Head Coach Ben McAdoo
August 23, 2016
Q: With all the criticism the offensive line has taken, yesterday Weston Richburg said it can take time and regular season snaps. Is it fair to say that because theyíve worked together here and there that they still have not gelled in a game?
A: I think theyíre getting there. They had a rough night the other night, but theyíll bounce back. Weíll make progress and give them plenty of opportunities to make progress this week.
Q: Victor Cruz got through yesterday alright and plans to practice today?
Q: Any limitations?
Q: Do you view Randy Bullock being here as the Week 1 kicker or is he competing for the starting job?
A: Weíre looking for the best 53 in Week One. If heís one of them, then weíll go with it.
Q: Has anything changed with Josh Brown from what youíve heard over the last week or so that affects his roster status when he comes back?
A: Iíve said everything that Iím going to say about Josh. I respect that you have to ask that question, but my comments stay my comments.
Q: Last time we spoke to you about that, or the first time you spoke about that, the news hadnít come out yet that there were a lot more accusations against him. Donít you think itís fair to give an answer to that?
A: Again, based on the circumstances, I respect your question, but Iíve said everything I want to say at this point.
Q: So you wonít say if you knew about those accusations when you re-signed him?
A: I made my statement.
Q: What did you like about Randy Bullock that made him an option for you guys?
A: The ball jumped off his foot. He had a nice workout yesterday. He has had some experience. He had a good workout.
Q: Sorry, I have to ask one more. By not commenting, people feel like youíre being tolerant of domestic violence. do you see it that way?
A: Based on what Iíve said in the past, Iím going to stick to my comments. Thatís what we feel is best for the circumstance at this point in time.
Q: How tough has this week been for you with everything thatís going on?
A: Toughest regarding what?
Q: Just everything thatís going around about your team?
A: We had a tough week on the field. Weíre going to bounce back. We have a great day to go out here and get some work done and get better. Weíll respond and get better.
Q: Nat Berhe has an opportunity to step up with Darian Thompson down. Can you talk a little bit about what youíve seen from him so far?
A: Nat is a guy that is a heat-seeking missile. He plays fast and aggressive. Heís bouncing back from an injury and heís done a nice job getting in with the scheme. Itís nice to see him out there. He had a good start on it yesterday in our jog through and acclimation practice. I look forward to seeing him out there today and tomorrow in our shells and pads.
Q: What happened with Darian Thompson and whatís the plan with him moving forward?
A: Weíll evaluate him week-to-week. Heís going to be out this week. Weíll look at him again next week. Heís getting the treatment. Itís important to him and heís going to do everything he can to get back here as quickly as he can.
Q: Is Dwayne Harris practicing today?
A: Mykkele Thompson will be out today.
Q: Do you have an update on Will Johnson?
A: Same thing. Weíre looking at him week-to-week. Thatís all I have at this time.
Q: Where is J.T. Thomas? Any closer?
A: Youíll see J.T. soon. Heís very close.
Q: Justin Pugh and Eli Apple came out okay yesterday? Is the plan to have them practice?
A: Yesterday is not a great barometer. With the acclimation, we just had a jog through. They had some conditioning, but weíll know more tomorrow.
Q: What has Brett Jones shown you? On Saturday he was the second team center.
A: First things first, heís dedicated. Heís a guy thatís fairly bright. And he gets football. He has a good physical demeanor about him when heís on the field. He plays behind his pads.
Q: Coming out of the weekend with Victor, do you feel heís in a different place right now than he has been in the last couple of weeks?
A: Weíll find out more today and tomorrow. Iím looking forward to seeing him. It was nice to see him in a uniform in pregame the other day.
Q: What led to that decision to have him go through the warmups?
A: It was a team decision. Organizational decision.
Q: Did that help his psyche? Getting back into the game routine?
A: I hope so. I hope so.
Q: When youíre practicing well but itís not showing up on game film, how do you judge whether youíre having a good practice? Does it make it harder? Do you need it to show up in a game to validate what youíre doing?
A: Yes, you want it to show up in a game. You keep practicing and keep working at it and at some point in time, the light is going to go on. You donít know when but you just keep working.
Q: With Victor, how important is it for him to get into that preseason game action and be in a live situation like that?
A: Itís important. Itís the game and thatís what heís looking forward to and thatís what weíre looking forward to seeing him do.
Q: Is the goal this week for him?
Q: Can you talk about the differences you see in Jonathan Casillas from this year compared to last year?
A: He seems like a guy thatís really taken ownership of the defense and the team. He has some leadership qualities and capabilities to him. He plays with a lot of energy and you look for that in your linebacker group.
Q: What have you seen out of Romeo Okwara? I think he got a couple snaps with the first team on Saturday.
A: Heís definitely flashing. Heís a guy that takes his coaching and his medicine day-by-day.
Q: What went into the whole decision about switching kickers at this point?
A: We saw a guy out there that had some experience. We brought him in for a workout and he did a nice job. We decided to make a switch.
Q: Why was it important to have a guy with some experience?
A: That was just part of the evaluation. It was a factor.
Q: Was Obarskiís missed field goal a factor as well?
A: We thank Tom for everything heís done for us. Heís come in and worked hard. He was a pro since the day he walked in the door. We just decided to make a change.