I spoke with Lawrence Jackson for a few minutes this afternoon, and the thing that stuck out the most about the interview was that he does not seem to think he was benched. When I asked him about it, he said it was not as bad as it was made out to be, that the coaches told him he needs to work on some small things. (I didn’t really ever think anybody ever gave it extensive coverage where Jackson got a bunch of criticism. I thought it was more that a rookie was learning the NFL, being unproductive and lost his spot.) Then another reporter joined the discussion and asked the same question, and Jackson essentially said he wasn’t benched. He said he knew it was coming because he wasn’t playing well but he didn’t view it as getting benched. Therefore, he said, he is not viewing this as a chance to get back his starting job.
He did not want to reveal what Mike Holmgren, John Marshall or Dwaine Board said to him in their meetings to inform him that he was losing his starting gig, but he did say he has picked up a few things in the past two weeks that he has not been able to pick up from the beginning of training camp.
“I thought that I knew what pass rushing was all about,” Jackson said. “The last few weeks, I have been pulling little stuff here, little stuff there. But the last couple weeks, in terms of seeing stuff and doing it, I felt more complete. Now it is about going out there and doing it. You can go out there and rush the passer and not necessarily know how to rush the passer at the elite level. I felt like watching Pat and the other guys really let me hone in on the art.”