Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterbackRussell Wilson
(3) is tacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vance Walker (99) in the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
What interests you about the situation in Kansas City?
"“I love the environment and the program there and what they’re building there. As far as myself, I fit in a good bit with the team that they’re employing on defense. I saw a lot of good possibilities for myself just to help the team as well for them to be more successful than last year. I’m really excited about that. The defense, you know, they have a lot of good playmakers and I feel like I can add to be much more successful than last year.”"
What did they tell you about your role here?
"“Well nothing too specific. If anything, I’ve played pretty much every position on the d-line. I’ve been in the league for five years, so I have a good bit of experience at the nose or three technique end, defensive end, so really whatever it is to help the team win I’m sure I’ll be moving between all of those positions. I play them all equally well, whether it’s stopping the run or rushing the passer.”"
Did you play on passing downs last year?
"“A good bit. We went to a three down look. We just went d-tackle with the Raiders on third down. I want to say, I can’t give you an actual statistic, but I was in there on third downs, probably I would say 80 percent of the third downs I was in there. I got a lot of rushing from either the nose or three technique. I had a lot of good rushes from that position.”"
What are you expecting from the Kansas City fans?
"“I’ve gotten a very warm welcome since I’ve been there and signed. The fans have definitely live up to their doing. Just being an opponent last year and playing in the Chiefs stadium at Arrowhead, it was tough. I believe it may have been the game they broke the record for the loudest stadium. Just to have those fans being so energetic really adds to the game, especially on defense, as a defensive guy. I think they do a great job. It’s a football city and I’m really excited to play.”"
Dropping a reference about Arrowhead breaking the stadium sound record? Yeah, I like this guy.
Do you expect to get a lot of one-on-one matchups and have ability to get after the quarterback being in there with Dontari Poe?
"“Honestly it’s either going to be me or him or whoever is in there with us. They can’t double team all of us and that’s without blitzing. I’m very excited. I consistently believe that if you get a one-on-one rush you have to win. There is no doubt about it. I think that’s an opportunity for anybody that doesn’t get double teamed, and even if you’re getting double teamed you push the pocket. I just think it’s a good opportunity and I really fear for offenses this year. It’s going to be terrible for them.”"
I really fear for offenses this year, it’s going to be terrible for them. I hope Walker becomes the defensive line’s spokes person to the media. Also sounds like his going to bring a swagger with him, something the defense needs.
Did they sell you on the idea of playing nose when Dontari Poe needs a rest or taking Tyson Jackson’s spot? What did they say your role would be?
"“Mostly three technique and five technique because (Dontari) Poe is obviously a major player. Even if he needs a breather or whatever be the case I can do all of those positions. I’ve been with the Falcons and the Raiders. Really I don’t know, we didn’t get into that too much, but I would say three and five more specifically.”"