Head Coach Ben McAdoo
October 14, 2016
Q: How do you view the state of your team and the mentality of this team?
A: Confident, belief. Yesterday was a great practice out here with full pads on. Today was a good mental day for us. Got a lot of work done, a lot of mental work. Positive vibe in here.
Q: They've got some guys out of practice today, Elvis Dumervil, Marshal Yanda, how much could that affect you?
A: Both sides of the ball, the injury reports are always full this time of year. You work with what you have and we're confident in the guys we developed.
Q: How much more confident are you that Rashad Jennings could play this week?
A: He took some meaningful snaps the last few weeks. Tomorrow will be a big day for a lot of guys on the roster, including Rashad.
Q: If he does come back, what element is he bringing that you guys are missing?
A: Rashad's a leader. He's a big back that can push the pile. Has a lot of reps; he's a complete player for us. If he can go, it would be great to have him back.
Q: So far this season, have you made the determination after Saturdayís practice with injured guys?
A: It depends on the week. Each week is a little bit different. Saturday factors into everything we do. It's an important day for us.
Q: Do you expect to have DRC playing now?
A: Again, tomorrows a big tell. A lot of these guys have some lower body things that are nicked up so depends on how they get through it all.
Q: Is Eli Apple the furthest away for those questionable guys?
A: It's hard to say now, haven't seen much of him.
Q: How much do you have to view that situation different because he's coming off back-to-back leg injures?
A: The last thing you want to do is put someone out there who's going to play a few plays and have to come out of the game. That's not good for the player, that's not good for the team.
Q: What do you want to see from your offensive line this week?
A: I want to see from the whole offensive unit really, I want to see them bounce back. Had a tough outing last week and it's going to be a physical type ball game and I believe our offensive line is looking forward to it.
Q: If you put the Packers game aside, how did the o-line play in the first four games?
A: That's going way back. I think they had a nice outing in Minnesota. Gave us a chance to win the ball game. Protection unit last week wasn't as good as it needed to be, nor was the run game unit. But, again, that was last week and this is a new week. You live and you learn.
Q: You've talked a lot about efficiency on offense. How important is that this week? Do you ramp up the idea of being efficient and making the most of opportunities?
A: It's not just third down this week and really, every week. First and second downs lead to quality third down opportunities. Any time you're behind the chains like we've been the last couple of weeks, it makes it tough on third down. So, we have to win the down on first and second down and give us a chance to be successful on third down.
Q: A guy like Flowers, a young player who had a rough game, as a head coach, do you do something to boost his confidence?
A: No, he's a resilient young man. He's going to have an opportunity to go out and compete at a high level versus some pretty quality opponents. Went to a big school, a big university, played some good football there, played some good football for us so we look forward to him bouncing back.
Q: We've heard a lot guys talk about how the Ravens are a very physical team and Spagnuolo says that's sort of how they build their team. How much do you see that with them, being more physical than you average team, as the basis of how they work?
A: Last couple of weeks we've seen some pretty physical football teams and those are the teams that we want to be out there playing against. You see it really with their lower bodies, they have some nicked up lower body players on the defensive side of the ball, especially their offensive line's a little bit nicked up. Marshal Yanda leads the way in that regard.
Q: Do you view your team in that way too?
Q: How have you thought they've matched up in that regard?
A: We have a physical, heavy handed football team. I look forward to Sunday.
Q: Do you feel the Ravens are one of those blueprint franchises that people try to emulate?
A: Haven't thought about it much.
Q: How much do you keep an eye on what's going on in the NFC East?
A: We're focused on 1925 Giants Drive. Our attention is right here. It doesn't involve the rest of the division.
Q: Do you know if teams are 5-1 or 6-1, or how far back you may be?
A: No. You farm your own land.
Q: Does the Raven's change in offense coordinator impact your preparation for them?
A: No. Some things will obviously change. Their personnel's not going to change, their staff has been together for a little while now, that won't change. So, you have to get ready for tendencies. They may flip on you a little bit. Marty Mornhinweg has been in the League a long time. He's been a head coach in the League, a coordinator for a long time. He knows what he wants to do. He's going to tweak some, I'm sure. We need to be ready for everything under the sun.
Q: Have you gone back to tapes from games where he was an offensive coordinator?
A: You do your homework.
Q: What was your take on the meeting with Senator Cory Booker the other day?
A: I think it was a great opportunity to get a group of men together that are concerned about society and the issues in society. It was a healthy learning experience for a lot of guys in room, including myself. It'll be interesting to see which direction we go and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.
Q: Where is Will Beatty at physically? Is he ready to play if need be?
Q: Did Nat Berhe have a setback of some sort this week?
A: Yeah, he's still in the (concussion) protocol right now.
Q: Is there anything you guys have done to start preparing for London?
A: We've laid out everything for London. We'll be ready to go after this game and we've made some adjustments to practice accordingly.