There has been much discussion over the past week about Dion Jordan moving to the linebacker position in 2015. This talk was fueled by Kevin Coyle’s comments earlier this week that they would consider making the move and that all options are on the table in an effort to get Jordan on the field as much as possible.
In the past, there has been talk that Jordan was uncomfortable with the switch but after hearing him speak this week, it’s hard to make that argument anymore.
“I would be able to play whatever (the coaches) ask me to. I’ve played on my feet. I’ve grown and learned how to play with my hand in the ground. That just is what it is. I did a lot of these things in college and I’m not that far removed. I still understand. All I have to do is make sure I was where I’m designed to be in the defense, and whenever the play is there just make the play.”
Jordan said that he didn’t think there would be much of a challenge adjusting to the role of playing linebacker, noting that they ran a lot of the same players while he was playing defensive end. Already understanding the calls and schemes, it would become a matter of executing the play the right way when his number was called upon.
On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Jordan said that he had a lot of fun running all over the field making plays on defense and special teams.
“It was a lot of fun, the game in general. It’s one of those (games) where I can tell our fans are definitely on edge, so it was one of those games we had in our head, whoever it was and whatever situation it was, offense, defense, special teams, somebody had to come up big. We did that on the offensive side of the ball, special teams and then on that final play where (Terrence) Fede went ahead and blocked the punt. It was amazing, and I was able to make a couple of plays to help the team. It felt good.”
Jordan has made plenty of plays on special teams over the past two years and has been a key reason for their success. Why has this happened? He gave credit to everyone doing what they are supposed to be doing.
“Just the whole (special teams) unit in general. We’ve been very successful, first of all putting pressure on punters. Second of all, we have a very good returner back there. Just all around we’ve been doing very well. (Terrance) Fede, he made a big play. It was just an instinct type of situation for him. He went ahead and blocked it.”
However, with increased time on special teams, that means Jordan hasn’t seen a whole lot of time on defense. With Jordan in his second year and not yet making the impact most expected from him, does he feel the pressure of being a top ten pick?
“I don’t know. I understand what I was asked to do when I got to the organization. I understand what I need to do now. It’s not (any) type of pressure. As long as I prepare and I show up just ready to go every Sunday and every day during the week, then I’ll be OK. That’s what I’ve been doing since I got here. I don’t put pressure on myself. I do what I do. I just go out and try to execute.”
Going into his third year in 2015, it looks like Jordan will see the field a lot more and prove to everyone that he has all the talent in the world to be a great NFL player and now, it’s just a matter of time before he’s able to show it to the world.
This article was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs