Post-Practice Media Availability
Monday, August 19, 2013
You never like to see players cut because it could be you. Can you address how Seneca Wallace’s opportunity with the team ended and yours continues on?
“It’s a tough part of this business. It’s the reality of this business. You hate to see a veteran like that go. He came here, worked hard and had some tough breaks. Unfortunately that’s just the nature of what we do. It’s not fun for anybody, as for me (I) just continue to go forward, work hard, be prepared and help my team.”
Are you able to relax at all?
“No, I honestly look at it as that I need to be more sharp. I need to continue to prove their decision right. Now it’s about showing why they made the decision they made to keep me and continue to get better.”
Do you think today’s decision is more about faith in you than about lack of faith in Seneca Wallace?
“For me, my focus is just getting better. It’s however anyone sees it, for me it’s about proving that I’m worth what they think I’m worth.”
How much do you think your familiarity in the offense has helped you?
“I think it helped a lot, just my background in general. This system is quite wordy and to be able to spit the plays out with my background with Coach Gruden in Tampa, everybody knows his system is wordy as well. To retain the amount of install you get in a day and be able to spit it out on the field, for me, if you go back to last year this is my third time going through those installs. That helped a lot.”
Could you provide any Falcons intel, heading into that game?
“I’m going to do what I can. I know a lot will be made of that. Honestly, when I got here, there is so much to learn, you try to forget what you used to know, so I’ve kind of been through this type of situation before where it was the reverse last year where I went from here to Atlanta and tried to give them whatever I understood from training camp. It’s such a grind trying to forget what you knew here to try to learn what they are teaching there and you try not to get those things confused. I’ll do what I can, but honestly, they’re going to call what they’re going to call. I can’t go out there and say ‘Dirk’s (Koetter) going to call that on third-and-two. It doesn’t work that way.”
Do you think there are few secrets when you play a team twice a year
“There’s not a whole lot that you are going to gleam from any intel that I would give them. They’re going to see what they see on film and it’s pretty cut and dry.”
How aggressive were the Falcons in trying to pick your brain?
“As aggressive as any team would be that just acquired a new player from a rival team, especially in the division. The only thing that I think would help would be signals. They understand that I’m over here too. They’re going to change those signals, so it’s not going to matter.”
Isn’t it hard to change signals, because players change where they play so often?
“Sure. The one thing that I would say with that is they know this day was coming since April. They’ve probably made some adjustments to that. Signals can be on film sometimes. Through the offseason you see that this signal’s on film and you have to change it to be something else and so offenses usually have a backup plan to where they’ve seen this signal once and they have to change it.”