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Q: How did you enjoy being the defensive coordinator for a game or two?

A: It was cool. I could have called a better defense, but I called what I called and things happen. But it was still fun.

Q: Did you know this would happen?

A: Yes, we have done this before with OTAs. We did it a few times like it was a match between me and (quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ. We’ll basically be able to use him all the time on defense and all the time on offense. It’s fun to do. It’s a competitive moment. Obviously we’re both trying to win, so we’re both trying to call the best game so we’re successful.

Q: Although this is a new defense system, you feel very comfortable with it. Am I seeing things or am I accurate? If so, what fits that defense and makes you comfortable?

A: I’m definitely still learning, but I’m definitely feeling a lot more comfortable because I can kind of do anything. That’s been my main focus for a few years. Like I said, I’m still a bit rusty. I’m still learning through some things. It was definitely fun to be able to be present everywhere on the field. I always like to do that.

Q: You mentioned that you’re still learning. Does that help having run through the installation during OTAs and then starting step one during training camp does that help reinforce that?

A: Yes, it does. I think as far as the plays go, I obviously get that because we’ve gone over it a couple of times now. But it’s about being in different positions and seeing how you can cover up different looks and distract the offense a bit. When I say learn it, I mean it. So I try to go back and look at what the Ravens have done in the past, how their players have done. I actually spoke to Eric Weddle (former Ravens safety) a few times during the offseason. He really helped me a lot, how to cover up certain things and how to stand with (defensive coordinator) Wink (Martindale) and stuff like that. We had good conversations. He really helped me watch movies, study film like he did when he had Wink, so he was really helpful. That’s what I mean by that, I’m still trying to learn and get things straight.

Q: So it’s more of a sale than an execution?

A: Yes, sell more.

Q: How did you enjoy being the defensive coordinator for a game or two?

A: It was cool. I could have called a better defense, but I called what I called and things happen. But it was still fun.

Q: Did you know this would happen?

A: Yes, we have done this before with OTAs. We did it a few times like it was a match between me and (quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ. We’ll basically be able to use him all the time on defense and all the time on offense. It’s fun to do. It’s a competitive moment. Obviously we’re both trying to win, so we’re both trying to call the best game so we’re successful.

Q: Although this is a new defense system, you feel very comfortable with it. Am I seeing things or am I accurate? If so, what fits that defense and makes you comfortable?

A: I’m definitely still learning, but I’m definitely feeling a lot more comfortable because I can kind of do anything. That’s been my main focus for a few years. Like I said, I’m still a bit rusty. I’m still learning through some things. It was definitely fun to be able to be present everywhere on the field. I always like to do that.

Q: You mentioned that you’re still learning. Does that help having run through the installation during OTAs and then starting step one during training camp does that help reinforce that?

A: Yes, it does. I think as far as the plays go, I obviously get that because we’ve gone over it a couple of times now. But it’s about being in different positions and seeing how you can cover up different looks and distract the offense a bit. When I say learn it, I mean it. So I try to go back and look at what the Ravens have done in the past, how their players have done. I actually spoke to Eric Weddle (former Ravens safety) a few times during the offseason. He really helped me a lot, how to cover up certain things and how to stand with (defensive coordinator) Wink (Martindale) and stuff like that. We had good conversations. He really helped me watch movies, study film like he did when he had Wink, so he was really helpful. That’s what I mean by that, I’m still trying to learn and get things straight.

Q: So it’s more of a sale than an execution?

A: Yes, sell more.

Q: How did you come into contact with Weddle?

Q: He said, “Hey, you should talk to this guy.”?

A: Yes, we talked about it a bit during the OTAs. We kind of went back and forth there. Then he actually gave me Weddle’s number. Then we talked, and then we set up some phone calls, got a call, went through some things, looked through some film stuff. I asked him some questions. He just gave me a few tips on many different things. It was really helpful and I enjoyed getting this experience from him.

Q: So you filmed with him remotely? He was on and you were on and you could see what he was seeing?

A: Yes, we just spoke on the phone. We didn’t really get along – we didn’t see a movie. But I mean it’s easy for us to imagine what we’re both talking about. A guy like that is obviously a special player. He found it easy to explain to me where I could understand.

