PM Practice - Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Yea, and I thought after practice that mentally, we were sort of into it. I did not think, it is the first time in quite a while that we have not been in pads, and I thought guys thought it was a glorified walk-through. We have to make sure we learn how to practice without pads on, so we have to up the tempo on that a little bit. But we got 15 or 20 plays against Washington looks, but the rest of practice was against each other. But the rest of the practice was against each other.
On practicing without pads:
Yes it was. You could tell a day off. I think the mindset of getting to the game without pads on today. It took a turn and we have to learn to handle that.
On guys going after each other in practice without pads on:
Yes. It happens. Everybody is competitive. This is an edge sport. You have to be a little on edge to play it. It happens from time to time and you just can not let it get out of control.
On LB Arthur Moats having the potential to start at OLB:
Arthur has played, it started in OTA's and he has continued on to play very well in training camp. He has done a good job and it is nothing against what Kirk (Morrison) has done. It is just that Arthur has earned the right to get some reps up there. It will be a good battle that I did not perceive happening but it has become a good battle.
On LB Bryan Scott:
Bryan is a very versatile player. He has played safety, played linebacker and we have him playing linebacker this year. He is an excellent cover guy for a linebacker. He has really come on learning how to play the run at the nickel position in the last year and a half. He is a big player for us and we all know what kind of a great special teams player he is.
On Moats being a versatile player:
Well I think that is part of it. You look at it like it is you moving around the country when you are involved in a different company that moves you around a lot. The disadvantage is you do not ever make any great friends; the advantage is you learn how to handle all different types of situations. Maybe Moats has learned so much football moving all over the place that he really understands the game and how this position fits for him. I think he has taken advantage of playing a lot of different things and knowing the pass rush, knowing drops and knowing all he has had to do. He is using it to his advantage right now.
It is one of those where you hate that it has happened the way it has happened because we have had to move Chris (Hairston) over to get some reps at right. If Erik Pears cannot go, we have to find out who is the best right tackle. We have been trying to play the game back and forth and it is not exactly fair to Chris but he is a good football player and can adapt and we will see how this works out. I think we will get Erik Pears back next week and we can go back to the normal rotation that we have had and we have some time. We do not have to make that decision right now and I have to talk to Joe (D'Alessandris) about how we are going to handle that Thursday night.
Well you always want to get it done sooner than later, but you also want to get the best guy. So, that takes some time. If it was all easy and worked on a schedule I would tell you exactly when things were going to happen, but you do not know, so you let it play out. I cannot make that happen right now.
Troup did more yesterday than he has done and he is working through it. He is not anywhere near 100 percent. He is working through it and we are going to see what it looks like but I doubt it for Thursday night. I do not think he is going to make it for Thursday night.
He is in a tough situation because he has not played enough to be an established player so he is still trying to work his way into the depth charts. It is a tough situation for him and for us because we know the potential that is there.
They have done some good things. We still have some work to do with the second offensive line but I think we have done some good things, better things, some good, but better as a whole at the quarterback position. I like where we are at some other positions with the two's. We just have to keep working with our second offensive line and get them to play well.
Well they are going to play most of the game Thursday night so, yes, we want to get them a few more reps, especially against some of the looks that they will probably be getting in the ball game.
AM Walk-Thru - Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We pretty much have all of the install in as far as situations and stuff. The attitude has been good. I think what you are looking for in training camp; a consistent, high intensity, practice after practice after practice... We have kind of set a standard and I think we are starting to see a little bit of leadership in addition to that.
Personnel is the key. As far as on the board, drawing up the X's and O's, it is probably a little bit overrated... The big thing is having the personnel to execute either defense... It will be successful if we can get some of the right people. And that was the whole thought process behind, obviously with Mario and Mark Anderson, adding those guys in because it is a defensive-line friendly scheme. We need Kyle and we need Marcell to make plays just as much as we need Mario.
He has been in the 3-4 scheme so as far as schematic it's very smooth, no problem. The great thing about him is, I believe that he is going to be as big of an asset, when we look back on this, versus the run as he is versus the pass. Everybody would like to think, defensive ends, pass rushers, sacks. Well, the other side of the coin is you have to stop the run first. With his physical play, he uses his hands well.
On if there depth at linebacker is due to this switch:
Well we have two starting linebackers right now. In my mind, we have Sheppard and Nick Barnett. At the strong side position we have Arthur Moats and Kirk Morrison are in a battle. To be quite honest with you, Arthur probably gets the nudge a little bit. They are going to split time Thursday in the game.
Beyond that, the rookie Nigel, the kid from Florida State has a lot of ability. Chris White has done a nice job. The one guy who has had a great camp and is a heck of a football player is Bryan Scott... You know (LB) Nick Barnett played the middle in this scheme and (LB Kelvin Sheppard) Shep can play the SAM. They are kind of all interchangeable.
PM Practice - Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Contact. I did not have that contact since the last time I got it, it was in November. So I am looking forward to going out there in that first play and taking some contact and getting back into it.
It does. We do not hit a lot during training camp like we used to in the old days. So, to go out there and get the first initial contact and be live and be tackled, and things like that, it is the next step in the process.
It is part of the process. We do work. We came out here today and we worked a little bit different than we did yesterday. Tomorrow we will come out and do another walk-through and walk through some more of the Washington stuff and kind of prepare that way. It is just a transition and the coaches are doing a good job of getting us ready.
Just to know all of our assignments I think. We want to go out and score touchdowns obviously but if we go out there, move the ball well, stay on the field and convert third downs and things like that, it will be very successful for us.
On if it is nerve-wracking to take a first hit after being injured:
Not at all. I am looking forward to it. This is what we do. As a running back you have to like some kind of contact or you are playing the wrong position.