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Sunday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/26/2018 5:46 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur
August 26, 2018

Opening Remarks: Good practice, I think we got a lot done. It was very competitive. Iíll try to take your questions.

Q: It looked like Olivier Vernon got carted off at one point, what happened there?
A:†Yeah, he kind of just went inside the block and got his feet tangled up. I think itís his ankle. Heís being evaluated. I donít have much right now.†

Q: In terms of the cart, people overreact. Is it anything serious, do you think?
A: I donít know yet, Iíll find out when I go in there. Heís being evaluated. Iíll figure out more when I get inside. Iím sure word will spread.

Q:† Just seeing a guy of that magnitude go down must be concerning, right?
A: Yeah, you donít want anybody getting hurt. You want guys to be able to practice and stay healthy. Weíll just see. At this point, I donít have any information.††

Q:†You guys made a trade today. Is that because (Jon Halapio) had secured the job and (John Greco) had convinced you he could be the backup?
A: No, I think the trade was good for both (Minnesota and us). We got a pick in return for Brett Jones. Heís one of my favorite guys and heís going to a really good place. With their situation in the offensive line, heís going to have a chance to compete to maybe be their starter. Iím pretty familiar with their situation and heís going to a very good place, so Iím happy for him, because heís a real likeable guy. He works hard, heís tough, and I feel like if he canít be here Ė I tell the players all the time, we want you all to be here; if you canít be here, we want you to be somewhere good, and thatís a good place.†

Q: Obviously, general managers work out that kind of thing, but did you talk to Mike Zimmer? Were you involved in where he went?†
A: Yes, but youíre right. General Managers deal with it. Thereís obviously conversation as we go.† We talked about it.

Q:† What was it about Jon Halapio that you liked over Brett that you decided to go in that direction with him as your starter?†
A:† At this point, the story is we traded Jonesy. We like what Halapio has been doing. We just like the way heís played.

Q: How unique is that to pull a guy off the practice field and trade him like that?
A: Itís happened before. At that point, because we made a deal, we wanted to get him out so that he doesnít get banged up. I donít know if itís common, but it has happened before.††

Q: You said how much you like Brett. People thought he had a shot to be the starting center and that he could be valuable in even a backup role. What made you guys want to move him?††
A: We feel like weíre going to make decisions based on whatís best for our team. Again, I like all the players that we have out here and I want them all to have success, and I want them all to be on the team. We just felt like this was part of doing business.††

Q: I know this isnít exactly your lane, but how much was his salary apart of that? He obviously got paid more than most backups.†††
A: Iím not worried about that.

Q: How much does having a guy like Greco make this more palatable?††††
A: Yeah, you want to have centers in the building. We do have other guys that can play center in a backup role.

Q: Was it encouraging to see (Evan Engram) out there and running around a little?†
A: Yeah, very encouraging. As we know, heís in the (concussion) protocol, so I donít have much to add. Heís working his way through.†

Q: What do you like about Jerell Adams? Heís getting some first team reps now with Evan down and in the game when Ellison went down. What do you like about (him)?
A: Heís got good size. I think heís a good blocker as well as a pass receiver, so heís a guy that can do both. I do think heís made some good improvements through the spring and now training camp.†

Q: Is there a concern at all with the way the running game is going right now, or do you know fully well that itís going to improve once (Saquon Barkley) is able to play on a regular basis?
A: Certainly when you run the ball well, itís a team thing. When you donít run the ball, at least early in the game, thatís really the narrative right now. Early in the game, we havenít run the ball as well as we want to. Regardless of whoís in there playing, weíve found a way to move the ball as the game goes along. Itís a team thing and weíre working on it to improve those early game runs and I think thatís the important piece.

Q: You expressed confidence that (Jonathan Stewart) is going to be able to (produce). How do you do that? How do you know when a player has come to the end of their productivity?
A: You never totally know, but I know heís a pro and I know the history behind how offseason training has gone for him. We have intimate knowledge about him as a player as he goes through the years. Again, we trust Jonathan and we trust that heíll be productive.

Q: Where do things stand with (Connor Barwin) as far as his progress?
A: Heís day to day. Heís making good progress.

Q: He hasnít been on the field a lot for you, do you need to see more?
A: Heís day to day.

Q: Whatís your plan for Thursday? Do you see the starters playing at all?
A: Weíll kind of announce that as we go. Weíll figure it out as we go. There will probably be some players that donít play this week.

Q: Josh Mauro is an interesting guy. I think you gave him some first team reps and then obviously he canít play the first four games, so how have you handled his practice workload knowing that he canít play the first four games?
A: Weíre training him as much as we can until heís going to leave us for a month, so to speak. It doesnít need to sound weird, heís just not going to be here for a month, so weíre going to try to get as much training as we can until heís not with us.
Not exactly words of encouragement  
Andy in Boston : 8/26/2018 5:50 pm : link
For Greco.
RE: Not exactly words of encouragement  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/26/2018 5:56 pm : link
In comment 14049397 Andy in Boston said:
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For Greco.


What are you reading that I'm not seeing?
RE: RE: Not exactly words of encouragement  
Milton : 8/26/2018 5:59 pm : link
In comment 14049406 Eric from BBI said:
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In comment 14049397 Andy in Boston said:


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For Greco.



What are you reading that I'm not seeing?
He could've been more effusive, but there is nothing to read into it.
RE: RE: Not exactly words of encouragement  
Andy in Boston : 8/26/2018 9:47 pm : link
In comment 14049406 Eric from BBI said:
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In comment 14049397 Andy in Boston said:


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For Greco.


He didnít insinuate anything about Greco ....heís a 10 year vet
And we assume heís the backup as heís been with the
2ís ... but he didnít really go there.

Q: How much does having a guy like Greco make this more palatable?
A: Yeah, you want to have centers in the building. We do have other guys th




What are you reading that I'm not seeing?
Asked him specifically about Greco  
Andy in Boston : 8/26/2018 9:53 pm : link
And his answer was basically ...about all the backup guys.
We assume Greco is the #2 but I guess we wonít reslky know until
Saturday
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