as well. Just knowing I’m on a team like the team I’m on right now. The players that are passionate and competitive and just knowing that we’re just a step away from putting everything together and becoming that playoff team that we know that we can be. I’m excited about being a part of that building process.
Q: What about the fit you seem to find yourself in Mike Pettine’s defense?
A: I like the fit a lot. Schematically this is one of the better defenses for me because I’m a quicker big fella so I can get penetration or I can surprise them with some power. I keep the offensive lineman on their toes most of the time. I feel like that goes towards my strengths a lot. Like I said, this defense we get along great and on the defensive front we know what each other might be doing. We don’t have to be looking at the person; we’ve just been with each other long enough to know. I just like the rapport we have over here right now.
Q: After playing that waiting game in free agency last year, how important was it for you to get this done now?
A: It was very important. Like I said, I enjoy the team, I like the scheme, and I like the players here. I wanted to stay here and I wanted everything to be fair, so when my agent and the team, got everything settled that was an easy decision for me to stay because I like the area and I like the people and like I said I like the team.
Q: You’ve been on a playoff team, how close is this team to that?
A: It’s very close. I feel like I was part of the building process somewhat in Seattle and I see a lot of similar things. I see games, all the games that we lost were by a few points and that was kind of the exact same it was in Seattle as well. I felt like we actually may have been in some areas a little bit more ahead than Seattle was when I was there in some aspects. I feel like next year the sky is the limit. I think we can go deep in the playoffs with the talent we have in here.
Q: How long did you resign for?
A: I signed for three years.