Q&A with Ron Edwards

When Shawn Price was cut, Ron Edwards was named the starter at under tackle. Edwards, a second-year man from Texas A&M, came to the Bills as a nose tackle, but is now lining up next to fellow Aggie Pat Williams. Here's a Shout! Exclusive interview with Edwards, who's a low-key, very to-the-point kind of guy.

Q: What did you think of winning the job at under tackle?

Ron Edwards: Shawn Price was out and it was between me, Tyrone Robertson and Justin Bannan, so I guess I came through on that matter. Of course, I was happy about it.

Q: Why do you think you were able to win the job at under tackle?

RE: I work hard in practice. But the coaches make the final decision. You're gonna have to ask them. It's in their eyes.

Q: Obviously, the under tackle lines up off the shoulder of the strongside guard while the nose tackle lines up off the shoulder of the center. What are the other differences you see between under tackle and nose?

Q: For the two defensive tackles, it's not that much different. It's basically the same steps, same handwork, same footwork and everything else. It's not really that different.

Q: Is the preparation different?

RE: Same preparation. You always have to practice your best, study your best, you have to do things as if you are a starter because if somebody goes down, of course, you've got to go in. So you have to be prepared.

Q: What do you need to improve?

RE: I'd like to improve by basically growing into the position – same as I would nose tackle. I'd like to get everything going – practicing to have exact footwork, exact hands, just repetition of those things.

Q: You'll be going up against Daunte Culpepper this week. How do you defend him?

RE: Keep him in the pocket. Keep him throwing. Just rush him – pretty much. Don't let him get out of the pocket. Don't let him run. That's it basically.

Q: Gregg, said something about having the linemen be a little more cautious in how they place against Culpepper because of his escapability. What do you think of that?

RE: You're just playing football, man. If you see something, you have to go for it. It's just instinct now. Just playing football.

Q: How do you think the defense will react to Randy Moss?

RE: We're just gonna play, man. Just playing football, that's it. You can't worry about it.

Q: What do you think about Nate Clements, challenging Randy Moss. That puts some pressure on you, doesn't it? You guys got to get there.

RE: Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Q: You seem pretty matter-of-fact about everything, not too high, not too low.

RE: It's just playing football. You go out there and do your job and everything happens after that.

Q: Would you describe yourself as low-key?

RE: I can excited, but I don't do flips, or anything like that.

Q: Do you enjoy talking with the media?

RE: It's cool. It doesn't bother me. Just go along with the punches.

Q: It doesn't seem like anything bother you. You just seem pleasant.

RE: Can't let things bother you.

Q: That'll do it, Ron. Thanks a lot.

RE: Alright.


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