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15 March 2018

Transcript: Defensive Tackle Beau Allen Media Availability

(Opening Statement)
“Hey, what’s up guys? Beau Allen here. I’m excited to be with the Tampa Bay Bucs and I’m ready to get to work. I’ll answer any questions you guys have.”
(On the Buccaneers’ defensive scheme and its similarities to Eagles’ defense)
“If we’re talking about just purely football, it’s a defensive scheme that I’m pretty comfortable with. In Philadelphia the last couple of years we actually watched a lot of tape from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There’s a lot of carry-over with the scheme that I’ve done and going forward, which I’m excited about. [There are] a lot of good defensive linemen here. Gerald McCoy is a hell of a player, I’ve seen him play a lot. He deserves all of the honors that he gets so I’m really excited to play next to him too.”
(On the mental game involved in run defense)
“There’s a lot things that go into it technique wise, scheme wise and things like that. But like you said, it’s a mentality. Stopping the run is a huge part of the game and that’s one thing we did really well in Philadelphia last year. We were the number one run defense last year and I think, to toot my own horn a little bit, I was a big part of that. We had a lot of good defensive lineman, a lot of good defensive players last year, so that went into it as well. It’s definitely mentality and I think that’s one thing that I pride myself on, stopping the run and being a tough competitor in there.”
(On his free agency process)
“One thing I appreciated in the free agency process is just how transparent and honest and straight- forward everything was. That’s one thing about the league, you never really know what you’ll get with a team. It’s a business and it can get kind of nasty and personal at times. With the Bucs and everything like that, the front office has been great. We had a lot of great conversations and that kind of struck me well. I think that got us started on the right foot.”
(On what he can bring to the team after winning a Super Bowl in Philadelphia)
“We haven’t really discussed it in those terms exactly but I think that’s definitely a part of it. I pride myself on playing a pretty specific brand of football that did well for me in Philadelphia. I consider myself a tough, dependable, consistent guy and I think that’s one thing that attracted me to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s one thing they liked about me and that’s one thing that is not going to change. I’m going to keep being tough, being dependable, being accountable, caring about my teammates, things like that. I’ve heard a lot of good things about guys in the locker room here so I’m excited to get to know them in that sense too.”
(On the role that close relationships between personnel and players have on an NFL team)
“I think for me football really is about relationships. I kind of talked about it a little bit earlier, but the relationships between players and players, players and coaches, players and the front office, players and the media, everybody really [is important]. That’s one thing that we did well in Philadelphia. Just having guys that care about each other and play for each other. You’re going to have great guys and great relationships in every locker room you’re in. You’re always going to have characters and stuff like that, in a good way. So that’s one thing I’m excited about here. Getting to a new place, making those new friendships, creating those new relationships. That’s something that’s really important to me. But I think that’s a big part of the game, when you have a group of guys that care a lot about each other and they play together and they play for each other, that can go a long way. It sounds kind of corny, but I believe that.”
(On the struggle that he and his Eagles teammates went through on their journey to the Super Bowl)
“We won the Super Bowl in Philadelphia last year but it wasn’t all roses before that. We had tough seasons too. I played under Chip Kelley and we were 7-9. That’s the nature of the game. That’s how it goes in the NFL. There are a lot of really good teams out there. Don’t get me wrong, winning isn’t easy in the NFL at all. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears, a lot of effort and a lot of dirty work that a lot of people don’t really realize. That’s one thing I’m excited about. I’m excited to be in a place that when you go through those tough times and you work and then you get the rewards in the success of winning, it makes it that much better. I’m not afraid of that. I’m not afraid to work at all. That’s why I’m here and I’m really excited about the opportunity and the challenge.”
(On playing Jameis Winston his rookie year and the quarterback’s ability)
“That was a long time ago, man. But I just remember him being a great competitor for a rookie. We all talked about that on our defense that year. For a rookie to come in with that kind of poise into [Lincoln Financial Field] in Philly, which is a pretty tough place to play, it was impressive. I haven’t met him. I’m excited to get to know him. He’s a great competitor and I know he played through a lot of injury and stuff last year which is something I always admire about guys. He seems like a really driven guy and I’m excited to get to know him.”