Q: Besides the X’s and O’s, did he give you a good look at Wink?

A: Yes, he has. He gave me a lot of good insights. He definitely helped me. Since I was only in OTAs, of course I was the play caller and he was the play caller all along, so he definitely helped me communicate it properly and be on the same page with Wink. He just let me know that Wink is an open book and he’s definitely a player-coach – someone who will listen.

Q: You said the play caller, I see the green dot. Are you getting the signals, or is it (linebacker) Blake (Martinez) or one of the linebackers?

A: Right now I’m getting the signals. As I said, it’s a process. Obviously it’s a bit different, but I’ve done it in OTAs, so I’m pretty used to it now. But yeah, I bring the plays around.

Q: Is it unusual for a safety and not the middle linebacker to do this?

A: I mean, I think for me because it’s been the backers for the last two years. Of course it’s different for me. I spoke to Wink and it’s nothing new to me. I’ve done it before – I did it at ‘Bama. It’s not something that surprises, or it’s not something that’s too difficult. It’s different when you have grown men in the group and try to call everyone. Obviously at the end of this you have to run 30 meters and run back to get the game to everyone. It’s not too unusual for me.

Q: How is your voice projection?

A: (laughs) Yes, you definitely have to say it with your chest, but it’s not that bad. I think once everyone gets used to my voice – just hearing it – they’ll get used to understanding the whole call. Of course we had a few hiccups here and there because it was new to everyone, but I think we’re good now. I make sure I still bring it to the backers and they will bring it forward. We’re obviously working through this. Not that bad.

Q: Do you see yourself as a coach when your career is over?

A: That is a difficult question. I can’t answer it at the moment, but of course I still want to work in the field of football. : Yes, sell more.

Q: How did you come into contact with Weddle?

Q: He said, “Hey, you should talk to this guy.”?

A: Yes, we talked about it a bit during the OTAs. We kind of went back and forth there. Then he actually gave me Weddle’s number. Then we talked, and then we set up some phone calls, got a call, went through some things, looked through some film stuff. I asked him some questions. He just gave me a few tips on many different things. It was really helpful and I enjoyed getting this experience from him.

Q: So you filmed with him remotely? He was on and you were on and you could see what he was seeing?

A: Yes, we just spoke on the phone. We didn’t really get along – we didn’t see a movie. But I mean it’s easy for us to imagine what we’re both talking about. A guy like that is obviously a special player. He found it easy to explain to me where I could understand.

Q: Besides the X’s and O’s, did he give you a good look at Wink?

A: Yes, he has. He gave me a lot of good insights. He definitely helped me. Since I was only in OTAs, of course I was the play caller and he was the play caller all along, so he definitely helped me communicate it properly and be on the same page with Wink. He just let me know that Wink is an open book and he’s definitely a player-coach – someone who will listen.

Q: You said the play caller, I see the green dot. Are you getting the signals, or is it (linebacker) Blake (Martinez) or one of the linebackers?

A: Right now I’m getting the signals. As I said, it’s a process. Obviously it’s a bit different, but I’ve done it in OTAs, so I’m pretty used to it now. But yeah, I bring the plays around.

Q: Is it unusual for a safety and not the middle linebacker to do this?

A: I mean, I think for me because it’s been the backers for the last two years. Of course it’s different for me. I spoke to Wink and it’s nothing new to me. I’ve done it before – I did it at ‘Bama. It’s not something that surprises, or it’s not something that’s too difficult. It’s different when you have grown men in the group and try to call everyone. Obviously at the end of this you have to run 30 meters and run back to get the game to everyone. It’s not too unusual for me.

Q: How is your voice projection?

A: (laughs) Yes, you definitely have to say it with your chest, but it’s not that bad. I think once everyone gets used to my voice – just hearing it – they’ll get used to understanding the whole call. Of course we had a few hiccups here and there because it was new to everyone, but I think we’re good now. I make sure I still bring it to the backers and they will bring it forward. We’re obviously working through this. Not that bad.

Q: Do you see yourself as a coach when your career is over?

A: That is a difficult question. I can’t answer it at the moment, but of course I still want to work in the field of football.

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