LB Alec Ogletree
Media Availability, April 25, 2018
Q: What are your first impressions of this defense?
A: Itís going to be a good defense. Weíve got a lot of talent here and Iím definitely happy to be here. Coach Bettcher has been one of the top defenses in the league the past few years and hopefully we can bring that here.
Q: Does this defense ask a lot more of the linebackers than they did maybe in previous systems you might have played in?
A: I guess you have to learn the terminology and get everybody lined up, so it kind of rolls along with the rest of them. But every coach kind of has their own little thing and as a linebacker you have to basically be an extension of the coordinator. But itís going well so far.
Q: James Bettcher said he wants this team to be aggressive, what about this scheme allows you to do that?
A: Like I said, he matches up on the outside and he got the interior line and outside linebackers creating pressure on the quarterback to cause turnovers and be aggressive. So when youíve got guys like that that can match up on the back end and then also rush the passer in the front end, it definitely calls for a great defense and an aggressive style.
Q: Even yesterday when you guys werenít hitting, it seemed like the defense was playing with some attitude. Are you in charge of creating that as the middle linebacker?
A: Itís definitely a defensive mindset. I donít like to take all the credit for it, but no, itís each guy in the room thatís putting in the work and they have that mindset of, ĎWeíve got to attack today and get better together.í So when you play like that, it definitely helps you out a lot to go out there and have fun and make plays.
Q: Do you feel like you guys have those types of personalities on the defense though?
A: We definitely do. Weíve got guys on all three levels that are aggressive, they love ball and theyíre here to make plays and if you canít do anything, you wonít be in this league for long if you arenít doing anything.
Q: When you play in a 3-4, is there more communication between you and the other inside linebacker than the outside or is it all four?
A: There is communication going all over the place. Like I said, each coordinator is kind of different in the sense of how they want stuff to be communicated. But, youíre definitely talking to the other linebacker and the outside linebacker and also the safeties and youíre talking to the D-line. Like I said, there is a communication going all across the board and thatís how you have to play.
Q: Does B.J. (Goodson) look to you? Heís going from a 4-3 to a 3-4.
A: Heís asked me a couple questions and stuff. Heís going to be a great linebacker in this league. You can tell he loves ball, he definitely has the attributes and the physical part of it and now itís just about doing a little bit more mental and heís taking the steps day-by-day just like the rest of us and heís going to be a great linebacker for sure in this league.
Q: Have you gotten used to the snow and the cold the last couple of months?
A: Well, I started in St. Louis, so I kind of experienced a little bit and then went to California and didnít have it. History repeats itself or something.
Q: Has the surprise of the trade worn off yet?
A: Itís still kind of new. I havenít even found a place to live yet, so just trying to figure all that out. But, the trade happened and Iím here now and glad to be here and definitely looking forward to the season.