Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo
December 11, 2015
Q: Can you go back to the game last Sunday and walk us through the fourth down play?
A: The fourth down play? Fourth and two, we had an opportunity to complete the bow, big play in the game obviously. Eli took his footwork, he was rushed on the throw, got hit, we didn’t get the ideal coverage we were looking for and we felt that with the route and the way it played out, we had to throw a little bit early and if Rueben would’ve kept coming, he would’ve had a chance to either break it up, draw a PI, or make the play. We’d like for the quarterback to hold it, put it in the second window, didn’t happen that way and an unfortunate break in the game.
Q: You said Rueben Randle didn’t keep coming. Did he pull up on it?
Q: So was there an issue with his effort on that play?
A: I don’t think it was effort, I think he misinterpreted the coverage.
Q: Did he have Will Tye on the goal line there on that play?
A: On the same play? His eyes weren’t there initially, no.
Q: But Tye was there?
A: Tye had a one-on-one but that’s not where he should’ve gone with the ball.
Q: Tom has talked about finishing for a long time. Have you guys done anything more to sit down and say what more you can do to finish?
A: I mean, we’ve talked about it a lot, but those are just words. Talking about it is not going to get it done. We made some emphasis, we changed some things up in practice to emphasize it more, changed some things up in the meeting room to emphasize it more, and it comes down to executing, putting a good plan together, and cashing in on that plan. I think a lot of it is probably between the ears. We’ve got to manage our thoughts and chase what we can control and not worry about what is out of our control. Each player needs to focus on when they have an opportunity to make a play, cash in on that play.
Q: What are the tangible things you’ve done at practice just to try and emphasize that?
A: We like to keep our scheduling and things like that in house. That’s probably a better question for Tom to answer than for me to answer.
Q: Is the offensive line any more settled in after today? Does it look like Marshall Newhouse is going to be a go?
A: Well, we have a lot of guys working in there. There are moving pieces involved. The guys have done a nice job this week and they’ve answered the call there. Is it easy? No. No one said it was going to be easy. Can it work? Absolutely, it can work. Guys just have to get ready to play multiple spots and when the opportunity happens where you have to play or move around, they have to be able to execute and cash in on it and have the confidence to do so. First couple of days, we had a good couple days. Today was better than yesterday, which is encouraging.
Q: Tom said this morning that Ereck Flowers was going to get out there today. First, how did he look, but also, what does it say about a rookie showing that kind of toughness and being able to come back from that kind of injury?
A: He’s a different young man. He’s tough, he obviously has a high-pain threshold. For him to be out there today and practicing the way he’s practicing says a lot about him. That’s what we thought we were getting and we’re pleased he’s making that push.
Q: Rueben Randle had 71 catches a year ago, I believe, and he mostly played with either Victor or Odell since they weren’t together very often. What’s the difference in Rueben’s production this season?
A: When you look at it, first things first, we’re focused on this week and making an impact this week.
Q: And he could do that?
A: Absolutely. No one has lost confidence in Rueben by any stretch of the imagination. He had a good day yesterday, he had a good day today, and we count on him being productive in the game on Sunday, or Monday night, excuse me. We need him to come through and cash in on the opportunities that he gets. Balls come in bunches and when you cash in on the opportunities that are presented to you, you have an opportunity to get another and get another and get another. We’re just going to keep on working, keep on plugging away, and if he gets an opportunity to make a play Monday night, cash in on it and then the next one will come.
Q: Presence of Ndamukong Suh. Obviously you guys have seen a lot of guys this year, but how does Suh stand out on film?
A: Very familiar with Suh with all the time at my last spot. He’s definitely a challenge physically, he’s a tough guy, he can make some messes inside and he’s very successful at it. He raises the game of those around him, so he makes the ends better, he makes the defensive tackles better, he makes the linebackers better, and he makes the secondary better. So he’s someone that we always have to know where he is and account for him on every play.
Q: One of the guys used the phrase “blocking by committee.” Does that assignment change when you have different bodies to go back to the beginning of what you said about guys are moving pieces right now?
A: Regardless of who’s playing, center, right guard or right tackle, we need to know where 93 is going to be and account for him.
Q: A lot of your linemen this week talked about Olivier Vernon. People don’t know his name real well but he’s showing a lot of stuff on tape the last few weeks. What have you seen when you see him rushing the quarterback?
A: He jumps off the film. He’s a talented guy, he looks like he’s hungry. He has a lot of energy, brings a lot of energy to the game and has a nice skillset. We’re going to have to account for him as well.
Q: Tom had said that the running backs go until somebody gets a hot hand. Do you feel that maybe it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that if he keeps cycling those guys in and out…
A: Do I feel it’s a what?
Q: Maybe a little bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy that maybe if you keep going in and out with those guys, it’s going to be hard for anyone to get a hot hand?
A: Well, we feel the room has some talent and they each have a unique skillset. If one of them separates themselves by the way they play in the game, they’ll continue to get the ball. None of them have done anything not to get the ball to take carries away from. The more guys who can be involved and the more guys who—it goes back to the same thing as Rueben, the question about Rueben and the question about Rashad, all these questions until we execute the way we’re capable of, no one is going to get the touches they want. The last two games, we haven’t executed as well as we can execute, so there aren’t enough balls to go around. Until we do, that’s going to be the case. So we need to prepare well, execute well, that’s when the touches come.