Each week throughout the 2007 season, we will conduct interviews with players and stream them live on Texans TV. This week, we featured linebacker Morlon Greenwood, who recorded 13 tackles and a sack in the Texans' 28-14 win over Tampa Bay.
The best part about this series of live interviews is that fans can submit their own questions for the player by [clicking here](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Question for Morlon Greenwood). Please include your name and where you're from.
View the archived video clip to the right and read the interview transcript below.
1) Doug Lacy (Clear Lake, TX): I have read that you and DeMeco Ryans both study film together during the week leading up to the game on Sunday. How beneficial is it to have him there to help break down plays?
Morlon Greenwood: It's very beneficial. As a linebacker, it's very important to watch film. It's also very important to watch film with the guy that you are playing with, so you can decide how you are going to play certain plays. That will get you better prepared for the game. It's very good to watch film. All the good players do it. From when I was in Miami with Zack Thomas and Junior Seau, they would always stay in the film room even though these guys seemed like they were just naturals out there. They really put a lot of time into the game, which helped them play well.
Brooke Bentley (Texans TV): How have you dealt with the short week as far as film watching goes?
Morlon Greenwood: On Monday, your brain is still compacted from the game. So on Monday, we just tried to learn the installation for the upcoming game. We didn't really watch any film. I think you need that time to relax your mind, but today was our second day of practice. This was the day where we really got our film in, and tomorrow we'll have some time to get some film in. The game is not being played until seven o'clock, so in the morning when we have meetings, we can also get some film in.
Brooke Bentley (Texans TV): Going into that Monday practice right after a game must have been tough.
Morlon Greenwood: It's tough because your body is still sore and your emotions are still caught up in the game. In a regular week, I don't feel ready to go back to practice and prepare for another team until Wednesday. But with such a short week, we just have to get ready for it. I think coach Kubiak is doing a great job as far as adjusting practice. We had a walk through yesterday and today practice was a little bit faster and tomorrow we're going to have another walk through. I think he is doing a great job. Coach Kubiak has done this before, so we're in good form.
2) Doug Lacy (Clear Lake, TX): What differences do you see in DeMeco Ryans between his first and second years in the league?
Morlon Greenwood: Last year, when DeMeco came in, he was kind of raw. This year, I see him having more confidence out there. He's a leader on this team. He had to take that leadership role and did that . He's been doing a great job this year. I think he's having an unbelievable year and doing a great job.
3) Chad (Houston, TX): Do you feel like the team has something to prove in Thursday's nationally televised game?
Morlon Greenwood: I think whenever you play in a nationally televised game, I think it's very important. I think you are not only representing the Houston Texans team, but you are representing your family. I think you are also representing the college that you come from and your hometown because everybody is going to be watching that game. I think it's very important to go out there and show the nation what type of team we have.
4) Steve (Conroe, TX): You got a sack against Luke McCown last week. How much harder will it be to get to Denver quarterback Jay Cutler?
Morlon Greenwood: Last week, I had an opportunity to blitz a lot more than I had been blitzing before. I think if the defensive coordinator feels like it's a good time to blitz, then I think we'll have a chance to do that.
5) Jason Duplechin (Houston, TX): Awesome - star football player and budding rap star. What was your motivation behind doing both?
Morlon Greenwood: I've always like music. I started writing songs when I was in high school and I just continued to do it. I didn't start playing football until my junior year in high school. As far as football is concerned, I liked the competitive nature of football and I think music also puts you in a different realm and a different mind frame where you can create things. You can write about your mood and situations. With football, I like the competitive edge. I like going out there and competing and winning. When you win, it gives you a different energy. It's a different motivation. I was telling one of my teammates this week that every time we win a game those bumps and bruises don't feel as bad, but every time you lose a game, you feel it a little bit more. So I really enjoy the competitive edge in football, and music I like because it takes you somewhere else.
Brooke Bentley (Texans TV): During the season, you are all business. How do you balance these two careers?
Morlon Greenwood: During the season it's all about football. I don't have time to do any type of music. I can't even write songs during the season because my mind is so focused on football. In the offseason when I have some time off, that's when I go in the studio and record songs. During the season, it's all about business. Even if I did want to record a song, I don't know where I would find the time to do that because football takes up so much of our time.
6) Eric Kusin (Austin, TX): What is your favorite song you have done?
Morlon Greenwood: There's two of them. The first one is titled Skylines. I wrote the song when I was in college. I titled it Blow the Skylines Out of Proportion. The reason why I named it that is because people are always talking about the sky being the limit. I wrote that songs because I think you shouldn't limit yourself. The song that's on the website that is my favorite is Fall Down. I also have a video for it. The reason why I like it is because it's actually about talking about not falling down. So it's about continuing to be the best you can be.
Brooke Bentley (Texans TV): Will you rap for us?
Morlon Greenwood: Yeah, I'm going to rap a song that's not on the website that's called Save the World. I'll rap the first verse.
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