C Weston Richburg
August 23, 2017
Q: Why do you think you guys have had so much trouble getting the run game going in the first two games?
A: We’re working hard, coming out here every day. We put in the work to make sure we go out and have our communication at 100 percent. We’re happy with no mental errors this week. We want to continue working on that and making sure we’re giving the running backs every chance they can get to make something big happen.
Q: Is it disappointing that it really hasn’t happened?
A: Yeah, we’re working hard on it, coming out here every day trying to do anything we can to give the (running) backs the best chance they can.
Q: As someone who knows OL Brett Jones really well, how do you think he responded at right guard today?
A: He does a great job. He’s really versatile. The thing that makes him good is he knows exactly what he’s supposed to be doing at any time, so you can really put him anywhere. He does a great job of making sure he knows what’s going on.
Q: Is it a concern that the offense hasn’t found the end zone in the preseason yet?
A: We understand that’s where we’re at right now, but we’re attacking every day, trying to get better, as I’ve said. It’s a process, we understand that. We’re not going to freak out about it because we’re still working. We’re still kind of in training camp mode, so we’re coming out and trying to do everything we can to put our team in the best situation possible.
Q: With that being said, how important is it to have a good, strong scoring drive?
A: It’s very important. You’re not going to win many games if you don’t score a lot of points. That’s definitely one of our goals that we always talk about is points. We have to continue to work and make sure everybody is doing their jobs so we can make that happen.
Q: How worried were you when you saw WR Odell Beckham Jr. go down in that (Cleveland) game?
A: I don’t know if I was worried. I think he’s going to be smart with his rehab and handle it like a professional. He’s had things like that happen before, and he came back strong and ready to go. I have faith that he’s going to be ready to go.
Q: What did you think of the hit on Odell?
A: I didn’t really see it to be honest with you, so I couldn’t answer that.
Q: Should the offensive line be further along in the process considering the continuity from last year or are there still things you need to sort out?
A: It’s always a process. I think if we ever think that we’re at a point where we’re good, we’re not. As athletes, we always talk about the process, and I think we talked the other day about if you reach a goal, set up another one and continue to get better. I think it’s always a process for us. We’re always trying to find ways to get better and make ourselves better as a team.
Q: Are you still learning about the other guys starting on the offensive line even though you played with some of them a few years?
A: I don’t know if we’re learning a lot about each other. We’ve played together enough to know each other, but like I said, it’s the process, setting goals, attaining those and continuing to get better.
Q: You mentioned there were no mental errors in the last game, so it’s not a communication issue?
A: No, I think the communication has been good. I think it was really good. It was an away game, not as loud as a regular season game would be, but I think from a communications standpoint, we did a good job in that area.
Q: So is it fair to say that some of the issues or things you’re not happy with are more physical?
A: I think we’re physical. I don’t think that’s the problem. Maybe technique is a better word, which is all we work on out here with offensive line coach Mike Solari. Just making sure we have our technique down and continue to work on that. It’s a process as well.
Q: So not saying physical, but more of physical as opposed to mental, since technique is also physical partly?
A: Yes, but our physicality was not lacking.
Q: As a center, do you have a job and is there anything you can do to help the guards and tackles on twist and stunt plays that can lead to sacks?
A: I guess it depends where the twist is coming from, who they’re trying to pick and where I can help them there as well. If they have a good player at linebacker, you go there and then we sort it out from there.