Crable Willing To Learn

Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable is ready to compete for a role on the Patriots starting defense. Though he's not familiar with the 3-4 scheme New England runs, Crable feels his experience at outside LB at Michigan will help. Here's the recent comments from Crable after becoming the Patriots third round selection (78th overall) in this year's Draft.

Q: Do you have any experience playing in a 3-4 defense and how do you see yourself fitting in?

SC: No, not really. But I played a lot of outside linebacker at Michigan. I'm hoping I can just get with the coaches, watch a couple of the veterans and learn from them.

Q: Do you know [Patriots linebacker] Pierre Woods at all?

SC: Yes, we are close friends.

Q: Did he brief you? What has he told you about the Patriots?

SC: No we haven't talked yet, but I have talked to him in the past and he told me it was a nice program that takes a lot of discipline. They ask you to do what you do and do it well. I haven't had a chance to talk to him today, but I'm sure he will give me a call. I plan on talking to him within the next hour or so.

Q: How much experience do you have playing with your hand down as opposed to standing up, and which do you think you are more comfortable with at this point?

SC: I have been learning both since I was in high school, so I have never just focused on one of them. Where I am more comfortable, I don't know. I have been doing both for a while. I will just wait until I get to the coaches and see what they want me to do.

Q: How did an Ohio kid end up at Michigan?

SC: I think I just thought it was a better fit for me. I think it was a great academic school with great football. Also, I'm in love with the color blue so I just think it was a great fit for me.

Q: How excited are you to join Jerod Mayo, two young linebackers on a team that's adding you to that position?

SC: I'm excited. I talked to him at the combine. He's a funny guy. I think we will get together, learn together and try to watch people. We will sit back and watch how things flow as we learn. I think we will be very competitive with each other.

Q: How much interest did the Patriots show in you from when your season ended up until this point?

SC: I had a workout with them and came to the facility. I met with the coaches, I don't know how much interest there was but they got me.

Q: Could you talk about your foster Mom and what she means to you?

SC: She means the world to me. She is an angel. She got me on track. I was a little rough around the edges before I got with her. She took the time, nurtured me and got me on track to where I thought I could do something in college. She's the one who got me into sports.

Q: Do you owe what has just happened to you to your foster Mom?

SC: Yes, I owe a lot of it to her. I say my prayers every night and pray the best for her.

Q: How long were you in foster care and how did you end up there?

SC: Since I was five I was in foster care. There was a situation with my Mom and that's how I ended up in foster care. I moved to a couple homes but nothing too major.

Q: Can you talk about your visit here. Jerod [Mayo] yesterday talked about how they quizzed him on how to draw up some plays. What did you talk about in your visit here? Did they test your football IQ?

SC: It was along the same lines. They put stats on the board and I watched them figure out what I have done at Michigan. They drew some plays on the board to see if I could remember them. They wanted to test to see what kind of football IQ I had. Things that you need to decide, what you were supposed to do on the field. They picked my brain about where I was from and things like that. I think most of it was that I met a lot of people and talked to a lot of people in different areas from secretaries to media. A lot of people had a lot of different things to say about what it would be like to be in the organization. It was a great learning experience, also with them picking my brain and seeing what I need.

Q: What do you think of the fact that your offensive coordinator is a McKinley High School graduate?

SC: Hopefully we will win when we play them. When Washington plays McKinley, hopefully we will win.


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