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OL Bergstrom transcript

By Steve Corkran
Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 9:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, the newest Raider, spoke with the Bay Area media a short while after being selected at No. 95, in the third round, of the NFL draft.
Here is the entire transcript:

Did you have any inkling that it would be the Raiders?
“Not really. It’s one of those things where it’s just sort of a crapshoot, and you never know what’s going to happen. I was told to expect the unexpected in the draft, and that’s kind of what happened. I was excited. I’d interviewed with some of the coaches. When I got the phone call, I couldn’t have been more excited.”

Were you getting worried that you might have to wait another day?
“Yeah. You always kind of have that worry. You have your family over at the house. It’s always a little awkward when you have to tell them, ‘Come back tomorrow.’ I was just extremely lucky and fortunate to be called tonight.”

Did you have any contact with the Raiders over this entire process?
“Oh, yeah, absolutely. I had interviewed with them at the Senior Bowl and again at the combine. They saw me at all of those things. There was contact, there were interviews, there was plenty of that.”

Who did you talk to and what do you remember from those interviews?
“I talked to coach (Steve) Wisniewski, I believe, the assistant O-line coach. … It was mostly just trying to get in my head a little bit, have me draw some plays up, kind of get to know me more than anything. He kind of instilled in my mind we’re starting a new era with the Oakland Raiders and they’ve got a whole new thing going, and they’re honoring the past and coming into the new system and a new time. I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Do you see yourself as a zone-blocking type of offensive lineman?
“Absolutely. I’ve come from Utah. That’s the scheme we ran. Zone was always our bread and butter. That’s the first play you’ve got to establish. It keeps the defense honest. You can run it against any look they throw at you. You can run it into any blitz. I’m a big believer in it and I feel I can block it.”

Q: What is the transition to guard going to be like?
A: “It’s something I got to do; I got to have a taste of it at the Senior Bowl. I played all right tackle through most of my college career, a little bit of left tackle, and went to the Senior Bowl and played only left guard. I’ve already had a bit of a taste for it. There’s a little growing pains, I’m sure there will be, coming into this new league and switching positions. But, it’s something that came pretty naturally to me. It was fun. I’m not going to lie to you. You get inside, it’s not so much finesse anymore, it’s a little more gritty. I feel like I’m capable of making that transition.”

Q: Did you know all along that you would convert to guard?
A: “Yeah, most likely. There were some teams that I talked to that saw me as somebody who could play tackle. Even talking to the Raiders, they said maybe I could play tackle but I would probably move into guard first. I’m not sure. I kind of knew all along that I was going to be a guard first and maybe be able to play that backup tackle in the future, or right away. But guard’s my position. I’ve already changed my mind-set to guard. So, that’s what I’m thinking right now.”

Q: Can your advanced age and the life path you chose be an advantage?
A: “Yeah, absolutely. There’s been a lot of advantages, not just for the path but to the style. As far as the life path goes, I was fortunate enough; I actually served in the Sacramento area, right above you guys, and became pretty familiar with the area. I was really fortunate to be able to have a weight set. I trained every morning, so I came back probably 50 pounds and in much better shape than when I left. So, that gave me a good head start in college. As far as the lifestyle goes, I’m not one of those guys who goes out and parties. I take recovery very seriously. If you come to my house, I’m usually sitting on a foam roller or something. I have a wife; she won’t let me get into any trouble. Physically, I feel like my body is as in as good a shape as any 20- or 21-year-old, and it will last just as long because I take care of it.”

Q: In that same vein about physically feeling better, do you feel like the time off from the wear and tear and the hits of playing football has sort of gotten you physically, health-wise ahead of where most players are your age?
A: Yeah, I mean, high school’s a little different. High school is not quite as bad as college. Obviously the time that I’ve had just training for the Combine and pro days and afterward has been nice, to kind of take a break from the hitting, not having any spring ball. That definitely helps. Giving your body some recovery time always helps.

Q: Are you a mechanical engineer or electrical engineer?
A: Chemical.

Q: Do you have any particular areas of interest or areas of study within that?
A: I did, it was more I kind of was looking more into the petroleum area. If you make big oil you can make great money, right? But I don’t know, as I got into it further and further I was more interested in the research side of things, nanotechnology kind of stuff, but I’m not sure yet. There’s a broad spectrum of things you can go into.

Q: Have you talked to brother-in-law Paul yet?
A: That was the first thing we looked at was when are we playing each other? I think we’re playing in November, in Baltimore I believe, if I can remember. That was something that was right quick. I was able to talk to Paul. He’s always been kind of an Oakland fan so he was pretty excited for me to go there.

