Head Coach Bill O’Brien
(on why offensive linemen have to be more versatile than other players on the roster) “Well I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I would say that if you go position by position, for instance if you look at our defensive line position, even though we don’t have a number of players there, we do have guys that are versatile, we line up guys at defensive end and nose. I think if you look at our secondary we’ve lined guys up, not necessarily in these first three games, but we’ve lined guys up in the past at corner, at safety. I think we look for versatility at a lot of positions, not every single one, but I think on the offensive line, because there is a similar skill set to all five of those positions, that the more versatility you have player-wise, the better you’re going to be able to help fill some holes when there are some injuries. On game day, if you decide to bring seven or you decide to bring eight, clearly you can’t bring 10, so those guys that you bring, the next two after the five that start the game, they have to be versatile because if somebody goes down, they have to be able to fill in at a number of different positions. I think that’s the biggest reason why.”
T Duane Brown
(on Offensive Line Coach Mike Devlin) “Coach Devlin has done an incredible job. Just his knowledge of the game, the way that he kind of talks to us and really giving guys confidence to go out and play well, no matter if you’re a rookie, an eight-year vet, whether you’ve been here a couple years or a week in Oday’s (Aboushi) case. He’s a great coach and a great leader for us in that room. You’ve got guys playing out of position, (Derek) Newton playing at guard. It’s a lot of things going on in there, but he still finds a way to make it all gel. The guys themselves going out there and making it all come together and work out, it’s great to see.”
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