Jim Bridge Q&A

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Offensive line coach Jim Bridge talked with Pack Pride about how experience has helped his offensive linemen develop and what he expects from his group this season.

Offensive line coach Jim Bridge talked with Pack Pride about how experience has helped his offensive linemen develop and what he expects from his group this season.

How have the first few days of fall camp gone? It's certainly a building process but can you see those incremental steps forward?
You know what, I don't even know what day we're in, we are just putting our heads down and going to work. It's just another day that ends in Y.

There is more experience along the offensive line than there has been in the past couple of seasons. How much does it help to have guys like R.J. Mattes, Camden Wentz and Zach Allen at this point in camp?
The positive thing about that is that it helps you get to step two faster, it helps you get to step three faster. It helps you progress. There is a comfort level because they've seen all this before and I can handle this. That is the benefit of having those veteran guys. Plus, the veteran guys also know what it looks like when it's done right and they can help the young guys.

The young guys now are seeing things done right and seeing what things look like not just hearing what things look like and they have something to mimmick and model after.

Do you think something like that improves the learning curve for the younger guys even though this may only be the first or second time they are going through camp?
Absolutely, because it isn't just a mystery of what it looks like when it's done right. It isn't a mystery anymore. Now, they can see an evidence of what things look like and then the results when things are done right because of the veteran guys.

Of the younger guys, the second and third team guys, has anyone stood out so far?
One of the things about the offensive line is that we're not a name, we're 15 strong and all 15 are working hard, whether they are the first team, second team or third team.

I would be doing an injustice to the other guys who are sweating and fighting and scratching if there was one guy standing out. There are 15 guys fighting every day to get us better, and that's the grind. It's just another day.

Wth Mike Glennon being a different style quarterback than Russell Wilson, how does that change the approach to pass blocking for you guys? Or does it change it at all?
No, it really hasn't. I think that there is an obvious fact that Russell is a moving target and the perception of Mike as a stationary target.

We always had launch points, we always had to know what the launch points are, we've always had to protect the launch point and we have to do that with Russell, with Mike, with Fran Tarkenton or with John Elway. We have to protect the launch point, keep the quarterbacks feet clean and make throwing lanes. That's our job. To us, we don't care who is back there. Our job is to keep them on their feet.


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