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Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/23/2015 6:44 pm
C Weston Richburg

Conference Call, August 23, 2015

Q: What did you think of the first team offensive lineís performance yesterday and what kind of things have you been seeing from the group as we progress through the first two preseason games?

A: Well I think we made some progress between the first and second week. I think pass protection for the most part was good, we had some tipped balls which is not something we want to have happen but I think we were physical in the pass game [and] kept number 10 clean. Whenever we ran the ball --- we didnít have that many rush attempts, I didnít feel like, but when we did I think we sprang some good runs there, had Andre setting up some good blocks for us a couple times and you know Shane running out there making some plays so I thought we saw some progress. [There is] still a long way to go but I think if we keep improving like we did between week 1 and week 2, I think we should come together and be a pretty good unit.

Q: What gives you the impression that you guys are coming together? How much does having a core of guys that are staying in the same position, how much has that improved over the past month in training camp?

A: Well one thing that I am happy to see is that our communication has been really, really good throughout camp. It started early in the offseason, I think. [We] had guys in the room that really got a good grasp of the offense and that has helped in these first two preseason games. We havenít had very many mental errors with the first group, which has been great --- I think all of our declarations from my standpoint have been pretty solid and that is a huge indicator that we are communicating well, that our cohesion is coming together, weíve got some good comradery up there and guys are really understanding our offense and understanding what is expected.

Q: you mentioned there are some things that you guys still need to do because you guys have a way to go. What in your mind are some of the things that you would like to see this group take as far as the next steps are concerned?

A: I think Iíd like to see us spring some big plays. I think we saw some opportunities kind of slip through our fingers last night. Like I said, some tipped balls which could have led to big pass plays. Iíd [also] like to see us spring some big runs. I think that is going to be a key this year. Obviously weíve got great wide receivers so I think weíve got some good things ahead there and then weíve got some good running backs back in the staple so I think it is going to be important for us to spring some big runs in this preseason and get everybody on point heading into the early part of the season.

Q: Did you know going into yesterday that you were going to throw the ball that much? It seemed like you came out with a purpose to try and get the ball down the field a little bit. Was that sort of the plan going in or did it just kind of work out like that?

A: I think a lot of it was based on what personnel we ran and then the defense's look they were giving us. I think they brought us some looks where we had to check out of plays due to the numbers in the box.

Q: Weston, you were the first starter to come out last night. Iím guessing that wasnít an injury situation?

A: Yeah, Iím not injured. There was no injury last night. I really didnít hear anything on the reason why, but yeah, no injury.

Q: You guys have used words like "unstoppable" and "scary" and other words to describe this offense. Is it at all concerning yet that we havenít seen that on the field in these preseason games?

A: I donít think Iíve ever used those words. I donít know who has but I think weíve got some work to do after these two games. Like I said, we havenít had big plays and I think that is going to be important for an offense like ours is to have some big plays to give us some momentum-changers in the game so I think weíve got a long way to go in those areas --- up front weíve got to spring some big runs and that is what we are going to continue to work on.

Q: What have you seen from Ereck Flowers so far? What kind of growth have you seen from him maybe from the beginning of camp until now?

A: Yeah I donít think weíve missed a beat with him. I think he has come in and, like I said, communication has been great and it has been good to see that from him. He is able to understand different plays and where we are going, all our terminology. He's done a great job with that, he is very competitive [and] has the right mindset for an offensive lineman so I think weíve picked up, you knowÖlosing (Will) Beatty is a tough thing because he is a good player but I donít think weíve lost that much in terms of progress with Ereck in at left tackle.
Why did Richburg come out early?  
Simms11 : 8/23/2015 8:23 pm : link
Shouldn't he have been in there with Pugh and Flowers working on chemistry? He was even out before Eli. Very odd.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/23/2015 8:26 pm : link
Keep in mind he had some injury issues earlier in camp with knee tendinitis too.
Eric I seem to remember that now.....  
Simms11 : 8/23/2015 10:20 pm : link
I suppose that could be a factor, but thought he might be beyond that by now. Thanks
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