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Monday Q&A with Ryan Mundy


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Steelers safety Ryan Mundy talked to the media on Monday.

(Calls on Ike)
“When penalties are called, it doesn’t change how we play. Our job isn’t to make the calls. Our job is to play each and every play, so we just trust in our technique and fight for the next play. That’s what Coach Tomlin, Coach LeBeau and Coach Lake really stress. You have to have a short memory and forget about the previous play, whether it was good or bad or you got a bad call or a bad break. You need to refocus and move on to the next play, because that’s the most important play in the game at that moment.”

(Tough to get called for pass int. when you’re 3 yards away?)
“Yeah, it’s tough to play defensive back in the NFL nowadays. It is very tough, especially with the skill level of the wide receivers. And now, you’ve got these big tight ends, these guys who are 6-7, and they run like wide receivers. So, it’s particularly tough to play defensive back in the NFL, but we do our best, to continue to do what we’re coached to do and believe in our technique and our abilities and just let the chips fall where they may. And if we get a bad call, we get a bad call. We just have to line up for the next play and keep competing.”

(Much better feeling coming off the win?)
“Yeah, definitely. Every time we play a game on Sunday, Monday or Thursday, our goal is to win. And it was great to get back on the right track and kick off the home-opener in the right way.”

(How did you feel out there?)
Good. “I got a pretty decent workload. I still have my special teams responsibilities, and I also played every snap on defense. So, I just have to make sure that I’m ready, take care of my body and get good rest, because I have a full plate right now.”

(This regimen could continue for a while?)
“It’s an unfortunate situation with Troy. We all know that he’s an amazing player and everything, but I have to make sure that I’m ready in case he is not ready. So, I just have to continue to stay in shape, keep my cardio going each and every day and make sure that I’m fresh by getting good rest. And when my number is called, I have to perform.”

(Role change playing with Troy or Ryan?
“Not really. When I play with Troy, he primarily is playing in the box. Sometimes, we’ll switch it up to give the quarterback a different look, but he’s mostly in there. When I play with Ryan, I could be playing in the box for one play, and he could be playing there on another play. So, I just like to be flexible, and whatever those guys feel comfortable doing and whatever position they want to play during a particular play, then I just play off of them.”

(The first game, you knew playing for Ryan. This past week, unsure for Troy)
“I’ve really learned to work through it, but with the way those guys play — they play so hard all the time — they could go down at any moment, like any player, so I have to be ready to go mentally and physically when my number is called. My preparation can’t change every week, my film study and weight training and conditioning, none of that changes from week to week.”

(Was the Sun an issue at all?)
“Those 4:15 games can be a little tricky sometimes. The Sun is in some awkward spots, but when it cleared out we were fine. When it was in the open end zone a little bit early in the game, it was tough, but I really didn’t have much trouble with it.”




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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