Insider Exclusive: Q&A With Kenny Iwebema

Kenny Iwebema continues his interview with AZRedReport.com, but this time for Insider's only. In the member's version he talks about the leadership of a current Cardinals player, the biggest difference between pro and college, the best part about playing for the Cardinals and much more.

Click here for Part I of the Kenny Iwebema Q&A


Dusty Wittig: Is there a veteran on the team who has eased your transition from college?

Kenny Iwebema: Antonio Smith. Right now I'm right behind him on the depth chart. He has helped me a lot as far as off the field. He tells me where I can go and where I can't. On the field he lets me know what makes the coaches happy, what doesn't. He has helped me a lot with my pass rush as well.

DW: What is the biggest challenge you will face in the NFL that you didn't have to deal with in college?

KI: Trying to fill up that free time. You get your work done in three to five hours. The rest of the day it is a challenge. If you don't know how to take care of yourself, you can get in trouble. It's a huge difference. Here you don't have to worry about going to class like in college. Some of the guys see it as a blessing. If you make good out of the time, it is. But if you don't, it can be your downfall. I usually just study my playbook and hit up a movie every now and then.

DW: What are some of your strengths as a player that you can bring to the Cardinals?

KI: My ability to play the run. I'm excited to be able to have more freedom in the pass rush here. That's going to improve my ability to make plays.

DW: What are some things you can improve?

KI: I still can improve on my pass rush. Giving all this freedom its something I'm adjusting to. I used to have to play the run first in Iowa.

DW: As a college player expecting to go pro, did you have any friends or contacts in the NFL you looked to for advice?

KI: There were a couple guys. Derrick Robinson graduated in 2004. He was the one that I talked to on a consistent basis.

DW: How was your minicamp experience?

KI: It was good. It was really informative. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. I learned the defense and what kind of schemes they use. I got to meet all of my teammates. And it wasn't just the rookies who showed up, everyone did. That's what the Cardinals are all about.

DW: What are you excited about most with the prospect of playing for the Arizona Cardinals?

KI: They are an upcoming team. They have young guys who can make plays. They went 8-8 last year, the year before that wasn't so good. This year though we are going to be good. I feel like we are going to do some really big things.

DW: How comfortable are you in playing the 3-4 defense?

KI: Very comfortable. I pride myself on being able to adjust to different schemes. I try to put myself where the coaches want me to be.

DW: What are you planning for your first NFL paycheck?

KI: Putting a down payment on my condo.


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