Q and A with the "other" Tight End
Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell

Posted Dec 5, 2002


"...there does come a time that you want to look at the coaches and ask if they're seeing the same thing you're seeing..." - Dan Campbell

Q: Are there enough guys on this team worrying enough about their efforts and performances?
A:
I don't know. I can name quite a few that do. But to be honest with you, I think that may be part of our problem. I think we have too many guys that just don't care enough. They don't think of it enough that they're not serious enough about it. We have a lot of guys that are just happy to be on the team. 'Hey, I'm here, I made it and that's it.' Then they'll wonder at the end of the year why they got cut. That will probably be why for the majority of guys that do get cut. A lot of guys fall into that. They think that everything is lovely, thinking 'I'm a New York Giant, I'm in the NFL; I don't have to go work out or worry about this front or scheme.' A lot of guys can hide behind mistakes because they're young guys. But it doesn't work like that. Maybe this team needs less of that and more guys willing to do whatever it takes.

Q: Do you and some of the older guys try to police this?
A:
You try to, but there's only so much you can do. There's such a fine line between what you can say and do. The biggest thing is that you can't be a hypocrite. There are definitely a few of us that can tell people that they need to do this and that they need to get their head on straight. But that only goes so far. If the guy doesn't care enough, the guy doesn't care enough . You can't sit there and make him. You can't be there 24/7 to make sure he's in his playbook all the time. We just have to recognize those things. If those guys don't want to be here, then they don't want to be here.

Q: Don't you also look to the coaches and wonder why these types of players and people are in your locker room?
A:
It's human nature to want to do that. But again, you want to be real careful that you're not a hypocrite. That's one of my biggest fears. I'm not big into calling guys out. I've done it before, but I know that I'm not perfect. But that being said, there does come a time that you want to look at the coaches and ask if they're seeing the same thing you're seeing. But you have to have enough faith in the coaches that they know what's best and what's right and they're going to do what they think is going to help us win.


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