Kampman answers questions (sort of)

OLB Aaron Kampman (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)

Aaron Kampman needed just 414 words to answer 32 questions fired at him in hopes of getting inside the two-time Pro Bowler's head. Why is he so reluctant to discuss the move to linebacker? We have the entire exchange, so you can be the judge.

Aaron Kampman broke his silence on Wednesday.

Sort of.

Kampman, the Packers' two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, detailed his thoughts on the move to outside linebacker.

Well, not really.

Surrounded by dozens of cameras and microphones, Kampman explained why he has been so hesitant to talk about the position switch and went into great detail on his feelings about the move.

Not so much.

"This is a transition and I just want to focus on it," said Kampman, flashing a smile signaling either his delight in not giving reporters what they wanted or to hide his displeasure for his new role.

The usually talkative and open Kampman needed a mere 414 words to answer the 32 questions fired at him during a seven-minute media session at his locker following Wednesday's practice. His longest answer was 62 words, in which he basically said there was no need to discuss the major change in his duties because the media has covered that angle.

So, what does it mean that his average answer required less than 13 words? That's for you to decide. Here is the exchange:

What was your initial reaction when you heard the news?

Well, historically, the 3-4 has been a sound defense.

Is there any part of you that has some hesitation or feels this isn't the best for you?

No, I think those are things that the media has talked about.

How's the transition going?

I'm learning it.

Can you say what the most frustrating part is?

Not really, just learning it. It's a new scheme. I'm learning it.

Do you like it?

I'm learning it.

Will you learn to like it?

I'm not saying I don't like it. I'm just saying I'm learning it.

What's the most difficult thing?

New techniques, new terminology. All in all, it's just learning a new system.

Is there one thing, like dropping back into coverage, that's more difficult?

It's all new.

What's it like working with Kevin Greene?

He's a very intense man, brings a lot to the table from experience, so I hope I can learn a lot from him.

When did you learn about the change to the 3-4? Did they come to you?

No, I believe I learned like everyone else.

Besides Kevin Greene, is there anyone you sought out for advice?

Not necessarily. Nope.

I don't want to read your mind, but it seems like you're being very cautious. Is that accurate?

Those are your guys' opinions. I'm just answering your questions.

Would it be easier for a younger guy to learn where you're not relearning things you've done for the last five, six years?

Not necessarily. No. Doesn't have to be.

Do you think it's a good defense for the Packers?

I think historically it's been a very good defense.

Why do you think it's been a good defense?

Statistically, you look in the past, coach Dom Capers has some good defenses.

You're usually so media-friendly. Today, you're being short with your answers. Is there anything else you can say about what's going through your mind?

No, I'm learning. I really don't have a whole lot else to say. I'm learning it.

How comfortable or uncomfortable are you? Do you feel like a fish out of water?

No, this is something that I'm learning. I think everyone feels, the whole defense is trying to learn and figure out the new techniques.

How much weight have you lost?

None. I think I'm a little leaner, but I'm the same weight.

Do you think this defense will be successful?

I think historically it's been a very good defense.

You've always been available for us. You weren't available the last couple of weeks. Was there a hesitancy?

Just kind of was what it was. I've been focusing on it. I'm one of 11 in this defense. There seems to be a lot of attention on myself. Just trying to focus.

This is a big transition. I think that's why there's the attention on you.

It's a big transition for everyone, but the reality is, for whatever reason, a lot of people want to know what I think. Like I said, I'm learning it.

What's the biggest challenge for a 4-3 end going to a 3-4 linebacker? Is it the dropping back, is it ...?

I think that's been very well covered through the media trying to give explanations of what the differences are. Obviously, a 4-3 end doesn't drop as much, but I think Kevin has done a great job explaining what the roles are. You have to rush, you have to play the run hard, you have to be able to drop into coverage.

If it were your choice, would you still be a 4-3 end?

I'm not at liberty to really make those choices.

We just see a snapshot of what's going on all week. Was today how it's been, with some good plays and some not-so-good plays?

Yeah, there's always a learning curve.

So, it's been this way?

Today there was some things that I'd like to have back, but that's the learning curve.

Some guys are studying for an hour every night or pairing up. Are you doing any of it on your own?

Yes, I am. Have to.

More than you normally would?

Yes.

Why have you been so wary to talk?

Who says I've been wary to talk? Who says that I have? Literally. I'm talking to you right now.

You're going into a contract year. If you were hesitant to play in a 3-4, would that have anything to do with it?

You know, I've never really spoken about my contract. Been through it a couple times, and I've just never spoken about the business side of things. I would like to keep it that way.

Did you do anything different training-wise to make the adjustment?

There's always new techniques and new training, but those are things that I've always worked on.

Is your weight what it's always been?

Yep.


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