News: 11 AUG Press Conference

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by Manster68, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Manster68

    Manster68 Well-Known Member

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    - Not going to play Ryan, Spears, Bickerstaff, and Barnes.

    - Spears, injury window - I hadn't heard 6 weeks, I heard 2-4. He was on the stairmaster. His ankle is more problematic than his knee. I am trying to get him back for the last preseason game. Then give him another ten days for the season opener.

    - Talking to coaches last night trying to keep the schemes simple enough for the players to better evaluate them. It can be easy to misevaluate them.

    - No mental errors on OL at all yesterday.

    - I will try to play everybody Saturday.

    - I don't think you can go thru the season being a one coverage team. The offense is too sophisticated. Some teams emphasize the man-to-man more, and some zone more.

    - I don't think the ideal backup QB has changed. He must absorb the gameplan without taking the reps and preparation. They are usually thrown in there during times of duress. You don't really know what you have until the time comes.

    - Provided the defensive lineman stay healthy, there will be more of a rotation and will be better. If pass rush is good, than the inclination is to be more conservative in the secondary. There are a lot of exotic things teams do to get to the QB. Sometimes, the growing pains can be rough.

    - Beriault - MRI didn't show anything new. Had an operation 4-5 yrs ago. Thinks there might be something degenerative but quote me. Hoping to give him a little time to better evaluate him later. Jim will decide if Justin goes on Saturday.

    - Terry has done EVERYTHING he can do to be ready to play this season. I see a greater sense of determination now. You can reduce their workload, but you can't protect your players.

    - Every team is going through problems.

    - Newman can observe Glenn easy. Henry doesn't play like Newman, but Glenn does.

    - You can't be helped but hear about TO. I am trying to keep my own house from burning. I have kicked a couple out in years past. (I wonder if he was thinking about Carter?)

    - Speard offenses, forces the defenses to make quick decisions. You need a quality player more now than ever before. Definately more 1-on-1 situations.

    - McBriar - doing alright, has a powerful leg. If he lets him kick away, it may not improve the overall net yards. When he had Sean Lendatta, he was more of a kick-away player. Set goals for kick and punt returns.

    Forgot the names as to who is returning what. Getting each guy a kick is hard to do.

    Thompson is a bout 20 pounds lighter than Crayton.

    - kind of routing for Crayton as the 3rd receiver. Quincy Morgan is improving, but needs consistancy. Copper needs to show something as a WR. But the leg-up for Copper is that he is a terrific special teams player.

    Dominant hand - dominate eye. You have to change that. Took Keyshawn two years to overcome that.

    - One great exception - Lance Alworth - did everything wrong.

    - We have to do smething here. Since the season was over, I've tried to do everything I can here. I never said we got over the hump. You make the playoffs three years straight, then you know you are over the hump.

    - 164 scrimmage plays before the first preseason game.
  2. Thick 'N Hearty

    Thick 'N Hearty Active Member

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    thanks for the update manster
  3. thssanders

    thssanders New Member

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    you sure he said thompson was 20 pounds lighter than crayton. He probably meant copper
  4. jsond

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    thanks for the nice recap! like hearing about Glenn and the DL.
  5. InmanRoshi

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    I’d like to get Spears in the last preseason game, but I’ll need to get him a few days of practice before I put him in there.

    1 particular area of the team you want to look at Saturday?

    I told the coaches I want to try to keep the scheme simple enough so that the mental aspect of the game is easy for the players, and we can evaluate them on athletic ability. Young players get rigid because they are uncertain about what to do. If you don’t’ make it simple enough for them then you can misevaluate when it comes time to make cuts. You can say “Oh, so and so can’t do that” when it wasn’t his ability that was restricting him but uncertainty. When you do that, you tend to keep veterans because they don’t have that problem, and you get a stale team. I want to stay away from that. For example, yesterday, we didn’t have any mental errors on the OL during the scrimmage.

    Any decisions on who will start or who the backup QB will be?
    We haven’t decided anything. All of the QB’s will play.

    Will you play the regulars more on defense since it’s a new scheme?
    I have a lot of guys, and its hot there. I’ll play a lot of guys.

    You said Henry lets you not have to play as much cover 2. But you’ve played a lot of 2 with past teams. Have the offenses in the NFL changed that?
    I don’t think you can go through the season any more being a 1 coverage team. You have to have some form of man to man, the offenses are too sophisticated to play zone all the time. Zone still has a place, teams that have been winning championships lately have used a mixture. I think you have to have both aspects and variations of both to be successful. I do think the spread out offenses have changed that, yes.

