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A few minutes with Colin Cole

Post by Eric Williams on March 3, 2009 at 5:17 am with 33 Comments »
March 3, 2009 5:17 am

New Seattle defensive tackle Colin Cole talked with Seattle-area reporters about his decision to join the Seahawks Monday afternoon.

He said he was excited to come to Seattle and ready for an opportunity to start alongside defensive defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

At 6-1, 330 pounds, Cole will be more of a run stuffer, and Mebane is expected to rush the passer more. Cole said he enjoyed his time in Green Bay, but decided to come to Seattle because he believed the Packers would not give him an opportunity to start.

"When it came down to it, I really feel as though the plan that they had for me wasn’t the plan that I felt like my career should’ve been taking," Cole said. "I feel like they wanted me to continue to be a backup player, and I feel like I was definitely ready to take my game to the next level, to be a starter in this league and to move on from there."

Take a look at the full conversation below, courtesy of Seattle’s public relations staff.

On whether he’s surprised that he was able to sign a contract so easily: "Yeah, I’d have to say I am surprised. But I didn’t know what to expect coming into free agency. I didn’t know what to expect going into visits and going back to that part of it. I wasn’t sure. From what I was told, it was going to be like college-type stuff, where you visit a bunch of different teams and you make a decision from that standpoint. But it seemed like, once I came off the visit there, it seemed like it was a no-brainer for me. I definitely feel like we made the best decision."

On why he felt like it was a ‘no-brainer’ to come to Seattle: "Well, coming to the city, Seattle is a gorgeous city. I’d never been there before. Well, I’d been there to play before, twice, but when you’re there to play, you’re only there for a business atmosphere and you don’t get a true feel of what the city is, you know? To go out there and get a feel for the people, get a feel for the city itself, the new facilities that are there, the stadium…The trip as a whole was just awesome. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed going to other places as much as I enjoyed coming to Seattle. That definitely molded my decision, to make Seattle my home, and bring my family out there and help Seattle get back to the Super Bowl."

On how he’ll adjust to being a full-time starter if that is his duty: "The plan right now is for me to do that. I believe that I’ll be able to get on the field and do what I was able to do last year as a back-up. I feel like last year, I was able to make a lot of plays, do a lot of good things for the Packers. I feel like Coach Mora and Coach Quinn have full confidence in me to do what I did last year. I don’t feel like they’re going to ask more of me than I was able to do. They’re going to give me the reins, so to speak, to the position, and just let me have at it. I feel like I’ll definitely be able to make plays and do what I’m able to do best, and that is to disrupt and make plays."

On whether Coach Mora told him that he would definitely be a starter: "Yeah. I’d have to say Coach Quinn and Coach Mora definitely said that I’m the guy that they expect and be at that position, be at the starting nose tackle. That’s what they expect of me. That’s what I was planning on being when I signed my contract and when I committed to coming to Seattle."

On whether he was just putting in time at Green Bay because he’d always be behind great defensive lineman: "I think the situation here in Green Bay was the fact that they had a good feeling about the guys they had. They really wanted those guys to be the starter guys. I don’t know that my play necessarily would’ve swayed one way or another for me to break the starting lineup. I feel like I played quite well, and it really didn’t culminate to any starts for me, but regardless, I was able to play well and make quite a few plays while I was a Packer. It generated so much buzz for me in free agency that I’m able to move on, move my career on to something bigger and something better."

On whether he had other trips planned that he canceled after coming to Seattle: "Yeah. I had a few other trips planned, I had some things in the works. But when it came down to it, my agent and I really hit the jackpot in coming to Seattle, and realized how nice of a city it was. It really just wasn’t worth leaving and trying to go somewhere else because I had a great feel for Coach Mora and Coach Quinn, and I really feel as though Seattle is the place I am supposed to be. I prayed about it with my wife, and I told her, ‘It’s going to be a decision that’s going to be easy for us to make because He’s going to make the decision for us. We just have to…step through the door, and we have to accept it.’ And it was easy. It was easy. I’d heard a lot of things about Seattle before coming out there. I heard a lot of things about the other places I was [going] to visit, but I didn’t feel like I needed to go anywhere else. I felt like it was going to be home. I felt very at home while I was there."

On whether they told him which tackle spot he was going to play: "Nose tackle."

