Q: You and Chris have been together for more than a year now, what do you see happening because of that?
A: It would only make sense to say our rapport was better, which I’m sure it is. But it was pretty good to start with. Chris is a talented player and bright guy and you could say the same thing about Casey. So I’m sure from the outside looking in it looked like a difficult situation to take a guy out of one system and put him in-between two guys who have been there, but really it’s ideal.
Q: You’ve only had two days off since camp started, how are the knees holding up?
A: I can’t complain about how I feel physically. I’m in my 13th year and I honestly feel better than four years ago. I ran into a nasty case of tendonitis in 2004 and I never had a chance to get on top of it. Really, the last three or four seasons I’ve been pretty good. They still need some managing. Last year there was this perception that it was almost crisis time. I was uncomfortable about that. I’m comfortable with how I feel. With some management, particularly toward the end of last year, I felt good. As [coach Jim Zorn] gets comfortable with me, the urgency of having to be ready every day can go away and the focus is more on Sunday. I’m not the only guy like that. A lot of reasons explain our success toward the end of the season, but one that is overlooked is that Joe [Gibbs] cut things back and the vets responded by feeling better and playing better on Sundays.
Q: What kind of season do you think you’re having?
A: It’s been about as I expected. Some ups and noticeable downs. But knock on wood I’ve been able to line up and play and we’ve had some success offensively.
Q: You seem to be someone who values consistency. Is that accurate?
A: That’s my game. I’m physically not the most talented guy or the most imposing. Those knockdown blocks you see, that won’t be me and when you ask a defense to talk about the best run blockers in the league, they probably won’t get into my name until the next day. But my goal is to be effective every play. If I play 62 of 65 plays effectively, then I’m giving my team a chance. But I’ll never do something on a positive note that is gonna make the guy calling the game get the telestrator out and talk about what a physically imposing job that was. I just hope20not to have too many more Sundays where they get the telestrator out.
Q: Was there a part of you this week that was a little like, ‘Geez, this is what I get attention for? Don’t forget the rest of my body of work?’
A: Well, everybody from a selfish standpoint would like to be appreciated publicly for the things they do. But as long as the guys in the locker room understand I prepare as hard as I can and play as hard as I can and am giving the team everything I have, and for the most part have contributed to good things, then that’s OK. Not everyone can be a Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer. Like Judge Smails told Danny in Caddyshack, ‘The world needs ditch diggers, too.’
Q: What problems does Shaun Rogers present?
A: All sorts of problems. He is as physically imposing as a player in the league right now and as gifted a player. The first thing you notice about him is his sizee, but the first thing that impresses us in the room is his agility. He is explosive, powerful and agile. Anyone can eat their way to 350 pounds or whatever he weighs. But to do the thigns he does and have the change of direction and jump over piles and have spin moves and explosion off the ball, that’s a gift. Albert Haynesworth falls into that category. Mabye a handful of other guys.