Marcus Stroud on joining the Patriots, the work stoppage and how much he’s got left in the tank
|06.14.11 at 2:20 pm ET|
New Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Stroud appeared in SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan on Monday afternoon. Here are a few highlights of the Q&A:
Give us your perception of the lockout and work stoppage: ‘I think everybody is going to get back to work on time. I think both sides have realized that you have to put the egos aside and do what’s going to be best for both sides of the game. I think everybody is coming to that realization. I’m confident they will get something done. I definitely don’t think we’d miss any regular-season games.’
On how he came to be a part of the Patriots: ‘Once I got realized, [agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] gave me a call and was like, ‘The Pats want to bring you in,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah let’s do it.’ … [Bill Belichick] told me they’d definitely like to have to have me up there and he felt I could come in and help in the role I was going to play and the role I’m definitely going to try and get up there and play. I felt it will be a good fit for me and I definitely think I could fit in and do the things they want me to do.’
How much is left in your legs? ‘Oh, man. I think I have some gas left in the legs, man. I’m a pretty young guy who takes pretty good care of himself. I still think I have a lot of gas left in the tank. I’m not going to be one of those guys who keeps holding on and kicking the tires until they’re bald-headed. I still feel like I have some tread left on these.’
You’ve played with some nice quarterbacks — your thoughts on playing with Tom Brady: ‘That’s the excitement I have. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I know how it’s like to prepare for this guy; we were playing against him twice a year. To have a quarterback of that caliber on your team, week in and week out, like you said, that gives you the chance ‘¦ Knowing that, there is like a 70 percent chance, you give this guy the ball, he’s going to put points on the board. You want to go out and play, and do well on this type of team.’
On the opportunity to rush the passer: ‘Hopefully ‘Streamlined’ Stroud can get a few sacks [laughing].’
It’s got to be a little different — you’re going to go to camp with Belichick and the New England Patriots: ‘Yeah, it is. I’m just happy to kind of be back up under some of that tough, in-your-face, kick-you-in-the-butt type of coaching. Something like I had my rookie year with coach [Tom] Coughlin. I think it’s going to be something like that. I’m kind of prepared for it. I’m definitely excited and want to do things the ‘Patriots Way,’ and to see how the ‘Patriots Way’ works, because there has to be something about it. It’s been successful for this long.’
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