    In today’s NFL what is an ideal backup QB?
    I don’t think its changed. Its someone who can function without a lot of reps. Gotta be able to absorb intricacies of a gameplan without a lot of reps. He has to have the mental framework to understand he can be thrown into the fray without the advantage of preparation. They are thrown in there at time of duress, and they don’t have the luxury of feeling their way through it. I think you can get a sense of that in preseason games, but you don’t really know until it comes down to win or lose in a some game.

    2 or 3 reason why the pass rush will be better?
    I think it will be better, I don’t kow how much. Provided the DL we have remain healthy. We just have more players who can play. We can substitute more freely, and some of the guys we got can supplement guys we have in ability.

    Will Roy being able to blitz more be one of the reasons?
    I wouldn’t say it will be better because of Roy.

    How does the pass rush effect the secondary?
    If your pass rush is good, then you can be more conservative in the secondary and take less chances. If you’re pass rush isn’t good, then you have to blitz and take more chances. There are a lot of exotic things in the NFL today when it comes to pass rush that would not be considered sound football in the past. Really, its not sound even today, and it can be exploited. But the way things are in the NFL today, a lot of teams really don’t feel they have the time to do it that way so they have to force things a little bit.

    Beriault isn’t mentioned anymore, has he hit a wall?
    His knee is bothering him a little bit. We did an MRI, didn’t show anything new. He did have surgery on this knee 4 or 5 years ago. I’m not a Dr., but sometimes there is a little bit of a degenerative condition for a lack of a better term. Not unlike Leo Carson last year, his knees were swelling up all the time in camp. Once we got out of the training camp rigors, the knee quieted down and we could manage it. We just want to get him through a few preseason games so we can evaluate him. After that, and it looks like he’s going ot make the team, we can decide what to do. Its not a structural injury, it’s a condition. We have to manage it, and if we can’t manage it then we’ll have to fix it. I was hoping he would be in the mix, but now I don’t know. The trainer and I were talking about it today and I told him to do what he thinks is best for him.

    Terry Glenn only played 16 games twice. Do some players have problems staying healthy all year?
    Whatever has happened in the past, yes, some players have problem with playing 16 games. He’s done everything he can do to play all 16. He’s been working out like a fanatic. Since he’s been with me, he’s always been that way. I get a greater sense of determination this offseason with him. I’d like to spell him a little bit, but you can’t protect those players.

    Do you still stress winning your preseason games?
    Not at the expense of what we want to accomplish in evaluations and getting the right guys on the team.

    You said Henry and Glenn helped Tnew. How?
    He can observe Glenn very closely because they play the same position, and Glenn is crafty. Glenn plays like Newman. Henry is a different player than those two.

    Have you paid attention to the TO situation?
    Couldn’t help it, even if you wanted to keep up with the world news late at night you would be exposed to part of it.

    Any thoughts?
    Trying to keep my own house from burning down.

    Ever had a situation like that before?
    Yeah, I’ve kicked a couple out. Not recently, but years ago. Not a lot.

    CB’s have gone from one of the worst paid positions to one of the most well paid. What has caused that?
    I think basically with the spread offenses the defense recourse is hitting the QB to force him to make quick decisions. To do that you have to have a great quality CB playing against the QB’s primary weapon. There is definitely a lot more expectations on cornerbacks these days as far as one on one coverage.

    Doing alright. Charting it everyday. I think he has a chance to be a pretty good punter. He’s got a powerfull leg, and now its just a question of consistency. If we just let him kick away, he would be among the league leaders. But we want to get our net better, and kicking away isn’t always the way to do that. This is DeHeaven a little bit, we’re a little more conservative. I was more of a kick away coach with Landetta. I would tell my players he’s going to kick it as far as he can, and its your job to get down there. But now we’re a little more conservative and not try to out kick our coverage.

    Returners for Saturday?
    Kick off m going to use 6 players … Thompson & Barber, Copper & Merrit, Dantzler & Rector. Punts I’ll use Barber, Merritt .. possibly Zuriel and Rector.

    Is that how Rector makes the team?
    I would say that would be important. Getting each guy a kick is hard to do. You don’t know how many you’ll get. If you can’t make them punt, you can’t evaluate.

    Rector remind you as far as Crayton?
    Smaller than Crayton. 25 lbs. lighter. Kind of wormy looking.

