Head Coach Ben McAdoo
September 16, 2017
Q: B.J. Goodson appears on the injury report today. Can you describe what happened and when it happened?
A: He has a lower leg injury.
Q: Would he be probable under the previous injury report guidelines?
A: You would have to check with Pat on that one.
Q: Did something happen yesterday at practice?
A: Itís something that has been bothering him over the last couple of days.
Q: Why wasnít he on the injury report previously?
A: It happened yesterday. It got sore as practice went on. We pulled him out.
Q: D.J. Fluker the same thing?
A: Yes, late in practice.
Q: Do you anticipate Odell being a game-time decision again this week the way he was with the pregame workout last week?
A: We will see how it goes. We will get in there and do a little bit of work this morning. Then tomorrow we will go in and have our launch day. Take a look at him tomorrow and see how it goes.
Q: What determines if any player is ready to go?
A: Itís a medical decision. Weíre just seeing his level of confidence and where he is sticking his foot in the ground.
Q: Are you watching him or listening to him?
A: Itís both. Communication is a two-way street. Itís visual and verbal.
Q: Bobby Hart is good to go?
A: Bobby Hart is improving.
Q: You expect him to play on Monday?
A: We will see how he does tomorrow.
Q: Heís not on the injury report as limited. Does that indicate that it would be a coachís decision if he plays or not?
A: Yes. He got through yesterday.
Q: Will that decision be based on health or performance?
A: Bobby got through practice yesterday. He did fine out there yesterday. We will take a look and see how he does tomorrow.
Q: How close does Odell have to be to 100 percent for you to put him on the field in any capacity?
A: Thatís tough to say. The biggest thing is you donít want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is. It is an injury. Itís a tough injury. Heís fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but weíre going to be smart with him.
Q: Does part of you say if this guy can give us 12 plays, he gives us a spark teamwide, because he does?
A: Weíre going to do whatís best for the player.
Q: What more does Orleans Darkwa have to show or prove to you to get more carries?
A: We didnít have very many carries last week to begin with, so we need some more rushing attempts.
Q: Both Eli and Evan Engram both said that in going over what happened last week you canít be sensitive and canít take it personally. Was that part of your message because it sounds that maybe you did deliver some tough love?
A: We donít have time to handle things with kid gloves here. Weíre going to be open and honest with our communication. Weíre critical with ourselves as coaches and we expect the players to be critical of themselves. Thatís the best way to improve. Especially from week one to two but every week.
Q: What was Monday like? Was it one of the harsher film reviews that youíve had here?
A: It was Tuesday. It was point blank. Everyone was on point. We came in looking to get better. That was the point of the meeting. Every time you watch the film, whether itís practice or itís games, you want to be on point, find a way to grow and find a way to improve.
Q: Anything you are willing to share of your own assessment of yourself?
A: We didnít find a path to victory. Thatís my number one job. I have to do a better job there.
Q: How much have the Lions been using Golden Tate more in the slot and what type of challenges does that present?
A: Heís dynamic in there in the screen game, three-step game and down the field. He has speed, quickness and heís strong. He doesnít get credit for the strength that he has. Heís a dynamic player.
Q: Is that a challenge to your cornerbacks to have a guy as physical as him?
A: Yes. Corners, safeties and linebackers the way they use him in the middle of the field.
Q: Youíve had no problem using younger guys, rookies, and throwing them right in. Goodson was the guy you didnít do that with really. What was the thinking behind that and why did you wait?
A: B.J. had a lot of reps on special teams. He was a core player for us there. We were very confident in the players we had on defense last year. We felt that he picked it up and improved as the year went on. He has made a lot of progress for us since then, but he was a valuable special teams player for us. Donít underrate that. Offensively we see tight ends and running backs the same way. They have a lot of versatility and value as do safeties on special teams. If they can contribute there and make an impact there, we will play them a little bit on their side of the ball and on special teams.
Q: How would you characterize your satisfaction or dissatisfaction since Tuesday with how the guys responded?
A: We had a great week of practice. Yesterday was a tremendous day. Our tempo was good and the energy was good. We had some physicality and we had some things to clean up like we always do after practice. The players and coaches were on point.
Q: Would you tell us if you had a bad week of practice?
A: I think you can learn and grow from each and every practice that you have out there. If it wasnít a great day of practice, we would address it inside.