Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour spent time with the media this morning and tackled a variety of topics. Here are some of the highlights, along with video of a portion of the Q&A:
4-3 vs. 3-4 defense
"It's one extra big guy on the field. As defensive linemen, we always like the big guys on the field. We have the versatility to play in a lot of different fronts, a lot of different packages, whatever is going to give our team the edge. You know, the offense always knows where the play is going and the snap count, so if we can do some different things on defense to help us out in that process, whether it's the 3-4 or the 4-3, whatever can give us the best chance to win."
On the addition of OLB/DE Derrick Burges
"Derrick has been in this league for a while. He's had some great seasons in the past. He came here willing to work. We see his talent on the field and watching film of his pass-rushing abilities. He's definitely a good guy to have in the locker room. A guy who's been here, done that. Any addition (like Burgess) that we can have, is definitely a plus for us."
Does the 4-3 allow him to stand out as a pass rusher?
"It depends on what we're executing. It isn't always about sacks, (that) can be overrated. It's about getting pressure on the passer, taking care of your responsibilities first. There's a time and a place for everything. If it calls for us to penetrate, get in the backfield, then that's what we'll do. But sometimes we'll 2-gap, when playing 4-3 front as well. Some teams have different philosophies, where it's a 1-gap defense, but we still 2-gap and everybody is responsible for two gaps."
On his preference: 4-3 or 3-4
"Obviously our job on defense is to get the guy with the ball. It remains to be seen. We're doing everything we can to put ourselves in position to stop the run and watch the pass. If you want to rush the passer in this league, you gotta be able to stop the run first or you never have the opportunity. We're continuing to work and let chips fall where they may."