Defensive Back Logan Ryan
September 6, 2021
Q: Captain Logan?
A: It’s captain Logan now, guys. That’s how I want to go from here on out. I’m telling my wife to call me that and my kids. I’m excited.
Q: Who else (is captain)?
A: (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones), obviously. He did a great job, he deserves that. He worked his butt off. I’ll probably give him the offseason award winner – I think he outworked me this offseason. He really put a lot of work in. (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), (Center) Nick Gates, obviously great players for our offense. On the defensive side, I don’t want to misquote it, (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) just told us – Myself, (Safety) Jabrill (Peppers), (Linebacker) Blake (Martinez) and then (Kicker) Graham Gano. So, hopefully I’m not missing anybody, but obviously all leaders. The one thing I like about here is, Joe says, like last year I got to the team like two days and he’s like, ‘You don’t know anybody here, don’t even vote for captain. Don’t waste a vote.’ If you’re new here and you haven’t been here, you don’t really know who the captains are, who’s earned it – we’re not going to have everyone just vote. It’s not going to be a popularity contest. I just try to do a good job of serving my teammates, anything the younger guys asking me from my years in the league, I try to be an open book. I’m not worried about those guys in terms of holding everything to myself and really just try to put my teammates in the best positions to succeed because we all need each other. I’m honored to be a captain, I take it very seriously and I’m going to try to do my best with it.
Q: Does anything change for you? You were a leader last year, but now you have a title.
A: No, it’s no change in my day to day. The peers voted for me, so honestly, I just don’t want to disappoint them, and I take that seriously. I think there’s a responsibility you have to have. I think there’s a responsibility you have to have as the leader of the locker room, which I always try to say I was – to really understand and make sure the coaching staff and the players are on the same page at what that may be. Really just address the guys needs in whatever that is. I’m kind of like that as an NFLPA rep and I’m kind of like that anyway. I just take it more seriously because the guys voted me. Honestly, it’s the first time in my nine-year career I was voted captain, so I’m excited that I can accomplish that and I’m excited for the team.
Q: When you look at this defense, what do you think you need to do to get to the next level?
A: Just play the games, just line up and play. It’s all through experience, it’s all through playing together. We obviously added pieces, but we haven’t played a ton in the games yet, I think we played one half together so far, in actual games and it was okay. It was a good half, not perfect. We just have to play the game. September football, you know, you’re not going to be the ’85 (Chicago) Bears in September football. You’ve got to go out there and execute and tackle and we haven’t been live tackling too much. Nobody has played a full four quarters yet in the NFL. So, the first game in September football, especially, is about fundamentals and understanding the situations and playing smart. I think we need to play smart and if we do that, I think our talent and our execution will come together, but we’ve got to play smart and execute.
Q: Have you broken out the (Broncos Quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater film or had you already broken it out?
A: Yeah, of course. I’ve been watching him over these last couple of days off. He’s a very smart quarterback, man, he beat me in Louisville (versus) Rutgers nine years ago. He took a broken wrist, broken leg, whatever he had, he took a Sugar Bowl berth from us. Very smart guy, very cerebral, protects the ball I think a little better than (Broncos Quarterback) Drew Lock, obviously, and I think that’s why he won the job. I think he’s going to protect the ball. They have good playmakers. I think his job is to distribute the ball to the playmakers and I think he has to do a good job of protecting the ball. I think he does that, (a) cerebral guy, been in the league eight years. I’ve got a lot of respect for him going back to college.
Q: How has Joe Judge gotten this team to believe in themselves? What qualities does he have that enables that?
A: Consistency in his approach. Wins, losses, consistent. Come out here, the standards the standard. The fundamentals are the fundamentals. He doesn’t get too high, too low. He kind of stays on it. He’s a tough coach that stays on you. Regardless how you think you’re playing he’s going to stay on you and tell you how it is. I think the players need to believe in themselves and I think we’ve done a good job with that just through the preparation. Just get extremely prepared and you’ve got to play to the level of your preparation. Just feel confident with the work you put in and go play free and go execute it. No one’s going to be perfect this Sunday. It’s the first game of the year, but we’ve just got to execute a little better than they do on the other side and find a way to win the game in the end. I think Joe’s kept us together last year through that and this year we’ve prepared really hard to reap some of the benefits of it. So, we’ve got to go out there and play the game.
Q: Daniel and some of the guys on offense here ran (Broncos Offensive Coordinator) Pat Shurmur’s offense, so have you guys leaned on them at all or have meetings been any different and have included them to give you guys insight? Or do you guys not need that as a defense?
A: No, you need anything you can get. I’ll read some stuff on Wikipedia sometimes. So, I’ll look into it, check the sources. You know I played against Shurmur’s offense in Tennessee. But as I dive into it and I’ll ask Daniel things that I feel – I’m not going to bombard him. But I’ll ask him what things I feel that might help us of anything he might know – signals, calls, anything like that, go-to plays or whatever. But it’s a player’s league, man. They’ve got (Broncos Wide Receiver) Jerry Jeudy. They’ve got (Broncos Tight End) Noah Fant. They’ve got two good running backs. They’ve got (Broncos Wide Receiver Courtland) Sutton back. Sutton’s a good route runner in certain areas. Jeudy’s a good route runner. So, they’re going to get their guys, just like us. We’re going to get their guys – the players and what they do best, let them do what they do best. Different players, same system, but he’s going to find a way to utilize his players, so we’re really trying to get to know the guys right now.
Q: How important is (Cornerback) Adoree’ (Jackson) considering all those weapons that you just named?
A: Very important. Adoree’s a very important piece. We know why, he’s a good corner. He makes everyone’s jobs easier. He makes my job easier with him out there. Him and (Cornerback James) Bradberry, they’re smart guys. They have good skill sets. They matchup with number one receivers in big games, in playoff games. They’ve been there. So, we’ve just got to go out there and go play. We’ve got to execute. It’s good to get him back this week, so we can start running our stuff together, but it’s really how we play together. Adoree’s a good piece and Bradberry’s a good piece, and I’m a piece and (Jabrill) Peppers is a piece. We’ve all got to bring it together and that’s what it’s all about. It’s coming together in a system and that’s what takes reps. That’s what takes game experience and that’s what I’m excited to roll it out, and the fans and myself are all going to see it on Sunday. So, I’m excited to roll it out and give it our best shot.