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Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

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Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  Big_Pete on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:12 pm

LB Coach Jim Herrmann Transcript

By Giants.com

Check out what LB Coach Jim Herrmann said to the media this afternoon.



Q: Mathias Kiwanuka Ö

A: Yup. We re-signed him and heís going to play linebacker this year. Right now heís playing the same position. Heís got some adjusting to do because heís been away. But, when he came here right at first he played some. Itís a position where thereís different things to look at. Heís adjusting well as he goes. Good studier, good kid, smart. Every day he learns more and more and more about the position. I think the biggest thing right now is just the coverage part of the aspect and different things that that guyís required to do. Thatís what weíre working on most right now, that part of the game. Heís such a physical guy. Thatís what I love about him. He brings a physical part to the game. Against the run, heíll be a hard guy to move out of the hole.



Q: So heís not a joker as Jerry likes to say? He wonít be switching from line to linebacker, heís officially a linebacker?

A: Yes. In our base package heís a linebacker. When we go to third down, all bets are off. We try to put the best people on the field to get pressure, to cover. Itís a different game to me. First and second downs are a completely different game than third. Itís like a whole different playbook. When we go to third down, he has multiple positions on third down plays and our third down package.



Q: What does that do to Sintim?

A: Clint has actually had a great camp so far. I really like where heís at. Heís done a great job. He looks faster. Heís leaner. Heís done a great job out here. Anytime you canít go into a season with three legit guys and someone gets hurt and youíre putting a non-legit guy in. So, heís competing for a job as a starter wherever it is. Really, to me, theyíre all interchangeable. They should all be able to play all the positions.




Q: So the decision with Kiwi was made when you signed him and not a reaction to anything with Clint?

A: No because we think he can help us. We played him here a little bit last year, at the beginning of the year, if you remember. He played off the ball and did some good stuff for us. We feel like heíll help us in terms of the linebackers.



Q: Why do you think heís more valuable there than he is at end? What is he able to do? What is his skill set?

A: Kiwi has great range. If you ever watch him, he could be on the numbers on one side and get to the numbers on the other in a heartbeat. To me, thatís what you look for as a linebacker coach. You look. You run to the ball and he can run all day long. Plus, heís athletic enough that he can move in and out and get around people. So, heís going to help us. Heís a good defensive end too, donít get me wrong. But, we would like for him to play linebacker.



Q: As a natural defensive end it seems like most of the movementís going straight ahead or slightly to the right side or to the left. Here you have a lot more lateral movement. Is that a concern at all?

A: No.



Q: Heís already been able to show?

A: Yes.



Q: How are the young kids? What have you seen out of Herzlich? Youíre laughing. Why are you smiling?

A: I like my young group. Theyíre a great group of kids, they really are. Greg Jones from Michigan State. Iím obviously from Michigan. Heís done a great job. You can tell he played at a high level in college. He has great instincts to the ball. He picks things up fast. Heís going to be fine. Heís a good, young player. Jacquain Williams, to me, heís the kind of guy you look for. He played D-end in college. You put him on two feet in pro football. Heís one of those guys that can go from sideline to sideline. He can catch quick, he can cover and heís learning the game. If I just say okay go cover that guy, the guy will be covered now. ___ the assignment part of itówho am I covering, who am I not covering. Heís doing a good job of it. Heís learning on the move. Herzlich I love, because heís one of those kids who--something in his life, obviously his sickness--has really driven his focus to succeed and heís going to succeed. Thatís just the way he is. Pretty much he was on his death bed and now heís playing in the NFL camp with the New York Giants. Thatís a great story. Then youíve got Spencer Paysinger who, to me, is one of those young guys who you know youíre really like in college. He played in that system and spread and all that stuff, but heís gained a few pounds since heís been here and he can move, too. Heís kind of quick, too. I like that group here. Itís good a mesh, they like each other and itís been a good group.



Re: Players moving back to linebacker or up to linebacker

A: Can you remember Adrian Tracy? Adrian made a huge move from a year ago when he got his injury and heís got into the playbook, and heís getting a much better understanding of playing linebacker, because he was a D-end in college. Kenny Ingram actually came the other wayóhe was a safety. Kenny provides you the type of guy that can cover like a safety and heís put on a little weight, too.



Q: Coach just told us that last year, you had about twenty practices before the first game, this year you have eleven. When youíre coaching, are you teaching a lot more? Do you feel that itís more challenging this year?

