Hondo: My favorite Lions. Talk aboutâ€¦how you feeling buddy? You look explosive.
Alex: Iâ€™m feeling real good. You looking good too. But as far as like my linebacker play, just trying to increase on my mental side this year. And also my physical side. Just trying to get better at everything.
Hondo: it seems to me that maybe your first couple years you were reading. But now youâ€™re back to what made you good at Wisconsin. Youâ€™ll be able to play on your instincts. Am I reading that right?
Alex: Oh, yea. Definitely. I mean this football game and also coming into the NFL is a learning process. And so far I have been blessed to have a couple coaches that have been helping me out to increase my capacibility.
Hondo: When you talk about this defense now, I was watching you out there today. You earning the speed. I mean, do you ever sit back and think: Wow. I mean today in 7 on 7 drills you guys owned the offense. And everybodyâ€™s talking about the offense.
Alex: Yea, I meanâ€¦Weâ€™ve got incredible speed on the defense. We got a guy like Ernie Simms. You got Cannon. You got the new rookies. You know you got Joe and that other rookieâ€¦number 58â€¦Johnny. So, I mean man, Coach has been putting together a real good group. And, you know, we just want to show it on the field this season.
Hondo: For you, personally, youâ€™re getting bigger, too. Are you spending more time in the weight room?
Alex: I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m getting bigger butâ€¦
Hondo: You donâ€™t think youâ€™re getting bigger?
Alex: No, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m getting bigger. Iâ€™m justâ€¦I could just say Iâ€™m starting to lean up a little.
Hondo: Honestly, Joe Barry. To have a head coach whoâ€™s defensive minded. Then turn around and add Joe Barry. I mean, and then you add Phil into the mix. It just seems to me this defense is exponentially better. Is thatâ€¦thatâ€™s my read this far though. Do you think Iâ€™m reading it right?
Alex: Well, yea. Definitely. You got a guy like Joe Barry thatâ€™s been under the Tampa Bay defense and had a lot of success that played in the cover, too. So they basically know the scheme inside and out. And theyâ€™ve been doing a very good job explaining it to us. Teaching us the fine details that just will make us a better defense.
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.