Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel -- November 30, 2018
Q: We haven’t talked to you I don’t think since the Snacks (Damon Harrison) trade. How did that affect your group?
A: We’re happy with the guys we have on the team right now, we’re just moving forward.
Q: How much of that was the confidence you guys had in someone like Dalvin (Tomlinson) being able to step into that spot? What have you seen from him over the last few weeks?
A: Whenever you make a change, you always feel confident in the guys you have there in the program, so we feel very confident about Dalvin and Dalvin’s been doing a great job with doing the best he can do.
Q: Does it fit? Like is that his more natural position playing more of the nose?
A: Dalvin’s a good defensive lineman. He can play nose, he can play three technique. He just continues to work hard, continues to improve each day out.
Q: What are the skills that you see from him that make him a fit into the nose tackle spot?
A: Again, like I said, he’s a good defensive lineman, he plays the run, he does a good job with his hands there on the line of scrimmage, and he can hold the point of attack.
Q: You guys got a little bit of a glimpse of RJ McIntosh. What have you seen from him since he’s been healthy enough to be back?
A: RJ’s a guy who has worked hard to get himself back in shape to play football. He went out there and played and did his job. He plays well with his pad level, he plays well with his hands, he has decent feet, he’s a good athlete, so we expect some good things out of him.
Q: What’s the growth been like for him? How do you get him from a guy who’s just coming off the reserve list and then get him ready? How has that process gone? What was your involvement in that?
A: Once the medical people released him back to us, he just came out and practiced and continued to work on all phases of the game, working against the run, working with technique, working on his hands, working on his feet, working on pass rush and just continuing his work and improving each time out at practice and that showed in the game.