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Britt: ‘If nasty is the word you want to use, then I’m nasty’

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm with 12 Comments »
May 9, 2014 8:30 pm

Here’s what new Seahawks lineman Justin Britt, whom Tom Cable said will compete right away at right tackle with Michael Bowie, had to say:

(On how much contact did he have with the Seahawks pre-draft…) “They were staying in contact with me. I didn’t take a visit or workout with them, but I definitely knew that they were very interested in me. I showed my interest in their program and how they’re built and that is something that I wanted to be a part of.”

(On if this is the round that he thought he’d go…) “I was told second round to free agency. I was going into today and tomorrow just waiting. I was playing some shuffle board at my friend’s house and my phone started ringing and the room went dead silent. We’re all excited for the opportunity that I have, I’m excited to work with Coach Cable and the staff and build some new friendships on the team.”

(On if the draft was on at his friend’s house…) “It was on, but like I said I was playing shuffle board trying not to watch it and be nervous the whole time, but that failed. The nervousness came in quickly when my phone rang.”

(On if he was winning in shuffle board…) “Yeah I haven’t lost tonight so it must’ve been a winning streak.”
(On how many different positions have he played on the offensive line in college…) “I’ve played all five, primarily left tackle, but I have experience at all five positions.”

(On if there is a preference at a position for him…) “I just want to play, I just want to win.”

(On have they talked to him at all on where they see him fitting…) “Yeah. I think it’ll be maybe outside, but I’ll show my interest in the other spots. I just want to get on the field and I just want to win games.”

(On him coming to a run first team and how appealing is that to him…) “Blocking for a running back like Marshawn Lynch for an offensive lineman you kind of lick your chops. That’s a running back that you would love to block for, you know he’ll give the extra effort to get the extra yards so I’m excited to block for him. We had great running backs at Missouri and it looks like I’m going to continue to work for an amazing running back.”

(On what does he know about Coach Tom Cable…) “I know that he’s a good dude and he helped me get a job so I have a lot to thank him for.”

(On where is his home…) “Lebanon, Missouri. It’s where I went to high school. It’s about two hours south of the University of Missouri.”

(On his ACL tear a couple of years ago…) “It’s all in the past. We threw an interception and I went to make a tackle and it was kind of a freak thing that happened. I hit him and it tore right when I hit the guy. I got a big hit award, but it wasn’t worth it, it was not worth it. Four months recovery, but I credit the doctors back at the University of Missouri. I persevered. Adversity kind of helps you find out who you are as a person and I can’t be more proud of what’s happening right now.”

(On how would he describe his style of play…) “I’m someone who doesn’t make mental errors a lot. I’m very aggressive and I’ve always been a finisher. I tried to key my play off of that.”

(On if he’s a “nasty” lineman…) “Yeah. I went into the season last season wanting the guys I went against to remember me. It was my last year so I wanted to leave a mark in their mind and have them remember me. If nasty is the word you want to use then I’m nasty.”

(On how does he feel like he did against Jadeveon Clowney…) “Clowney is a good dude. I got to meet him down in Florida. He’s a great guy and a great competitor. I knew it was going to be a battle going into that game and I felt like the offensive line and myself had a good plan going into that game. I know for myself I put in a lot of preparation for that game, and I think that’s one of the better ones that I had this year.”

(On if there is a specific opponent this year that he made sure remembered him…) “If there is someone that I have to pick it’ll probably have to be that Florida linebacker that didn’t get that flag that he should’ve.”

(On his versatility…) “In high school I played in the I formation. I know that was a long time ago, but I played I in high school we ran right down the middle. We through a lot more when before Josh Henson took over, and when Josh took over we attached the tight end a lot. We changed our scheme of running downhill and we’re going to try to run down your throat. This past season and the season before that we kind of implemented that and it worked. We go in three point stance, two point stance and we ran the ball, and if I’m right we were second in the SEC behind Auburn who didn’t throw the ball.”

(On if playing in the SEC prepared him for the NFL…) “They say the SEC is the best conference in the nation in college football, and after playing two years in that I wouldn’t disagree. There’s not a drop off each week. Every team has a good defensive lineman, and every team can win any game. The depth is what really kind of sticks out to me. Jadeveon Clowney would go out and his backup would be pretty good too. You have to prepare just as hard for their backup as you do for the starter. I feel like something like that kind of translates to the NFL because teams have depth and people are ready to play at any time.”

(On if there are any NFL lineman playing now that he models his game after…) “I’ve watched Joe Thomas and got a couple of tips from his film, but I’m trying to be me, I’m trying to do what I do and I’m trying to leave my mark and have someone maybe be the ones that want to watch me. I definitely have learned something from watching Joe Thomas and his pass technique, but at the same time I kind of tweaked it to be my own.”

(On what does it mean to him coming to a team that has just won a Super Bowl…) “It just means that we can do it again. We have great coaches, and with the 12th Man I don’t see why it can’t happen again. I’m going to come in with that attitude that I want to be a part of that and I’m going to do all I can to help this team win championships.”

(On Michael Sam…) “Well first off I just want to say that Mike is one of my best friends at Mizzou. He’s a close friend, a great teammate, he’s awesome towards my daughter and my wife so I never thought anything negative about him. I’m not a guy to judge a guy by who he is and what he does. Mike is a great teammate, it’s not my story to tell, it’s his story to tell so I’ll wait for him to get drafted and maybe he’ll answer some more questions about that.”

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. BobbyK says:

    Please come in and be good enough for the coaching staff to feel comfortable starting you at RT so Michael Bowie can be our LG for many, many years and we can all laugh that we have a better LG than the Rams (who just used the 2nd pick in the draft on one).

  2. montanamike2 says:

    I second that.

  3. Skavage says:

    I couldn’t agree more Bobbyk. I would LOVE to see him work hard, compete, and start at RT with Bowie jumping in at LG. Seems like that could be an ideal situation. But another thought…with his LT experience he becomes excellent insurance against injury for Okung. And that might just be the key to this pick.

  4. Screensmoke says:

    I like this guy- state wrestling champ – the guy has grit – I like what he had to say – who knows SAM might be his teammate soon -wouldn’t surprise me – definately a Leo

  5. Neither of these guys were on my radar, but I’m intrigued and keeping the faith. Seems like they could have waited on either guy to some extent, but if you know which guys you want… better grab them when you can. At least they went after the two positions I was clamoring for.

  6. Stevos says:

    Welcome Justin!

    Of course, he’ll be competing with Michael Bowie at RT, and when Bowie Blocks Out The Sun, the competition will be over.

  7. Snappa says:

    Sounds like a good guy.

  8. banosser says:

    Sweezy but with actual experience at his position..

  9. Audible says:

    I already like Britt…great attitude and perfect great name for a lineman too…I think he’s going to surprise a lot of folks.

  10. doubledink says:

    ok, now I’m on the correct post. smh

    Cable really thought this guy was about to be snatched up? I guess that is believing in your pick. That is probably the concern that many have had with this pick. Could they have waited 2 rounds and still got him? If they had a 3rd round pick, would they wait 1 more round?

    Many thought Carp would have been there in round 2. If there is an area of positional distrust in draft quality, it is the OL. This FO has been less than stellar selecting O-linemen. This kid looks to have some grit though. Welcome aboard, Justin.

  11. EarthWindNdHawks says:

    If this guy also doesn’t pan-out can we agree that Cable loses all future input on draft picks?

  12. How do we know that Cable made this pick? I doubt Schneider and Carroll would let Cable be the main decider.

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