Mike Vrabel: 10 Questions for the Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker

Patrick CliftonCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 23:  Linebacker Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots looks in as quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins prepares to take the snap at Dolphin Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 48-28.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
  1. Mike, you didn't attend any of the OTAs this off season, and some in the media started to question whether or not you wanted to be a Chief. What's your reaction to that?
  2. Is there some part of you that wished you were still in New England to finish out your career with the team you've been with the past nine seasons?
  3. Tony Gonzalez, a well respected, highly-decorated veteran, like yourself, wanted out of Kansas City. He saw his career winding down and there were still a lot of things he felt he needed to accomplish. Sure, you've already got three Super Bowl rings, but how does it feel to come to a team where other veterans are trying to get out?
  4. Do you feel like this team has what it takes to do something special?
  5. Over your several years in the league, you've surely played with some rookies or other guys who came into a 3-4 defense and weren't that well versed in it. What are some the nuances and other things about the 3-4 defense that are hard for those adjusting to it?
  6. For us laymen, can you please describe what the primary roles and responsibilities are for an outside linebacker in the 3-4?
  7. You and Zach Thomas are kind of in the same position here in Kansas City, both of you are coming into a locker room full of young guys who aren't used to winning a whole lot of games. Have you had a chance to talk to him about this experience?
  8. How much longer do you see yourself playing in the league?
  9. You've gotten familiar with Scott Pioli over the past several years in New England. Brian Waters and him had a bit of a misunderstanding earlier this offseason. What are some tips you might give to some of your new teammates on how to communicate with him?
  10. Surely, players develop different perceptions and opinions on different teams and cities throughout their time in the league. What were some of the first things that crossed your mind when you found out you were headed to Kansas City?