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Friday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/7/2018 2:53 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur
September 7, 2018

Q: Did (Mr. Mara) give you any good advice?
A:Just normal issues of the day. Fortunately here, and thats part of whats great about working here is we get a chance because we work together on a daily basis to visit often, which is good.

Q: We havent seen (Olivier Vernon) out at all this week.
A: Its safe to say he wont make it this week.

Q: Beyond this week, is there a concern that it could be more?
A: Well just worry about it week to week. Hes making great progress, so well just have to see.

Q:How big of a loss is that to not have him at least for this week?
A: Were going to play with the guys that are healthy and well see. Obviously youd like to have OV on the field.

Q: What does (Lorenzo Carter) bring to your pass rush?
A: Hes an edge player. He was an outstanding pass rusher in college. I think hes improved in that area through the training camp and hes going to get his opportunity Sunday.

Q: Was he able to go full again today after yesterday?
A: Hes fine. He just had an illness. He must have had the fish yesterday or something.

Q: How do you fill that void? Are you looking for just one guy to do it or are you looking for a whole bunch of guys?
A: Well use the whole roster to fill that void. Typically when you put a roster together, there are guys that will have to overlap in certain positions your fullback overlaps at tight end, your fullback can overlap at running back, so we do the same thing with the D line and the edge players.

Q: When you signed (Connor Barwin), (Dave Gettleman) said you were looking for quality snaps out of him. Can he still give you quantity snapsm too, whatever a starting workload is?
A: Yeah, we feel like quality. Well just see how much hell give us, but hes healthy and ready to go.

Q: Youre a football lifer. Does opening day mean anything different to you than it did when you were a player or assistant coach?
A: No, Ive been fortunate enough to be able to do this a very long time. I told the players, game day and game weekend never gets old. I love the rhythm of a Friday, I love the rhythm of Friday evening, the mock game on Saturday, the lead up to the night meetings, Ive always enjoyed the night meetings, and then certainly game day has never gotten old for me. The anticipation when you wake up Sunday to play in the game, and Ill bet you and when I mention this to the players, they all start to nod, especially the ones that dont play anymore thats what players miss. I think when theyre not playing anymore, Im sure thats what they miss. Its important to stay in the moment and enjoy each Sunday.

Q: What about the flip side to that? You have probably four rookies that are going to play significant roles, if not start, on Sunday. Do you say anything to them about the moment and about how big it is, and not to make too much of it?
A: Yeah, I think the big thing is just try to keep them calm. Because itll be the first time in the shiny pants, the game uniforms, on a Sunday for real, Im sure their emotions will run; but most of these guys have played in front of large crowds before in big games, so theyll just lean on those experiences and then well help them do it.

Q: Its your first game. You saw last year the Eagles be super aggressive on fourth down and go for it left and right. Im just wondering where you stood philosophically when it comes to that?
A: Were going to try to make decisions each game to try to win the game, and if it requires going for it on fourth down, well do it. If we feel like theres a better choice, every once in a while you decide to punt it, get the ball down the field and stop them and get the ball back.

Q: Will you have someone specifically in your ear talking about those decisions?
A: We teach our staff, we have a shared situational awareness. Were all connected on the headset so well all talk about it.
The fish!  
mattlawson : 9/8/2018 11:34 am : link
Great airplane reference there
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