Linebacker Tae Crowder
August 2, 2021
Q: How is this camp different from last year for you just in terms of what you are, coming in and nuances?
A: I feel like I’m just coming in and still learning, trying to see how everything goes as far as like practicing other teams and stuff like that. Still be loose and we did that last year, but like I said, I’m excited just to come in and keep learning and just enjoying the process.
Q: How valuable has (Linebacker) Todd (Davis) been with (Linebacker) Blake (Martinez) out? A couple of other guys have no way of trying to get those reps that they want.
A: I feel like everybody has got to step up. Just fill in the position until he gets back. Just come to work, practice hard, focus on the details and do what you got to do.
Q: How different is it being the play caller? I assume you’re the one out there calling the plays and kind of stepping into his role.
A: Our coaches do a great job. Telling us to be vocal and do what you got to do, speak up, we’re in the middle of the defense. Both positions, both backers will talk to you, go out there and be vocal and be loud where everyone can hear you.
Q: How does (Linebacker Lorenzo) Carter look out there playing inside I know he was outside last year and what do you see out of him?
A: He’s picking up on things fast. He comes to work and everything and he’s willing to learn and he’s just excited to come to work with everybody in the group and just to be working together.
Q: I was wondering what your impression are on a rookie, (Linebacker) Azeez Ojulari. What do you think about him and what sticks out about him?
A: He comes to work every day moving. He’s taking it day by day, comes to work, keeps learning as a rookie. Coming in as a rookie, you don’t know a lot so just come in and watch the vets and do what you got to do to be as great as you can.
Q: What can you tell us about him that we wouldn’t know since you know him from college?
A: Just coming out of college with him, he going to come to work. Like I said, he’s willing to learn and he’s going to come to work and try to be the best player he can be.
Q: What’s the red and the green (hair)? What’s the significance of that?
A: I just woke up feeling different, just wanted to do something different. It just kind of happened.
Q: As in this morning?
A: Oh no, I’ve had it like a month.
Q: What kind of message does it send when (Head Coach Joe) Judge sends the whole unit, including the coaches, around for a lap?
A: I just feel like it’s a discipline thing. We’ve got to come out and work hard and pay attention, you know, we’re supposed to be on the field. It’s just a discipline thing so we can focus on the details and do what we got to do.
Q: Seemed like the defense got the better of it today in that regard. Just wondering what your assessment of that is.
A: Each day is hard, and we just push the offense as hard as we can. They did a great job today, you know, come out and compete with some solid competition. That’s what we try to do, we get them to do the best they can.
Q: You have a lot of guys back from last year, the second year with this defensive system. Do you sense that you guys look at each other now and say, ‘Yeah, okay, I understand it?’
A: We just have to come out and do what we got to do each day. Take it day by day and enjoy the process.
Q: What are your opinions on the defense right now?
A: You can only control what you can control. Right now, we’re coming in and working and trying to be the best defense every day, day in and day out. That’s all you can control.