Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 14, 2018
Q: Odell (Beckham Jr.)?
A: Not out here. Heís out. He wonít play this week.
Q: Rhett (Ellison)?
A: Yeah, he was out here practicing. Heís ready to go.
Q: He will play?
A: Yes. Iíd like to avoid, weíre starting to go down that path to talking about injuries a bunch, just let the report show what it does. Heíll be ready to go.
Q: What do you think of the job of some of your veteran receivers? How important is it to have those veteran receivers when Odell is out, and the job theyíd done? Bennie (Fowler), Russell Shepard, Corey (Coleman)ís not really a veteran, but Bennie and Russell in particular.
A: (Corey) is somewhat veteran. Yeah, itís important. Any position when you have an injury or a playerís missing, the guys need to step up and I think theyíve done that. It could be said for anybody thatís missing. Weíve had linebackers in and out of the lineup, same thing. A couple defensive linemen have moved in and out. Early on, it was the o-line. Itís important that when guys get their opportunities, they make the best of them, and I think that group has done it.
Q: It just seems like when you have a defensive back or linebacker out, you call on Sean Chandler or Grant Haley or Tae Davis, rookie kind of guys, whereas receiver, you actually have some veterans who can step in.
A: Yeah, I think thatís true. Itís just the nature of the roster. Veteran or rookie, when youíre called on, youíve got to do a good job. They understand, and we talked about it earlier in the week, if you believe that experience matters, and I think we all do, you guys are probably better writers now than when you first started, right? If you believe in experience, then the veteran presence matters.
Q: What have you fallen back on as far as experience going from 1-7 and then winning four of the last five games, what did you use to sort of maintain things?
A: I just stay in the moment. Weíve spoken, or Iíve answered that question a numerous amount of times. I donít google my name. Although you guys do a great job doing what you do, I donít listen to it, good or bad. Youíve heard me say it before, Mike Schmidt, you remember what I said? ĎThe thrill of victory, the agony of reading about it.í You just stay away from that and you just stay the course, and I think thatís the message to the players as well. Just keep going, try to make this Friday the best it can be, and then get your energy high, play with some enthusiasm, and let it show on Sunday.
Q: What was it with Odell this week? Did he not make any progress?
A: He just canít go. No setbacks, just canít go.
Q: How much does that affect your offense? Obviously, heís a big piece.
A: Yeah, heís a very valued member of this team, but the challenge is for the guys playing in his place to do a good job, and itís a one-game basis, but the guys that did it last week did a good job. So thereís something to be learned from the experience that comes with that.
Q: How much does Sterling (Shepard)ís role actually change? Does he have to play a different spot a lot more?
A: Sterling plays both spots, and thereís plays when weíll swap it where X plays Z, Z plays X, so theyíre all kind of trained in all the spots. Heíll just play where he plays.
Q: How much does the natural progression (change) without Odell. Do you look to target him more?
A: No, weíre just looking to play offense. Weíll call a progression and Eliís instructed to throw it to the open guy. Thatís it. Itís that simple.
Q: You said on Wednesday that Kyle (Lauletta) was going to be your number-two quarterback for now, but that could change. Friday, do you still expect that?
A: Yeah, we still have a couple days, so weíll see.
Q: Have any determinations regarding (Odellís) status been made beyond Sunday, or are you just going to come back here Monday?
A: I think itís a day-to-day thing. Itís been, I guess, reported a lot, heís got a quad thing going on, so itís day-to-day.