Tackle Chad Wheeler
Postgame vs. Kansas City Chiefs, November 19, 2017
Q: What was it like going against a guy like Justin Houston?
A: It was intense. He's a savvy veteran and has a variety of moves. He's pretty quick. I just had to stay in front of him.
Q: Coach McAdoo said it was a pretty quiet game for you. For a guy in your situation, that's a pretty good thing, right?
A: Yes, I had a quiet game, but that's a good thing. It's a testament to Eli getting the ball out quickly and D.J. Fluker helping me. It wasn't just my effort. It was a team effort.
Q: On Orleans Darkwa's touchdown run, how satisfying was it to get such a good push on your part?
A: It was Rhett Ellison and I. Rhett took his hip out and had a great down block.
Q: Was it especially challenging being on the right side, given that you have practiced so much on the left?
A: At first, it was but day to day, you get better at it.
Q: Was there anything that surprised you?
A: I was surprised by how quick Houston is. Everyone is good out there.
Q: How did you not let a name like Justin Houston get to you mentally and stay confident in that matchup?
A: I think preparation was a big key to it. We have a great group of guys. They have faith in me and I have faith in myself.
Q: Did you notice that the game started to get easier for you compared to the first drive?
A: Yes, it got easier. Obviously, he would have had some plays if Eli didn't get rid of the ball, so it was a good effort by him.
Q: What were the first couple of snaps like?
A: I had some butterflies. I was going against one of the top defensive ends in the league, so there was a little bit of a rush.
Wheeler's a big tall dude with quick feet - always a good thing for a tackle. As he gains more experience and strength - "sky's the limit" !
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