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October 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Teammates confident in Coyle

Bruce Irvin and Brock Coyle walked into the VMAC together at 6 a.m. Thursday

As they did, Irvin turned to Coyle and said: “You went from starting at Montana to starting in the NFL. It’s crazy, huh?”

Coyle’s response, according to Irvin: “Bro, I just can’t leet (linebackers coach) Ken Norton down.”

“I said ‘you’ll be all right.  Just go out there like are in the yard. Just go have fun.”

Coyle said later that’s what he plans to do when he gets his first start at middle linebacker Sunday against Oakland. saying his goal will be to treat Sunday’s start like any other game.

Coyle noted today that’s already had some big moments — his first preseason game at Denver against Peyton Manning and his first real NFL action in the opener at CenturyLink Field against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay.

“It’s more in a time out where it was like ‘that’s pretty cool,”’ he recalled of the preseason game at Denver. “It’s an awesome experience. I’m really fortunate to be here.”’

But his teammates say he belongs where he is this week, starting at middle linebacker Sunday against the Raiders.

“Brock is a really good, smart football player,” Irvin said. “He’s tough. he can run, get off blocks. He’s a hard tackler. I have a lot of confidence in Brock.”

Safety Kam Chancellor said Coyle has seemed beyond his years from the beginning of the preseason.

:Yeah, he wasn’t playing like a rookie and he’s still a rookie and he’s playing better than what he would play as a rookie,” Chancellor said. “He’s learning. He’s getting better every game. That’s one thing I can say about him. He’s getting better every game. He’s learning. He’s willing to go ask questions and pick up more cues or more tips.”

“. … He has his rookie mistakes. But he shows flashes. He’s a guy that shows a knack for the ball. He shows ‘want to’. He shows that he wants to learn and he’s learning every day.”

Coyle said his brother is coming to the game, as are some other friends. His mother, however, will stay in Montana to attend his younger sister’s state soccer tournament.

He’s confident there will be other chances.

 

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