Exclusive Interview with CB DeJuan Tribble
CB DeJuan Tribble (Doug Benc/Getty)
CB DeJuan Tribble (Doug Benc/Getty)
Reporter, SDBoltReport.com
Posted May 8, 2008


DeJuan Tribble will battle all offseason long to earn his place in San Diego's crowded secondary. With his first mini camp in the books, Tribble offers an exclusive interview to SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler. Tribble talks about his senior year at Boston College, his progress thus far and his projected role on the team in this exclusive Q&A.

SDBoltReport.com Insiders can click here for the rest of this interview, where Tribble talks about practicing against Matt Ryan, learning from Champ Bailey and more.

Michael Kranzler: You had a huge game to start off your senior season against Wake Forest [three interceptions], but your production sort of tailed off from there. Was it just a matter of opposing quarterbacks no longer testing your side of the field, or were there other factors at play?

DeJuan Tribble: I think after my first game I didn’t really see much action coming my way, and with the plays that did come my way I had to make the best of my opportunities. After that first game, I feel like a lot of quarterbacks tried to stay away from me in the next couple of games, and I guess that’s out of respect. That’s something that I have nothing to do with and no control over, so I just have to play football.

MK: I wouldn’t blame them. I was watching that game and it was pretty incredible.

DT: Yeah, it was a great game, one of my best games I’ve ever had in college.

MK: What do you feel your role on this team will be?

DT: Right now, definitely a special teams player. I’ve been talking to the special teams coach [Steve Crosby] a lot, you know, trying to get a feel for a spot that I could play on special teams. I’ve definitely been learning a lot from the defense within the playbook I got when I was up there this past weekend, and whatever the coach feels I have an opportunity for, I’m up for it. If it’s on defense or special teams, I’m up for both.


CB DeJuan Tribble
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MK: The Chargers defensive secondary is extremely crowded this year, with a very strong starting lineup and several solid backups. What are you going to have to do to improve your chances of getting onto the field?

DT: Well, just learning from the veterans. Going out there this past weekend, I talked to Quentin Jammer and [Antonio] Cromartie a lot, and they were helpful in helping me understand the defense. I think that’s the biggest thing for me, getting the comfort level and understanding the defense and how I’m supposed to fit in with the defense. Learning from those guys and just going out and competing and working hard, I think I should be fine.

MK: Whenever you get an interception, you seem to automatically thinking “end zone.” How do you think learning from someone as electrifying as Antonio Cromartie will help you when you have the ball in your hands?

DT: It will help me out tremendously. I feel like that should be your job as a defensive back, that when you get that ball in your hands, you instantly become an offensive-minded player and want to take it back for a score. It was something that I was able to do at Boston College, but in the NFL it’s going to be tougher because the level of competition is a lot greater. But it’s definitely something that I plan on being able to do one day.

MK: Have any of the veterans really started to take you under their wing?

DT: Cromartie and Clinton Hart have been the most helpful in helping me understand the defense, because going out there last weekend, I didn’t really have an idea of their type of defense and the way they wanted their corners to play. They helped me out a lot out there, because with minicamp, it’s everyone out there at the same time. All the veterans are out there, so I was able to ask a lot of questions of them. You know, the tips from some of the veterans, they really helped me out a lot.

MK: What are your goals for your rookie year?

DT: Right now, I haven’t set aside any personal goals, I just want to make the team and go out and prove to the coaches what type of player I am. You know, whatever happens, happens. I haven’t really set aside any goals right now. It’s kinda too early for me right now, I’m just trying to get established and settle myself down, and like I said, learn the defense and go out there and look forward to competing.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

DT: One thing is that I’m going to go out there and give my best effort at all times on the field. I’m definitely a team player, I’m very coachable, I get along with all my teammates, I’ve never had a problem with any of my teammates at Boston College. You know, I look forward to being a Charger and having opportunities to win some games for us.

SDBoltReport.com Insiders can click here for the rest of this interview, where Tribble talks about practicing against Matt Ryan, learning from Champ Bailey and more.



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