Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
December 15, 2016
Q: On the field goal try at the end of the first half, why was Janoris Jenkins back instead of Odell or Harris?
A: That is just the way we do it. We feel good with the ball in his hands. He scored a touchdown for us on a scoop and score and he has got really good speed, so it is the field goal block team and we just sub him back.
Q: Any thoughts of using him on punt or kick return?
A: Janoris? No, we have other guys.
Q: Can you talk about the day that Brad Wing had?
A: He did well. They werenít all pretty, but good result. I thought it was a really good job with the defense getting turnovers with the offense driving down, so we could punt it from that area and then when you punt it from that short of a field you have to try and get it down inside the 10 and we got it down inside the 5. So it was a good job by Dwayne (Harris) fielding the ball and getting it down because you have to work through the returner there, so it was a good effort to help with the field position.
Q: You didnít have him as much with his role on the offense last year. Is that one of the values of having him on special teams?
A: Yeah, it has been good. He has been a little beat up, so we took him off some return duties, but he has really stepped forward as the coverage guy that we knew when we got him.
Q: Is a big part of that tracking the ball as he runs down as the gunner?
A: Well, you have to beat the corner and then you have to play through the returner because if the returner doesnít signal a fair catch, then he can hit him or block him, so there are a lot of different things going through. You have to know where you are and you have to track the ball. It is not always easy, but we have had some that are touchbacks, but he did a job getting those down.
Q: We saw another blocked field goal with the guy jumping over the center on Monday night. Do you guys have someone who can do that?
A: Yeah, everyone on every team has somebody that can do it. You do run the risk of getting a 15-yard penalty or five-yard if you are in an illegal formation, so it is a risk-reward type of thing. It is based on how their protection is and how their cadence is, so there are a couple different factors involved.
Q: Who is your guy?
A: We have a couple different guys that we use.
Q: Even if you just graze the center, is it a penalty?
A: There are a lot of different stipulations into it. You canít leverage. You canít use him to gain additional height, so if you step on him forcefully, then that would be leverage. You also run the risk of Ė we had it against New Orleans, is from a field goal perspective, you are trying to flip those guys and then when you flip those guys, they can end up on their head or neck, so it is a dangerous play. You have to make sure that your guy can get over.
Q: And if the guy comes up too quick, then he can get a flag for lining up over the center, right?
A: Yeah, if you mistime it. We did that against Carolina last year.
Q: Is Weston Richburg your third option for long snapper?
A: Yeah, Philly saw that you have to have three. It is a scary deal. Yeah, we are trying to develop as many guys as you have. Some years you have more and some years you have less, but we have a couple guys that we work there.
Q: You must not get a lot of time in practice to work on it, right?
A: No, we have a period afterwards where we get to work on it and Herz (Mark Herzlich) has been pretty diligent. He works on it every day and then before the games, he will go out there and get some snaps, so you hope you never have to get to him.
Q: How different is it snapping the ball as a center and as a long snapper?
A: It is totally different, yeah. (Richburg) did it in college as a backup, so he has got some experience doing it.