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For me, it was watching the New York Giants growing up, with Bill Parcells and Lawrence Taylor and that whole crew coming up through the ’80s. And then, as I moved on to college, I thought I’d want to coach for sure.
Forever, we all had a real clear understanding of what Parcells’ teams looked like and played like: tough as hell and didn’t beat themselves.
Their practice habits are terrific. I’ve been around some really good guys from different teams in terms of bringing it to practice. When I was in San Francisco, Bryant Young was that way. Every practice on it.
I would never recommend losing on a bye, so that one definitely stays with you.
Adrian Clayborn is somebody that relentlessly brings that attitude, energy, and toughness.
That attitude and toughness that we want to play with, that, to me, is the most critical thing.
What we can control is our readiness.
We’re not Seattle East. We’re our own Atlanta, and there are definitely things I learned from Coach Carroll. He had probably the single biggest influence on my coaching career.
At the beginning of the week, when we do our game planning, we look at the opponent and all the unique things they do.
With the coaches, you don’t want to hear everybody saying, ‘Move over! Back up! Do this!’ Let’s find out what the players know.
We talk about toughness as a quarterback: it’s not sometimes the physical part that you see; it’s the mental toughness and the ‘I’m going to stand in here, take this shot,’ and ‘I’m going to deliver it to my guy.’
When you are hoping for a call or want something different, I think you lose your edge.
Number one, from a tackling standpoint, we teach strike zone hits, and we want to hit absolutely as hard as we can in that strike zone, and that’s absolutely what we call a batter in the batters box from the chest all the way down to the knees.
The third-down sacks are critical ones, ’cause that’s getting off the field.
I think you have to go deep into the bag of tricks, so to speak, to try and slow down the quarterback.
The term we use on our team is ‘reset’: when you go through, whether it’s a negative play or a negative drive, and you get your next opportunity – not focusing on the past, but going back into your attack mode.
In our league, it comes right down to the end.
The longer we keep looking back in the rearview mirror, it takes away from everything that’s moving forward.
I don’t second-guess our playcalling or wanting to throw it. Honestly, we’ve got terrific guys. We know how to matchup. We know how to get open. That part of our game is so intact.
The attitude and identity that we want to play with doesn’t change.
Going to the Super Bowl is not the reward. It’s playing really well and winning.
I think, No. 1, I still have a long way to go.
Winning the NFC championship affords you a chance at the next opportunity.
When it’s those division games, that’s when it gets ramped up for me.
I’ve been around some really good guys from different teams.
Oftentimes, you have to be able to throw it in order to run it.
One of these topics we talk about with the team on our ‘Competition Wednesday’ is iron sharpening iron. That’s the process we go through to get each other ready, and that’s why we have some periods where we get to compete against one another.
Personally, it was a big honor for me meeting so many families of the fallen soldiers and hearing their stories.
We can learn from everybody, man.
We want to let our play be the judges.
For me, trying to connect our team together is so important. I know we’ll play really well when our team gets really tight. So I want to make sure I connect with the players so that I can help them be at their best.
Part of what we talk about is, toughness is a talent.
Tackling still comes down to leverage and owning that leverage and making your hits.
Our intent of how we’re going to play doesn’t change.
I think some people have a rare ability to focus. As a player, Earl Thomas has it. When he was at practice or in a game, he was always on; he was right there.
One of my strengths is connecting with the players.
Communication isn’t just directing a guy on what to do: it’s passing the information along to the guy that’s next to you, and that’s where we make the calls come to life.
R. C. Buford has been a huge help to me with his support.
When you have that connection to say, ‘I’m going to play for something bigger than myself,’ man, you have a chance to do something good.
You love for a quarterback to sometimes make the decision as the rush is coming and make the decision as the play, as opposed to where that computer is hitting it fast and he’s knowing where to go with the ball at the right time.