On whether he’s always been 330 lbs:
"My weight has fluctuated. It’s kind of hard to say 330. That may be something that they wrote down in the press guide or whatever, but my weight has kind of fluctuated between 320 and sometimes as much as 330. I’ve generally been at 325 to 328. That’s where my weight has basically been. As an interior guy like a nose tackle, sometimes it’s good to have that extra bulk when those guys on the offense want to try to drive you out of there. It’s better to have that bulk. But I definitely have to be able to move in order to make plays. On the defense, you have to be able to move, you have to have your quickness, explosiveness off the ball, but then you have to move to disengage from guys. I don’t think I need to be much bigger than what that 330 is and I don’t plan on getting any bigger."

On whether it’s all sunk in yet that he’s got a new team, a starting job and a nice new contract: "To some extent, [it] hasn’t, to some extent it has. These last couple days, I’d say from Wednesday on, it has been a whirlwind of things going on. It’s been hard for me to get much sleep because my phone’s constantly ringing, talking with my agent, trying to set things up, trying to talk about what possibilities would be out there for me, and just the anticipation of everything. It’s just been a lot of barely sleeping—I can’t say sleepless, but some barely-sleeping nights. I can’t say that it’s actually sunk in yet. I can say that, man, it is a great feeling to see my name go across the ticker on ESPN and be like, ‘You know what? That’s me! I have solidified another step in my career.’ I can’t focus too much on that. I know my job there is going to be to make plays. They brought me in for a reason. My job is to play to the expectations that they have me at, so that in itself, as well as those things that you just mentioned, have really been occupying my mind and my time. It’s still yet to sink in that I am actually the person that has [his name] going across the ticker."

On why he wasn’t drafted and how big he was coming into the NFL:
"When I weighed in at the Combine and weighed in on my pro day, I was at 309 [lbs]. I believe what people missed and the reason why I didn’t get drafted is because I tested poorly at the Combine. I tested below what I could have at my pro day. I could’ve definitely done better in those aspects. A lot of times, a lot of people look at numbers and make decisions off those numbers. But when it comes down to it, a player is a player. What you see on the film is what you have as a player. I feel like when the evaluation process came for the offseason, in Seattle’s mind, they saw the talent that I have and the talent that I show on the field. Regardless of what my past was, and me not being drafted and the numbers I posted at the Combine, at the pro day and all that stuff, I think they were able to see through all that and see what kind of player I was on the field, and then realize how well I would fit into the scheme that they’re trying to get accomplished."

On whether the Packers were a factor in his decision to come to Seattle: "You know what? I’ve been in Green Bay for five years. We have a lot of great friends in this town. I definitely saw myself—before this whole process started—as being a Packer for my entire career. But when it came down to it, I really feel as though the plan that they had for me wasn’t the plan that I felt like my career should’ve been taking. I feel like they wanted me to continue to be a backup player, and I feel like I was definitely ready to take my game to the next level, to be a starter in this league and to move on from there. I really don’t feel like they were a factor in that aspect. It was just time for me to move on and move up in my career. I’m excited to be a Seattle Seahawk."

On how he feels about playing with Brandon Mebane:
"I haven’t talked to him. I’ve heard a couple things about him. I don’t know much about him. I’m excited to play with a good, young guy, and maybe some of the stuff that I know, that I can do, can help him, and help us as a defensive line as a whole, to be better than what we’ve been. I’m excited to play with him, I’m excited to play with Patrick Kerney and Darryl Tapp, and the guys that we have in our linebacking corps and our secondary. I think that, as a defense, we can definitely play better than what we [did] last year, and get back to where we’ve been as an organization. Prior to going on my visit, I hadn’t paid a whole lot of attention, but I know that four out of the last five years, the Seahawks have been NFC West champions, and there’s no reason why we can’t get back to that level of play. I’m excited to have the opportunity to play with him—with Mebane—and play with the rest of the guys on the defense, and try to bring that back."

On Mebane’s lime green suit: "He has a lime green three-piece suit? Hey, that’s probably a little flashy right there, man! That’s what I like. A lot of people sleep on us big guys, but we’re some of the best dressers, I’m telling you. I’m going to get in a competition with him and try to show him up a little bit with my suits. I don’t have anything in the arsenal that’s lime green, with lime green shoes, but I definitely have a few things up my sleeve that I’ll be able to bring out this season."

