An interview with defensive line coach Marcus Dixon


EK: Speaking of quitting racing, what did DJ Jones bring to this unit?

MARYLAND: “You talk about the toughness, the bully on the pitch, a guy who’s just athletic, can run the ball side to side, he’s just a mean player in the right way – the right legal way – on the field. He brings a lot to the room.”

EK: Dre’Mont Jones seems to take his game to a new level every season. Do you think he will surprise some people this year?

MARYLAND: “I think he’s shown he’s a guy who can really play. I think what he’s doing now is letting everyone know he can play the race too, and not just rush the setter. I’m excited for him, excited for all these guys. It’s really a blessing to coach these guys.

EK: You had your college career at Hampton University, then you went back there to coach. From your perspective, what needs to happen for more players from historically black colleges and universities to have an opportunity in the NFL?

MARYLAND: “Showcases. Get showcases, invite them over and kind of see what they can do. And then trials – take them out for trials. See what they can do. That’s really what you can do for them. I think it helped me to get into those all-star games, the Texas vs. Nation game, the Hula Bowl, all those types of things. Any type of experience to go out and play with the bigger schools, it helps a lot.

EK: Last year you won the Super Bowl with the Rams. In your experience, what does it take for a team to win a championship?

MARYLAND: “The biggest problem is that it takes a team. And not just the players, it takes the whole organization. Everyone has to be on the same pitch. And I think that’s what we have here I think that’s what [Head] Coach [Nathaniel] Hackett’s building. You have [General Manager George Paton]and I think they do a great job of making sure everyone is on the same page, because that’s really what it takes.”


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