Q: Where and for how long were you in the Sacramento area?
A: I was there for two years, mostly in the South Sac area and then down in Stockton area.

Q: Were you told you would need to move to guard or was that your decision?
A: A little bit of both. I felt like I did well at tackle. I like to get my hand in the ground. I can do a two-point stance. But who wants to be in a two-point stance. There’s no fun in that. I like the idea of moving into guard. I was told by a lot of NFL coaches they saw me doing that as well and me being a swing player who can do both.

Q: Did going on a mission make you more ready?
A: Absolutely. I think that always helps, having a little bit more maturity. I’m a guy that … I’m no stranger to coming home and studying all day and spending time with the family instead of going out at night. As soon as I get my playbook I’m going back to that lifestyle of just studying every day and doing my workouts. I think having that schedule that you get used to that’s kind of a big part of maturity.

Q: How did you think interview with Raiders went?
A: I felt like I did pretty well. I answered all the questions fairly well. I felt like I was confident but not arrogant, all those things they tell you at the combine prep things. I felt like I did well. I came out of every interview thinking I did well and then going back over my head going I have no idea. You have no idea what the coaches are thinking. They give you almost no feedback the whole time. You hope you do well but you never know.

Q: How much has Paul helped you in this process?
A: he was a great help. Not just throughout this process. Even in my senior year I talked to him and he’d kind of fill me in a lot on what it was about my game that needed to change and what NFL coaches were really looking for out of college linemen. That was probably the biggest help from him just every week telling me what it is that I need to do to be more recognizable to NFL coaches.

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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hendu,

    No more purp, but I have something just as good.
    I hope so brother. We allowed 387 yards per game last season.
    RAIDERS!!

  • Marks hair

    47. For some.. I always said bpa.. Reggie scouts alot more than me. If he can start. Then its a home run oick at 95.

  • irjonny

    oh yeah!! i forgot about goodson. psh we are good on offense imo. all we gotta do is shuffle some players around.

    Palmer
    Dmac/Goodson
    Reece
    Velheer
    Briesel
    Wiz
    Carlsle/Bergstom
    Barksdale
    DHB
    Moore
    Ford

    not bad

  • irjonny

    mmm maybe a TE?

  • Marks hair

    Whens the last time we had 4 ol positions locked down with young talent?

  • r8eray

    KoolKell Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:56 pm
    26 years is not old for an O-lineman.

    =========

    LMFAO….coming from 70 year old!!!

  • Guy

    I wouldn’t say the positions are locked down, but this is the best the o-line has looked in a while.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty,

    Why is it so hard for you to understand? No one is hating on the kid, and I don’t think it has anything to do with fans’ predictions (I can only speak for myself), but it has to do with fans having opinions and plans to help the team win more games.
    Examples: BHP wanted to keep Bush, I wanted us to draft someone else, others wanted to keep Wimbley (myself included), and others want to trade good players for draft picks. I’m not saying these opinions are right, but fans have options and they like to share them with other fans. It makes things more exciting.
    I don’t remember reading any post that suggests the kid will fail, or fans hating on the kid, but I read a lot of posts from fans that don’t agree with the pick, which I completely agree with.

  • r8eray

    Marks Hair Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:29 pm
    Whats are pick tomorrow?

    =======

    Had to take a COLD shower to cool off…

    Probably a WR, RB and TE??

    Who knows with Reggie! Blew my mind when he went with a O-line guy…

    I’m thinking he’ll do something in Free Agency (for sure) with the minimal picks we have!

    Got a text from my buddy, went something like this…

    3 teams got better today in the AFC West and the Raiders weren’t 1 of them!

    I’m gonna have to agree with him on that quote today but we still got tomorrow!

    “We live to fight another day!”

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Btw, I think most fans want the kid to succeed and become a PB player since he is a Raider now.

  • AmysInCharge

    Winning starts in the trenches, the O line. Reggie knows this, you dont. Thats why hes the boss and you arent. It was a great pick. Now shut up and go to bed.

  • lefty12

    O,you know what they say about opinions.All I’m saying is I value Reggie’s and Allen’s opinion more than I value the opinions of people on this blog.

  • r8eray

    Best players available for draft’s third day

    Posted by Evan Silva on April 28, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    AP
    Just as we did last night, let’s have a look at the top players remaining entering the draft’s third day:

    1. Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin — We discussed Boykin (pictured) in the previous post, but it’s possible teams have medical concerns after he fractured a bone in his lower right leg during the Senior Bowl game. If not, he’ll surely be one of the first players selected on Saturday. Boykin is a three-phase playmaker and was a 2011 team captain at Georgia.

