Since 2000, it's been a privilege and honor for me to be on the competition committee. And our main focus... is player safety.
As we say from time to time, it's hard to win in the National Football League.
The nickel spot, inside. It's the hardest position to play. It's harder than outside.
It's all about giving yourself a chance to win the opener, and then after that, you focus in on Week 2.
Typically, there's about 20, 25 percent turnover every year. So, every three or four years with the exception of, as is the case with the Patriots and the quarterback, you have a roster turnover.
It's unfortunate that sometimes the personal things affect the business.
The quarterback gets plenty of protection in the pocket, and he picks up protection out of the pocket; he's got protection down the field on his slides.
There's going to be different kinds of challenges on a yearly basis. You're going to have to overcome injuries, or you overcome a playoff loss or what have you. So there's always challenges in this business.
I'll make changes at receiver before I make a change at the quarterback.
There's a handful of teams that have a revolving door, that are changing coaches every couple of years, and you can look at the success that they're having. They're not.
We have rules in the rule book that are very specific. If the quarterback is in a throwing position, he gets protection. But in the event that the ball is handed off, at that instant, there's no telling whether or not he is a runner or not, so he loses that protection.
Everybody goes through situations like this. A tipped ball, a shoe-string tackle on a third-down scramble by the quarterback where he has 40 yards to run.
You only have so much time in a day.
We have to sell a gameplan, and you have to be enthusiastic, and you have to have energy come Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
To survive in the NFC West, we have to win in the trenches.