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OT: a conversation with Heater.

A live chat feed between David Hawthorne and some fans courtesy of http://www.coveritlive.com.

Eric Williams:  David Hawthorne is with us right now, so ask away.
12:01
[Comment From Duke]  David, Thanks so much for taking time to do this. Very cool and really appreciated. I'm curious; your snaps this year were limited primarily to Base and short yardage packages with Herring subbing in Nickel. Can we expect that to continue in '11 or was that due to the fact you were playing an entirely new position (will) and the staff wanted to "limit" your responsibilities and get you comfortable there? Or does Herring offer something in Nickel they like more, regardless? (It can't be coverage. That play in week 3 covering Gates early in the 4th, the tipped ball ET picked, ought to have put that question to rest. Sick play.) Thanks.
12:03
Eric Williams:  I don't know. My role is going to be whatever the coaches want it to be. I'm down to do whatever the coaches want me to do, as long as it helps the team. My desire is to an every-down backer, and I'm going to do everything I can in the offseason to make that happen.
12:04
[Comment From For BobbyK]  Heater, We have seen what you can do on the weak side and in the middle and, as fans, we are extremely happy with your performance. With as versatile as you have been, how would you project yourself on the strong side if you ever found yourself in that position? Thanks.
12:04
Eric Williams:  I feel like I can play any position at linebacker, all it takes is practice and preparation.
12:04
[Comment From williambryan]  Heater, big fan. If pete carroll and John Schneider asked your opinion on the first round of the draft, how would you advise them? QB? DE? DT? OL? Thanks!
12:05
Eric Williams:  I don't know. They have a bigger picture than what I have in what types players we need to be a better team. So I'll leave the picks and all of that to a higher authority.
12:05
[Comment From Ben]  Heater, how do you like playing WLB compared to MLB?
12:06
Eric Williams:  It was definitely different. I like them both. I felt like I grew at Will linebacker, but I feel like I more comfortable at the Mike.
12:08
[Comment From wes]  hey david, is it frustrating being the best LB on the team but only being the 3rd highest paid? It seems unfair
12:09
Eric Williams:  It's not frustrating. I just feel like I'm earning my stripes right now. And if I keep playing the way I'm playing, it will all come back to me.
12:09
[Comment From klm008]  If there's a lockout are you gonna workout with any teammates elsewhere?
12:10
Eric Williams:  I will workout at TCU. We're all setting it up right now. All the linebackers from TCU that are in the league plan to get together there and workout.
12:10
[Comment From williambryan]  how would you explain the up and down nature of last season. It seemed that your team could beat anybody by a lot (proven in the playoffs) but some weeks not have as much success. I know the winning is hard but do you see the team being consistently better next season?
12:12
Eric Williams:  That's definitely what we're working for. I feel like with the new faces in the building we definitely grew as a team. Through the offseason and guys coming back next year it will only lead to us being more consistent, because we'll know the guys next to us and it will lead to more cohesion.
12:12
[Comment From williambryan]  what do you think of sam bradford? and who is the best offensive player you play against?
12:14
Eric Williams:  I think Sam Bradford is going to have a bright future in the NFL. Already had a good season as a rookie, and exceeded a lot of people's expectations. The best offensive player I played against? Man, I've played against so many people. My personal opinion, Ahmad Bradshaw with the Giants. I've never tackled a guy like that. That guy is the real deal. He can run buy you, run over you. He's like a total package, in a small package. He wasn't the biggest guy, but he packed a punch.
12:15
[Comment From Duke]  A lot of us have you penciled in as Lofa heir apparent at Mike (when the time comes). How important has he been to guys like you and the younger players from a preparedness and leadership standpoint? I would think there has to be a lot of trust when he audibles into a blitz or maybe, not out of one, based on what he sees.
12:16
Eric Williams:  I think Lofa really helped me get through my transition from college to the NFL. When I first got here he really took me under his wing. And last year when he got hurt, he didn't just disappear. He showed me the way he prepares to get ready on Sunday, the knowledge that he had, he shared with me to help get me mentally prepared when I was out there. And that helped me with my performance on the field.
12:17
[Comment From williambryan]  how good is Russell Okung? I think he is going to be a pro bowler from next year on until he finishes his career. I also think it is a shame that you weren't in the pro bowl this year.
12:18
Eric Williams:  Russ is definitely an animal. He came in with raw talent and raw ability, and with the proper coaching and technique I think he will be a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle.
12:18
[Comment From klm008]  Do you have any health insurance, like in case?
12:19 Eric Williams:  Right now we're out searching to find people who will pick us up on the insurance thing. People are planning for it.
12:19
[Comment From excile]  Watched you bounce off a couple thigh pads. Think one was Mike Tolbert. Which players did you want to face the least?
12:20 Eric Williams:  I made Mike Tolbert fumble, too. That Bradshaw dude is a guy you don't want to play against every week. Jonathan Stewart from Carolina is another guy.
12:20
[Comment From Chuck]  Whats it like playing in Seattle for you? Are you used to the weather up here?
12:21 Eric Williams:  As far as playing, I think it's good because the 12th man is big out here. The fans are crazy and everything you expect from a town -- I'm from a football state in Texas, so to come out here and to see the fans' support is a good feeling. You get used to the weather. You're out here for a cause. You out here for work basically, so you just have to bite down and get used to it.
