Head Coach Ben McAdoo
September 14, 2017
Opening Statement: Alright, another big challenge this week. Detroit is red-hot, coming off of a big win versus Arizona. They had to come back and win that ball game. Their offense is dynamic, led by [quarterback] Matt Stafford. He’s among the finest QBs in the league. Their O-line is a remade unit, they’re functioning well together, they’re playing well. They have a handful of matchup pieces on the offensive perimeter – [Wide receivers] [Golden] Tate, [Marvin] Jones and [Kenny] Golladay – either with size, speed or quickness. [Eric] Ebron at tight end, he’s a fine receiving player. And [Ameer] Abdullah and [Theo] Riddick, both at the running back spot, create matchup problems. Their defense is a multiple unit with good, veteran leadership and youthful talent. They play with strong, deep and physical defensive linemen. [Linebacker] Jarrad Davis is adapting to the pro game well, out of Florida. Their back end is smart, combative in both the run and the pass and they’re led by [safety] Glover Quin. Special teams, they have a good of a group of core players as you can find. They’re about eight deep at that position. [Safeties] [Don] Carey, [Miles] Killebrew and [linebacker] [Nick] Bellore lead the way there. [Matt] Prater is a tremendous kicker and has a great history behind him and he had to double up in the punting duties last week and did an admirable job there. With that, let’s open it up.
Q: What do you see differently in Detroit’s defense, compared to last year, to improve on opposing quarterback’s pass completions?
A: It starts up front for them. They’re a different team at home than they are on the road, but they still get after the quarterback on a fast surface. They play with the wide-nine techniques. They’re physical up front, they do a great job of getting off the ball and pushing back into the quarterback and that helps them out there and they’re growing there. They had a young group and it was getting better up front. They added [Jarrad] Davis, who helps them in the linebacker unit. He’s young, he’s athletic, he’s learning the pro game, but he is adapting quickly there. And their secondary, they have a couple ball hawks there. They are multiple in their secondary, so they always keep you guessing, but they’re a talented group.
Q: What was wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. able to do today?
A: He was limited.
Q: How do you think Beckham ran?
A: He was limited today.
Q: How much more optimistic are you that he can play this week?
A: More than last week. We got him out there.
Q: Did you hear about the report that Beckham was in a dance-off at a club last week and what is your reaction?
A: Yeah, Odell was limited today.
Q: How impressed were you with linebacker B.J. Goodson in his first NFL start?
A: B.J.’s made a lot of progress. Each week is a new challenge for a young player and we look forward to him learning from last week’s game and gaining some confidence and being ready for this week.
Q: How impressed are you with the leap that Goodson took from his rookie year to his second year, becoming a leader on the defense?
A: Again, I have a lot of confidence in B.J. He’ll have a chance to learn and grow each and every week and this week is no different.
Q: Was Bobby Hart out of practice today?
A: He did not practice.
Q: If Hart can’t play in Monday’s game, who will be the starting right tackle?
A: We’ll roll a couple different guys in there. We’ll take a look at it and we’ll see how the week goes.
Q: Is Justin Pugh an option at right tackle?
A: They’re all an option.
Q: How much did Pugh play tackle this summer and what makes you think he can play there?
A: Yeah, we have a variety of guys who are talented that can go out there and play at the right tackle spot and we’ll take a look at a variety of guys this week and see how it plays out.
Q: Would you lean towards less changes, as far as position, or are you okay with scrambling the offensive line around?
A: We’ll lean towards who can help us put the best five out there.
Q: Can you talk about the difficulties of calling plays as a head coach versus as a coordinator?
A: I mean, the communication is really the same. The difference is you take a third wheel out of the game, management part of things. So, that’s really the case. I have a chance to manage the game and call the plays on offense, I think that’s easier than adding a third [part] to the wheel.
Q: What is your message to the fans this week?
A: We’re definitely excited to be back home, in primetime. We know the fans are going to be juiced up and ready to go and we’re going to need them at our back.
Q: If Beckham can play on Monday night, is there a danger to players thinking, ‘He’s here to save us’?
A: No, I don’t think [so]. I think we took a look in the mirror and we know we have some work to do as a football team and we’re addressing it head on.
Q: What changes if Beckham plays on Monday?
A: Odell’s a dynamic playmaker, he brings a lot of energy to the football game. One of the best players in the league, regardless of positon.
Q: Are you able to play the game any differently with Beckham there?
A: You play the game as it unfolds.
Q: When you look at Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford on tape, what has been the biggest jump he’s made since last season?
A: I think he’s healthy, for one thing. He’s definitely someone who can – he doesn’t get a lot of credit for being a quarterback who can move in the pocket and extend plays and I think that’s one of the things that he does best. He takes advantage of matchups. He can make a variety of throws, all the throws from a variety of different body positions. So, he’s very accurate that way. He doesn’t have to be in a clean pocket because he can get out and he can create.
Q: What is something on offense from last week’s game that people can expect to see different this week against Detroit?
A: We sat down, we watched the tape, we addressed it, we realized that coming off of a primetime game on the road that we’re blessed with a long week this week. So, we have a full week to practice, we’ll be able to get the pads on tomorrow and we’re excited to do so.
Q: Do you have to be aware of a possible offense/defense split among the team?
A: We played one football game. One of 16. We learned from it, we flushed it and we’ve moved on.
Q: After an offseason of saying that the offensive line is improved, what happens now after Week One when there was no improvement?
A: We keep working to get better. But, again, everyone keeps pointing to the offensive line. There was enough to go around. We have to work this week to improve. It’s one week.
Q: Where else does the blame lie?
A: No one’s blaming anybody. We have a lot of work to do as an offense. It’s not just the offensive line.
Q: Does the blame start with the offensive line?
Q: How did you grade out Manning’s game?
A: You want me to give you the grade for Eli? You think I’m going to stand up here and give you the grade for a player? No.
Q: The blame doesn’t start with the offensive line?
A: We have 11 guys on offense. It takes all 11 to have a successful play and win the down on offense. Not just the center, not just the guards, it takes all 11.
Q: Did the team practice like they had a chip on their shoulder today?
A: We had a good practice with a lot of energy and we got better today.