TJP: So has that been the biggest difference between college and the pros, the terminology?
DD: Yeah man. That’s the biggest thing, what the coaches call the defenses, the plays. How they refer to the QB. It’s very similar to our college system, just learning the terminology is the biggest thing.
TJP: Now I have read that you model your game after Ray Lewis and Lawrence Taylor. It must have been an honor to hear coach Ryan refer to you along with Ray Lewis, as well as current Jet Bart Scott. What was that like to hear, and how to you keep comments like that from going to your head?
DD: All I can do is be my own man. All I can do is be me. My whole life, I have tried my best to be the best me I can be. All of those guys are great linebackers, that I have great respect for. I have tried to model my game after them, all the while creating my own type of player. It’s an honor to be in the same sentence as those guys, as they are in a category by themselves. What I know is that I still have to prove myself. Those statements put high expectations on me, but nobody has higher expectations on me than I have on myself.
The main thing is for me, it’s not so much about my success, it’s about the Jets success. How can I make the defense successful, which will lead to the success of the New York Jets? My goal is to give the Jets fans something they have been waiting a long time for.(A championship)
TJP: What do you expect to learn from veterans like Bart Scott and David Harris?
DD: About being an NFL linebacker and what that entails. I’m going to learn by watching those guys play and in practice, I’m going to learn how to be a professional on and off the field. I will learn what it means to be a pro, and be well rounded in every day life. It’s a lot to learn.