    2. Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu — Ta’amu moves exceptionally well for a 6-foot-3, 341-pound manchild, which makes him appealing from a planet-theory perspective. He is a 3-4 nose tackle prospect. Also a captain for the Huskies’ 2011 defense, Ta’amu started 42 games in college, recording 19 career tackles for loss and nine sacks.

    3. Ole Miss tackle Bobby Massie — Massie was once regarded as a likely first-round pick by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. The measurables are certainly there. Massie possesses vine-like arms at 35 inches, and packs 316 pounds onto his 6-foot-6 frame. Unfortunately, Massie plays more like Jane than Tarzan at this point. He’s still a viable developmental project.

    4. Arkansas receiver Joe Adams — Adams is slight at 5-foot-11 and 174 pounds, and he ran a relatively disappointing 4.53 forty time at the Combine. But SEC game watchers know he does not lack explosiveness. Adams scored 25 career touchdowns, including five on punt returns, and earned first-team All-SEC honors for his “all-purpose” work as a senior.

    5. Tennessee defensive tackle Malik Jackson — For a much cheaper price, a team could get a higher-effort if only slightly less-gifted version of Quinton Coples on the draft’s third day. Jackson’s production wasn’t overwhelming while forced to play nose tackle on an undermanned Tennessee line, but he could excel at 4-3 left end, 4-3 tackle, or five technique in a 3-4. Jackson plays the game relentlessly, and he’s learned to defeat double teams. He’s one of our favorite 2012 sleepers.

    6. Washington running back Chris Polk — Polk lacks elite initial burst, but possesses terrific vision and is a natural pass catcher with big, soft hands and background as a receiver. As a ball carrier, Polk averaged over 5.0 yards per carry on 799 career rushing attempts at Washington. He’s 5-foot-11, 215, and ran 4.47 at his Pro Day.

    7. Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman — Chapman would have been a second-day pick if not for postseason ACL surgery. The operation repaired Chapman’s anterior cruciate ligament in addition to left meniscus after he played the final eight games of his senior season through the injury. And he was still the best run-stopping nose in the nation.

    8. California receiver Marvin Jones — A silky smooth route runner with veteran savvy and a wide catching radius, Jones’ production was mediocre at Cal while playing second fiddle to future top-ten draft pick Keenan Allen at receiver. Jones was perhaps the best wideout on the field at the Senior Bowl. He goes 6-foot-2, 199 and ran a 4.47 at the Combine.

    9. Miami running back Lamar Miller — Medical concerns may have pushed Miller down the board after postseason shoulder surgery. He also can’t pick up the blitz and is a non-factor in short-yardage situations. But Miller runs very fast in a straight line (4.36) and has feature-back size at 5-foot-11, 212. He needs to be drafted into a zone-blocking scheme.

    10. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins — Cousins has average arm talent and his decision making tends to tank when pressured, but he played in a pro-style offense at Michigan State and was a 39-game starter in the Big Ten, going 27-12. One major knock on Cousins is his performance in big games. In four career bowl appearances, he completed just 54-of-100 passes with a 6.76 YPA and 2:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Still a heady, charismatic signal caller, Cousins projects as a quality long-term backup in the league.

    Others left: Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens, Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick, Arkansas receiver Jarius Wright, Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson, Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, Virginia linebacker Cam Johnson, South Carolina safety Antonio Allen, Boise State safety George Iloka, Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis, Georgia center Ben Jones, Georgia tight end Orson Charles, Florida State tackle Zebrie Sanders, Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green, Furman cornerback Ryan Steed, Miami guard Brandon Washington.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Good night Nation.

  • lefty12

    Who is Evan Silva?

  • alzadoX

    JERRY MAC RIGHT AGAIN

    I know many of us semis like to knock the beat writers but JERRY McDONALD in his SJ Mercury news article a couple days ago said that BERGSTROM WAS OL WHO FIT RAIDERS NEEDS/SCHEME he also listed one other, who he rated 2nd to Bergstrom, in South Dakota OG Tom Compton. So lets give Jerry Mac props

    PFW rated Bergstrom projected 2nd to 3rd round pick

  • YoungAmerican
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Dakota Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    We have drafted one-eyed RBs, DTs that kick the bucket, RBs that have to serve in the Navy, mormons who refuse to play on sundays…..so what if the kid is 26?

    big deal

    ::::::::::

    A one Lung player. O.O.

  • WenzhouRaider

    being a fan I wanted the sexy pick, either orson charles or Ta’amu (345 lb sexy). but Bergstrom can start and FINALLY we don’t need to start Carlisle. I realize he has been a staple in our O-line for about 5 years now, but we need somebody that we can start over him. Either way we still need a little depth at OL.

