Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern
April 4, 2018
Q: What are your challenges moving forward? Have to put what you had here last year behind you, and how do you attack this new defense?
A: Itís an exciting time. Weíre getting a little bit of new blood in and obviously, some guys will be playing some different positions, but itís the same scheme that Iíve dealt with in the past. But obviously, [Defensive Coordinator] James [Bettcher] has been around it a long time and understands it better and weíre looking to just kind of move forward with the guys that we have.
Q: What do you see from linebacker Alec Ogletree on tape?
A: I see a guy whoís a playmaker. You can tell he takes the lead out on the field on the defensive side of the ball. He can run and hit, he shows up, he flashes on the pass rush game too. So, weíre excited to have him.
Q: How important is that leadership element after last year?
A: It doesnít matter any year, you always want the leadership out there. And again, every position would like to have it come from their position, but in particular, itís naturally expected to come from a linebacker group and weíre excited to have Alec.
Q: Is it an unusual dynamic, being a part of last yearís staff and sticking around to be a part of the new coaching staff?
A: No, I donít think so. I think being in the profession a long time, you get to know a lot of guys. And obviously, Iíve worked with Shurm [Head Coach Pat Shurmur], Iíve known Bettch [Bettcher], weíve talked way back when I was at Boston College, weíd spend time together, talking ball. [Defensive Line Coach] Gary Emanuel and myself worked together at UMass. So, thereís a lot of connections there. Itís just an exciting time to get with them all. Each year you never know who youíre going to be working with, but youíre excited to have some guys that youíve been around and have the same general beliefs with.
Q: Will you have more bodies in your linebacker room now?
A: Yes. As we start out with a 3-4 [defense], so weíll have a Sam, a Will, and a Mike and a Moe. But [Assistant Linebackers Coach] Robbie Leonard will also be working with me with the linebackers too.
Q: You would probably have a guy like defensive end Olivier Vernon in the linebackers room, right?
A: Right. We would expect to have OV [Olivier Vernon] there, yeah.
Q: Is it interesting for you to now have the chance to work with Vernon?
A: Right, youíre excited to work with a guy like him. OV not only is a real professional, heís a guy thatís obviously got a great deal of talent that weíre looking to kind of get him on the field and kind of let his talents kind of take over.
Q: How difficult is that transition for Vernon?
A: Heís had some work at it in the past in Miami a little bit way back when. But, itís going to be one of those things; initially itís always a little bit different if you get your hand down, when youíre standing up. Or your eye level, your eyes, itís different right from that point. But it wonít be a long adjustment. Thatís what the offseason program is hopefully for and preseason camp, give the guys enough chances to get familiar with it.
Q: How does linebacker B.J. Goodson fit into this defense?
A: Weíre looking for B.J. to come back, weíre excited for him. Obviously we thought a lot of him last year, but unfortunately he got injured. So, excited to see him when he gets back and see how he is after the injury and the rehab.
I guess JR never got that memo.
Considering how often he didn't play, it would be tough to sing his praises. He had some good moments. Worth staying with him. He'll certainly play if they run any 3-4 sets like they most likely will.