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WhoDat!656 04-08-2012 03:53 PM

Interview with DT Mitch King
I've got a little treat for you this weekend with an interview I just conducted with Saints' young defensive tackle Mitch King. You'll remember King as a player that exploded in preseason last year for the Saints lining up huge performances which forced the Saints' hand to keep him on the opening day 53 man roster, even though most projected him as a camp body. King led the Saints in preseason with 15 tackles and also registered a sack, quickly making the Saints' staff and fans realize he could play very well. King bounced from the active roster to the practice squad for most of last year but remained on the team for the duration, and he did play in 3 regular season games registering 3 tackles in limited play time. Many thanks to him for taking the time to talk to us. I hope you enjoy and good luck to Mitch this upcoming season, Who Dat nation will be pulling for him!
I promise it gets better after the first question :)

Saints Nation: Mitch, OK, so you knew I was going to ask you about bounty gate so let's get that one out of the way. Feel free to just share what you're comfortable with, I know it's a sensitive topic and I don't want to get you in trouble with your coaches or the league. What are you comments about the whole situation? Did you have any first hand experience with the pay for performance system?

Mitch King: Well, while the league and commish are still investigating I would rather stay clear of that topic. Sorry to disappoint.

SN: Losing Sean Payton we already know is a huge deal for the offense, but I'm curious how much that affects the defense. As a defensive player, how much will not having Sean Payton around matter?

Mitch King: Well first off, coach Payton is an awesome coach, he brings a GREAT atmosphere to and around the team. He's very aggressive as a coach and that rubs off on all players, not just offensive. He has been my favorite coach to play for in the NFL so far.

SN: Let's talk about Mitch King the player. You've been in the league 3 years and you've already played for 4 teams. How tough has it been not having the security of guaranteed roster spot?

MK: Well, obviously it isn't fun. And i hate to be the guy that gives "reasons and excuses" of why it didn't work out or why I didn't stick to a roster. But i can tell you in my opinion, I wasn't out played by anyone that took my spot. It has always without fail been injuries around the team with roster moves that seem to get me, hahaha.

SN: You were able to win the Saints fans and organization over last preseason with your unreal hustle and motor. My favorite part of what I saw from you was how you'd make tackles 20 yards downfield as a defensive tackle. It became very clear to me that you were one of those guys that never gives up on plays and plays to the whistle. Is that accurate? Tell us more about your game.

MK: Well you hit it on the head, I won't give up on a play and I won't quit. As a lot of people see when they see me walk in a room or look at my attributes on paper, I don't blow people away, because I am 6'2 and i'm 290 pounds. When you think of a DT you think of 6'4 and 320... but I make that up with my relentless play and effort. I am a quick learner and I will always give a 100%.

SN: The few times you played in the regular season you struggled to make an impact like you did in preseason. Do you feel like the reason for that was a lack of enough reps to get in a rhythm? Or was the competition during the regular season just that much better than what you saw in preseason?

MK: Well in the preseason you are right I was able to get A LOT more reps and string them together in a series a lot more than in the regular season. In the season I played mostly passing situations and blitz packages. Playing one or two plays in a row is very tough to get a feel and get the rhythm of the game or the offensive line. I don't think the competition was much different, because even though I did play later in the games during the preseason I did play right along side with the starters early in the first quarter and felt like did pretty well.

SN: Have you had a chance to meet Steve Spagnuolo yet? Any comments on Gregg Williams leaving and the addition of coach Spags?

MK: Well I did meet coach Spagnuolo in St. Louis, seems like a great motivator and smart defensive mind. And as far as coach Williams, I really enjoyed playing for him. He made it fun and energetic. That makes a good feeling coming to work everyday.

SN: What are your goals for the 2012 season? Obviously Tom Johnson, Sed Ellis and now Brodrick Bunkley are in the mix, but we also know Rodgers and Franklin are unlikely to come back. How do you feel about your chances at the 53 man roster again this year?

MK: My goal is to show everyone what i can really do with an honest shot.. I look forward to the competition and hard work ahead of me. I love playing in the dome and for the great fans that come every game so one of my goals is to play as much as a I can while I can in that dome... I would like to see what I could do with a full season under my belt and see how much of an impact I could make with that chance.

SN: How has your experience been in New Orleans? Who is your best friend on the team and what is your favorite restaurant in NOLA?

MK: My experience in Nola has been awesome. I can't say a time i have been out on the town or at a festival where I haven't had fun. Mardi Gras was amazing. I am really looking forward to Jazzfest. My favorite restaurant down there would have to be a small hole in the wall place where I went for all you can eat blue crab and crawfish. I can't really remember the name but it was great and I can't wait to go again right when I get back and i'll let you know the name after that... plus you can beat Rock - n - Sake. Haha.

SN: Since you've been on 4 teams now you've experienced a number of fan bases. Are Saints fans really that different/special? What sets them apart?

MK: Well let me say I was BLOWN away with my first experience in the Dome. Just how loud it was and the electricity the fans bring every down is awesome... being out on the town and seeing how die hard they talk about the team with such passion is pretty neat.

Thanks again Mitch!!!

Saints Nation Interview With Saints' DT Mitch King | April

Danno 04-08-2012 04:30 PM

Pulling for him. Always loved the underdogs. He's an undersized DT, but a non-stop motor.

If Jonathan Sullivan had 1/2 this guys heart and drive he'd still be playing in this league.

QBREES9 04-08-2012 07:10 PM

Mitch King: Well, while the league and commish are still investigating I would rather stay clear of that topic. Sorry to disappoint.

Smart man.

Rugby Saint II 04-08-2012 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 396056)
Mitch King: Well, while the league and commish are still investigating I would rather stay clear of that topic. Sorry to disappoint.

Smart man.

You're right he sounds like a smart man.

dizzle88 04-09-2012 03:04 PM

The stats Mitch king recorded in preseason 15 tackles and 1 sack are nearly equal to the stats sedrick Ellis took 16 games to reach

Get Mitch in the rotation man

FinSaint 04-09-2012 03:38 PM

There are definite differences between preseason, regular season, and playoffs when it comes to the level of competition players face - both within their own team and the opposition they face.

I personally find it ridiculous to suggest that there isn't much of a difference in the competitiveness like King did in that interview, but I do like him and his personal skill-set, so I am not trying to devalue him - just his point of view.

I mean even Miller looked relatively good during last preseason, but none of us would've been happy to see him brake into the 53 man roster based on that limited sample, which was produced under the preseason conditions.

I wasn't impressed by King's performances when he got the chance to play some snaps during the regular season, but it was such a limited role that I do have to agree with his own assessment that the circumstances didn't allow for him to be an impact player he might be able to become.

Hopefully Spags will be able to coach him up to his full potential and that he finds a way to use King in the most productive way in his schemes, because like most - I do like King's attitude and motor and I would like to see him succeed.

NuNu318 04-09-2012 03:54 PM

I became a fan after his first tackle in the preseason when he flexed his muscles and Mama's Boy was written on the inside of his biceps....It was AWESOME.

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