The Best of Dick LeBeau's Thursday Media Briefing


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau talked with reporters after practice on Thursday.

A look at the highlights from his session:

On the Colts offense: "They have a great quarterback (in Andrew Luck), and they have a lot of skill people. If I am not mistaken – I am kind of new to the division – but nobody can remember the last division game that they lost. I am not sure that they started scintillatingly well last year. Indy is just a great team with a great challenge, but we are looking forward to it."


On trying to emulate what the Jets did to beat the Colts**: "You know, one thing that I have learned through many years in this league, is one game has no bearing on the next game. Every game is a different entity, and the game that week that you're involved in is going to come down to how you play vs. how they play. And it doesn't really amount to a hill of beans how either one of you played the last week...At this level, with the skill of these athletes, one game has no bearing on the next game."

On if he's pleased with pass rush so far: "If we were 2 and 0 I would be happier, but I think our guys are playing hard, and the pressure has been good, and it has been consistent. Maybe our sacks numbers aren't exceedingly impressive, but I think our delivery sacks, our pressure on the quarterback....I want us to be better, but we are working hard. I think we've had pretty good pressure."


On getting Colts QB Andrew Luck down**: "He is a tremendous challenge. He really does remind me of (Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger in that respect, that he can have people hanging all over him and he can get the ball...up the field. That is one of the reasons they win so many football games, because he can make the plays when he's under duress. He's very, very good at that."

On if he likes his defenders angry: "Well, let me put it this way: I've never seen a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. It doesn't hurt to be a little mad in this game."

On preparing for former Oilers QB Oliver Luck, Andrew's dad, back in the 1980s when a defensive coach with the Bengals: "(Oliver) was with the Houston Oilers. He was a very, very good player. I wish to hell he was coming to town this week. His current age would even be better (smiling). I think he would tell you in all honesty that his son is a chip off the old block and maybe went past the teacher in this situation. But (Andrew's) daddy was a good football player."

On defensive lineman Karl Klug:"He's what you want in your defensive line. He's going to bring his lunch bucket, and he's going to plug in and he's going to give you a day's work, and that's kind of what football is. He is an absolute joy to coach, and he is great to be around, and great for a team."


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