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In His Own Words: Vontae Davis
By on June 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis recently joined The Finsiders to talk about Kevin Coyle’s defensive scheme and what he’s working on this offseason. Here’s what he had to say:

On Kevin Coyle’s defense:

“A lot of pressure. He wants to force turnovers with the offense. The corners are going to be put on an island, playing a lot of man-to-man. It’s good to be aggressive and also compete with the receivers.”

On what a corner has to do to improve the stats of the team:

“First, we have to start with the little things, and that’s technique. The better you get your technique, the better position you’re going to be in to make plays. Biggest thing for a corner is to be hard on yourself on technique. Technique—that’s what matters. If you’re playing with technique all the time, it’s going to put you in a position to make plays.”

Davis’ No. 1 goal for the 2012 season:

“Getting better as a player. Like I said, working on my technique, doing whatever the coaches ask of me, and everything else will just take care of itself.”

On defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle:

“Today he’s been tough. He’s tough on me all the time. He told me he wanted me to be the best player I could be and that’s his motto. He coaches his players hard. At the end of the day, we all have a goal and with him coaching us hard, we will all be happier in the end.”

On Coyle’s extra interest on the DBs as a former DB coach:

“He does [focus on DBs]. He’s always on me. If I do a little thing wrong—me, Sean, the safeties, Reshad (Jones)—you will never get it past coach Coyle. Never.”

On taking on a leadership position in secondary alongside CB Sean Smith:

“The biggest thing is working. We have to lead by example first. You can’t really say as much if you’re not doing your job. The biggest thing is doing our job, making sure the younger guys see what we’re doing, which is helping us get better everyday. As long as we’re doing our job, they’ll follow.”

On Dolphins off-season practices:

“Practice is practice. It’s a lot of work, but that’s how you get better for the season. Practice should be hard. If you’re a competitor and you’re hard on yourself, you want to go through practice and learn from your mistakes.”

On coach Philbin’s offense:

“They move fast. You have no time to think, you need to be ready. Coach Philbin’s offense doesn’t wait for the defense. If they’re not ready, we’re going.”

On the wide receivers:

“All of them are doing a good job. They’re getting down the offense. I’m excited for training camp to see how the receivers respond.”

On mindset going into the 2012 season:

“My biggest thing is focusing on technique. It all goes back to technique. I’ve got a long way to go. Everybody in the league started at some point and everybody is trying to get ready for week one. There’s a lot of work to be done right now. We’ve got to get better as a team. Our biggest focus is going out there, practicing hard and working every day. There’s a lot of work—I’ve got to get better, the team, me Sean—we’ve all got to get better.”

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One Response to “In His Own Words: Vontae Davis”

  1. Robert says:

    Love Love Love Vontae interviews!!! Alway entertaining, and he tells the truth.

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