C Weston Richburg
Conference Call, October 12, 2015
Q: You guys were 3-2 last year; obviously, you know what happened. Why is it different this year than last year?
A: I don’t even remember what happened last year. We’ve got some good momentum. It’s up to us to get better, we have a lot of things we need to work on. We’ll have a really good week of practice to prepare for a good opponent.
Q: What do you remember about last year against Philadelphia?
A: Like I said, I’m not going to talk about that. I think we’ve got a great team this year. We’ve got a good group of guys up front on the line and I think if we have a really solid week of practice this week…(inaudible)…we have a good opponent in Philadelphia and we’re excited for the challenge.
Q: What’s it like to wake up in first place?
A: It’s a long season. I think there’s tons of more football to play. You can continue to get better. There’s tons of things…(inaudible).
Q: Is there any concern on the offensive line’s part of just being a little more consistent in the running game?
A: No, the game last night was kind of schemed differently with how they were lined up. It turned into—a few situations we were in there were a lot of…(inaudible)…third down situations where we needed to throw the ball. Obviously when we get the ball, the run plays are going to have a little more protection but up front we’ve just got to continue chopping, chopping the wood and those runs will spring. If we put more, I think those fronts will open up and we’ll have at least balance there. We’ve just got to continue going, continue working hard on the line.
Q: Last week you spoke about learning how to win and this week, of course, you guys had a different set of circumstances you came through, can you just talk about the development of this team and learning how to win in the actual process?
A: I think it takes a lot for a team to go out there for like a 1:30 left to win the game. You had to score a touchdown. That was big for us to go down there and do that. I think in the huddle there was no doubt that we were going to go down and score and it definitely shows a lot of maturation. I think in our group up front we took on the challenge and we’re able to help and give Eli time to make some plays for us.
Q: You liked what you saw in the personality and the identity of….
A: Yeah, I think there is a lot of resiliency, like I said, maturation, we’re a gritty team. There’s guys that go in and want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes. It makes your job easy when you’re on a team like that.
Q: How about you yourself? Second year into it, do you have more resiliency, do you have more maturation, more ready than you were as a rookie?
A: I definitely do. I think that having a year under my belt and then moving to center has definitely helped. My maturation’s come a long way. I’m excited for where we are headed. If we continue to improve, continue to work hard like we’ve been doing, I think we can definitely do some special things here.
Q: Justin Pugh talked a little bit last night that you want to continue to prove everybody wrong. I guess things people say about the offensive line and the team in general. Do you guys…
A: I feel like somebody is always going to have something to say about the offensive line. So not really concerned with that. I want to take it upon ourselves to get better, kind of prove to ourselves that we can do whatever that..(inaudible). I’m not too concerned with anybody’s opinions because it truly doesn’t really matter.
Q: What is your assessment of the offensive line yesterday when you got a chance to look at the tape?
A: We’ve just got to get better, especially the running game. We’ve got to get the offensive coordinator to go back to the run play call. Overall we need to get more than just passing yards. I think we played physical, solidified some of our blocks.