(HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE DEFENSE THIS YEAR?)
Better. If I could use one word, it's better. We can't do much worse than we did last year. So the only way to go is up and I think we're headed in that direction. We're looking forward to a great year.
(DEFENSIVE FRONT LINE)
Five out of the front seven are seniors. Which is a big deal. Last year we didn't have much experience there. When you have five out of seven seniors, it really helps out with the attitude and chemistry and toughness.
(DIAMOND FERRY's SHIFT TO STRONG SAFETY)
He's been a great addition to our defense. He brings the kind of attitude and toughness that we need and we want on this defense. Adding Diamond has been a great thing for our defense.
(YOUR OWN SHIFT TO MIDDLE LINEBACKER)
I'm looking forward to it. It's my natural position so it's something I've been looking forward to for many years. I'm really excited for this opportunity.
(HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OUTSIDE LINEBACKER?)
There's a lot more to see. The vision is a little different. You have to pay attention to a lot more things. I have to be grateful for the opportunity and grateful to the team.
(WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY VISION?)
Well your vision is different when you're playing on the outside you have more tunnel vision. When you're in the middle, you're going to look right left, front back. You're peripheral vision is a lot more important in the middle.
(WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM CLIFTON SMITH?)
His toughness was his big thing. His intensity, his instincts were very good. He was a great linebacker. I'm not trying to learn from anybody. I'm my own player, so I bring different things to the table than Clifton. Clifton was a great guy, a great linebacker, and he brought a lot of good things to this defense, but we have to worry about this year and unfortunately he's not going to be here this year. I have to do what's best for this team and what's best for us.
More on Rich Scanlon and the defense can be found in this month's issue of The Juice.
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