Head Coach Ben McAdoo
August 29, 2016
Q: Do you have an update on Jonathan Casillas?
A: Ribs are sore. Doesn't look like anything is broken.
Q: Thatís as positive news as you can get, coming out of the weekend?
A: It's encouraging. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time. But it's encouraging.
Q: John Jerry?
A: John Jerry is sore.
Q: What is it, his ankle?
A: Yes, ankle.
Q: Is Jasper Brinkley banged up?
A: Yes. Jasper got nicked up (knee) early in the game, finished the game. But we held him out today.
Q: Myles White?
A: We made some moves earlier today. We're going to continue to make moves, and we'll release those later.
Q: Darian Thompson, how has he been looking?
A: Nothing new to update there.
Q: Is there anything new with Will Johnson? It seems like he was doing a lot more today.
A: He's coming along, but nothing new from the medical perspective there, he's just making progress.
Q: How different are all these cuts for you as a head coach now? Is it more emotional for you?
A: Anytime you lose a player that you've been working with closely, it's tough. As position coach, it was tough. As a coordinator, it was tough. As a head coach, it was tough. It's not why you get into this business, but it's probably the toughest part of it.
Q: What did you see from J.T. Thomas III in the game?
A: J.T. got a few more reps than anticipated just because the health of the linebacker group. But he fought through it and was making some nice plays for us during the game.
Q: Do you sense he has little bit of urgency as he came back from PUP so late into training camp?
A: Thatís probably a better question for J.T. I know he's excited to be out there with the group. It's tough on these guys when they are sitting out. They want to be up in there with their teammates.
Q: Do you intend to play Eli at all in this final game?
A: We haven't discussed play time yet.
Q: The struggles the last two weeks with the first team offense, will that convince to you change your plans for the fourth game as far as playing time?
A: You always adjust and improvise, but you have a big picture look on the last preseason game.
Q: Do you feel that you have to see more of Victor Cruz then?
A: We'll see. We'll talk about playing time later in the week. We'll see how this week goes today or tomorrow.
Q: You said that you hadn't been able to make an evaluation on him because he hasnít been out there enough. Do you feel like you reached the point where you know what you're going to get from him?
A: It was a good step. Good step for him to take the other night. We continue to look forward to seeing him progress here tomorrow. He had a good day today, and we'll see where it goes from there.
Q: Why do you have him running with first team? What is the thinking behind that for you?
A: Have a high opinion on him and his skillset. I think he's a good player.
Q: Given how the offensive line has played, how important is it to have a good, steady blocking tight end? Do you have one on this roster?
A: We have guys who are improving. They are not there yet. But we need to continue working. It's not done just because itís August. We can get better in the September and October; we can get better as the season progresses. What we are now and what we are going to be is two different things.
Q: Jerell Adams, you said when you drafted him, is more a blocker than a receiver. Do you see that? Can he be a good blocker?
A: Yes, he can.
Q: How has he been? Good, average?
A: He's like a lot of rookies. There's up and downs. He's made progress there, he's certainly willing and he's certainly capable. We just have to develop him.
Q: Is it the run blocking or the pass blocking that is more a concern for you?
A: For the offense? Blocking in general. We need to block better. The pocket integrity needs to improve in the pass game and I think it has gotten better. We took a step back on a few plays last week, but overall the pocket integrity has been better the last two games. Run blocking is something that we need to improve on. It's not just the offensive line, it's the tight ends, it's everybody who's included.
Q: Do you feel that a healthy Will Johnson will go towards solving the tight end blocking issue?
A: He'd be a good piece of the puzzle to add to the mix, yes.
Q: Will Tye hasn't been known as a blocker per se, but did he get a good block on the reverse to Tavarres King?
A: He was a part of the behind. They ran a hey diddle diddle, three up the middle; two linebackers and a safety. So we had a good look for the play, but he certainly was a major contributor to the play.
Q: What does he have to do in your eyes to stay on the field.?
A: Just like everybody else, he just has to keep working. He has to keep his head down and keep working and make it important.
Q: Jerell Adams, has he progressed more at this point than you would have thought?
A: Different guys are going to develop at different speeds. You just keeping watering the flowers and they're going to grow. That's what we're going to do, keep developing these players.
Q: Do you have any thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem?
A: The way we operate for the national anthem, we consider it a small gesture to those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country and for us to play and coach in this great game. Part of that is the freedom of speech, and we certainly respect that. We talk to our guys about keeping empathy in mind when they do lead and use this league as a platform. But I'd be disappointed if one of our guys chose not to stand. It's their choice, it's not mandatory, but we feel it's important.
Q: Did you say anything to the team, before the game on Saturday?
A: No, we addressed it before the first preseason game. We had Mike Sullivan and Colonel Greg Gadson come up and talk to the team. Did a great job.
Q: After looking at the film, Nassib had two touchdown passes on Saturday. How did you evaluate him responding after the two preseason games?
A: I'd say Ryan and TK, a lot of those guys hung in there and they battled. They played gutsy football. Gutsy.