Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- November 10, 2018
Q: Opening statement:
A: You saw we released (G) Pat Omameh. Itís always hard when you release a veteran, especially a guy like Pat. Probably one of my favorite people that Iíve met doing this. Sometimes, itís about the player. Sometimes, itís about the situation, the numbers, and all that, but we wish Pat well.
Q: Why did you all decide to release him at this particular moment?
A: As you go through the season, you have to make moves to your roster. Some people question why we put (WR Quadree) Henderson down earlier, and now weíre putting him back up.
Q: What makes a cutting a guy who has actually played the right move? You have let guys go with experience and have inexperienced guy on the roster.
A: Pat came in and to his credit, heís been a good soldier. We moved him around. We brought him in. We were going to play him at left guard. We signed him before we knew we were going to draft (G) Will (Hernandez), so he moved over to right guard. He battled for us. You just make changes, and thatís just the way it goes. Weíre constantly looking to try to get the right combination of guys. We donít have a problem playing young players. Weíll constantly change the roster, and then the players that are here, weíre going to continue to develop them. Thatís why they play.
Q: Can you put your finger on why it didnít work out for Pat?
A: I think he came in and competed and battled. Nothing in particular.
Q: Will Hernandez is a rookie who hears a lot of criticism about this offensive line. Do you have to talk to him about not listening to any outside noise?
A: No, we donít worry about the noise. I think whatís important is he goes out and plays. He gets better each week. He has more good plays, and less bad plays. Iíve talked about this before, when you have rookies out there doing it for the first time, they tend to get better faster, or at least in our eyes. He played his best game last week, which is encouraging. He gets better each week.
Q: Does this mean (G) Jamon Brown will start on Monday?
A: Weíre getting him ready to go.
Q: You are trying to go out and win every week, but if you are trying to give a lot of new, young guys playing time and maybe the results donít go the way you want, how much patience at an organizational level is there for that?
A: I donít know what type of question that is for me. Iím trying to go out and win a football game with the roster that we have. Weíre constantly looking to upgrade the roster. Thatís probably a question for somebody else.
Q: When the decision to waive Quadree (Henderson) back on Tuesday was made, was it in the back of your mind that you hoped that it would work out the way it worked out and that he would be back up here as your returner and not down on the practice squad?
A: For sure, and we had to do that. That roster move was to make room for (DL) RJ (McIntosh), that we had to move up at that point. We hoped that he would clear and then be available for us, like he was. Put him on the practice squad, and now we bumped him up.
Q: So sometimes itís worth a risk in that situation to Ė
A: In some situations, you have to do that. I think every Ė you can probably go and talk to every head coach in the league and theyíre dealing with working their roster because of injuries sometimes and sometimes itís because youíre just trying to get the better players.
Q: I guess how everything shook out, you might just say why not just waive Pat (Omameh) for RJ.
A: Thereís other reasons for it. Again, we have short term reasons, thereís some long term reasons, and certainly sometimes like I mentioned, itís not about the player thatís getting released. Itís about the whole total roster and I think thatís safe to be said about this move.
Q: Do you like Odell (Beckham Jr.) saying he wants to win out?
A: Yeah. I worry about this game and winning the first game, but no, I think itís great. I think thatís the important piece. You go out, you fight to win every game and then at the end, you add them up.
Q: Has the league been in touch with you at all about the air quality and contingency plans?
A: I heard something briefly. Pat (Hanlon) mentioned something about it because of the fires, I guess, but I havenít heard anything officially from the league yet. I havenít.
Q: Defensively, Curtis Riley Ė what has led to him taking what seems like heís taking some wrong angles on some plays and itís probably where some of the big plays have been allowed on the defense?
A: I think itís Ė weíll have to talk about which one specifically, but I think itís important when youíre a safety, you got to be able to play the backend of the field, you got to play the middle, you got to play the half, and when the run breaks out, you have to take the proper angles. Heís taken the proper angle many times and itís just something you work on.
Q: I donít know how quite to ask this, but you invested a lot of time in a guy like Ereck (Flowers) or Pat Omameh in the offseason. Is it hard to admit a mistake, for lack of a better term?
A: I donít think itís admitting mistakes. I think itís working with players and then trying always to put what we consider to be the best players on the field. Anytime you work with someone, itís not time wasted. I guess I donít understand the basis of that question. It doesnít work out, it doesnít work out, you move on.
As Shurmur said, lots of factors affecting decisions on players. Lots of moving parts.
I have said before, but I wish we could go back to May 1 and see Omameh at LG and Hernandez at RG. Solder and Omameh seemed to be working well together and Hernandezís technique was so unpolished that it might not have made a difference whether he started off at LG or RG.
Donít read the other thread. People are actually defending DG for this offseason.
A lot of fans hope against hope that the GM and HC are not, as they might appear, complete knuckleheads. Only when the team goes 5-27 this year and next will the hope dissipate.
by midseason isn't admitting to a mistake??
But then why ask the question if you already know the answer? I don't think Pat Shurmur has a problem admitting to mistakes, but he has a problem referring to people--Flowers and Omameh--as mistakes. Nobody wants to hear a coach saying "yeah, so and so was a mistake." Shurmur handled the question as he always does, with both honesty and class.
Totally agree! And he's right about it really being trying to put the best players on the field. It's not a mistake. After each game and practice session you learn more information about the players and what they do well or don't do well. It's stupid to think that you don't allow that new information to be used to change your lineup from day one to the end of the season. It's not a mistake. It's called coaching!