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DaFace
06-15-2006, 06:41 PM
Q&A QB TRENT GREEN
Jun 15, 2006, 4:15:50 PM

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Q: Do you have any dangerous off-season hobbies like Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger?

GREEN: Ive always been super cautious when it comes to that stuff, and I dont know if thats good or bad. Ive never snow-skied, Ive always said that Ill wait until Im done playing to snow ski, but now with my knee the way it is Ill probably never snow ski. Maybe I will ride a snowmobile or something. I always water-skied up until 98 when I started for the Redskins and then once I become the starter Im like, I wont take the chance of falling on the board or something like that. So Ive always kind of favored towards the side of caution just because your window of opportunity to play is not very long and it took me six years to get in that spot and Im still thankful for the opportunity every day. But even when Im done you wont see me on a motorcycle.

grenota615 Q: Something needed to be done to fix the defense, is that pendulum being swung a little too far in your opinion?

GREEN: I dont think so. I just think that Coach Edwards is a defensive coach, hes put in a lot of time on the defensive side, he played on the defensive side and he made that statement right when he first got hired at his first press conference that was what he was going to put an emphasis on. We as an offense, whether it be (offensive coordinator) Mike Solari, (quarterbacks coach) Terry Shea, (running backs coach) James Saxon, (wide receivers coach) Charlie Joiner, whoever it may be, weve got to hold up our end of the bargain and realize that we are a veteran group and what weve accomplished in the past is great, but weve got to find a way to reproduce it again and things are going to be different. Just the way the whole game is managed, Coach Edwards has made it very clear that hes going to manage the game differently than what weve done in the past and I think its clear out there when you see the style of defense we are playing, which causes frustration for us as an offense because weve been a big strike type of offense and the way our defense is playing, they are trying to eliminate those types of plays. Theyre trying to eliminate the big play, so that makes it frustrating for us out here.

The thing for us and the thing that I continue to try and stress to the offense is dont get frustrated by this because they are working on things and were not game planning our defense. Were installing our offense and putting the things in. The other day we were working on max protection against all out blitzes, so we had two receiver routes. Well, theyre playing cover two and dropped seven guys in coverage. Two receivers against seven guys in coverage, youre just not going to have much success. Im just trying to stress to the offensive guys not to get frustrated, realize were putting in our playbook in a pattern the Coach Solari wants to do it and wants to install it. When we get in to training camp and when we get into pre-season games and we can game plan and start working those things, thats when its really going to unfold for us or thats the intention. The main thing is not to get too frustrated because theyre working on a lot of things, and yeah, there is a lot of emphasis on that side of the ball, but offensively I feel pretty good about where we are.

Q: When you hear Herm Edwards say things like we might not be as aggressively as we have been offensively, were going to run the ball more, were going to run more clock. What goes through your head when you hear those things?

GREEN: If were winning thats great. I dont have a problem with that. Ive had many meetings with Coach Edwards and talked with him about what his game plan is and what his management style is in terms of game management. I feel good about it. I dont have a problem with it at all. We talked about the way we were a big play offense and the way we really threw the ball around and those kinds of things. Were still going to have those capabilities and the thing is that we have run the ball extremely well here. Its funny when you go around the country and everyone talks about our running game and emphasis on the run. But when you look at what weve done from a passing standpoint, weve really got great balance over the last four or five years. I think those things are going to continue. Theres still going to be that balance. Its just certain parts of the game; he is going to manage differently than we have done in the past. The way you manage those games differently is if your defense is better. We have those conversations. If our defense is better, theres not going to be a need for us to try and score and keep building a lead not knowing what was going to happen in the second half, or the fourth quarter of games. Im on the same page as him. If our defense gets better and we can hold opponents and keep the score down, we dont need to score as much. Ive made that point the last couple of years in training camp when asked about our offense trying to repeat the yardage and the point totals that we put up in previous years. If you guys remember, I said that I hoped we didnt have to do those types of things, but thats just the way our team was these last few years. If were eighth or ninth in scoring and eighth or ninth in total offense, but were winning more games and our defense is higher, that means we dont have to score as many points and were working the clock and getting first downs, so Im completely fine with that.

Q: One of the things (former offensive coordinator) Al Saunders used to say was unpredictability was what made the offense so good. Do you thing that might change a little bit?

