Simmons says

Now that his signing has become official, here is what linebacker Anthony Simmons had to say.

 

On Working with Defensive Coordinator Ray Rhodes:

I think Ray and I will be a perfect match because he understands my ability, and the way I play the game. I think he's going to utilize all my talents, and that's what I've been asking for since I've been in the league. I've wanted a chance to do what I can do, and I think Ray's going to give me that opportunity.

 Did he feel changes had to be made in order for him to come back?

There were definitely going to have to be some changes. The main thing is, I wanted to be happy and have a pleasant opportunity. This year was a little different. I had my choices of where I want to go. With Ray coming in, it was like; I've got to do whatever I can to come back to Seattle. Not that I didn't want to come back. I love Seattle. I wanted to come back to Seattle. I enjoy playing here. I have a home here and a lot of friends and connections here. It would be hard to leave. With Ray being here, there was no question in my mind I was coming back.

How is the ankle?

My ankle is fine right now. I'm just now getting back into things. I'm going to go out and pretty much have the same program I had last year. It's going to be on speed and explosiveness. I think that's a key to disruption in this game. You've got to have speed, and speed kills. I have a trainer I've been working with for the past four or five years and he's done a great job and will continue to do a great job.

How is he feeling about the team and the upcoming season?

Right now, mentally, I feel good about the situation. I know it's a long time before the season starts, but I feel very good going into it already. Just because the contract situation is over, we have a great coordinator in here in Ray. Now we're going to learn a new defense. Things should be a lot easier than they have been in the past. So right now, there's a lot of excitement. This year, I feel extreme excitement. In years past, I just don't how true that was. But this year, I feel very genuine that it's there.


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