That's how new Eagles outside linebacker Bryan Braman described the mentality he uses as a special teams player during an intro session with the Philly media on Thursday afternoon . The answer comes off as a little frightening, perhaps, but at the same time... how could you not get fired up about that kind of enthusiasm? Special teams guys don't always get their due when it comes to recognition, but I have hard time believing Braman won't fit into Philadelphia. He just looks like a tough dude who's going to give it his all. He also looks like Drogo, as Les Bowen pointed out.
While Braman came off well-spoken in his presser, he just seems to have that "crazy" element to his game. If you need further proof than the evidence I provided in the opening quote, consider that he oncetackled a fire hydrant when he was a kid. And then there's the infamous special teams tackle he made despite not wearing a helmet. When Braman was asked if he was concerned about not having his helmet on, he responded, ""My helmet came off, and [the player blocking me] stopped. And I don't really recognize that word. So I kept going [and made the tackle.]"
Fellow new Eagles special teams player Chris Maragos had a more tactful way of describing the special teams mindset: "It encompasses versatility of a football player." Maragos also touched one of the reasons he decided to sign with the Eagles, and it has to do with a connection to his old team, the Seattle Seahawks. "What coach Kelly is trying to do and what [head coach Pete] Carroll is trying to do, it's very similar. Very unorthodox, a lot of science," Maragos explained.
As I wrote earlier today on BGN, special teams play matters a lot, and especially so to Chip Kelly. No one will be rushing out to buy Braman and Maragos jerseys, but given their demeanor and effort I think they'll win over the fans who appreciate the little things. At the least, they should go a long ways towards improving a special teams unit that ranked below average in 2013.