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How Kevin Greene Is Trying to Change Lorenzo Mauldin’s Playing Style

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Darryl Slater notes some of the differences in the approach Kevin Greene will have Lorenzo Mauldin take this season as the linebacker enters his third year.

And the message is getting through to Mauldin.

"I was a finesse player," he said earlier this month during minicamp. "I think I'm going to throw that into the trash can this year. I think I'm going to go with more power this year."

Why does Greene favor this approach?

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They're all athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic.

These are interestingly candid quotes from Greene. It frequently is difficult to tell exactly how a new coach will change things. This is one example of how a different face can bring a different approach. Whether it will actually help Mauldin improve remains to be seen.