GREEN: Some of that will change just because of his management style. When you have a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, you probably wont see a whole lot of fake reverse passes and quick screens and stuff like that. Until we get into the season, I dont see that being his style. I see him trying to manage it a little differently. And thats just two different personalities, two different styles of running things. Theres not a right or a wrong, and like I said, the last few years weve really had to do that, weve had to score more points just to help ourselves out. If it can all balance itself out, Im great with that.

Q: Coach has emphasized giving you rest right now like you did last year, how do you think that benefited you last year?

GREEN: I think it helped out a lot. If you remember last year I had some tendentious in my shoulder and didnt throw that much in the off-season. I dont have any problems now. He just came to me and said listen, some of the veteran guys, we are going to take care of, Im going to hold you back on some of the throws. When we get to training camp Im are going to take care of you. I know in the past youve taken all the reps, which I have, I have taken all the reps. He said, Were going to monitor it, weve got some young guys that we want to get some looks at, but we also know that its a long season and hopefully there is a long postseason. So we want you will be healthy throughout the year. Im fine with that and we just have a good communication right now. He said, if you dont feel you are getting enough reps and if you dont get the amount of throws that you think you need or the timing that you need, just let me know and well add more to it. As long as that communication line is there I think it has worked well.

Q: You mentioned defensive improvement. Do you think that this is finally the year that those improvements actually take place?

GREEN: I sure hope so. I like the speed that we have on defense. Like I said, his big thing on defense is not giving up the big play and everybody hears about the Tampa Two and obviously he has a history with that. Keep things in front of you, rally to it, and make tackles. But you have to mix in the blitz, you have to mix in different man coverage and zone coverage, but were going to emphasize the Tampa Two, which he obviously has a background with coach (Tony) Dungy and that defense. So I just think that with the players we have it fits really well and players have responded to it. I think with Coach Edwards, obviously youve seen over the days that youve been here, that hes on that defensive side hooting and hollering. And what it really is that hes trying to change the attitude. You have to change the attitude of the 29th or 30th-ranked defense or whatever that may be. It starts mentally as much as it does physically. And I think mentally with the support hes given those guys and with the emotion hes putting in its good. Did you hear him today during the two-minute drill? That whole sideline is yelling. Youve got defensive lineman who have barely talked in the past over there screaming and yelling at the linebackers and d-line to get up field and cause pressure. Theres just a whole different emotion level on defense and you need that on defense. I think hes brought that and its carried over to the other defensive coaches. I definitely see improvement out here now, but I guess well see once the season starts. I definitely like the progress weve made so far.

Q: Is DT John Browning one of the defensive linemen talking?

GREEN: No, Johns still not one of the guys talking. You may get a half-smile out of him, but youre not going to get a lot of words out of John.

Q: You dont take the defense yelling personally, do you?

GREEN: No, not at all. Ive heard a few guys maybe say hey, where is the impartial head coach who isnt rooting for one side or the other? I dont know if its because of my experience level or what, but I have fun with it and Im sure you guys have seen me go up to him and we have a few jabs at one another to try and spark up the competitive juices and coach having playing in the league, you get some jabs going. I think it can only be a good thing to get those spirits going and that competition in practice. All that can do is help you play better.

Q: You sat out last year because you were hurt, it is hard to sit out right now when youre not hurt?

GREEN: Its easier to deal with because I know Im fine. Where as last year there was a rehab process going through that and it was driving me crazy because I was limited by physical things that were going on. Right now its basically because we discussed it as a training staff and a medical staff and coaching staff. Theres not much reason to go. I told them I want to play a few more years and they said that the smartest thing to do is to take of you now and not only help you this year, but help down the road. They obviously know my knee situation that I havent had any problems with in my five years here and they want to keep that healthy and keep all that going. Its much easier to deal with because I know there is not anything causing it other then the choices of everybody to rest.

Q: How is WR Samie Parker developing?

GREEN: I think hes doing real well. Samies just going to get more and more opportunities. If you look at what hes done his first couple of years, when hes had opportunities and hes stayed healthy, thats when hes played really well. For Samie, its going to be staying healthy. If he can stay healthy and get 16 games in, I think his numbers are going to be great. He does a great job catching the ball over the middle and for a guy who is not really big, he is fearless, he will go into traffic and catch the ball, hes got speed on the outside to make big catches and stretch the field. Hes proven to be clutch; hes come up with some huge 3rd down catches over the last couple of years. Hes got all the qualities to be there, instead of playing three games, sit out a couple, play six games, that kind of thing. He has got to find a way to stay healthy, but I think hes progressing nicely and were looking for a big year from him.

