A conversation with Jon Vilma

Q)What are your expectations for Year Two under Coach Mangini?

Vilma: We really came on strong the last half of the season – we went 6-2 the last eight games and went to the playoffs. We have a good foundation from last year that we can build on for this year. So far, it has been looking good.

Q)How much does the defense need to improve from last year?

Vilma: It's going to come with time. I said that last year. It takes time to get used to a system for myself and to be comfortable knowing that the guys around me know the system, as well. Right now, we are getting better. We brought in some good veterans and some very good rookies, so for us, it's a chance to get used to the guys again.

Q)What do you guys need to get better at?

Vilma: We look at the things that we did well and the things that we didn't do well and then try to improve on the things that we didn't do well and hone in on the things that we did do well. If we take that approach and we are not slacking mentally or physically in the offseason, then we should be in for a good year.

Q)Has Mangini changed his approach at all in Year Two?

Vilma: He hasn't taken a different approach up to this point. He reflects back on the season, takes the good, the bad and tries to improve on the good and get rid of the bad.

Q)What do you think of his nickname Mangenous?

Vilma: It's funny. Whenever you have a last name like that, you're bound to get a couple creative nicknames. Mangenious is a good one.

Q)Has he earned that nickname?

Vilma: We'll see. If he gets about six or seven Super Bowls in the next six or seven years, I think it would fit him pretty well.

Q)Do you think NFL players should be role models?

Vilma: Whether we like it or not, we are role models. We have a bunch of kids looking up to us. I remember when I was a kid, looking up to Jerry Rice. Whether we like it or not, we are setting an example; good or bad. Roger (Goodell), the NFL and a lot of players want to set a good example and that's his (Roger Goodell) way of enforcing it. If he (Roger Goodell) has to enforce it that way, so be it.

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