LB Oshane Ximines
October 2, 2020
Q: Do you feel like last Sunday for you, was as good as you’ve played in the two years you’ve been here?
A: Yea, it was definitely one of my better games. I was just putting my best out there every snap like I do always. I feel like I was able to make some plays and I’m just ready to improve and do better next week.
Q: They gave you a lot of screens last week, a couple big plays on those. What’s been the talking point, what’s been the correction? What can you do better on those plays?
A: Screen play, I can just try to be able to smell the rat and realize they’re trying to get us up field a little bit more. Be able to drop anchor and redirect and try to help guys out a little bit more on the screen and just retracing and getting to the ball.
Q: How do you do that? Is it keys, are you looking for certain things? Is that contingent on the offense you’re playing?
A: Yeah, definitely. Just going back to the film and seeing certain things maybe they do on different screen downs. Realizing when the offense likes to run screens or when they usually revert. See if they have any tendencies like that. It’s just like a feel. When you’re pass rushing usually on a screen, they try to get you up field or let you win the rush so you can be up the field. You just have to kind of have a feeling for it. Just realize when they try to do that to you and then try to just get to the ball.
Q: A lot of guys have talked about the Rams saying when they come to the line of scrimmage, they don’t really tip off what they’re doing. Have you noticed that in the film?
A: Yeah, I feel like they do pretty good. Their tendencies are pretty even so there’s no good tell on what they’re going to do. You just have to read your keys and react to what you’re seeing and play fast.
Q: They could be in the same formation, but you have no clue whether it’s a run or a pass?
Q: Coach Graham yesterday said he wants the young guys on this team to trust him in terms of reading your keys and things like that. He said if he’s wrong, put it on him basically. As one of the young players on this team, do you really appreciate that from your coordinator?
A: Yeah, definitely. Coach Graham comes to work every day. He puts his best foot forward every day; he gives us a coaching point on every little thing. He’s one of the first ones to always say that it’s is on me. It helps me out to know that. I’m just out there trying to play fast and do what I can to help the team.