Q: Have you two done anything this off-season to help develop extra chemistry and support?

GREEN: Nothing more than the normal.

Q: What were your reps like today?

GREEN: This week I split the 7-on-7 with QB Damon (Huard), I split the team periods with Damon, and I took all the run drills. One day I did all the one-on-one and Damon did all the run drills. The next day he did all the one-on-ones and I did all the running drills. So we just flip-flop and switch it day to day. Its a normal rotation.

DaFace
06-15-2006, 06:42 PM
If our defense is better, theres not going to be a need for us to try and score and keep building a lead not knowing what was going to happen in the second half, or the fourth quarter of games. Im on the same page as him. If our defense gets better and we can hold opponents and keep the score down, we dont need to score as much.

This worries me. Martyball anyone?

ZootedGranny
06-15-2006, 06:54 PM
Q: Do you have any dangerous off-season hobbies like Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger?

GREEN: "I bring knives to gunfights, and have been known to clown around by wearing scorpions as a beard."

Christ, this guy is a maniac.

bobbything
06-15-2006, 06:54 PM
The way I read that interview is that we're going to see fewer fake reverse wide receiver screens. Probably just less "trickery."

Same base offense. Shifting, motions and the such aren't going to go away. That's what makes this offense so good. Mismatches. Taking that away would be detrimental to its success.

More play action. Same sweeps, pulling from the guards and center on running plays.

hypersensitiveZO6
06-15-2006, 06:54 PM
This worries me. Martyball anyone?


I sometimes don't understand you people. There is no posssible way we are going back to Martyball. With the TE we have, some young upcoming receivers, and a vet QB, we will most definitely pass quite a bit. All Trent and Herm are talking about is handling situations better in which we were weak last year. Situations like goaline.

ChiefFan31
06-15-2006, 07:06 PM
I definitely see us running the ball more and controlling the clock. Herm is going to try and help out the D. I just hope he doesnt pull in the reigns too hard and put to much pressure on the Defense.

But, I think for the most part we will see the same O this season.

Once we lose the Will's after this year and Green the next. Then we will be a full fledged Tampa cover 2 and have a much more conservative sytle of offense.

As long as we keep winning and have offensive talent, with at least some big play talent on the outside, it wont by Martyball2.0 or whatever.

Count Zarth
06-15-2006, 07:16 PM
I love Trent Green.

petegz28
06-15-2006, 07:16 PM
More like Hermy-Ball. Get the lead then keep your defense on the sideline.

Sounds like how you win games to me.

beer bacon
06-15-2006, 07:16 PM
People seem to forget that most of last season we already were a ToP run-heavy offense.

Reaper16
06-15-2006, 08:20 PM
Christ, this guy is a maniac.
ROFL ROFL ROFL

jAZ
06-15-2006, 08:36 PM
Without a single mention of Printers or Croyle, it sounds like Damon Huard is our #2 QB next season.

milkman
06-15-2006, 09:05 PM
Without a single mention of Printers or Croyle, it sounds like Damon Huard is our #2 QB next season.

That useless bastard shouldn't even be the #2 QB on the local Jr High team.

kcfanintitanhell
06-15-2006, 09:07 PM
GREEN: I think it helped out a lot. If you remember last year I had some tendentious in my shoulder and didnt throw that much in the off-season.

Still trying to figure out what tendentious is, and how tendinitis snuck past spellcheck, unless this is some new thing I have never heard of.

Coogs
06-18-2006, 10:13 AM
Q&A QB TRENT GREEN
Q: You mentioned defensive improvement. Do you think that this is finally the year that those improvements actually take place?

