Q&A with BC Secondary Coach Mike Siravo

SDBoltReport.com's Scott Domitrowits continues to interview college coaches who've worked with members of the Chargers' rookie class. Today, he sits down with Boston College defensive backs coach Mike Siravo, who coached DeJuan Tribble last season. Siravo talks about Tribble's strengths (instincts), weaknesses (man coverage) and more in this exclusive Q&A.

Scott Domitrowits: What kind of work ethic does DeJuan Tribble have?

Mike Siravo: DeJuan's preseason camp this past year was like him being a rookie trying to make a team despite his status as one of the leaders of our team. He would always be running in between drills and showing constant hustle and energy. He has such a great work ethic and his conditioning in the weight room was also impressive and something the younger guys would look at and try to model their workouts the same way. DeJuan just wouldn't leave anything to chance, he would always work for it.

SD: What kind of character will he bring to the locker room?

MS: DeJuan is going to bring energy and a real upbeat attitude. Being a first year secondary coach it was great to have DeJuan because he was a great example by action. He was always early to practice and was always responsible. He was not one of those in your face intensity guys. He's a light-hearted, easy-going spirit and when things get down he keeps his chin up.

SD: What is the best part of DeJuan's game?


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MS: His vision and his instincts are the best parts of his game. He can see through the zone coverage and reads the quarterback very well. He has the ability to anticipate routes. He just sees the ball and reacts to it so well…the kid has a special natural football sense.

SD: What is the part of his game which needs improvement?

MS: I would say his man coverage needs to improve and that's because we didn't practice it a lot at Boston College. I really don't think it is an ability thing, it is more of a practice and repetition thing that will get him to improve.

SD: Is there a particular play that stands out in your mind that shows you how great a player DeJuan is?

MS: There was a play in the NC State game early in the season which really stands out. We were playing in a cover three zone defense and during the play the underneath receiver got free because we did not get a good shot on him. DeJuan was forced to cover the underneath receiver who got free and a receiver who ran a deep route to his side of the field. DeJuan was able to keep the underneath receiver in check meanwhile sprinting back to successfully defend the ball thrown to the deep receiver. It really showed what great reactions he had and how he has great speed.

SD: What is his attitude on the field?

MS: He is a high energy guy who has a lot of fun both when he practices and in the game. He is not going to come down on anyone. He is just trying to pick people up and he always tried to make his teammates better.


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SD: How much did it help DeJuan to practice daily with offensive talent like quarterback Matt Ryan?

MS: Matt helped him because he threw with great pace on the ball. Matt got rid of the ball so quickly, he could read progression quickly, he could get rid of it quickly and he could put the ball in a window almost no other quarterback at the college level can. DeJuan was seasoned for three years against this talent, this accuracy, and what it's like to truly play the ball against top level quarterback talent.

SD: Is he coachable?

MS: He is very coachable. There are two types of coachable players: One that listens and takes in the information but doesn't necessarily translate it to the game and then there is a guy who can do what you say and he can apply it and do it well almost immediately. That is exactly what DeJuan does. He applies it to live action in a competitive situation.

SD: DeJuan injured his knee late last season and missed three games, how crucial was that loss to the defense? Did it emphasize his importance?

MS: Absolutely, it was both. He was one of the leaders and gave people confidence. Our strong safety was better when he knew DeJuan was next to him covering a lot of ground. He provided a great level of comfort to everyone in the secondary and could make elimination plays back there and when he wasn't there that was a big loss.

SD: Can DeJuan play physical enough to hang with big NFL wide receivers?

MS: DeJuan is both strong enough and physical enough to play against pro-sized wide receivers. He's so tough and strong with great upper body strength. He has good size and I definitely think he will be able to adjust to play big receivers in the pros.


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