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Kenyon Coleman: 'If you stop the run, it gives you an opportunity to rush the passer'

Posted Jul 27, 2013

Transcript of defensive end Kenyon Coleman's Saturday press conference

Kenyon Coleman

How does it feel to be back on the field?

“Oh it feels great man, we had a nice little break and everything looks good. The guys are prepared; everybody worked hard to get ready for the long haul so we are pushing forward.”

This team wants to generate pass rushers.  What has it been like so far and what have you learned from guys that you are going to be sharing time up front with?

“The thing about this team is there is a lot of young good talent, a lot of guys.  You have Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette, so we have a lot of talent.  The thing that we have to establish though is if you stop the run, it gives you an opportunity to rush the passer.”

Talk about your relationship with Rob Ryan.  Do you feel like you have added responsibility to almost be like another coach now that Victor Butler is hurt and you have been with Rob Ryan before?

“The thing about this game is you are going to be who you are and I feel like the reason why Rob Ryan and I have such a great relationship is because he knows what is going to get out of me, he knows the sense of consistency.  For me I don’t try and strive and reach, I just (try to) be the person I know that I am.  Obviously Rob has got accustomed to that and obviously that is why I am here.”

Can you talk about Will Smith?

“He is a great player.  He has great tools.  I feel like in this system, the thing about this system is, you don’t have your hand down and you are not hitting constantly or what not.  For him, I think it is going to give him more of an opportunity to show the skills that he has as a pass rusher.”

Are you comfortable in a 3-4 and a 4-3?

“I got drafted as a 4-3 defensive end and obviously I know where I fit as far as I’m concerned.  Whether it’s a 4-3 or 3-4, I have a skillset that I do and I just stay with that.”

How do your responsibilities change from a 4-3 to a 3-4?

“Obviously I feel like there are a lot of ways to skin a cat, that’s the way I look at it.  I don’t really switch up my technique, somebody else may do it, but for me I’m going to be the same guy whether I am in a three technique, whether I am in a nine or in a one.  I play with power and that’s kind of my thing.”