Aug 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil (75) against the San Diego Chargers at the Metrodome. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Kalil was interviewed by the folks at 1500 ESPN about his first couple of games as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, and you can listen to the entire interview right here. Our friends over at Sports Radio Interviews were kind enough to transcribe a couple of the more interesting passages from that interview.
Interestingly enough, it appears that he's defending the conduct of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after his now infamous "bumping" of his own left tackle, J'Marcus Webb, during last Thursday night's contest.
I think if you messed up, you know you messed up. ... As a quarterback, you're the leader of that offense and if someone's not performing well, it's your job to get in their face and make sure everyone's on the same page.
He also talks about being mentally tough and getting past bad plays quickly.
I got trained a lot going against Jared in camp, because he definitely beat me a lot. So that trained me pretty fast to be mentally tough. ... He definitely helped me with that and he's always giving me good advice, and definitely made my progression in the NFL a lot easier.
You can listen to the entire 1500 ESPN interview with Kalil by going to the "Judd and Phunn" show page right here. It's over in the right-hand sidebar under "Clips from the Show."