At Purdue University, Ryan Kerrigan was a monster in the trenches.
In his last two seasons he recorded a combined 91 tackles, an NCAA-high 44.5 tackles for loss and 25.5 sacks.
However, after being selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Kerrigan shifted over to the stance up position of linebacker.
With three full seasons under his belt, including 24.5 sacks and Pro Bowl appearance, it’s safe to say he’s had no problems with the move.
Would transitioning back to defensive end hinder his growth as an NFL player if the franchise brings in a coach that prefers a 3-4 scheme though?
Kerrigan answered that question along with offseason plans and what he and his teammates need to do to impress a new coaching staff on ESPN 980’s “Inside the Locker Room”.
On if he prefers either the 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme:
“That’s tough to say. I played 4-3 defensive end my entire life except when I got to the pros and so I’ve been doing the standup thing the last couple of years and I’ve gotten to like that as well. I think what that does is it gives me some versatility that whatever coach we do bring in I’ll have the flexibility to do what’s asked of me. Whether that is with my hand in the dirt or standing up, I think I’m comfortable with both.”
On where he is physically heading into the offseason:
“I’m feeling pretty good. I had the knee injury earlier in the year, but I’m feeling pretty good. It was somewhat of a hindrance but it’s not too bad. I’m getting a little knee scope next week and that should be the end of that problem. It’s a minor thing and I look forward to getting it fixed.”
On if he and his teammates need to work harder to impress new coaching staff and if there are player concerns with new regime:
“Certainly. You’re here because the coaches that were here liked you and that’s always a concern whenever there’s a coaching staff change and that’s part of the reason why you want to win in the NFL because you want to continue to build on the success that [for] the guys that are there. Anytime there’s change you’ve got to prove yourself all over again to a new regime. It’s an unfortunate reality in the NFL but hopefully knowing that that’ll urge the guys to work harder this offseason and come back and make this the best team we can.”
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