OTA LOCKER ROOM QUOTES
JUNE 4, 2012
WR TERRANCE COPPER
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): How do you think this year presents an advantage over last year at this time?
COPPER: “I think it’s an advantage because the offense can really start gelling together. The quarterbacks and receivers, as well as everybody, can start getting their timing down and get back in football shape.”
CLINKSCALE: Is the special teams practice different from offensive or defensive practice?
COPPER: “It’s definitely more intense because you’ve got to focus on all the details because you don’t have a lot of time. Everybody knows special teams can win or lose a game, so you’ve got to focus even more than just offense and defense because you’ve only got a certain amount of time to practice it. It’s just the same. It gets coached hard and you are expected to perform.”
S ABRAM ELAM
ADAM TEICHER (KANSAS CITY STAR): What kind of opportunity do you see here?
ELAM: “It’s a great opportunity. I see a defense that’s definitely very talented, a team that’s basically on the rise. It was a good opportunity for myself.”
TEICHER: Did you play the whole season last year?
ELAM: “Started the whole season.”
TEICHER: I see you didn’t waste any time getting snaps today. What’s that like on the first day?
ELAM: “It’s like riding a bicycle – once you know how to do it, you can do it. I’m excited the coaches gave me an opportunity to go out there and I’m just continuing to try to build on that.”
TEICHER: Did you play more strong safety or free safety over the years?
ELAM: “In the NFL, you have to be interchangeable with the way things motion and guys move around, so I consider myself a safety that can play both spots.”
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.COM): What was your first day like getting an overview of the coverages and alignments?
ELAM: “It was cool getting a chance to get out there and run around and be with the guys. The communication is new, but all in all, it felt like it was a good day.”
LOONEY: How would you describe yourself as a player?
ELAM: “A smart player that can go in and play, fit when needed, one that communicates well and trying to take advantage of my opportunities.”
LOONEY: What ultimately sold you on the Chiefs?
ELAM: “It’s a great opportunity. I feel like it’s a team that’s up on the rise and very competitive, a great defense. I think we’re putting things together here in Kansas City.”
TEICHER: Did you work out for anyone else?
ELAM: “I had a visit to Tennessee as well.”
DB TYSYN HARTMAN
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): Can you describe how much more involved the mental side is in the NFL?
HARTMAN: “It’s a big mental step. Fortunately, I don’t have to go to school anymore so it gives a little more time to work on it.”
CLINKSCALE: Can you quantify how much more complicated it is?
HARTMAN: “It’s hard to put a number on it, really.”
CLINKSCALE: Where do you think you stand right now?
HARTMAN: “I don’t know. It’s all up to the coaches. I’m just trying to do my best and move up any way I can.”
CLINKSCALE: Do you pick up some tips from other guys?
HARTMAN: “Yeah, I’m just trying to make all my checks and calls and make sure we’re lined up right and playing the right defense.”
JOSH KLINGLER (610 SPORTS RADIO): Is it a lot faster?
HARTMAN: “When I first got here, it was so fast. It was hard to think straight, but now a few weeks into it, it’s starting to slow down and go a little slower pre-snap and everything.”
KLINGLER: Are the injured guys able to coach you from the sideline?
HARTMAN: “Yeah, Eric (Berry) and Kendrick (Lewis) have done a great job helping us out and giving us any tips and pointers in between plays. When we come off to the sideline, they’re always there to help us out any way they can. I couldn’t ask for more from them.”
KLINGLER: Does this feel like it’s an opportunity presenting itself?
HARTMAN: “It does. We’re getting a lot more reps and coaches are getting more opportunities to see us than they would be able to otherwise.”
CLINKSCALE: Is it different for you because it’s the Chiefs close to your home?
HARTMAN: “I don’t know if it’d be any different. It definitely presents a nice opportunity, being so close to home and so close to my family. I’ve got family here in Kansas City and a few hours away in Wichita, so it’s nice to just have that feeling of home and people close by to talk to.”
LB DERRICK JOHNSON
NICK JACOBS (METRO SPORTS): How do you feel in the third week of OTAs?
JOHNSON: “OTAs are always a little bit of a grind when you get to the third week just because you’re starting to get into the playbook a lot more, things are coming together for everybody. The offense is getting better, the defense is getting better, so it’s becoming more competitive out there. It’s kind of hard when there aren’t any pads on, but we’re getting in as much work as possible right now.”
JACOBS: What are your personal goals?
