Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo
November 20, 2014
Q: What did you think happened with the ball security on Sunday?
A: We took a step back. Weíd been making some progress, not necessarily completing the ball at a high enough percentage but weíve been keeping it away from the opponent. Took a step back. Weíve had a good week so far and are looking forward to taking better care of the football.
Q: When you look at the five interceptions, how much of it do you put on pressure that Eli was facing? Does he need to handle that pressure better? Was there a common thread in your mind?
A: The most important thing from the quarterback position is you need to take care of your decision-making. There are some times when things happen that are out of your control. The numbers all fall back on you as we know but itís about decision-making. Youíre going to miss a throw, youíre going to get hit and the ballís going to go out funny, youíre going to try to pull something back at times but when your decision making is wrong, those are things that can be prevented. There are a couple of those that fell under decision-making, not all of them. Things happen in games and unfortunately they happened in bunches on Sunday. We need to clean those up. But the decision-making, those type of interceptions, we need to eliminate those.
Q: Do you expect to make changes on the offensive line?
A: We have some guys moving around right now competing for spots. Any time that you have competition itís a good thing. Itís a good thing for your football team, itís a good thing for that unit and itís a good thing for the individuals.
Q: How do they compete for spots in practice?
A: You roll them in there. Whoever has the best week of perpetration plays.
Q: What do you think of the work, once Justin Pugh went down the right side of the line with Charles Brown and John Jerry seemed to be giving up some pressures there.
A: Yes, we need to handle that situation better. We need to play better over there. They gave great effort but in this league, as we all know, thatís not good enough. We need to handle the stunts better and execute a little better.
Q: Are there things you can do during the game to help that situation?
A: Absolutely. We can run the ball better. We had some success running the ball early but we were hit or miss. We werenít as consistent. We... the down five out of 21 snaps on first and second down. We didnít handle the run-throughs well enough. We need to move the ball, we need to score points. When you turn the ball over and youíre not running it well it makes it tough to protect. It stressed those guys out.
Q: What did you see from San Francisco against Odell and how you decided to make adjustments and how much you expect that to be the norm now of seeing different things every game for him, specifically designed for him?
A: They ran under him a couple times but I donít think they put too much of an emphasis on it. They didnít do too much to try to take him away. I think they have a good scheme, they have good players. Theyíre a highly ranked defense and I donít think they did too much to try to take him away.
Q: At the goal line, the play calling has come up in conversation with the head coach earlier in the week. How do you assess what went on there?
A: We talk about matchups in our room. First things first, we had a play call that was a run with a potential throw if we got the matchup we wanted and they took the box away and we took the matchup. It happened two other times in the series. Each time we liked the matchup. Itís a league of matchups. If we throw it a little bit better, we protect it a little bit better and we go up and make the plays that weíve been making in the past then weíre singing a little different tune. At the same point in time, Iím not going to stand up here and apologize for the play calling. I have faith in the perimeter players to go up and make those plays one-on-one and if we go out and we have the same set of plays and the same circumstance Iíll take those matchups any day.
Q: When youíre in a situation like that, do you look at each play individually or do you look at the whole? In other words, do you see one fade, two fade, three fades or do you see three fades in a row?
A: You see scoring on the first play, as a potential you see possible run, possibly two runs out of that series. They took the box away on one of them for sure, the other one was 50/50 whether we could run it not but we had the matchup we were looking for. But you look at everything as a whole.
Q: Did the series with the fourth and inches influence later on the play calling at the goal line or is it two separateÖ?
A: No, it was a different situation. The thing that impacts you is when youíre having some challenges on run-throughs with the fullback in the game, that may impact your decision-making but a short yardage situation and green zone situation are two different animals.
Q: On those three plays, how many of the primary play calls were runs and you audibled out based on the matchups?
A: He chose a one-on-one matchup with a receiver as opposed to a dirty box on the first play and handing it to the runner.
Q: You said that happened twice on that drive.
A: It happened twice in that series.
Q: What was the other down?
A: It was later on in that series. It was one of the two plays later on at the end.
Q: Do you think those balls should have been caught by Randle and Donnell?
A: I think that I will take those matchups any day of the week. Iíd take them last week and Iíll take them again this week. I have confidence and faith in those guys that they will go up and make the play.
Q: Larryís shown the ability to make spectacular, acrobatic catches. It doesnít come with the fade obviously. From the outside in, it would appear that heís not the most consistent. Is that him or is that a situation whereÖ?
A: I think Larryís a young player and heís learning to play each and every week and learning to play a lot of plays. He hasnít done that in the past. With that we have to keep going to him. He has to continue to grow, continue to work in practice. He ran a good route there, the ball could have had a little more air on it, a little more juice on it. He was a little short with it but at the end of the day we expect him to make that play. We have confidence and I have confidence that heís going to make that play this week.
Q: How close was Jennings physically to where he was before he got injured?
A: Thatís a good question. I think thatís a better question for Rashad.
Q: Anything that you do to change because heís coming back or may not be at that point? How you use him, meaning this past week?
A: No. I think he played well. He may have been a little bit rusty but that will disappear.