Feedback on the first week of practice:
Lot of energy, guys are excited. Coaches are excited all the time. They are a lot of fun to be around. They are serious on the field, but before practice they will joke around with you a little bit. It's a great atmosphere. We are all loving it and having a great time learning. We go fast. If you mess up, you watch it on film, fix it, and then we keep on going. It's going great. We've had a great time. It's been fun.
How much of what you are doing is working on fundamentals, and how much is learning schemes and plays?
It's about half-and-half because everything you use in fundamentals and individual periods goes into everything else in the schemes and how you use the right footwork. We are picking up stuff, going over blitzes and stuff like that, different situations we'll be put in. We are learning more stuff by watching film and going over plays in the meeting room and then actually doing it on the field.
It seems like the coaches are throwing a lot at you. How would you compare this to the past?
Yes, it is a lot faster. They put a lot on us, but it is better because they are putting more responsibility on each and every one of us. Everybody has to take up his own slack, and that is what everybody is doing. We are learning fast, and we have a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. We are really coming together as a team.
Did you just jump in all at once or was there preparation in the film room or in the play book prior to spring?
We looked over plays a little bit and had an idea, and [all the offensive linemen] have gotten together individually with just the guys and gone over plays, so when we got out there we weren't running around like chickens with our heads cut off. We had an idea, then listen to what they tell us to do, and we get where we are supposed to go and try to get it right.
Compare blocking schemes you are using this year to the ones you have used in the past.
Pass pro there is only so much you can do. It's all close to the same. When it comes to run blocking, I can't really give away the plays, but there are a lot of different techniques we are using to confuse the defenses and give us advantages on angles. We just want to take advantage of angles.
Tell me about Coach Pittman's coaching style.
Oh, he is awesome. Off the field he has a great personality. He is very personable. We love him. He is a hilarious guy. When you are off the field in the meeting room he will joke a little bit, but when you get on the field, it is time to practice, and we get after it. He encourages a lot. He is very positive. He's not negative at all. If you mess up, you'll hear, 'That wasn't good enough; you need to do it again,' but when you do something good he is going to let you know or you improve on something he's going to let you know. He gives a lot of positive reinforcement, and he is a very positive coach. That alone brings a lot of enthusiasm to each and every player because they are going to build everyday.
We want to have a great concept of the new offense going into the summer so we can go into team practices knowing what we are doing on our own over the summer and keep it in our heads. We want to get the offense in, understand it, have confidence in our offense and footwork, keep playing hard, and get ready for next fall.