Throughout the last two weeks, each assistant coach has been answering a trio of rapid-fire questions regarding his position group in light of the two recent minicamps and the additions through the draft. Here’s defensive backs coach Jerry Gray:
What have you seen from cornerback Marcus Trufant so far this offseason?
He’s a quiet leader. He goes out on the football field, makes his plays, understands what he has to do. He’s not a flashy guy but he plays to a high level. He’s been to the Super Bowl so he knows what he has to do in order to be really good. And you see that from him. He’s all about business. He has fun, but it’s more of a business fun.
How valuable is it having veterans like Lawyer Milloy and Jordan Babineaux at the safety position?
It’s huge. Every place I’ve been where the safeties have been the older guys, they generally set the younger corners where they want them to go. They have their experience, they understand all the things that can happen to them and they put corners in position to make plays. They may not have the athletic ability of the corners, but they are real, real good.
What have you been most impressed with concerning rookie safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor?
One thing that impressed me the most is that you put them out there with the first group and they’re not afraid one bit. Most young guys kind of shy away, but Earl went right out and did what he’s supposed to do. Of course he’s going to make mental mistakes, but he played well. And Kam came out and had a couple of forced fumbles in the first minicamp. You can see that those guys are not shy. One plus is you can see where those guys were brought up — Kam played for a great defensive coach at Virginia Tech and Earl came from a great system at Texas. Now they have to understand how to do it a lot faster.