(On whether he’s a vocal leader or someone who ‘leads by example’)
“I don’t really know yet. I think it depends. I guess a little bit of both, I don’t know. I’m not afraid to be vocal but at the same time, I talked a little bit earlier about the brand of football that I play, that I try to exude. I don’t really have a perfect answer for that for you. I will definitely talk to guys and keep them accountable and I think that’s important. But at the same time, I want to make sure I’m not coming in here ‘guns blazing.’ I want to make sure I meet everybody and learn everybody’s backgrounds and things like that. I guess a little bit of both, to answer your question.”
(On whether he has personal relationships with any of the defensive lineman in Tampa Bay)
“No, just seeing the guys on tape. There’s not a ton of defensive linemen in the NFL, not a lot of guys who play in a 4-3 attack scheme, so you kind of get to know guys. And you know of them. Like I said, I’m excited to meet the guys and obviously get to know them more.”
(On his mother’s battle with breast cancer and his passion for supporting breast cancer awareness)
“You guys have seen it in the media a ton. Guys who are in the NFL, we have a platform to speak out and help people. I love getting out there in the community and helping people. I talked about relationships earlier and that’s a big part of it. To share a little bit of my personal story, when I was 12 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a tough time for me and my family to watch her battle through that and battle through going through chemotherapy and that type of things. It’s a tough situation. I try to get out there and meet families that are going through similar situations and help them out any way that I can. Breast cancer awareness month has been a big month in the NFL, so I try to get involved in that as much as possible. I’m going to try to continue to do that.”
(On the hairstyle that he wears to honor his mother)
“I grew my hair out long to remind me of my mom and what she’s been through and how the game of football is tough sometimes, but not nearly as tough as the everyday struggles that people are going through that you never really hear about. I always braid it with a pink bow during breast cancer awareness month. I’m going to continue doing that. Definitely I’m looking forward to getting involved in the community here in Tampa and meeting people and getting the lay of the land I guess.”
(On adjusting to the Tampa heat)
“I’ve heard it’s hot down here but I guess they have that fancy new indoor and I heard it has AC. That’s a big part of it. That’ll be an adjustment for me but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I’m ready to get sweaty [laughs].”
(On the elephant costume he wore and posted about on social media)
“I have a girlfriend. Let’s get that out of the way early in the presser because I’m sure she’s watching this. That was a funny story. I was in Madison [Wisconsin] where I went to college and I was messing around wearing an elephant costume on Halloween. I put up a Bumble profile of me in the elephant costume. It was a good time. I like to have a good time. That was a fun situation. It ended up working because I met my girlfriend on Bumble and here we are. It was only pictures of me in an elephant costume. It worked out well for me. I’m glad we’re getting all of the really important questions out of the way.”
(On his journey from being a seventh round draft pick to signing his contract with the Bucs)
“Sometimes I get a little bit uncomfortable talking about myself and the things I’ve been through just because I don’t really like to toot my own horn, like I was saying earlier. I say that right before I’m about to toot my own horn [laughs]. But it has been a long journey for me. When you have big moments in your career, like coming down here to Tampa Bay for me, you get the time to reflect on it and I’ve been through a lot. There are a lot of guys with a lot of stories in the NFL who have overcome a lot of things. I think that’s one of the things that makes the NFL so intriguing and gets everybody tuned in. I was drafted in the seventh round to Philadelphia. [I put in] a lot of hard work and kind of carved myself a nice little role there. I was ready to take on a bigger starting role before the season last year and ended up tearing my pec, which was unfortunate. But that’s how it goes. I rehabbed and came back real quick from that and played and had a great year and ended up winning a Super Bowl. Now here I am in Tampa Bay. So it’s been a long journey but I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I’m happy to be down here. I’m really happy with the way everything’s worked out. It’s worked out well for me. I guess to wrap it up, a lot of work has gotten me to this point and that’s not going to change at all. I’m here to work, I’m here to play football and I’m really excited about it.”
(On whether he’s received his jersey number yet)
“I don’t think there’s a 94 on the team. But I don’t really care to be honest with you. We’ll see. I’m not too much of a diva besides the elephant costume, I guess [laughs.] I don’t think that costume is going to be making the trip down with me to Tampa Bay.”

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