Hondo:Â Obviously there is no fear in you. Talk about if you would please about what a great attitude itâ€™s clearly evident with the team now, the new attitude.Â
Ernie:Â Oh yea, weâ€™re flying around the ball especially on defense.Â Weâ€™re having fun. Itâ€™s a whole lot more fun, a whole lot easier we got a better understanding and we are just having a whole lot more fun.Â
Hondo: For you, personally, talk about this practice, Rod talked about it a minute ago. He almost had to put the brakes on you guys for the first time you guys are setting tempo.Â Ernie:Â Thatâ€™s how we want it to be when we go out on game day. Defense have to set the tempo.Â We put the clamps on the defense then our offense goes out there and makes the points.Â
Hondo:Â For you, personally talk about Joe Barry and your impressions of him.Â
Ernie:Â I love him.Â I love his personality and the energy he brings to practice everyday to the meetings.Â We walked to a meeting today and he put on some good jams and everything just signifying weâ€™re read this is the last day but we going to close it out on a good day.Â I like his personality and Iâ€™m happy we got him.Â
Hondo: One of the things that stood out to me over this camp was that todayâ€™s intensity was as strong as day one, and I think thatâ€™s a change in this team. A fact that it didnâ€™t let off as the camp went would you agree and talk about that?Â
Ernie: Most definitely, when we went in there the first Coach Marinelli said he wanted us to get better everyday he didnâ€™t want us to go down if we got better one percent each day that would be good so we just out here and get better and at the same time have fun and be safe.
Hondo: How much influence have you had maybe talking to Calvin and kinda letting him know exactly when heâ€™s getting into?
Ernie: I havenâ€™t gotten a chance to talk to him. I know of him and I played against him one year at Georgia Tech, but one of these days Iâ€™m gonna get the chance to sit down with him and just tell him to relax. Itâ€™s a lot of pressure on him, and I know how it was last year. But just go out there and have fun. Thatâ€™s how I look at it. If youâ€™re having fun everything will take care of itself.
Hondo: Ernie, one thing that stood out to me in watching this today with youâ€¦there was one particular play Calvin came across the middle and you just kind of gave him a little love tap just to let him know, â€œIâ€™m there.â€ How much are you looking forward, Ernie, to just putting on the pads?
Ernie: I canâ€™t wait. I really canâ€™t wait. You know, thatâ€™s one thing about football. Itâ€™s really not complete if youâ€™re just running around here with just a helmet on and shorts. You really donâ€™t get the full effect of playing football until you put on some pads and are able to hit somebody. We put on the pads and itâ€™s a totally different ball game. Especially for me, because I like hitting and putting the hurt on somebody.
Hondo: I noticed a couple of times during the camp that you were helping out Johnny Baldwin and talking to Johnny Baldwin. I mean, for a guy youâ€™re only in your second season, but you are unequivocally a team leader and a defensive leader, and youâ€™ve stepped up into that role. Talk about that and helping these other guys.
Ernie: That sort of stuff Iâ€™m glad to do as I get older and as I mature in this league. I got young guys coming in. It was guys like Boss and Paris that helped me out, that helped me out last year. And now, heâ€™s gonna be looking up at me. He saw me on game film and everything having fun so heâ€™s gonna look to me to ask questions and everything.Â
Hondo:Â Lastly, when you were here last year with your mom she talked about your focus being football I think having a twelve foot Burmese python will keep the ladies away donâ€™t you think?Â
Ernie: yes sir, Iâ€™m engaged so I got to keep all the ladies with this here.Â
We apologize to the great Lions fans that canâ€™t watch this as a video which would be much better for the fans.Â The new recent stupid NFL rules prohibitÂ that.Â So even though you canâ€™t see it anywhere else since Hondo was the only reporter to do it, here is at least the transcript.Â Thanks Goodell.