September 17, 2015
(Jon) Beason is going to do a little work on the side today, so weíll see. Weíll have an idea whatís going to happen there.
Q: Victor Cruz?
A: Cruz, no.
Q: Anyone else coming back that wasnít there yesterday? Fells, Kuhn?
Q: Is Cruz now out for this weekendís game?
A: Iíll reserve that.
Q: Has there been any change on anything with Cruz, or is it just exactly the same?
A: Heís working and heís doing more and more. But theyíre not even at the stage where theyíre really going to bring him out and turn him looseólet him run for a whileóbefore they make a decision on whether he can practice. So thatís all forthcoming.
Q: Given that heís been out of practice for a month, it sounds like he might be awhile before heíll be back. Is that accurate?
A: Weíll see. If he comes back and he practices well, weíll have to make a decision. First, letís get him back, then weíll decide.
Q: With the schedule the way you have it now, is it harder for guys to come back to practice? Seems like itís only two days of practice and then the Friday.
A: Well, donít forget thereís a Saturday morning 45-minute session, which is speed. Itís 80 percent to full speed. We do have an opportunity to utilize that, as well. But this day today is a longer day, and thereís a lot of segments that are done today that normally might have been done on a Friday.
Q: You didnít have any sacks against Dallas. As you look to Atlanta, is there more that could be done possibly schematically, or guys winning battles?
A: Well, itís always one-on-one, itís always that if you rush four. But thereís schematics that can be involved, and the development of who in the schematics can get home. Thatís also a part of it.
Q: The Cowboys have a very good offensive line; do you kind of tip your hat to them, but maybe you can do better if those guys arenít so good on the other side.
A: Well, I mean, they have a good offensive line, and we have to work very hard to get home.
Q: Iím sure weíll ask Steve Spagnuolo about this later, but the risk-reward of sending additional people on the pass rush.
A: Thereís always that. But it might be five, it could be five, and you still have somebody in center field. It doesnít necessarily have to be a zero-coverage blitz, you know what Iím saying? It can be with five, but which five? And if you maneuver that around a little bit, of course, thatís to your advantage. If you have a linebacker who can also rush that has enough speed to get home, you can do some things with that.
Q: Will Owa Odighizuwa work today?
Q: A year ago, you guys were as creative with Odell probably as youíve ever been with a player. Do you need some of that to get the ball in his hands?
A: Weíre already doing that.
Q: You were doing that?
A: Yeah. He lines up everywhere. Watch him, heís got all kinds of motion. He lines up inside, he lines up outside, heís number two, number three, number oneóhe lines up everywhere.
Q: Is eight targets enough, though?
A: No. Youíd like to have more, but letís face it, for the majority of the game, there wasnít a lot of snaps. Believe me, weíre trying to maneuver the ball around. Everybody has an opportunity. If, in fact, any one individual gets doubled, that creates some opportunities for others, as you well know. Thatís all been discussed.
Q: Last year we saw him in the backfield, he was throwing a pass.
A: He was in the backfield this year. You were at the game. He motioned out of the backfield. As we go forward, and weíve played one game, youíre not going to see it all in one game. Youíll see more.
Q: Will you continue to work with Larry Donnell on his ball security?
Q: You havenít given up, obviously?
A: No, of course not.
Q: Itís such a repeated offense. Heís a big man, weíve talked about that. Is there one thing he has to do above anything else?
A: He doesnít get it put away fast enough, in my opinion. And sometimes, just the hesitating nature of the double-catch allows people to get to him that ordinarily wouldnít. When that happens, you donít always have good control of the ball, even as you start to tuck it. So thereís a lot of things. If he extends, heís a big man, if he extends his arms fully for the ball, which people are taught to do, then, of course, thatís even further for somebody to bring the ball back in. But none of that isóget the ball put away.
Q: With Owa, you thought he was going to practice yesterday. Did something happen?
A: He did practice yesterday. He did.
Q: The injury report said he was out.
A: Well, he tried to practice. He was out there.
Q: Was there a setback?
A: No, it was basically the same thing. He gets going a little bit, then he gets sore and he has to come out.
Q: Is a source of improvement on defense better communication?
A: Well, that always is there. Youíre young at the middle backer spot and youíre young at one of the safety spots, so communication is always an issue. But weíve worked hard to make that easier and better. For the most part, it happened okay. Information was forthcoming.
Q: Did you see evidence on the practice field yesterday that your team has moved on emotionally from the loss?
A: Yeah, I did. I did. It wasnít easy, but I did see it come around.
Q: With energy and enthusiasm? Guys yelling?
A: Well, it was 87 [degrees], so I was doing a lot of the yelling.
Q: Do you feel like youíve scratched the surface with what Shane Vereen can do in this offensive system? Or would you like to see more?
A: Well, thereís more involvement coming. Itís a long season.
Q: Did you learn something about Ereck Flowers this week with the way he handled himself and the way he has played through this ankle?
A: Thank you for that question. Well, basically, he said Iím playing and Iím practicing. Itís a breath of fresh air. Guy has an ankle, oh well. I started talking to him on Tuesday. ďIím practicing,Ē and he did.
Q: Is that rare for a rookie to come out and just make that statement?
A: I donít know, but can we have a few more? Whether theyíre rookies or veterans of whoever they are.
Q: Has Steve Spagnuolo evolved a lot since he was last here? Is he essentially the same coach and person?
A: Heís the same person, but heís had a lot of experiences. Heís diversified himself in terms of other defenses. In coming back to Baltimore, heís back to where a lot of what he was originally introduced to in the NFLówas home for him back in Baltimore. Heís had diversification, heís been around, heís worked with different people, heís continued to study and learn, and been in all kinds of opportunities. Heís the same outstanding person and a better football coach.
Q: Do you have Daniel Fells today?
A: No. You know what, heís out of the boot, so weíll see.