Linebacker Alec Ogletree
August 2, 2018
Q: Did you get an explanation about the new helmet rule today?
A: It will be interesting to see defensively. Itís kind of tough for us to take our heads out of it as much as possible. I understand why they are trying to do it, but at the same time itís definitely something Iím looking forward to seeing what kind of impact it has.
Q: Are you concerned you might not be able to take the instinct part of your game out, to comply with the rules?
A: You have to adjust as much as you can. You wonít be perfect but you have to try to adjust your game to fit the rules. I think we will do that once the time comes.
Q: Have you heard from other teams who have had meetings with officials about whatís been talked about?
A: I havenít really heard from other teams. I know we talked about it a little bit in the linebacker room. Just how to set it up for as far as a linebacker taking on a guard, tackle or something like that, that kind of helmet to helmet contact is illegal. Itís going to be tough for us for sure.
Q: Is there a specific type of play that you are worried about?
A: I honestly donít know, things just happen on the field and you try to do your job as well as you can and limit the mistakes. We are going to try our best to adjust our games to fit the situation.
Q: Have you been coached to change the way you tackle over the course of your career?
A: Pretty much throughout the league everybody is trying to adjust the way guys tackle, keeping your head out of it. Like I said, itís a physical game, and you are definitely going to have some type of head contact, I donít care how much you try to change it.
Q: Was there a time when a coach said, ďthis is our new tackling techniqueĒ over the course of your career?
A: Iíve played with three or four different coaches and everyone has their own technique. For the most part, itís pretty much the same, they try to teach you to keep your head out of it as much as possible.
Q: During a particular play in practice, have you actually thought about the head aspect of making a tackle?
A: Yea somewhat, itís kind of hard when youíre not actually tackling somebody to really say I need to hit him like this. You definitely try to take the right approach to a tackle and work on your steps when youíre about to finish. Its definitely kind of difficult to actually practice not putting your head into something.
Q: Has there been more emphasis on coaching technique with the new rules this year?
A: I donít think so. For the most part, in the last few years since I have been doing drills, coaches teach you to try to take your head out of it and lower your target.
Q: Do you concern yourself with what your life will be like once your playing career is over?
A: I try to just focus on right now as much as I can. At the same time, you definitely have health reasons as to why certain stuff has to happen so you can function later on in life. You arenít going to play football forever, so there is definitely a thought there, but at the same time I try to focus on what my job is right now and do the best I can to stay as healthy as possible.