RT Chad Wheeler
October 3, 2018
Q: Coach said your more laid-back California, but you have that ability to turn that switch. Talk about how you – when do you start getting that switch? Is it in the locker room before the game, Saturday night? When do you start turning that?
A: You start throughout the week. I think you start on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Sort of like build up for game time. So yeah, you got to be calm around family and friends and then you got to turn into a savage when you enter the building.
Q: Do you start rocking certain music or something like that? What do you do?
A: I like Eminem. I don’t know, Logic is good. Lil Wayne’s new album is good. Yeah. just whatever is out.
Q: How are you and Patrick (Omameh) working together communication-wise?
A: It’s great. He’s a very savvy vet. He understands the game, he’s played a lot of football so anything I can take away from him I try to and I try to help him as much as I can, holding up my end of the bargain by being as prepared as I can be and just sort of help him anyway I can.
Q: You guys talk about Carolina – you look at Carolina on film they like to give you stunts, they do some twists and stuff like that. Do you guys talk about that?
A: Yeah we’ve seen that in the film study days before, and this morning. A lot of teams are going to end up doing that. We’ve sort of struggled with that early in our first two games so we have to prepare for that.
Q: As a group, do you feel like you guys are making some progress up front?
A: Yeah as a group I feel like we’re coming together just doing the little things, it’s just do something better. Honestly, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel or try to be Superman out there so you just got to do your job and hope the guy next to you is doing it.
Q: Just looking back to New Orleans, is there anything in particular you guys saw on film that you can do better?
A: Some of our run fits we could’ve done a lot better, getting on linebackers, opening up holes for Saquon (Barkley). He was getting like four-five yards, but we want to bust those for like 30-yard gains, 10 or 30-yard gains, so we have a lot of work to do in that area. Passing game, we gave up some pressures and sacks so we just have to get on our guys and stay in front of them.
Q: Coach was actually pretty complimentary about the way that you played on Sunday. Are you kind of hard on yourself in general?
A: Yeah you got to be hard on yourself especially being an undrafted free agent. You’re always going to have that chip on your shoulder, never going to feel like you’re good enough and honestly once you start feeling you’re good enough, that’s when you get humbled in this league, so you just got to keep pushing.