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2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B

Getting to Know ... Malcolm Smith 53 Lb By Nathan Edwards Q: What was going through your head when you came up with the interception in Super Bowl XLVIII? Smith: “Score, just score. It was nothing crazy or some out-of-body experience, it was just score. I’ve been fortunate to be in that position before and not score, so just score. After I scored was when it got kind of crazy. Just to see us take that kind of lead in the Super Bowl, honestly, the work we put in, it felt like we deserved it and we deserve to make good plays.” Q: What made the Seahawks defense so dominant and how do you go about bringing some of that to Oakland? Smith: “First of all, we had a common vision between everyone in the entire defensive room. It was always an ‘us’ thing, not a ‘you’ or ‘I’ or individual type deal. It was more about our goals as a unit, how we could help one another and how we could be the most dominant group. I think we’re building that camaraderie here. It’s going to take some time, obviously, but as long as we have everyone with the same mindset of ‘us,’ we shouldn’t be worried about the opponent or our individual goals.” Q: You played for a former USC head coach in Pete Carroll and now you’re playing for a former Trojan player and assistant coach in Jack Del Rio. What’s a common denominator all three of you bring as Trojans? Smith: “I think we know what it’s like to come from a situation where you expect to win. The expectations are high there all the 88 Gameday MAGAZINE time, every season. The way things have gone in Jack’s career as coach, what I’ve seen the last couple years, he expects to win every time he goes on the field. Pete was the same way and I feel the same way, so I think that’s something we all bring.” Q: You’ve spent a lot of time with Coach Ken Norton, Jr. What’s something most people don’t know about him? Smith: “He’s a nice guy. Off the field he’s kind of quiet, mildmannered, really polite, but he’s a whole different guy on the field. He brings intensity and passion for the game because he cares about the way it’s played and he wants it to be displayed a certain way, especially when his name is attached to it.” Q: How big was the influence of him coming here on you signing here? Smith: “It was huge. He’s an important figure in my career so far. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from him and I feel like there’s still things I’d like to accomplish alongside him and help him accomplish his goals. We’re coming from a situation where we wanted to blossom and grow ourselves, so this is a good opportunity for us.” Q: You got your first taste of Raider Nation in the first preseason game. What was that experience like? Smith: “It was the first taste being on their side. It’s kind of hard being on the other side because they’re hard on you. It’s great to feel the support and I know we want to put a good product on the field and represent that same intensity they bring every game. If we can match that on the field, we’re going to be great.” Q: What do you consider a strength of your game and what’s something you feel like you need to work on? Smith: “Speed, decisiveness and knowing stuff are strengths of my game. You can get better at everything, but one thing I can get better at would be being bigger and stronger.” Q: If you weren’t a linebacker, what position would you want to play, and why? Smith: “Running back. I just want to score touchdowns. Even as a linebacker I still want to score touchdowns.” Q: What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time? Smith: “I like to go to the movies. I’m kind of a movie buff. I just like to relax, go to the theater and feel the AC. It’s totally different from football; you’re so active out here and then get to go to the movies and relax. I go to the movies almost every week. My favorite is probably Coming to America, but I try to see everything.” Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot? Smith: “I went to Rio De Janeiro a couple of years ago for the World Cup. That was pretty amazing. I have to say, Brazil is pretty amazing.” Q: What’s your favorite part of living in the Bay Area? Smith: “There are so many different types of people, so much history, so much culture as far as the West Coast and the influence of people all over the world in the area. You can really feel it just going around and traveling, and I enjoy that. Even different parts of the Bay Area have their own little style and get-up.”


2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B
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