Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs. Baltimore, October 16, 2016
Got off to a slow start today. End up pushing through and finding a way to win the ball game. Credit to the men in the locker room for hanging in there and playing for each other. We will open it up to questions.
Q: Whatís going through your mind when Odell catches that 66-yard touchdown?
A: Score. Put the ball away to score.
Q: Coach, was anything said on the sideline after DRCís pass interference. Looked like there was a little pressure to get the guys to focus on that last offensive set.
A: Just donít look at the scoreboard and just play to play. Thatís all. Rally around each other, play to playÖ and the guys kept playing.
Q: Was there an explanation to that call?
A: Yeah, itís a PI.
Q: Did you think it was a PI (pass interference)?
A: Weíll take a look at it on film and if we donít agree with it, weíll send it in, but weíll take a good look at it on tape.
Q: Coach, the last couple of weeks the offense has been playing a bit out of sync. Do you feel like today they finally got back on the same page?
A: I thought once we settled into the game, we started playing with some good tempo and energy. Runs were tough to find. They were good against the run like a lot of teams are in this league. We have to find a way to run it better. I thought we found some rhythm in the passing game. We completed the ball a little bit. We have to eliminate the turnovers. Itís a big part of things moving forward. You canít turn the ball over that way and expect a big game week in and week out, so weíve got to get better there.
Q: Coach, how does it feel to get Rodger Lewis Jr. in the game and especially in the scoring play?
A: Well, after Odell, he was the next man up, came on in and cashed in on his opportunity.
Q: Coach, you decided to defer and give them the ball to start the game. What was the thought process behind that?
A: Theyíve been doubling people up. Scoring at the end of the half Ö.
Q: Did you want to send a message with your defense putting them out there first?
A: I trust this defense. I am a defensive head coach. Iím gonna get them out there on the field as fast as I can.
Q: How concerned were you with Odell when he had to leave the game? What were you being told at that point?
A: We just moved on. We kept pressing through and pulling through the game. When a guyís injured, the next man has to step up and contribute.
Q: We ask a lot of questions about Odell, and a lot of times, 9 out of 10 of them are not about football. Can you just for a moment reflect on the talent of the player you have?
A: I think it was on full display this afternoon. Very talented young man. He is humble in a lot of instances and he pushed through some tough times and injuries today and he really made us a better football team today. Heís a lightning rod for us. Heís a great energy source for his team.
Q: Did that change up the offensive game plan at all?
A: No, we decided to play with a little more tempo and energy. We played a little bit quicker just to get into some type of rhythm while we were flat there, earlier.
Q: How frustrating are the turnovers as well?
A: Theyíre not frustrating. Mistakes donít correct themselves overnight, it takes time. It looks like this one will take half the season to get it fixed. We just have to keep working on it.
Q: What did you see from Jonathan Casillas making the tackle on the fourth down at goal line?
A: We had some guys flying to the football. I didnít see who made the tackle while I was standing there. I just saw a bunch of guys flying on the football, playing good goal line defense.
Q: What can you say about from what you saw from Eli and Odell there in the 2nd half? Odell went for 200 receiving yards in the 2nd half alone. Eli had close to 300 yards from the 2nd half.
A: They had an opportunity to connect. They connected. Short throws, long runs and a nice double move there early in the second half, which was nice.
Q: Talk about feeling like this offense is about to break out. How does it feel when you see it happen?
A: Itís tough to score 27 points against that (Baltimore) defense. Itís a good defense. They had some injuries and ___. So we had to play through those 27 points. Thatís our target each and every week. Like I told the players on offense, we score 27 points, I shouldnít have any complaintsÖbut I will.
Q: On the last touchdown, where does Odell fit in the progression that Eli is going through?
A: Heís first.
Q: Youíre down 10-nothing within 8 minutes and youíve lost 3 straight. How did you feel like where your team was at that point?
A: You donít watch the scoreboard. Weíre worried about playing the next play. Weíre not worried about the scoreboard. Weíve got to play the game.
Q: So it doesnít creep into their mindset at all?
A: It shouldnít. It doesnít with mine.
Q: What, if anything, changed for Eli in the second half? You had so little success early on, didnít get a first down for twenty-plus minutes and then have a huge second half?
A: He was the same guy on the sideline between series that he always is. His feet looked like they were settled, pass protection was good. Guys were getting open
Q: How would you evaluate the running game today?
A: Iíd have to look at the numbers, havenít really looked at the numbers yet. We had some attempts, which is always really good to have. Again, tough run defense, we had to find a way to knock a whole in it and I have confidence.
Q: What happened on Odellís first touchdown? The 74-yarder?
A: It was a nice catch off of a double move.
Q: Is that a route you guys use often?
A: Itís been in the offense a little while. Since 1989 maybe.
Q: Is there something youíve been doing different with Odell given the way teams have been covering him?
A: It was an adjustment during the course of the game. They were playing some single high safety like a lot of teams do. But again, they came out and they were having success early and we had to adjust. Thought we made some nice adjustments. Give credit to the players.
Q; Do you think with all the attention the offense has been receiving lately that the defensive effort has been overlooked lately?
A: I think the defense has played well in spots. Great to see the goal line stand and it was huge in the game. We fought through some penalties and looked at the scoreboard and that was encouraging to see.