Ndamukong Suh hasn’t been on the Bucs for long, but he’s now had a couple of practices under his belt. After the third day of mandatory mini-camp, Suh spoke to the media to discuss learning the playbook, what he like about this defense, and many other topics.
Here is a full transcript of Ndamukong Suh’s press conference after practice.
On how the first week with his new team was.
“It was good, just getting here and learning the playbook.
On what he likes about this defense
“I love the linebackers and communication. The ability to get after the quarterback is huge, as well as not only working against multiple guys but also with the front, I’m excited about that. I’m looking forward to just being out there to play and wreaking havoc.”
On the young energy on this team
“Guys are eager to play, moving around, getting after the ball. Lots and lots of speed. I think it will come in handy especially in September.”
On how tough it is to learn a new playbook on a new team, especially with Todd Bowles defense
“I don’t think it’s that difficult. I think the biggest thing is you got to get into your playbook and if it’s something you care about, you’ll make the time to figure it out.”
On what will he impart to the other players
“I think first and foremost I got to get my bearings. Then after that just got to talk about different ways to be creative, tricks of the trade, veteran moves, things like that, understanding how to read offensive linemen. Things I’ve been taught from other vets as well as other great coaches.”
On what he’s looking to do for himself as a veteran during this time of the year in this league
“Train, enjoy my family and friends, my teammates, get to know them, find time to hangout, different stuff like that, and get my bearings here in Tampa.”
On if he’s been able to check out Tampa at all yet
“I have, I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve been here two or three other times but one thing that I’ve noticed eating dinner out most of the time is it’s good midwestern, friendly folks, which I enjoy. Kind of just say hi and bye and welcome to Tampa, which has been very pleasant for me and my fiance.”
On Tampa not being like LA
“Not really LA, but LA, I mean, I know a lot of people there so I was very comfortable there. It’s good to kind of have that midwestern feel down here even though we’re in Florida.”
On where he thinks he best fits in on this defense
“I think my best fit is wherever they need me to be, it’s as simple as that. I’m excited to one, just being able to play football at the same time, just being able to be a force on the defense. Like I said, the only way we can do that is to figure out the defense, understand it like the back of my hand and we’ll go from there.”
On what he’s seen from Bruce Arians trying to instill the culture for a team that’s been losing for a long time.
“I think the important thing is to just forget about the past. It’s a new regime and a new understanding that none of the past stuff matters, it’s all about the future and present, and with that, coach is big on having ownership. Yes he is the head coach, yes he has to set the tone, but that doesn’t mean anything if we all don’t buy in, in addition to make it our own. You’ve got to have your own accountability, you’ve got to take care of your own business, and then obviously we’ll fix each other and be accountable and take ownership overall.”