Re: Coordinator Quotes 11/30/06 - Tomlin, Bevell & Ferraro
A few excerpts from Tomlin:
'...he's playing violently...'
Q: What moved Griffin ahead of Smoot?
It wasn't necessarily about Fred in regards to Cedric becoming a starting player. It was about Cedric, and what he was doing. He's playing at a high level. He's playing with great detail in terms of his technique, and he's playing violently, and let's face it, this is a violent game that we play. He's a football player first and a corner second, and we honor those types of attributes.
The ole 3-3-5.
Q: There was a package last week that looked like a â€˜3-3-5' package. Was that something that you had done in Tampa Bay?
Actually I did it at Arkansas State back in the mid to late 90s. I don't want to make more out of it than what it is really. Ben has some skills as a rush-man. We know what he has as a cover guy. We were just trying to keep him on the field, and we work within the framework of what we have to provide that for him last week.
The Vikes win the SB using the 3-3-5 and the next year 65% of the teams use the D and 98% of the sports magazines do in-depth breakdowns of it.
He consistently says, 'we are a work in progress'.
Q: What does it say about your defense that you can implement new thing each week?
Yeah, we mean what we say when we say that we are fundamentalists in our base. We have a small menu and a big understanding, so you can make week-to-week adjustments to cater to what you need to do at any specific time. And within that, you should be able to plug guys in at maybe different spots with inside the scheme. Because when you have a small menu, guys not only know what they have to do, but what's being done around them. So it just provides flexibility in that regard. We are a work in progress. We are going to continue to fight the battles day in and day out to get better, but it does lend itself to interchangeable parts.
True for all teams, but I'm excited to see this defense after it has a year or two under it's belt and it is fine-tuning rather than learning.
Q: Did you also unveil a dime pass defense for the first time?
Yeah, but we played some actually in Miami. That wasn't the first time.
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