12:22
[Comment From williambryan]  how important is getting to the pro bowl for you? I have to think that if next season is at least as good as your last two that you will get there right?
12:23 Eric Williams:  It's definitely a goal. It's not the ultimate goal because it's just a personal achievement. But every guy that plays this game wants to be known as the best, and that game just shows who people and the players think is the best.
12:23
[Comment From LangfordHawk]  David, how do you feel about an 18 game regular season?
12:24 Eric Williams:  We already play 20 games. Essentially it's the same thing, we just have to prepare for two games that count vs. the way it's currently set up. It's just a different way of preparing your body for a season. I'm not against it. Football is football.
12:25
[Comment From Duke]  Better BBQ; Dallas / Ft Worth or Austin? Austin has the Salt Lick, Brothers, tough to beat... lol
12:25 Eric Williams:  Dallas, Hard 8 BBQ.
12:25
[Comment From WallaWallaHawk]  What is your prediction for the Hawks record next year? 10-6 or better, and will we make some noise in the playoffs?
12:25 Eric Williams:  My prediction is to make some noise in the playoffs.
12:26
[Comment From LangfordHawk]  Coming in just below you, who is the 2nd greatest TCU player ever?
12:26 Eric Williams:  LT. That's the only one I know personally.
12:27
[Comment From WallaWallaHawk]  Heater, which would you prefer - big sack, or tipped ball for an INT?
12:27 Eric Williams:  Definitely an interception. It will showcase my return skills. The Deion Sanders in me comes out. When big guys get interceptions a whole other switch comes on and we instantly think we're running backs or receivers.
12:28
[Comment From maddog12]  Heater, who playing at TCU would you like to see be a Seahawk the most?
12:29 Eric Williams:  LB Tank Carter. When I was there he was a young guy who played behind us. So just to see him grow and become a name, it would be cool to check him out now and play next to him.
12:29
[Comment From williambryan]  how do you feel about being undrafted? how much did it bother you at the time and now? how can 32 nfl teams not draft you?! crazy
12:31 Eric Williams:  You definitely watch the draft in hopes of getting drafted. When I didn't get drafted, I don't think there was ever a point where I felt I wasn't going to make it. I just felt like if I could get into somebody's camp, that I would make a difference, and just give myself an opportunity to showcase my skill. And I think it worked out for the better.
12:31
[Comment From Duke]  Tank played a great Rose Bowl. That must have felt good to see your boys take down Wisc.
12:32 Eric Williams:  Yeah. One day they'll start respecting TCU. But until then we'll just keep beating everybody.
12:32
[Comment From Wes Lukuku]  David whats your favorite spot to eat in Seattle?
12:32 Eric Williams:  Daniels steakhouse.
12:32
[Comment From LangfordHawk]  So....if you get the INT and the switch comes on and you complete the pick 6.....what does the dance look like??
12:33 Eric Williams:  No, it will just come naturally.
12:33
[Comment From williambryan]  do you have any favorite Pete carroll or Ken Norton coaching moments that you could share with us?
12:35 Eric Williams:  Coach Norton burnt his jogging pants on sidelines during a game trying to stay warm next to the heater at home against New Orleans. Didn't change. He kept them like that, they just had holes in them.
12:36
[Comment From WallaWallaHawk]  Have to return to work, but I really appreciate the time you give to the fans. Hope to see you in camp this fall, and in the Pro Bowl as well. GO HAWKS!
12:37
[Comment From Wes Lukuku]  Heater, which player is the most fun to be around on the team, the guy that makes things tick in the lockeroom.
12:37
[Comment From Wes Lukuku]  How fun is Marshawn Lynch to have as a teammate? Any moments you can share about that dude that stand out?
12:38 Eric Williams:  Probably Marshawn because he's a clown. He's just a 24-hour clown. There's never a dull moment. He's just consistently a clown. Chris Clemons is second.
12:39
[Comment From ivandooren]  Any advice that you would give to high school athletes who want to succeed and play in college?
12:40 Eric Williams:  Start taking school serious, because without school you can't make it all. You'll never have a chance. It's just rare. You never know who's going to make it. If you're passionate about it, just go for it. And never let others tell you that you can't do it.
12:40 Eric Williams:  A couple more.
12:40
[Comment From Soggybuc]  I love Lawyer but if hangs it up is Kam ready to step and fill his shoes?
12:41 Eric Williams:  I think he can be. I think he will be if he has to. He definitely a good player. It's fun to watch him bring the hat to people. So it would definitely be fun watching him out there, if need be.
12:42
[Comment From williambryan]  Thanks for setting this up Eric and thanks to the Heater for doing it. You are the best!
12:42
[Comment From excile]  The team has a considerably nice young talented group to build around. Thomas, Okung and yourself included. I've been disappointed with Golden Tate. Is he the real deal or a special teamer.
12:43 Eric Williams:  He's the real deal. With some more coaches and him deciding to be fundamentally sound, he'll be good. He definitely has the talent and the ball skills to be a good player in this league.
12:43
[Comment From Duke]  David, thanks again for taking time out. Guys like you and Forsett and Big Red are fan favs because work your asses off and are humble. Best of luck in '11.
12:43
[Comment From Duke]  Eric, you the man.
12:44 Eric Williams:  Thanks again for the questions guys. We appreciate it. That's going to do it for Dave today.
12:44
[Comment From ivandooren]  Thanks for the advice to the kids Heater! From the guys in Sec. 127 just want to thank you for being a rock out there for us. Keep up the great work!

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