Greenway still working his craft
A year ago, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had to miss four games because of injures he suffered over the course of the year but there does not appear to be any carryover to the start of the 2015 season.
He is not going to say this is the best he has ever felt because “that’s kind of a cliché thing to say,” according to the linebacker. Instead, he just said he is feeling good and is out to continue to get better.
Even after nine years in the NFL, currently in his 10th, Greenway still finds areas of his game that he needs to improve.
“I think specifically probably taking on blocks at the point of attack stuff, which is always something I’ve needed to improve on throughout my career,” he said. “And I’ve gotten so much better at it, but you’re never all the way where you want to be.”
Another thing that he has been improving on, along with the rest of the defense, is getting more comfortable in the different schemes they are put into. There are a lot of different nuances within head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense and being in the system for another year means players are more comfortable.
They better understand what is being asked of them, which allows the communication between the different levels of the defense to flow easier. That is important since Zimmer’s defense relies plenty on players communicating with one another.
“Within this defense it does take a lot of communication, especially with things sort of changing within a play and within a snap – making adjustments,” he said. “I think we’ve improved in every aspect just because we’ve been in the defense for another year. Not that we’ve necessarily put more of an emphasis on it, we’ve just gotten better at this defense and what we need to do. So we’re definitely more on the same page but that doesn’t give you anything, obviously, in the NFL, so it’s about going out there and producing on Sundays, and Monday, and Thursday, and then Saturday.”
That extra experience with the coaching staff is one reason why there is a lot of hype surrounding the Vikings this offseason. Many people are thinking the team has a chance to be better than they have in a long time, but Greenway tries not to look at it that way. He doesn’t try to compare one season to another.
“I just take it one year at a time,” he said. “And honestly it’s not how we’ve felt in one year compared to the next. It’s just about how we feel right now and the reality is, I think coach said it: he likes the way this team works. I think as players go through a few different situations we do know how to work in practice well, and we’ve had a few glitches in that, but for the most part we’ve been pretty consistent with that. I think when you learn how to work and understand what it takes to get ready then hopefully that transitions into wins.”
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