Tight Ends Coach Kevin M. Gildbride
December 9, 2016
Q: On Will Tye.
A: I think he's adjusted well but I am looking for more out of him. I'm going to continue to always talk to him and say play fast, play fast, finish longer than the play. Those are the two things I want to see out of him this week and I think you're going to get it.
Q: What do you mean by finish longer than the play, on the blocking game you're talking about?
A: Yes, exactly. Whether it be once the ball is thrown, immediately turn-up and find someone to block, that's one area. Another one is sustaining the block longer than you think you have to in the run game. He does a nice job initially. And then at times, guys will fall off late, whether they make the play or not, might not be noticed by other people, I notice (laughs). I want to make sure that we can continue to work on that moving forward.
Q: What's your assessment on blocking from the tight ends this season?
A: Done a nice job. The guy that's brought some energy and some strength is Jerell Adams. He doesn't necessarily always take the proper footwork and at times it looks like his body is out of control, but if you refer him back to the finish, just watch how he finishes, that's what I'm looking for.
Q: That's what you thought you would get out of him coming in?
A: Yeah, a good blocker initially and then, can be explosive in the passing game. Which he has shown a few times.
Q: Has he lived up to what you thought?
A: He's exactly who we thought he was. I think he'll continue to develop and get better and better as he continues to play more. Really it's, once he gets familiar with the NFL and the structure of the defensive fronts, the structure of the coverage, the more he learns, the better and more comfortable he's going to be. When he feels comfortable, that's when he excels.
Q: What went into the decision at the bye to sort of make the switch. Obviously Larry Donnell is playing significantly less?
A: Well really, the reality of it is that we need to protect the football and that was the number one issue with Larry. Larry is a bright kid, works hard, does a nice job with his technique but first and foremost, you’ve got to protect the ball. It puts your team in a bad position if you're turning it over and that's happened.
Q: How has he held up mentally?
A: He's actually done a very nice job. He's ready to go. He's locked in through the meetings, through practice. He's ready to go when his number is called.
Q: What was his reaction when you had to tell him that this was the way you were going to go?
A: I think he understood. He knows how important it is. It's just one of those things that he has to realize, he's got to continue to be ready and when he is, when he gets his opportunity, I think you'll see a different guy as far as making sure he protects the football.
Q: Obviously that one snap he played on Sunday didn't go very well. Is that a sign that you guys are going to try to ease him back into things?
A: I don't necessarily want to comment on playing time as far as what we have moving forward. I'll say this, the reason ihe was in for that play is that he's by far the best at that particular route. He's a big target and we know that he's made many plays for us in the end zone and that's what we were trying to get done.
Q: What's it going to take for you to trust him again?
A: I think I do trust him again. It's a matter of, right now, those other two guys are playing pretty well and he needs to be ready when his number is called.
Q: Is it a mental thing with him? How do you work on that with him or is it a physical thing, too?
A: It's both. Mentally, once he touches the football, it's got to be the most important thing to him, that's number one. The second is, with that thought process, with that approach to having the ball in your hands, the technique of it. It's our high and tight technique with our fifth point of ball security.
Q: Coach McAdoo was talking about this being a cold weather team, do you find that to be an advantage when teams come in here and the wind is blowing?
A: I think it's somewhat of an advantage, I don't think it's a huge advantage. The fact that we practice in it, we had a great practice yesterday, a very physical practice yesterday, we're prepping for that type of a game and hopefully we're more prepared than Dallas.