Redding’s view is that the defensive linemen are not in the glory positions. They aren’t the ones who are supposed to be in the post-game highlight reels.
“We, up front, the main emphasis is to absorb people,” he said. “You don’t really want to have a 260 or 270 guy down on the front line that’s going to get ate up. You want big 300-pound guys demanding two so you keep the linebackers free. You want them to make the plays. If you come off, and beat your guy and you make tackle, yes that’s a plus. Great for you, but that really wasn’t your play to make. That’s the linebacker’s play. We have to eat up two guys if we can every single play to keep our linebackers free. If you so happen to get off and make a play, that’s excellent. That’s pretty much what it’s all about.”
Last season Redding had 46 tackles in his 14 games. He also had two sacks and a fumble recovery. He believes this year’s team will be better than a year ago.
“In my mind, it’s night and day,” said Redding. “Last year, we did some good things, but still we needed a lot of work against the run, a lot of work against the pass, a lot of work at different things and scheme-wise. It’s night and day, man. We have the body size, the type of men that are built for this system and have played in this type of system around other teams, so all they have to do is learn the terminology. It’s night and day, man. We’re so much better now at this point than we were last year at training camp.”