Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn
June 20, 2014
Q: After losing two starters last year, how difficult is it to rebuild and get new guys in?
A: You hate to lose good players but it’s an opportunity for someone else to come in, an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves. It’s always difficult, but hey, it’s part of the business and you can’t control that. These guys have all come into OTAs and minicamp and have looked very sharp and given themselves a chance to, once we get in pads, earn the job on the spot.
Q: How has JPP looked? There were obviously questions about his health the last couple of years. I think he’s healthy now and poised maybe to have a big year.
A: He appears to be. I think he’s in as good of shape as he’s been since I’ve been here. He’s in good shape, good condition, really worked hard from the end of last season. He hasn’t indicated anything to me as far as any setbacks and so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing him react when the real bullets start flying.
Q: He’s said publicly that he was obviously unhappy about his numbers last year, the way he played last year. He said, ‘I’m going to show people this year.’ Does he discuss those kinds of things with you also?
A: A little bit. We talked a little bit about that but really our conversations are more from day-to-day, what we’re working on and going back and looking at some things that have been successful for him, things that weren’t successful so that’s mainly our conversations. But he’s been impressive. It’s too early to tell until we get the pads on and see where it goes.
Q: How about the two guys you drafted last year, Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore? Have you seen progress in those two?
A: Yeah, I thought Damontre really took a step forward and Hankins really took off at the end of last year and has done a great job in the offseason working out, coming in in really good condition and he’s really given them a chance to, both of those guys, have really given themselves a chance to, once we get in pads… we’ve got to see. They’ve got to go out there and do it. But I like where they are at now.
Q: What kind of leadership do Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson give you?
A: They’re solid guys, solid veteran guys. And they understand where they are in this stage of their career and we’ll have to take care of them through training camp. Both of those guys have had outstanding offseasons, I thought Mike came in here in really good shape. Cullen’s always been in good shape ever since I’ve been around him. We’ll see where it goes. Again, it’s so hard to tell, we’re so limited in what we can do in the offseason now but they’re in great shape and a really good frame of mind and have done a really good job with leadership with the younger players. We’ll see where it goes.
Q: Markus Kuhn has almost a lost year last year coming off the knee surgery from the year before. The cliché is that second year where you see the guys rebound from an ACL. Does he look healthy now?
A: He had an outstanding offseason, really outstanding practices. He and Hankins, they’ll definitely get more reps in training camp than Mike P and Cullen if everything goes as planned. He showed up every day. When we go out there and go in team situations Markus was, there wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t call his name out in a positive manner.
Q: Did Jay Bromley show you anything? Again, you obviously can’t tell…
A: You know, he’s come in very willing to learn. He’s very green, very raw but hey, he’s got to get started. Those guys are the ones that really suffer as far as how limited we are with what we can do. He needs all the work he can get but he’s shown enough that hey, he’s got to show up when the pads come on. We’ll see when that happens.