    Running this offense successfully needs guards that can pull and move well in space. This addresses that need.

    Also want to say that seeing Terelle Pryor’s name in the middle of the 3rd didn’t seem to me like a reach. matter of fact I’d take him over Osweiler and Foles (and Tannehill)

  • lefty12

    I may be wrong because I don’t have the ability to read their minds,but I believe a players work habits,desire, and character play into Reggie and Allen’s thinking of BPA along with ability.I also believe that is a good thing.

  • aig-raiders

    Man I feel for Chapman. duded played 8 games through injury while being the best run stopping nose in the NCAA and the clubs have ignored him so far. This is one guy I hope RM makes it happen tomorrow.

    As for Berg, I’d rather we get an all pac-12 in the 3rd round who specializes in the ZBS then some 40 yard dash freak who has yet to produce at the collegiate level.

    Thank you RM.

  • hwnrdr

    I was a little surprised, but I like the pick! Games are won in the trenches and he fills a need! In Reggie I will trust! Call me wrong but if Ta’amu is still there at our next pick, I think we should take him! But, I am not Reggie…

  • aig-raiders

    Also want to say that seeing Terelle Pryor’s name in the middle of the 3rd didn’t seem to me like a reach. matter of fact I’d take him over Osweiler and Foles (and Tannehill)
    ————
    I agree 100%.

  • aig-raiders

    If Wiz 1.0 feels the kid can play, then I trust him. This kid wants to be a mean sob player and we have the perfect teacher.

  • hwnrdr

    And with that I say…good night Nation!!! Let’s get to drafting! 4 more picks!!!

  • aig-raiders

    Weirdest pick in the draft has to be Russel Wilson to the Hawks. WTH is going on up there? They got Flynn, Tavaris and now this kid?

    I fear the Chokers have some good picks so far. Ingram and Taylor can flat out play. Taylor is an instant upgrade over the weak tackling safeties they have there already.

  • Bad News Dude

    MistaBrown Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    3 months of expert blog opinions and predictions down the drain, again! I been watching this circus for about 4 years now!

    Luv it! Can’t wait until next years draft!
    lol

    …………………………………………..

    Have to agree with this. All that talk about the draft and Reggie slaps everyone upside the head. Hilarious.

  • Hardline

    I adhered to Reggie’s philosophy to pick the best player available, (which was AD’s draft philosophy too), and possibly Bergstrom is that. We need depth on the O line anyway.

    I veiwed most defensemen posters here mentioned as possible picks and can’t remember being impressed with any of them. They all looked like quasi-McClain’s, except worse.

    Certainly, Bergstrom has most draftees beat regarding work ethic, discipline, and knowledge of what makes a professional, a professional.

    I wish him the best of luck and hope he is with us for 10 yrs.

  • Bad News Dude

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I realize this comment is late but O says our pick wasn’t his BPA.O,that is why you are an unemployed used car salesman and Reggie and Allen are NFL a NLF GM & HC respectively.

    ………………………………………

    Ouch, harsh words from the blog hall monitor. Pot, meet kettle.

  • Bad News Dude

    So you are saying fans should not have opinions?!

    …………………………………………

    Some folks want you to come in here, pump your pom poms, and exit gracefully. Criticism will not be tolerated.

  • lefty12

    The blog hall monitor-LMAO.I’m not the one who baits people so they might say something not acceptable and then tries to get them banned because I don’t like them or am seeking revenge.

  • Bad News Dude

    Raider O Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    I rather have opinions and be wrong most of the time than be a follower who depends on other to form his opinions got him.
    Lefty, when I want to hear your opinions, I will visit the Raiders’ site.

    ……………………………………………

    lol. Excellent post! Especially the last sentence.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I know this isn’t a popular statement but it seems our hierarchy doesn’t think DL is that big of a priority.

    *******************************

    I think that is more the rest of the league saying it as well.

    I mean, the hands-down best run-stuffing NT, is going to end up picked somewhere between 15-30 picks AFTER the best punter.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Although, if you have seen Blaine Gabbert play QB, drafting a punter probably isn’t the worst thing you could do.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Carlisle will play the role of vet mentor, may start at the beginning of the year still, and be the #6 lineman.

    ZBS sucka’s!!!!!!! I love it, that bully-ball nonsense was the stupidest thing ever.

    Play smart, and outthink the opponent.