JOHNSON: “Just to become more consistent. If I can become more consistent as a player, that’s what you want to do. Watch the great players in the past. The one thing that they have in common is being consistent. They don’t have a game up and a game down. Just be the same guy all the time, play at a high level and try to do that for my team. We’ll get a lot done.”
JACOBS: Do you feel pretty comfortable playing in this system?
JOHNSON: “I love the defense. It’s come together pretty quickly for me these last three years. I’m loving it. I’ve never played it before in the past, but we have great coaches. That’s a big reason why it’s coming together for me and my teammates.”
WR DEXTER MCCLUSTER
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): Where are you working most?
McCLUSTER: “Honestly, I’ve been doing a lot of slot, but like I said, I have to be ready when my number is called. Wherever they want me, I’m going to do it.”
CLINKSCALE: Is there anything different in this offense compared to when you played the slot before?
McCLUSTER: “I love Coach (Brian) Daboll. He has a way of using the guys that he has to their strengths. I think now going into the third week, I’m really understanding the coverages, understanding the defenses and my responsibilities to get other players open as well.”
CLINKSCALE: What is the biggest challenge in the slot?
McCLUSTER: “Before, the challenge was reading the coverages and knowing my adjustments. Right now, I use what I have to my advantage, which is my quickness and my stop-and-go speed, and it’s been working so far.”
JOSH KLINGLER (610 SPORTS RADIO): Has it been that easy to take on whatever role you have?
McCLUSTER: “I’ve been doing a lot of changes throughout my career, but I love it. It keeps me on my ‘A’ game. It keeps me always thinking, never knowing what to expect and just being ready for whatever situation is to come. It would be a waste of time for me to get down. I’m going to focus on what they want me to do, whenever they want me to do it.”
KLINGLER: Have they given you a clear definition of what you’ll play?
McCLUSTER: “No, they have not told me that, but I like it this way. You never know what to expect, so I have to be on my ‘A’ game.”
KLINGLER: As long as they keep calling your name, right?
McCLUSTER: “That’s a good thing. If they stop calling my name, then something is wrong.”
KLINGLER: What are the differences in Brian Daboll’s offense?
McCLUSTER: “I can’t say too much about that. As a coach, he’s a great guy. He knows how to use his players, how to use their strengths or their weaknesses. I’m loving every moment of it.”
CLINKSCALE: As a coach, he’s been known to be fiery at times. What’s that been like?
McCLUSTER: “Throughout your career, you’re always going to find coaches that maybe yell a lot or are more fired up than others, but it’s about adjusting to your surroundings. Your job is to go out here and play, no matter what kind of personality the coach has. You have to go out there and do it.”
LB BRANDON SILER
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): How frustrating has it been to have so much time out of football?
SILER: “It’s been frustrating. My mom brought it to my attention that I haven’t been out of football this long since I was seven years old, and that kind of puts everything in perspective. Football is what I do.”
CLINKSCALE: How do you feel right now?
SILER: “I feel great. I feel great right now. I’m ready to get back out there.”
CLINKSCALE: Is there any timetable for your return?
SILER: “No, I’m just going to keep working with the trainers and follow what they have me doing. I want to get back out there immediately, of course, but they have a plan for me and I’m just going to follow that.”
CLINKSCALE: Do you sometimes feel like the forgotten guy? I think people forget to put you in the mix because we haven’t really seen you play.
SILER: “That doesn’t bother me any. There’s not much out there to be talked about. It’s my job to go out there and do what I do, and I can’t do that right now, so I shouldn’t be talked about. I plan on getting back out there and showing what I can do.”
CLINKSCALE: Do you feel like you’ll be back in time for training camp?
SILER: “Yeah, I think so.”
WR DEVON WYLIE
Q: Have things started to slow down at all?
WYLIE: “Yes. Minicamp was pretty hectic, and everything was hard to tame in the beginning. But now for all the free agent guys and the ones that got drafted, it’s all starting to slow down. A lot of that comes down to working with the quarterbacks afterwards and just getting a hold of things.”
Q: It’s a little more of a routine at this point?
WYLIE: “Definitely. Things are all starting to click – remembering terms – things are all starting to click. It’s definitely a lot easier than it was in the beginning.”
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.com): What’s it been like with the veterans?
WYLIE: “You’d think it would be even faster, but we’re all on the same page. We’re not throwing in any new terms or any new plays. When you get out there with them, you have to be on time more with passes. You just have to make sure you’re on top of your stuff. It’s coming together.”