Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kerry Rhodes Interview

I recently conducted an interview with New York Jets Safety, Kerry Rhodes, and am pleased to be able to post it here on the site. I hope you all enjoy this one.





Alright Kerry, how are you feeling (physically and mentally) about yourself and the team heading into the upcoming (2009-10) season?
- I feel good about where we left off after minicamps and the outlook for the season for us definitely is one we are excited about.


How have you spent your offseason outside of OTA’s so far?
- I did some traveling outside of the country and that was great and I have also been on my grind with my own personal trainer and feel real good.


How does it feel to be working under Coach Ryan? And what does it mean to have someone who has been that dominant in defensive coaching guiding you into this season and hopefully more?
- Coach Ryan has been great so far. He gives us so much freedom to be the people we are and I think that’s a great trait to have to be a successful head coach in this league, so he has been great. And having a guy that’s a defensive guy makes you not want to disappoint and that’s how we feel.


You stepped up vocally during the entire Favre retirement debate situation and voiced your opinions, but you’re generally a quiet guy; how has that situation reflected in the locker room for you?
- People respect when others step up to the plate and voice your opinion only if you are a guy that is respected first and foremost, and I think I am one of those guys that is respected. (I was voted captain so I think that speaks for itself.)


You’ve probably had a better look at Mark Sanchez than others may have. What is the most important standout about the guy that you’ve seen so far?
- Just his approach with everything that has been thrown at him. He knows how to handle the media and he knows how to fit in with his teammates as well, so he’s plus 2 in my book just from those qualities! AS FAR AS PLAY we will see here coming up in a few days!


In today’s league, safety is one of the most crucial positions and there’s a lot of glimmering talent in the likes of Polamalu, Reed, Wilson, Sanders, Landry, etc. How does Kerry Rhodes define himself amongst this group?
- All the guys u have mentioned are good and what’s funny about it is that we all do stuff better than the other and that’s what makes it so hard to define the best safety in the game, because we all are different.


Who are some of your biggest influences past and present, in the league (players and coaches)?
- I was a Steve Young fan and as far as coach it would have to be my first coach Herm Edwards.


Your size is obviously one of your most intimidating qualities; have you thought of moving up to linebacker for situational purposes?
- I do come up in the box and people always mess with me in the offseason workouts cuz that’s when I’m my biggest (muscle wise) and they tease me by calling me line backer.


What is your favorite positional matchup? Do you enjoy facing WR’s, TE’s, or occasionally a back?
- I like when I face slot WR’s because they think they gone kill, but when I shut them down (occasionally) lol I’m pumped.


And to carry on, who is your favorite player to line up and play against? A guy who you know that also knows you probably just as well and always puts up a good game against you?
- That player for me is Tom Brady. We always talk a lil b4 the game and I always tell him to throw me a pick but he never obliges!


Well Kerry, it’s been my pleasure to host this interview with you, and hopefully we can follow up later in the year. Any last words for the Kerry Rhodes and Jets fans?
- Jet fans get ready for a great ride this year and stay positive and back us all year!!!


Thanks a lot Kerry. Best of luck this season!





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