Head Coach Pat Shurmur
August 13, 2018
Opening Remarks: Training Camp Monday. Weíre going to get on a plane here this evening to go to Detroit, and then start working with them tomorrow for the week. With that, Iíll answer your questions.†
Q: With your experience within that division, what matchup of the Lions are you excited for your team to compete against?†
A:† Iím just looking forward to our guys to compete against new faces, new schemes. It kind of freshens things up. Iíve said this before, but Matt (Patricia) and I have organized these practices before, so we have kind of a set of guidelines that we want our guys to follow, but just looking forward to playing against new faces in a new scheme.†††
Q:† Maybe you saw or heard what happened with the Jets and the Redskins yesterday, brawls can happen in these things. How do you protect against that?
A: We want our guys to be smart, we want our guys to compete, be smart, we want to stay off the ground, we want to eliminate all that chatter and just keep it encouraging. Thatís part of being of being a pro is being able to practice not only with your team but with other teams, and so I understand competitive spirit. Those are two teams and thatís their experience. Weíre going to try to guard against it.
Q:† Do you look at how your team acts the next few days as a reflection of you in a lot of ways?†
A: Well, I think itís important that you need to learn how to compete and compete at a very high level, but I think itís always important to keep your composure. Part of what makes these guys special is they really look forward to the physical part of what this game is all about, and every once in a while, things heat up. Really, we were going against one another today, and those were just squabbles. Those werenít fights, just squabbles.†
Q:† What happened to Saquon on the long catch? I think he had his leg wrapped.†
A:† I donít know. Weíll see. I think heís alright, but weíll find out.
Q:† Is there a lot of value in practicing against another team? Do you get things out of it you canít get [here]?
A:† I think so. I think when we do training camp here, we really donít change our environment like some years or some teams that go away. So this is a good event for us also to be a team away for a few days. Thereís some esprit de corps to that, some bonding, so weíll take advantage of that and then, again, itís new players against a new scheme, weíll just try to do what we can to make sure we get work and donít have those flare ups.
Q: Whatís your plan for Odell (Beckham) in that kind of setting? You said he didnít play the other day because (he is coming off) of injury, so does that stretch into these practices too?
A: Iím just going to continue, I know itís probably getting old for you to hear my answer, but Iím just going to try to be smart with Odell as he comes back. You see him out here and what he can do in practice, I just want to be smart in all conditions as we lead up to the season.
Q: Are you able to do more in a joint practice because there isnít film that will get out to the rest of the league?
A: Well, it doesnít get out to the rest of the league. Thatís part of our internal mandates, we keep it amongst ourselves. We have a list of guidelines that we go by and so weíre not really worried about that. This is more about techniques and fundamentals than it is trying to, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, beat the Lions. Weíre looking to try and get better, weíre looking for the Giants to get better, competing against another opponent.†
Q: You gave Davis (Webb) and Kyle (Lauletta) some first-team reps today. Is that just to let them get a feel for it?
A: I think so. We kind of backed off on Eli (Manning) just a little bit. Heís taken a few snaps in his lifetime, so thatís all that was. Thereís a double-edged sword to that. By doing that, it allowed us to get those guys bumped up and get more reps, and thatís what we were trying to do.†
Q: How important is it to get Davis his first team reps here, even in the next couple days in that kind of setting? Is it something you feel like you need to do?
A: I think itís important as the guys play, as backup players play in the first unit, it helps. I think itís important as a quarterback, though, to complete your passes. It doesnít matter who youíre playing with or who youíre playing behind.†
Q: Whoís running your defense at practice with James (Bettcher) not being here?
A: Theyíre doing it as a group. Each guy has their section of things, and then you saw that Lou Anarumo was calling in the plays.
Q: It looks like you got (Curtis) Riley and (William) Gay back the last couple of days. Even though theyíre experienced veterans, does the sense of urgency pick up for them to get in these preseason games to show you what they can do?
A: I think regardless of how old you are as a player, if youíre on the 90, they all have a high sense of urgency, and I think the fact that our guys are fighting back from those nagging little injuries is a good thing, and weíre glad to have them back out there.
Q: It seems every year Mark Herzlich comes to training camp, we all wonder can he make the team? What does he bring to [this team]?
A: Heís a steady performer. Heís all in on everything that we do. Heís out here, he competes, every rep he gets, he goes a million miles an hour. Obviously what heís been through in his life is somewhat of an inspiration to us, and heís just a really good football player.
Q: Youíve got two running backs in Robert (Martin) and (Jalen) Simmons. What do you like about the way theyíre competing?
A: Yeah. I think theyíre good, physical runners, and thatís where it starts for them. They know how to run the football and we saw the other night that given a little room, they can make yards, so I think thatís where it starts for them. Theyíre both getting much better at pass protection, and I think theyíre both doing a much better job of catching the football. So, their total game is getting better, but really for those guys, it starts as being runners.
Q: Would Thursday normally be a walk-thru if you were not with another team, and will you actually practice with them that day?
A: Yeah, itís going to be two-third speed stuff. Itís not going to be (full speed). Thereíll be some periods in there that might be full speed, but, again, our players are playing a partial game, and so I still think itís important to remember weíre in training camp.
I appreciate that for the most part he is pretty clear and concise in his plans, evaluations and responses to questions (even when it's something they want to keep in house). There is very little "coach speak" like protect the duke and I have to look at the tape. Just refreshing to hear a coach really talk football
I like when they ask him the same stupid questions he subtly tells them to stfu without telling them to stfu