Closing remarks: "It was great talking with you guys. I’m happy and I’m excited to be a Seattle Seahawk and I can’t wait to meet you guys in person."

Leave a comment Comments → 33
  1. hawkcrazy says:

    This guy could prove to be a steal (compared to Canty’s contract). It’s a real compliment to the Hawks on that training facility and the courtship in general. If any FA comes to town, it’ll be hard for them to say no.

  2. Just plug up the middle and eat up blockers like candy so Mebane and the LBs can make plays!

  3. yankinta says:

    Not sure if you guy notice but we paid the same price for him as Rocky B. I am not that sold on Rocky at all. Since it’s the same price, I would be excited to take a chance of this guy since the upside is huge compared to Rocky.

  4. We told him he is going to play nose tackle? 3-4 in our future after all? i still dont think so.

  5. He is going to play Mebane’s old role, which is the “nose tackle.” He will take the blockers and clog the middle. So even though we play a 4-3, he will play the “nose.”

  6. BobbyK – is that definitely right? I’ve not heard of lineman in a 4-3 set being referred to as Nose Tackles – that is typically a 3-4 term for the guy in the middle . . .we are heavy in the LB area, is there a chance we’re switching things up?

  7. i understand that, i just thought traditionally tackles are referred to LDT or RDT on a 4 man line or a nose on a 3 man line.

  8. hawkcrazy says:

    it depends on the type of 4-3 that they choose to play.

    Someone put this out earlier in the week.

    Quite helpful for us “novices”…right BK?

  9. hawkcrazy says:

    I’m guessing that we’re going to be playing a 4-3 “over”, but it’s anyone’s guess.

  10. the “nose” as he calls it is the one who has an assignment to eat up two blockers and plays an inside shade on a guard like mebane did this past year, and in fact often takes on both a guard and the center to try and keep lofa free to run to the ball. thats my understanding of it.

    i think this is a good upgrade and am very happy with the two signings so far.

  11. I am dreaming of a run stopping, sack happy, Kick A__ defense this year!

  12. whatever the case – Cole seems to have ideal size/build for the spot – combined with Mebane, we’ve got the size in the middle of the line that we’ve wanted for awhile.

    on another point – not to be overlooked in our demise last year was the absolute absence of a pass rush once Kerney went down – don’t know what Mora thinks of Jackson/Tapp, but picking up a DE high in the drat is also a real possibility in my opinion.

  13. i agree its possible but personally would like to see them give jackson another year rather than spend a first rounder two years in a row on a DE. i agree pass rush is a key and will help the secondary a ton, but i would like to see a possibly healthy kernery paired with jackson/tapp, improved middle rush from mebane, and sending the blitz a little more with both LBs and DBs.

  14. yankinta says:

    *********************** The Tape on Colin Cole ******************

    I really like the point being made here after studying Cole’s game films. Although he struggles against double teams, when he’s matched against single blocks, he looked strong, even dominant at times. The key would be have him play with Bradon Mebane since Mebane will draw double teams and he can become a force.

    It would be a huge mistake to rotate this guy with Bradon Mebane. Here’s the link…


  15. Dukeshire says:

    He says it twice. But he then goes on to say that he’s excited to play with Kerney and Tapp. So, while I threw up in my mouth a little at the thought of switching to a 3-4, it seems that he will in fact, be taking Mebane’s old position. And Mebane and his lime green suit will move to Rocks spot, 3 tech as Eric predicted here 2 days ago. I guess we’ll know for sure when mini camps begin.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, John Morgan is great at breaking down players and their tapes.

  17. doubledink says:


    nice article

  18. Normally nobody is referenced as a “nose” in a 4-3 but that’s just how the term was used. He will eat up the double team, whereas Mebane will line up over the right shoulder of the RG (I think that’s right) and receive more 1-on-1 blocking. So even though he’s not a nose tackle as we think of one in a 3-4, he’s pretty much our nose tackle in the 4-3. Cole won’t put up big numbers and on paper will look like a scrub but his job is to take up blockers for our LBs and can look great. If our LBs play A LOT better in ’09, it’s probably because of Cole and Mebane working together (and coaching).

  19. mrbaileyboy says:

    Mike Sand had this link on his blog yesterday. It is from a NY Giants site. It totally
    explains how defensive lineman are used in different defenses. It explains how Cole
    will line up on the nose.
    Here is the link:


  20. Just protect Lofa. That is all I ask. Now if Red turns into something we should have a nice rotation. Would still like to see Ziggy in the draft.

