Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti Jr.
April 1, 2016
Q: Ben McAdoo said he thinks that Eli has another level in him. What do you see and what is your hope with him this season to get to that next level?
A: One is that it is going to be Eli’s third year in the system. Coach McAdoo, Coach Sullivan and myself are all familiar with each other with what is expected starting with the fundamentals, the quarterback training, third year in the system, understanding the reads and playing more decisive.
Q: Is the third year the year that you have found in coaching that it really starts to stick for a quarterback?
A: It certainly helps the continuity and being more familiar with it.
Q: A 35-year old quarterback should not have any problem absorbing a system in a year or two?
A: Well, there is always going to be a learning curve regardless of age. I wouldn’t put an age on it because learning new systems is like learning a foreign language. The terminology is different, play design can be different, so there is a learning curve and it does take time.
Q: How ready is Ryan Nassib?
A: Well, I think that as you look at the backup quarterbacks in the National Football League, they have to prepare as starters, which Ryan does, so I’d say that they are prepared to step on the field and run the offense.