|Bills LB Manny Lawson Q&A|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, March 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm ET
Manny Lawson Profile
Recently signed Buffalo Bills linebacker Manny Lawson met with the local media for Q&A session on Wednesday. Here are excerpts of what he had to say:
Q: Your thoughts on joining the Buffalo Bills and the reason for the decision?
A: Thank you for one. And it is kind of hard to not want to be a part of this organization. For one, the staff that is here. Having Coach Marrone being here. Our DC (Mike Pettine), our head coach and then their history. (Pettine) has been a part of really good defenses. His track record shows it. Been in the top five the past four years, I think is what it is. I get to also have a couple guys that I know and have played with. One being Mario Williams. We played in school (North Carolina State) together. It will be good to jaw back and forth with him. Then other guys around the league that I have gotten to get to know playing against them and playing with them. I am just excited to be here.
Q: How big of a factor was DE Mario Williams being here for you and how excited are you to reunite with him?
A: As a factor and him—I guess if you want to say he was trying to peer pressure me (then) no. We have not talked yet. We will definitely chat it up in a few I am pretty sure. It is great to have somebody that you actually knew before the NFL came into the picture. We had fun together in college. We competed in college. We jaw back and forth. It is good to know that is still there. You know that we do get a chance to, I guess you could say, rekindle our college lives.
Q: If you look at this team's needs linebacker was a big priority. That must have been a lure as well.
A: Yes sir. Being that I was sought after and I was really one of the choices they wanted to go to that spoke volumes of what I meant to them. Therefore that as a person just really warms the heart. If somebody comes at you and tells you, ‘You know what, we want you. This is here. We need you here.' Just to hear those words. Indescribable. Q: Where do you see yourself fitting in and have you had a chance to talk with DC Mike Pettine?
A: That I have. I have had a chance. We got to talk a little bit of football. And as far as where I see myself fitting in, I see myself fitting in where I always see myself fitting in: making plays. I have played in several different types of defensive schemes. I have played in several special teams schemes, so whatever and wherever they need to put me at is where I will be.
Q: How big of a factor was Pettine's hybrid defensive scheme to you coming here? A: I look at myself as also being a hybrid. I am a defensive end in a linebacker's body or mentality as you want to put it. I look as far as though I can drop into coverage, I can rush the passer and I think I fit well in this scheme. I can bluff those same things, too. As far as creating mismatches for offense over whether this guy is going to do what he is lined up to do right now based on previous film. I think I fit well in this scheme.
Q: Do you have any ties to the defensive coaching staff?
A: Nobody at all. I have heard talk. I have probably crossed paths in playing against one another, but as far as playing together, no.