    Anyone latched onto the 5th WR spot.
    Not yet, no. You can put that with the 4th WR spot … and maybe the 3rd. I’m kind of rooting for Crayton for that 3rd position. Quincy Morgan is improving as we go. He’s been coming along. He can run so I want him to come through. I’m looking for consistency from him. I’ve expected more from Copper than I’ve seen. But one thing in his favor is that he’s an excellent special teams player, and that gives you a one up to make the team.

    Have to work with Morgan on catching the ball?
    They all have the same flaws. Keyshawn had it. They have a dominant hand, they cradle the ball when catching with their non dominant hand. They can’t pluck the ball on their non dominant hand, so they cradle it and it gets out of their line of vision and it leads to a drop. We all have a dominant hand and a dominant eye. We all do. Keyshawn was a big cradler to his outside left. I told him it gives the defender more time to play on the ball and he needs to work on it every day. It takes two years to correct. I started Morgan on it last year. A lot of them do that, just watch in practice you’ll see them. There was one great exception, and his name was Lance Allworth, he did everything wrong. He would jump up in the air and catch the ball with his stomach. He’s in the Hall of Fame.

    So many rookies on defense, what is the period of growing pains?
    Its what it is, you have to understand. You can’t assume anything, you have to go over it over and over again. If you make mental errors, you lose the game. You almost rather have physical limitations than mental errors.

    Have you had a team play that many rookies? Is it scary?
    Yeah, Its scary. For one particular team it was scary for the opposition, because we had that #56.

    When you beat Carolina two years ago, you said You can’t call them losers anymore. 6-10 now, where are you know?
    We gotta do something here. I know I’m expected to do that, its no revelation. I’ve made every effort to coach this team as hard as I can and change things since the end of last year. You can’t say an organization has gotten over the hump and is a contender until they’ve been in the playoffs two or three years in a row. Until then, you’re a middle of the road team.

    Anxious to see how it relates to have a game? Yeah.

    How have Practices 1 to 16 gone?
    Same as any other team … some good, some bad. We’ve had 164 scrimmage plays before our first game and I don’t think you can find a lot of teams who can say that. We’re getting them ready to do something.
  6. DCBoysfan

    DCBoysfan Hardwork and Dedication

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    Great stuff...
  7. Manster68

    Manster68 Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I could have been wrong. That was an assumption.

    Come to think of it, you are probably right.
  8. jsond

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    Good press conference. I like his reply about how scary it is to start so many rookies. And, no, I am not jumping on the "Ware is the next LT" until I see him play reg. season game but am happy what has been reported about him so far. And a nice question about whether you still can't call us losers anymore. Even though this PC didn't reveal a ton of player info compared to the last week I really thought the questions and replies were some quality stuff. Can't wait for sat. night!
  9. HardHittin'Witten

    HardHittin'Witten This ain't Madden

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    No mental error by OL at all yesterday.

    That's what I'm talking about! Good job!
  10. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    Quite interesting that he flat out roots for Crayton as 3rd WR.

    I have no problem with it, it's just not like Bill to openly say that type of thing.
  11. StateCollegeCowboy

    StateCollegeCowboy aka BostonCowboy

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    Could be his way of pushing Quincy.
  12. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    <sigh> sounds like Vinnie to me.
  13. joseephuss

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    I would like to see Crayton as the punt returner. I thought that he was drafted because of his return skills.
  14. JDSmith

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    Actually I don't think that is Vinny. Testaverde has always needed a lot of snaps to get ready. Last year they were trying to milk his arm through the season and he STILL got 85% of the practice snaps.
  15. doomsday_II

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    excellent recaps guys!
  16. Put Henson In

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    I'm so ready for the season!!!
  17. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    Thanks to the both of you for a great recap
  18. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    A wormy Rector? Maybe they should treat that.
  19. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    Jamaica Rector is from Celeste right outside of Dallas. Celeste is about 45 miles NW of Dallas proper and has about 1,000 people in it. It seems the town sent a guy down there simply to cover Rector, because the same guy asks for a Jamaica Rector update just about every practice.
  20. Spontae

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    I love Bill. That comment is so purposefully nebulous- awesome. In a way, it reminded me of the first news cast I saw in New Orleans, where the locals do not all attend school, if you catch my drift. When a patron emerging from a newly opened restaurant was asked her opinion of the fare, she replied, "It was so good it was good; I just can't describe it." Try to untangle that logic.
    Or how about this quote from a man who was interviewed after an explosion rocked a barge on the Mississippi river, "I don't know what it was, but it was somethin'..."

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