  21. yankinta says:

    mrbaileyboy, your article sucks. :D just kidding.

  22. NickLicatasucks says:

    Regardless of who gets with DT spot, between the two of them you’ll need at least three blockers. This should allow our linebackers to roam and make plays. It should allow our DE players to get clean looks at the QB. That’s as long as these guys are successful at doing their jobs.

    Now- if players start getting hurt, that’s another story. We’ve got to build depth. We’ve got to get something out of Red Bryant next year. We’ve got to see Tapp and Jackson improve. Now- that being said, its still quite fair to expect Tapp and Jackson to improve, and to expect more improvement from Mebane. Young players are supposed to improve. Throw in Kerney, if he can be healthy and you’ve got to believe that there is tremendous upside to this front seven.

    Remember- Lofa wasn’t healthy last year. So we saw a compromised Tatupu. He had a bad knee, a bad head (consussion), a broken bone in his hand/wrist, as well as something else. Deon Grant also had a bum wheel. So there is a lot of upside here.

  23. spokaneseahawkfan says:

    I like the sound of this guy!! The D-line last year left our backfield open for a beating without pressure on the quarterback. Hopefully with the new scheme and a solid run blocker we can get things done up front on D!
    I also would like to propose a nickname for Colin Cole at risk of sounding like an idiot. If he turns out to be what I hope then we should call him Cole-Train! (If you’ve ever played Gears of War you’ll know what im talking about)

  24. ryanryan says:

    I am glad to hear how happy he is to be a Seahawk, what a refreshing sentiment. I think the team made a good decision, especially when he is talking about teaching and learning from Mebane…starting a little style war with his new partner in crime, I LOVE it. With those two in the middle we will be in good shape.

    Im hoping that because he is a veteran that is EXCITED to be a hawk instead of Rocky playing for his next contract (that he knew would be somewhere else), the unit will grow together and be more cohesive…all three will be here for at least another 2-3 years if things go as planned.

  25. nighthawk2 says:

    We’ll see if he really is ready to be a starter. I think he is, and wanted this signing when I first started looking at free agent linemen. This and Houshmandzadeh are good signings. Just wish we had the cap room to have kept Rocky on the D line. I do like this guy’s sense of humor. Lime green suits and shoes? Good god, what visual.

  26. nightwulf says:

    You’re forgetting the most important upgrade on D this year…Marshall the Moron is GONE!!! Now we have coaches who can scheme to their players abilities, rather than one who sits there trying to jam square pegs into round holes.

  27. Well spoken young man. But I’m not going to get to excited about Cole just yet.

    He has been a backup all his life in Green Bay, and hasn’t proven he deserves this huge contract.

    Also, don’t be surprised if Red Bryant gets healthy and gives Cole plenty of competition for that starting role.

  28. doubledink says:

    I can’t wait for the fashion competition.

    Big Boys in Bold Suits. That’s gonna be fun.

  29. DJammmer says:

    Mebane’s lime green suit was all a ploy so Seneca would let him drive his car…

  30. Seattle has played a type of 3-4 in the past with three down linemen and JP upright at the line.

    I hope Hill and JP switch sides. Hill is a better pass rusher and JP is better in coverage.

  31. bsgorilla says:

    Packer fan hailing you from WI. Cole is a solid player that can break through the line from time to time and make a nice play. He works well in a rotation. His strength is not stuffing the point of attack however and he will usually get buried by double teams rather than stuffing or breaking through them. He was a servicable reserve in GB’s D line and given how poorly our D line played this past season….. well, you see where I am going.

    If you are forced to start him, you are going to be hoping for an upgrade. If you can play him situationally, you will get a good contributor. Feel safe in that he is definitely that – he is good. But he isn’t great or exceptional in any way to this point in his career. That being said, he is a good guy and you will like him. He’ll be out there raising his arms to incite the crowd when a big D play is needed and on occasion, he will be the one to make that play.

    You are going to be expecting more out of a guy that you paid over 4 mil a year for than what you will get though. That’s why GB let him go. We need next level guys and Colin was basically average. I’d be pleased to see him make me eat my words for you guys though. But I don’t expect to see it happen.

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