On whether he is able to evaluate players without live hitting during walkthroughs: "The thing we are getting are assignments. That's why you see us doing the walkthroughs. They're excellent for (checking assignments). Part of playing the game is knowing where you have to line up. That is critical and then they can just go play. The thing is to know your assignments so you can play fast. That's what we are trying to get."
On whether DE
On whether Brandon Graham is behind the learning curve because of missing time last year: "He's probably a little bit behind the other guys but he'll catch up quickly. (Defensive line coach Jim Washburn) has been working him pretty good and he is a smart kid so he will be good."
On whether learning the defensive scheme is aided by film study or repetitions on the field: "Football is muscle memory. You do it over and over until they become a natural deal and then you can play. If it's not natural then it's not going to happen on the field."
On the comfort level of LB
On whether this year's rookie class has an advantage over last year's class: "We had 10 to 12 weeks with (this year's rookie class), and with (last year's) young guys they only had a month or five weeks. That's five more weeks of two or three hours of work than our rookies from last year had."
On his expectations of DE
On whether S
On what he would like to see from S
On what DT Derek Landri has proved to be getting reps with the first team defense: "Just remember that the D-Line has two groups of starters. There are eight guys that play and sometimes nine depending on the situation so really there are eight starters. All of those defensive linemen are competing for those eight spots. What I like about him is that he is a tough guy. He is a guy that people think he can't do that but he does do that. He is a professional, a leader and a no-nonsense type of guy and always trying to get better. That is a good example for all of the guys."
On where the defense is now as opposed to the first day of hitting last year: "Just add 10-12 weeks, so two or two-and-a-half months. We understand the system, and what's nice during the OTAs is that we were able to teach. It's a big difference, you know?"
On the difference between LB Casey Matthews' situation last year and LB
On how he feels differently this time compared to last year: "Again, it's nice…we're all teachers and Coach (Andy) Reid hired us all because we are good teachers. I think what was hard last year is that we weren't able to teach our concepts. When we were installing coverages in training camp, we were installing two or three coverages at a time. This year, we can go one at a time, and the guys understand it. We really are a lot farther along."
On the difference he sees in DE Brandon Graham: "He's a competitor, man. He's being challenged and he worked his butt off this offseason. When you look into his eyes, you can see that there's a fire there. I guess maybe he wants to prove (everyone) wrong. I'm excited to watch him play."
On whether he wants to use CB