“No. Our draft board is set. Our core beliefs are set. The kinds of guys we want are set. Nothing changes. The program is set. When we go through this exercise, everyone has a chance to have their say. Most of the time, 99 percent of the time there is a common belief on which way we want to go. Mickey will absolutely serve as that tiebreaker.”
What do you see your toughest job as?
“This is all I’ve ever done. I get to coach this football team and I get to come to work here every day. I think it’s important that we keep this in perspective. My father worked for 35 years at an oil company as a laborer. I get a chance to come to work every day around great people, skilled people and world-class athletes. The toughest part of the job is not letting people down around you and make sure that we motivate, inspire and teach our players and make sure we keep that to a high caliber and high standard that we’ve always had. Preparation has always been key for us. We’ll continue to do that.”
Do you see this as an opportunity to make your team more unified?
“All we’re trying to do around here is win the day. Then we’re going to put a couple of days together, and then put a couple of weeks together, then you go to OTA’s, then you go to mini-camp and then you go to training camp. All we’re trying to do is win the day.”
How difficult do you think it will be to manage being the interim head coach and also the linebackers coach with all the new linebackers you’ve acquired this offseason?
“Again, I’ve done that responsibility before. This program is set. What we do and how we do it is set. I got into this business because I love coaching. The linebackers are the first responsibility that I have. I’ve done it before. I don’t think that’s going to make it any easier, but I have a responsibility to those linebackers and I want to fulfill it.”
Were you surprised they named you to be the interim head coach considering you have a suspension too?
“No. I don’t know that we’ve ever said that I’m the interim head coach around here. I’m the assistant head coach. Sean’s not here right now. I’m taking Sean’s place while he’s not here. When Sean broke his leg last year for a game, everyone got in line and did their job. I don’t know how else to answer that.”
Can you comment on the report that came out about Mickey Loomis yesterday?
“I really can’t because I wasn’t here when that all took place. One of the reasons I came here is so I can be with Mickey Loomis. We were brought up together in this same business under Chuck Knox in Seattle. I’ve been with Mickey now for 17 years. I understand what Mickey’s core beliefs are. Again, that’s one of the reasons I came here. I think we’ve been to the playoffs eight times together. Anybody that ever wants to question Mickey’s integrity on something like this, I mean this is juvenile. This is so bad with what’s being reported. It’s irresponsible. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings here, but I don’t have the time to read and see the reports. We’re working 12 to 14 hours a day here, so I’m not completely abreast in what’s taking place or what’s been said. I just know it’s not true. I know what Mickey’s meant in my life and what he’s meant to a lot of people in this league. You can’t get anybody to find a fault with Mickey Loomis.”
How hard would it be to transfer any obtained information?