Freddie Keiaho: No they were the only one. I spoke to a couple coaches at the Combine at sit-down interviews.
Q: Who were the other teams showing interest?
FK: I had a sit-down interview with Miami and the Raiders.
Q: Where are you seeing most of your reps? At the middle linebacker position?
FK: No, at strongside linebacker.
Q: I thought that would be a really good fit for you right after they drafted you. And the fact they had David Thorton leave and Gilbert Gardner trying to get settled in, I thought with your athleticism that would be a good spot for you. You did most of your work inside at San Diego State though, right?
FK: I was the inside linebacker, but I played a lot of positions there. I played on the outside because we had a lot of different defenses at San Diego State, so I was all over the place. Primarily, in our base defense I played inside linebacker and in the Colts' nickel defense I play middle linebacker.
Q: Playing the MIKE in the nickel, is your expectation to get to play that
position early on or are you a back-up?
FK: I'm definitely a back-up because Gary's the man in the defense and in nickel, so I'm just going try to learn as much as I can from him in the nickel package.
Q: What's your comfort level with what you've seen with the Colts so far working at SAM?
FK: It's just football. It requires a lot less -- as far as not calling the offense and not making sure everybody's lined up -- so of the three I'd say it was the easiest mentally but one of the most challenging physically.
Q: Why isn't it as challenging mentally but more so physically? Could you explain that a little bit more for the fans?
FK: The Colts' defense is very simple, and the philosophy behind that is they want players to play hard and play fast -- and you can't play fast if you're thinking too much about the defense. They want to make a defense where you can run and play fast with instincts, so a lot of the packages are simplified. In the SAM linebacker position you only have three drops and you only have a couple reads, so the rules of the SAM linebacker position are really easy to follow. As far as it being more physical, you're lined up against the tight end most of the time, so you have to handle them in run situations.
Q: Have you formed some early friendships already?
FK: All of the linebackers have been really cool. I expected a lot more hazing from the older guys, but everybody's really down-to-earth. And all of those guys are really easy to build a relationship with because they're really open and you can tell they're a team, and those guys in that room want to win. You hear stories sometimes about the older players telling the younger guys the wrong thing to do, and I don't think that would ever happen in this case.
Q: I know you have quite a reputation as a special teams player which has to be thrilling for the Colts as they're trying to upgrade their special teams. I noticed you had four blocked punts during your collegiate career. What's your secret to success?
FK: I think some guys get a knack for doing something, and I had to play behind a third-rounder and a second-rounder, so I had to get good at something. So I developed a knack at being good at special teams and blocking punts.
Q: Have you gotten to do a lot of work so far on special teams units with the Colts?
FK: Yeah, we got a lot done in OTAs, but it's kind of tough to do special teams without any pads on because it's kind of unrealistic. Special teams is more about desire than anything else. You have to want to run down there and make a tackle and make a play to be a good special teams player.
Q: Do you expect to see action on all four special teams?
FK: I hope so. I'm hoping to do as much as I can. Whatever I can do to put the team in a better position, I'll do. If they ask me to go out and play fullback or quarterback I'll do it…I don't think that'll happen though. (laughs)
Q: What are your early impressions of Indianapolis as a city?
FK: It's not San Diego, but it's a beautiful city. It's very green, and gas and the cost of living are a lot cheaper.
Q: No beach though.
FK: Yeah, no beach. (laughs) But a hundred thousand dollars for a home is a pretty good deal. A hundred thousand dollars in California will get you a closet; I don't think you could even get an RV for that.