Q&A With Cyril Obiozor
Last Updated on Monday, 26 July 2010 22:25 Written by John Rehor Monday, 26 July 2010 17:25
An area of competition which has been discussed is the OLB position opposite Clay Matthews. Brad Jones, a rookie last year, ended the season as the starter. However, a player whose name has emerged as a potential candidate to compete against Jones is Cyril Obiozor. He has been touted as having all of the necessary skill set to become a premier pass rusher in the NFL, and most practices have had Kevin Greene, Outside Linebacker Coach, shouting at least once "Obi!" in an effort to motivate him to become the best player he can. Recently, he was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career up to this point, the 3-4 defense, and what he hopes the 2010 season will bring for both him and the Packers.
What do you see as the biggest area of improvement on defense from the end of last season to the start of training camp?
I would have to say that the biggest improvement is just everyone's overall understanding of the defense....guess this is a given because we have all had more time to digest it...its becoming more second nature.
What kind of impact has Kevin Greene had on your career?
Kevin Greene is a constant reminder that i can always be better...no matter how good I think I am or how good I believe I can be....he's already done it....he's got 150 sacks and a decade and change worth of knowledge in this game....he is a humbling entity that is constantly on me...and he refuses to let me sell myself short....we don't always see things the same but his presence is undoubtedly a very good thing.
Which player did you most admire as you were growing up? Which player did you model your style of play after?
I admire and respect "styles" of play rather then the players themselves. I like a creative, athletic, and disruptive style of play.
Dom Capers instituted the 3-4 defense to great success last year. Why do you think the Packers were able to transition so well from the 4-3 to 3-4?
The 3-4 is complex in nature which makes it very hard for offenses to deal with, but it can seem ordinary if the proper athletes are not executing it, the reason we were able to thrive in the defense is because we have exceptional athletes running it on all three levels of the defense....basically..we have great players in a great scheme.
Which rookie has impressed you the most so far? Why?
Would have to be Burnett in my opinion I think he has had the smoothest transition so far.
What is your personal goal for the 2010 season, aside winning the Super Bowl?
Cliche but simple, to be the best player I can be, make a lot of plays, and help the Pack get to the big one and win it.