Head Coach Ben McAdoo
October 30, 2017
Opening Statement: Alright, letís open it up.
Q: Talk about the guys that didnít report today and if theyíre injured.
A: No. We had a few guys that were excused for personal reasons today.
Q: Who was that?
A: Jackrabbit (Janoris Jenkins) was one of them. Eli Apple. Paul Perkins.
Q: Are they all expected back on Wednesday?
Q: Jerry Reese said last week that he thought everyone bought into the hype about what the team could accomplish this year. Do you agree with that?
A: I think that there are a few things when you take a look at the first half of the year and we were humbled, obviously, the first half of the season. And, we talked to the players about the first half before we left and we were obviously humbled. One thing I wanted them to keep in mind is donít forget how badly you once wanted what you now have. Itís a blessing to be here and to work with these guys each and every day and they had an opportunity to get away from it for a little bit and reflect on the first half of the season. But, we need to flush the first half. We need to move onto the second half. Itís important for us to get better as a football team and the thing I asked of these guys is just take it one game at a time and one play at a time. Donít hold onto what we did the first half, but letís go out here and be the best team we can be in the second half of the season.
Q: What did you ask of yourself and the coaching staff when you reflected?
A: We wanted to take a look at different things. First thing was personnel. Wanted to make sure we were using our players the right way. Is there an opportunity moving forward for us to interject maybe some younger players or even some veteran players into different roles that we havenít been using them. But, personnel usage. Wanted to take a look at things schematically. The schemes that have been working, the things that havenít been working and emphasizing whatís been working for us and the things that havenít been working, either throw them out or is it a quick fix. Is it something we can fix over the second half of the year being smart with our time? Those are some of the things that we took a look at.
Q: Do you take buying into the hype as your responsibility to not let the team do that?
A: Everything falls on my shoulders.
Q: Did you see any signs of buying into the hype?
A: Yeah, I think you go back again. You take a look at the first half of the season. I donít think you can point to just one thing. Were we a hungry enough football team? You can make a case that we werenít. But, thatís just part of it. Itís not just one thing.
Q: How would you describe how much you and Jerry Reese are on the same page?
A: One hundred percent, weíre on the same page. Weíre tied at the hip. Jerry and I have multiple conversations every day. We have a great relationship Ė great working relationship. I have a lot of respect for Jerry and everything that heís done in this profession.
Q: Do you feel like youíre coaching for your job?
A: Each and every day in this business, you have to prove yourself and when I come in, I come to work. Iím blessed to be here. Itís a great opportunity. I donít think that way. Iím doing everything I can to help these players put a winning product on the field on Sunday.
Q: What feedback did you get from your leaders?
A: Again, we took a little break. We talked about flushing the first half of the season and coming back and starting with a fresh start.
Q: Do you believe the Bye Week came at the right time?
A: Every year it seems like the bye comes at the right time. You can spin that any way that you want to spin it, but, again, weíre excited Ė we want to put the first half of the season behind us. Weíre excited to move onto this game on Sunday.
Q: Is it difficult to get that fresh start when youíre five games back in the division and 15th in the conference?
A: Again, we have one game this week. We have a heck of a football team coming in here and weíre excited to jump into our preparation.
Q: Will you make personnel changes or whatever is necessary and do you expect there to be changes that the public will notice?
A: There will be some subtle changes, but, again, our players are our players. We have good players. We have to put them in a position to be successful on Sunday.
Q: Do you think youíve used your players correctly?
A: Iím not going to come out here and tell you our self-scout. No. But, we examined personnel and scheme.
Q: Can you fill us in on DE Olivier Vernon and C Weston Richburg?
A: Yeah. OV did not practice today. Weston did not practice today.
Q: What about G Justin Pugh?
A: Pugh was out today.
Q: Jerry Reese talked about how smart you are. As you were able to sit back during the Bye Week, was there a moment where you realized what you have to correct?
A: Again, in this business, itís tough to win. But, itís also tough to be in a situation weíre in and one thing doesnít point to winning and losing games. Just like each and every game, there are a variety of things that happen in a game that puts you on a path to either winning or losing the ball game and the same can be said for a season. So, itís difficult to point to just one thing and say itís just one thing. We have to be careful of doing that.
Q: Tomorrow is the trade deadline. How do you approach it?
A: Evaluate who they ask you to evaluate and input when thereís input to be made. Other than that, we need to get our team ready to go on Sunday.