  • Bad News Dude

    I didn’t bait anything. KK’s filth was spewed in advance of the Beeecham ordeal. The email didn’t get submitted to Steve until after KK baited and snitched on Beeech. You, of course, wouldn’t know that because your version of the events is full of assumptions and generalizations. Keep spewing your support of the baiting king of race & politics. It’s making you look real smart. ;)

    Wonder why you don’t care that KK got Beeech banned?

    Pot, meet kettle.

  • Bad News Dude

    Lefty, why don’t you take your own advice and drop the whole KK thing?

    Pot, meet kettle.

  • lefty12

    BTW,it sure was nice seeing KK participating earlier this evening.

  • Hardline

    83.Just Fire Baby Says:

    I know this isn’t a popular statement but it seems our hierarchy doesn’t think DL is that big of a priority.

    *******************************

    I think that is more the rest of the league saying it as well.

    I mean, the hands-down best run-stuffing NT, is going to end up picked somewhere between 15-30 picks AFTER the best punter.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Who is the “hands-down best run-stuffing NT” ? I would like to view his highlight reels. All defensemen I have viewed as recommended by posters for the 95th pick couldn’t make it in the NFL.

  • Bad News Dude

    I’m glad you enjoy KK’s posts. Can’t say I’m surprised based on your insulting of Raider O earlier today.

    KoolKell Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The next morning they found your mother dead

    With her drawers wrapped around her Nasty assed head

    And the crabs were madder than a mfkr

    To see the rats eat them out of their Godamned supper.

    KoolKell Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    When your momma farted

    That’s when the fking started

    Them dogs made that psy do the popcorn, monkey and the twine

    Left that beyotch nine strokes behind.

    KoolKell Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Your momma swallows all my putrid loafs.

  • Hardline

    Beeecham’s banishment came from his solicitation of prostitutes’ telephone numbers here which is possibly an unlawful criminal act. Bay Area News Group cannot allow such conduct to take place in their forum.

    Everyone takes KK’s word that he had Beeecham banned except for me.

    You all are giving KK much too much credit. I won’t believe until Corky tells me himself that Beeecham was banned regarding barbs he traded with KK over their dispute.

    Hogwash !

  • Try Some Reality

    Lowdown_in_Beijing Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I guess by “BPA” Big Reg means his “BPA list”, not the consensus BPA list…

    ================================================

    Hmm, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a “consensus BPA”? Where do you find this info?

  • lefty12

    It is interesting you find KK’s posts so vile yet you continue to repost them over and over.

  • lefty12

    BTW,O is a big boy(and a good guy),he doesn’t need you to fight his battles.

  • Bad News Dude

    You like his posts don’t you? I placed them there for your enjoyment. You like insulting and you like his posts. So you must also like that smut. Enjoy.

  • Bad News Dude

    Who said I was defending O? Just pointing out your hypocrisy.

    Why can’t you take your own advice and drop the KK thing, Lefty?

    Pot, meet kettle.

  • Hardline

    BTW, if anyone doubts my prognosticative abilities check this out:

    The deal for the Sacramento Kings new forum is dead, the city of Sacramento being in irreconcilable dispute with the Maloof brothers.

    There was a horrible loud mouth, crude and ugly, personally disparages anyone who disagrees with him. I forgot his screenname, but see him here on occasion. This guy was celebrating when the successful King’s forum deal was announced, and practically screaming and yelling through the computer.

    At the time I told him the deal would never go through since the taxpayers of the city of Sacramento had to foot $250M of the $350M bill for the new forum, through increased taxes. Dennis Johnson of course is a retard, not worthy of mention in this deal. As it came down the Maloofs couldn’t or wouldn’t come up with the $100M balance on the new forum and the deal fell apart for good today.

    When I predicted the deal would fail the poster in question went “ape” and practically swung like a monkey from a tree in his denouncement of me personally. He was so upset he posted his phone number and challenged me to call him to arrange to come to Oakland for a fist fight.

    Now look at him…..nothing but an idiot.

    I am telling everyone now KK doesn’t have the juice to have Beeecham banned, especially since Beeecham never crossed the line, except for what was tantamount to soliciatation of prositiution.

  • mac

    Wow with this guy and nap k,forget holly toledo,its gona be holy-lujah,big mac did say we needed depth on the o-line and he’s true to his word.
    plus vegas your right about kell,you,him bhp and a couple others have been here since the start,even norco has been here for years. And last but not least,,,,,,,MR.
    Looking forward to see the rest of our picks.

  • mac

    nearly forgot,MR,your mum still climbs trees quicker than a cat,x

  • fingers

    Not opposed to the pick… But I was suprised…. The bottom line for me is if he makes the Raiders better then it’s a good pick….somebody else said it earlier .. No more knuckleheads ….