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Thursday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 4/26/2018 1:13 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur
Media Availability, April 26, 2018

Alright, you got a chance to watch it. It was another good day. We cut it down just a little bit. Sort of felt like we were seeing the things we needed to see the first two days. They were very competitive. We ended it with the red zone. Iíll lead off by saying anyone that has the Davis Webb question, think of another one. I think he did a much better job the second and third day. He showed up today and he is following Eliís lead. I thought he was executing well. I thought today the defense did a good job of challenging and I think we got a lot better. This was a really good three days. I think our team got better. Now we can slide back into that phase where we meet and can go on the field against air. We can fine tune some of the techniques and fundamentals that we worked on in this camp and really get ready for the OTAís. Have not been involved with this type of mini camp this early in the season of late, but I can tell where this is going to be really, really valuable for the guys. That puts the cap on this weekís work with the players. We will quickly change gears and get ready for the draft.

Q:† Looked like Odell did a little more today with the individual stuff. How good is it to see him out there?
A: Itís terrific. We all know what a great player he is. He is making progress to getting fully cleared. You can see he looks lively and is involved. He is taking all the mental reps that he can. It is great. It is great to see all of our players out there and all of them healthy as we get ready for September.

Q: Will Odell be back in a larger role next camp?
A: It is hard to tell. It is a process when you come back from injury like that. When he makes progress, we will keep giving updates.

Q: What is the plan with him? Is there a plan with him this spring?
A: Yes. He is going through the process just like all the other players. That is the plan. Learn what he can in whatever way he can and try and get him ready to go so when he is back out there full he is ripping and roaring.

Q: Do you expect him to participate in all drills?
A: When he is cleared, of course.

Q: Are you happy with the chemistry you have seen so far?
A: I think it has been terrific. You come into a new building, you hear stories about the players and situations, things going on. I see a group of guys out here that are very competitive and very prideful. Their attention to detail is great. We gave them really a lot of information and they were able to come out here and execute at a high level, which is tremendous. It does not really matter what you know in the classroom, it is that you come and put it together out here on the field. They did that great. You can tell that these guys care about one another. Now we just have to keep trying to create an environment where these guys keep getting better and better everyday.

Q: Eli mentioned yesterday that there is a different coaching style and that you really want to coach on the field. Is that just for this camp?
A: Iím a career coach and, quite frankly, that is stuff we do inside, it is necessary. My real joy is when I am out here with the players. If there is information or something I can help them with, I like talking about it. We are very fortunate that we have an outstanding staff. I do like to watch them do their work. They are excellent teachers. If there is something I can add with any position or any player, I will try and do it.

Q: What does the rest of the day look like for you?
A: Yeah, we'll have some final meetings here as we approach tonight and then we'll watch this mini camp. Now we have some real football stuff to evaluate our players on and we as coaches will sit down and start talking about the players individually and how they performed, start talking about their plans moving forward and then certainly our anticipation is tonight.

Q: What is your involvement in the draft in comparison to what you've done in the past?
A: Well, depending on what your role is, that kind of defines what your role is as a coach defines what your role is in the draft. I was a head coach once before and it was very similar to this role -- lots of meetings. It's fun to hear what the player personnel people -- Dave (Gettleman) and Kevin (Abrams) and all of the guys in the background, our scouts, what they think of players and we discuss it and we watch it as coaches. I kind of manage what our coaches think about it and there's meetings all through this process with different groups of people and I'm just in more of those meetings now and it's fun.

Q: Where are you guys at in terms of the process?
A: We are, what time is it? Just about noon. We've got about eight more hours to work on it further. That's about where we're at.

Q: How close are you?
A: Well, we're eight hours away, I guess.

Q: Can you rule out trading back?
A: We're going to work on everything to this point. I don't think you rule out anything at this point, but we're planning on picking there at No 2.

Q: For you as a head coach throughout this process, has there been a moment where you have kind of convinced yourself that is our guy or are you still walking in there tonight not knowing?
A: I know a lot about all the players that we intend to draft throughout the draft. I really do believe that after these three days, when these three days are over, we're going to be a much better team and I trust the process and I trust Dave and I trust all the people that do what they do for a living, and as being part of the process, I really believe we're going to make really, really good picks that are going to make our team better. And that's where we're at right now.

Q: Do you fight the temptation during the process to not zero in on a guy thinking that this is the guy that I would want?
A: Yeah, well you're tempted to want all the guys that you've got rated in the first round on your team and you can visualize each pick and how that player would help your team and so that's what you do.†
What a difference from McAdoo  
ij_reilly : 4/26/2018 1:18 pm : link
It's like night and day.

This coach respects the press and the fact that they have a job to do, they get paid for it.
I guess Shurmur  
johnnyb : 4/26/2018 1:27 pm : link
does not look at tape much. It was never mentioned.
RE: I guess Shurmur  
Rjanyg : 4/26/2018 1:57 pm : link
In comment 13933866 johnnyb said:
does not look at tape much. It was never mentioned.

lol good catch.
Joeguido : 4/26/2018 2:09 pm : link
does he protect the duke
RE: What a difference from McAdoo  
Bill L : 4/26/2018 2:24 pm : link
In comment 13933841 ij_reilly said:
It's like night and day.

This coach respects the press and the fact that they have a job to do, they get paid for it.
I feel like it's a two way street. If Mac started his conference by saying "if you have a Davis Webb question, think of another one" the first 50 questions would have been about Davis Webb (and it probably would really be the same question asked 50 times).
RE: What a difference from McAdoo  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 4/26/2018 2:54 pm : link
In comment 13933841 ij_reilly said:
It's like night and day.

No heavy hands. I so do not miss that part.
RE: What a difference from McAdoo  
Ten Ton Hammer : 4/26/2018 4:22 pm : link
In comment 13933841 ij_reilly said:
It's like night and day.

This coach respects the press and the fact that they have a job to do, they get paid for it.

It's more respect than some of them deserve.
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