G Kevin Zeitler Conference Call
March 18, 2019
Q: You just signed a big contract with Cleveland a couple years ago, did this catch you by surprise?
A: Yea, it did. Once you sign that contract you think you are going to be there for quote, unquote 5 years. It definitely came as a big surprise, but it what it is. ím excited and I thank Cleveland for the opportunity. Iím excited to be a New York Giant and Iím ready to get to work.
Q: What do you know about some of the guys on the offensive line?
A: I know Victor (Salako) from the team last year. I spent some time with him in Cleveland during OTAís and training camp last year, thatís the one guy I know prior. I have been on the phone and had talks with Nate Solder, he seems like a good guy. Iím excited to him meet him in person. I donít know many guys but from everything I have heard they sound like they are a good group.
Q: Is there any disappointment that you will not be with a Browns team that seems like itís on the up?
A: You look at what they have done these last couple of weeks, itís definitely an exciting time in Cleveland. I think the guys there are going to have a very good time this next year. Like I said, thereís nothing I can do about it. They traded and the Giants wanted me. Iím excited to be here and we are going to do everything we can to get the same amount of buzz in New York.
Q: What do you consider the best part of your game? Run blocking, pass blocking, or are you equally adept at both?
A: I think Iím adept at both. I think itís my ability to always be on the field. I am able to stay on the field, I am able to be out there and I am able to play consistently. I think having that availability is pretty big.
Q: Have you received any advice from Joe Thomas on this next part of your career?
A: I think the biggest thing with Joe Thomas is he broke down everything from the way he took care of his body, to how he broke down his day, how he took care of himself and how he takes care of the football aspect. There is always something he could be doing with his time at the facility that could help him or the guys around him get better. Just watching him do that, it was good to learn from that.
Q: Did you see much of Saquon (Barkley) last year and what do you think an offensive lineman like you can bring to him?
A: I think everyone saw some of Saquonís highlights last year, he was our very first game. I think as a lineman (Inauidble). Iím going to do whatever I can to help him look better.
Q: Whatís your take on Eli Manning, do you know him at all and where do you think his game is?
A: I donít know him that much. I havenít seen many Giants games. Iím excited to work with him. I have heard he is an expert when it comes to the game and Iím looking forward to working with him.
Q: If you are a new guy coming into an offensive line whatís the key to getting caught up to speed?
A: Cohesion does matter for an O-line. When you work together with guys for a long time you have the ability to know what they are thinking and what they are thinking of doing before it even happens. We have the off-season program, OTAís and training camp. I think we have more than enough time to get the group on the same page.
Ira, you mean the Suburbanites. They were a fantastic 5, but I think our last great line was the Sean OíHara centered line, with McKenzie, Snee, Seubert and Diehl.
While they are teammates, now, and Zeitler is a legitimate stud, he should never have to critique another teammate's game.
Damn good line full of overachievers.
This was the most talented Giant line.
This was the best Giant O-line.
Whoa boy slow down. Let's get even within the vicinity of the quality that the 2008 line was (Diehl, Seubert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie) before we start dreaming of matching the "Suburbans" ability to take over a game in the 4th quarter in inclement weather conditions.
That 2008 OL was pretty good.
Karl Nelson was an honorable mention (along with Carl Banks) among my all time favorite Giants. Nelson was well on his way to dominant beastdom - especially as a road grading run blocker - when Hodgkins lymphoma hit him. Riesenberg, a UC Berkeley man like myself, was a worthy follow to Nelson, but never at Nelson's level as a road grader run blocker.
We have a long way to go to match up.