On the move of Randy Starks to nose tackle: “So far with Randy he’s making progress. It is a big move for him. But the best thing about it is Randy is very eager to do it and the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in him and what he is doing defensively. We just think he’s a good fit for that position for what we need him to do.”
On having Jason Ferguson around to guide Starks through the transition: “Having Ferguson around is invaluable. Not only is the guy still playing on a high level before he got injured. Some of the blocks you see at nose, he can eat and sleep and wake up and understand what goes on at the nose position. He’s been doing it so long and so long at a high level. It’s good to have an extra set of eyes. If I miss a step or a hand placement, Ferg will get it. Also he offers a player’s insight. I see it from a coach’s perspective, he sees it from a player’s insight. It’s just a double teaching for Randy.”
On what Starks’ willingness to move says about him: “The guy is unselfish. He’s bought into the program that Tony, Bill and Jeff have brought in about ‘team first.’ Whatever he can do to help the team, that’s what he wants to do. Right now we had the chance to get Jared [Odrick]. That was a big piece of the puzzle, and the fact Randy was able to do it that just goes to show you what kind of makeup this guy has.”
On Jared Odrick, the rookie first-rounder from Penn State: “With the position and the number and the slot he was picked in, he comes in with high expectations and we expect a lot out of him. He’s coming into the NFL, which is no box of chocolates for him by any stretch, but we’ve got high expectations for him and we’ve got certain roles we expect him to fill. He’s doing everything we ask of him.
On Odrick’s high level of college production: “We hope to translate that into a situation where he can be productive for us as well. One strength is his learning. Everybody in the NFL has size and strength, but the thing is the guy’s motor runs good and right now the biggest thing for him is to transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4. That’s his biggest challenge. Everything else at the end of the day is still football, blocking and tackling.”
On how long that 3-4 transition can take: “We’re destined to get him ready to play as soon as possible. We’re not in the developing business. We got to go in a hurry. He works at it. If he’s willing we got to get it to him.”
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