GREEN: I sure hope so. I like the speed that we have on defense. Like I said, his big thing on defense is not giving up the big play and everybody hears about the Tampa Two and obviously he has a history with that. Keep things in front of you, rally to it, and make tackles. But you have to mix in the blitz, you have to mix in different man coverage and zone coverage, but were going to emphasize the Tampa Two, which he obviously has a background with coach (Tony) Dungy and that defense. So I just think that with the players we have it fits really well and players have responded to it. I think with Coach Edwards, obviously youve seen over the days that youve been here, that hes on that defensive side hooting and hollering. And what it really is that hes trying to change the attitude. You have to change the attitude of the 29th or 30th-ranked defense or whatever that may be. It starts mentally as much as it does physically. And I think mentally with the support hes given those guys and with the emotion hes putting in its good. Did you hear him today during the two-minute drill? That whole sideline is yelling. Youve got defensive lineman who have barely talked in the past over there screaming and yelling at the linebackers and d-line to get up field and cause pressure. Theres just a whole different emotion level on defense and you need that on defense. I think hes brought that and its carried over to the other defensive coaches. I definitely see improvement out here now, but I guess well see once the season starts. I definitely like the progress weve made so far.


I'm not going to let this go. Where the hell was Gun the past couple of years? I really wish we would have brought in a DC who is a major believer in the "Tampa Two" defense. Someone from Tampa or Chicago. Obviously, Gun it is not Gun's "favorite" defense, or we would have been hearing about building to the Tampa system the last couple of years.

milkman
06-18-2006, 10:21 AM
I'm not going to let this go. Where the hell was Gun the past couple of years? I really wish we would have brought in a DC who is a major believer in the "Tampa Two" defense. Someone from Tampa or Chicago. Obviously, Gun it is not Gun's "favorite" defense, or we would have been hearing about building to the Tampa system the last couple of years.

In the end, the scheme doesn't matter so much as Gunt's inability to maximize the (little) talent on defense.

This has always been my complaint with Gunt.

Even in the 90's, I didn't feel he got the best out of that talent.

With DT, Smith, Hasty, Saleamua, etc., the 90's defenses could have been among the all time great Ds.

As good as they were in a couple of those seasons, no one is confusing them with the Ravens, the Bears, or the Lanier, Bell, Buchanon Chiefs.

jspchief
06-18-2006, 10:35 AM
This worries me. Martyball anyone?All I know is Vermeilball brought us one play-off game that we lost in the last five years. I'm ready for a change.

Mr. Flopnuts
06-18-2006, 10:35 AM
I think we're gonna run the ball more. I also think that is a good thing. The one thing I feel has been missing the last year or two is the playaction homerun. This is the year it's going to come back. I know we're thin on WR but if we can get the safety to bite more with LJ hammerin out yards, we're going to see more success. So while I think we're going to run the ball more, I also think it's going to amount to more points, and more clock control. If that is the case, that alone will make the defense better. They won't be on the field as much. GO CHIEFS!!!

FringeNC
06-18-2006, 10:47 AM
I'm not going to let this go. Where the hell was Gun the past couple of years? I really wish we would have brought in a DC who is a major believer in the "Tampa Two" defense. Someone from Tampa or Chicago. Obviously, Gun it is not Gun's "favorite" defense, or we would have been hearing about building to the Tampa system the last couple of years.

Also, if Gun likes such an attacking defense, then why were our lineman NOT moving upfield? Isn't that the main component of an aggressive d? WTF defense were we running under Gun. (Just waiting for the Gun apologists to blame Vermeil.)

It seems that the authority of Gun has been greatly diminished, which has to be a good thing. Gun might have some value as someone who implements someone else's D, and simply gets the guys fired up.

CoMoChief
06-18-2006, 10:49 AM
The way you manage those games differently is if your defense is better. We have those conversations. If our defense is better, theres not going to be a need for us to try and score and keep building a lead not knowing what was going to happen in the second half, or the fourth quarter of games. Im on the same page as him. If our defense gets better and we can hold opponents and keep the score down, we dont need to score as much.


Uhhhh???

Thats a HUGE if Trent, regarding if the defense gets better. We still dont have an interior pass rush on the Dline and who knows how Hali is gonna do or if he's gonna even start. Everything starts up front on either side of the ball. To have a good defense you need a good quick Dline to get pressure on the QB, helping the LB core make plays, allowing the secondary to cover less ground. I dont believe this defense is gonna hold teams to 14-17 points a game. Same goes with Oline on offense. The only reason why our offense has been so good is because our Oline simply dominates the opposition on a weekly basis. We all saw what our offense is like without Roaf.