A: There is much more meeting time, which is good, because you need that. You need to go over assignments, you need to show them whatís wrong, you need a walk-through and you need good practices. So, really, this has been very good. We donít get the physical reps that we would if you we were in a two-a-day, one-a-day, two-a-day. I think the veteran guys are ok, because theyíve done it before. Itís the younger guys who are my concern. They have to go out and play NFL football at a fast pace. Their learning curve is going to be real faster in about seven days.



Q: Kiwi is a big linebacker. Is there a plan to get bigger at that position, or is that just something that happens?

A: I just think itís the body types that are there. If you want to win and you want to go to the Super Bowl in the NFL, you better have a defense that can stop the run and force their hand or control of the ball. Thatís what I believe. If you canít stop the run, you have no chance. So if youíre playing in there with linebackers 215, 220, 215, youíre going to wear down. Eventually at the end of the game in the fourth quarter, theyíre going to be running the ball 5 yards, 6 yards, 7 yards and you canít stop them. You canít get them to third down. So, you have to stop the run. You have to be built in a way where you can do that.



Q: A lot of teams go the opposite way with 220 pound linebackers and theyíre all over the place.

A: Well, itís really hard now because in college ball, there are no 230, 240 pound linebackers because itís all spread out all over the field. What has happened is the migration is from the secondary, to linebackers, you see all DBísótheyíre playing linebacker in college football and thatís hard. You have to take D linemen and pay that guy to be a linebacker and that kind of thing. Itís a process that you have to go through to get them where you want them.



Q: What do you see from Jonathan Goff this year that you didnít see last year?

A: I think he really worked hard on his movement skills, quickness, agility. You can see it out here. Heís made several big plays when maybe a year ago he might have just gotten there. Now, heís there. Thatís the flash that you want. I think every year that Iíve been with Jon, heís gotten better and better and better, and this year is the same. Heís gotten better. He feels comfortable. Heís a leader out there. Thatís what I like.



Q: Where do you feel Herzlich lines up?

A: Iíve got him playing a couple positions. Heís a highly intelligent kid, so the concern is just trying to find his niche right now. Probably in the middle, probably at SAM.



Q: So he can do both?

A: Yeah.



Q: And I saw before Paysinger got hurt, it seemed like you guys were taking a look at him.

A: Heís a good player, a very good player. I like him a lot.



Q: On passing downs you could probably take Jones out and maybe Ö

A: Part of that is just trying to get everybody reps. You only go three teams and Iíve got 11 linebackers. That means thereís two extra. So youíve got to mix them around.



Q: Are cuts going to be tough for you?

A: The cuts are always hard. You spend so much time with the guys; theyíre like your sons.



Q: Will a lot of it have to do with special teams, too?

A: Definitely.



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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:40 pm

That was very informative. Good to hear where Kiwi is going to play and I'm more optimistic about this defense after reading that article.
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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  Pizan on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:49 pm

I have a question for him.

How does it feel being one of the worst Linebacker coaches in the National Football League?
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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  Big_Pete on Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:09 pm

I am pretty comfortable with this LB group

we have a two quality vets on the outside and Goff on the inside

plus we have a lot of quality young guys competing for roster spots.


The only think I am not sure on is on passing downs and who will team with Boley in coverage, but I think someone will step up.
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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:27 pm

Pizan wrote:I have a question for him.

How does it feel being one of the worst Linebacker coaches in the National Football League?
I hear you V. Not sure if Herman's the wosre but I wasn't a big fan when he was hired.
Although, I do appreciate the fact that we get real answers in the transcripts.
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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  Big_Pete on Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:33 pm

56 Crazed Dogs wrote:
Pizan wrote:I have a question for him.

How does it feel being one of the worst Linebacker coaches in the National Football League?
I hear you V. Not sure if Herman's the wosre but I wasn't a big fan when he was hired.
Although, I do appreciate the fact that we get real answers in the transcripts.

I don't think he is among the worst, I do think he hasn't produced substantial results yet, although you can certainly argue we have lacked talent to work with (and Sheridan's scheme sucked); he did have some success at NYJ. The is an argument for continuity and building on what we have.

I am going to hold my judgement on him until this season.

With that said, I am pissed we didn't sign former Pats LB coach Richard Smith.
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Re: Good read - LB Coach Jim Hermann Transcripts

Post  uzi716 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:09 am

I think Antonio Pierce would be a great LB coach. We should get him off ESPN and bring him into our coaching staff.

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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:41 am

There's a couple guys that I'd rather see coaching our backers but we have who we have for now.
I remember seeing Jessie Armstead helping the team out the last couple years when visiting Albany. Not sure about this year though.
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