Reporter-"How would you describe last season?" Said Lions head coach E.K. Slaughter,"Ah. Come on man." (chuckles)
Come on man. Do we have to talk about last year's 4-6 record? Coach Slaughter is making some changes this year, starting with less emphasis on the passing game. Said Slaughter,"Offensively, we are going to be a lot more run heavy this year. Lean on our offensive line and our quarterback and backs." Said quarterback Micheal Robinson,"Our running backs, we have a lot of experience. We have what, one senior and two juniors. They're very experienced." Added Slaughter,"Like this morning, we did a goal line session with 11 on 15. We scored four times from the three yard line against 15 guys. That kind of attitude really permeates confidence."
The Lions are also changing their defensive alignment. Said defensive end Brandon Wright,"We moved from a four front to a three front. We used to have bigger guys on the inside. Now we have smaller and quicker D-Linemen, so we can move around and fill holes."
Red Bank literally has team building blocks. The guys carry around blocks of wood with team slogans on them, and anything else a player wants to write on there. Said offensive lineman Myles Smith,"There are four sides to the wood. On one side, it saids SISU. The other is ALL YOU GOT, LOVE YOUR BROTHER and DIE HARD. My favorite is die hard. That's just a tough phrase."
Reporter-"Has anybody lost one or anything like that?" Said Smith,"Some guys have left them up here at the field, or they will leave them at the cafeteria, and we'll have to run extra for them."
Reporter-"Die hard I guess." Said Smith,"Yes sir. Love your brother."