Head Coach Ben McAdoo
November 4, 2016
Q: On the bye week being an advantage.
A: Yeah, I think the players and the coaches for the most part like the bye. I think they like to get away from it a little bit. Coming out of the bye, getting healthy, being fresh, especially with a 1 oíclock home game which we would like to think is an advantage. Historically speaking, we need to come out and get off to a fast start. We donít want to come out stale, but again, the key to the game is finishing strong.
Q: Spags said that you guys have been kind of talking this week about the division, the rivalry, the recent history. How do you think the players are responding to that, kind of ramping up in the emotion of this game?
A: We will find out on Sunday.
Q: After the bye week and the self-scouting, what area do you think will be most improved?
A: We have to wait and play the game first. You are not going to know what pays off until we play the game. I could tell you where I would like it to show up, but I wonít. We will wait to play the game.
Q: How much extra emphasis did you put on the run game this week in practice?
A: We practice and emphasize the run game each and every week. Being able to come out and get an extra day of work in on Monday is a benefit. Having an extra practice on Monday and then being able to get a good, padded practice in on Thursday. Getting the full, padded practice during the week will help.
Q: Is there anything specific in the run game that you have tried to work on?
A: Playing the scheme that we are playing up front is different, but similar, as far as when you play a 3-4 team or a wide nine team, the fits are a little bit different, so it was good to have an extra day.
Q: What is the balance of a bye week like in terms of wanting to make some changes, but not going too far in that direction?
A: We definitely want to put wrinkles in, take a look at things, and I think it is just as important to throw some things out and understand what you can fix, what isnít worth fixing, and what fits your personnel the best. In the first half of the season, you are really taking a look at not only the new schemes and new thoughts from the offseason, but how new players fit into the system and if it is young players, if it is rookies, really see how they are adjusting to the program and how they are fitting in.
Q: Is it harder to throw things out when you are week to week game planning versus having a full bye week?
A: No, it is easy to throw things out. You just have to pull the trigger. Especially if you have a good history with it.
Q: Where do you stand with Darian Thompson?
A: We have to wait and get more information on the situation.
Q: Do you think it is similar to what it was before?
A: Again, when they tell me, I will know.
Q: Is Berhe still in the protocol?
Q: So no contact for him?
A: Berhe is still in the protocol.
Q: What does he have to do to get out of the protocol?
A: Get cleared.
Q: From an independent neurologist?
Q: Is it possible that he may be cleared for a practice tomorrow?
A: It is possible for him to get cleared.
Q: Is there a plan for him to go to the independent neurologist today or tomorrow?
A: It is possible for him to get cleared.
Q: How has Andrew Adams done having to step in and basically become a starter?
A: He has played a lot of football for us. He gives us a chance to win and he has definitely showed that the game is not too big for him and he can go out and play productive football at this level.
Q: It has been kind of a tight rope with only two true healthy safeties this year, right?
A: True. Yeah, true safeties, but we have guys that can play safety. We cross-train our DBís.
Q: Cruz has made some big plays on the outside, but is an almost career slot receiver. Do you feel like Sterling can play on the outside more and you can get, say, #80 inside a little bit more to take advantage of that?
A: Yeah, we train them both ways.
Q: Ben, this is probably simplistic and might not even be the smartest thing, but when your offense is really in a rhythm, in my mind playing aggressively and dictating tempo, this seems to be a group that finds success that way. Can you start a game like that?
A: Certainly. You want to be able to play at different speeds and dictate based on the speed that you want to go. It is like running the football, you want to be able to run and use tempo on your terms.
Q: Do you need JPP to step up his sack production?
A: We say it all the time, stats are for losers. We need to make the quarterback uncomfortable. We need to make him move, make him chatter his feet, make him early or late with the throws. Numbers are numbers.
Q: Last year, this team came out of the bye and lost a big division game. Do you take anything from that experience last year?
A: We have learned from everything that we need to learn from in the past and we have moved on.
Q: On Ryan Nassibís elbow injury.
A: It is a little early for that. We will take a look at him tomorrow.