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Thursday Media Transcript: ST Coordinator Thomas McGaughey

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/20/2018 2:53 pm
ST Coordinator Thomas McGaughey -- December 20, 2018

Re: Riley Dixonís rushing attempt last week
A: I guess you can call it fake. It was just one of those days. Everybody was struggling to catch the ball. You look at their guy (Titans P) Brett Kern, he had a couple of them that hit him right in the hands, hit him in the chest, but he caught them and got it off. It was just one of those days. Itís hard to catch the ball, thatís the thing we talked a little bit about before the game. A couple of guys that are receivers of the ball, weíre saying you got to catch it first on one of these wet, nasty days like that. It is what it is. It just worked out for the best.

Q: (P) Riley (Dixon) said when he looked up, he saw everyone had their back to him. Is it ever risky to give the punter the option to read that?
A: Itís very risky. They took a chance of doubling our gunners in the plus area, because weíve been doing a good job of downing the ball inside the 10 (-yard line). So, they wanted to take those two guys out and didnít bring a force-rusher. When I was at LSU, (former Giants P) Brad Wing had a really big play based on that. He just took off, and saw the defense. Same exact thing happened.

Q: Can you explain the play with (LB Ukeme) Eligwe where he downed the ball but it went through the end zone?
A: I wish I had an explanation for that (laughter). Iíve heard a couple different things. It worked out in our favor. I like to think he was going to stop before he went in. The ball squirted out of his hands. The good thing, we had a precedent Arizona versus Detroit a couple years ago where the guy possessed the ball, kind of did the same exact thing, the football moved Ė one, two possession, and it worked out.

Q: Who knew that? You? Shurmur?
A: We talked about it on the sideline. (Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Tom) Quinn was the first one to point it out. We went to talk to the official about it. They were like, ďYeah, we remember that,Ē and kind of went from there. It was good to have that knowledge on the sideline.

Q: If the ball goes through the end zone, thatís not always a touchback?
A: Not always. We catch it, possess it, one, two, you got possession of the ball Ė I think itís a football act. If you possess if before it goes in, then they blow it dead.

Q: But if he carried it inÖ
A: If he carried it in, it wouldíve been a touchback, absolutely.

Q: Did you know what was going on during the delay of game penalties?
A: Yeah, a lot of times when you get down in that area, fourth-and-short, trying to draw them offside, and youíre trying to give yourself a little bit more room to down the ball inside the 10 (-yard line). We didnít want to give them that opportunity, and they kept insisting that we do. It just slows deals. Thatís the rules. If you do it twice, they call unsportsmanlike conduct, and move them back. You canít decline that.

Q: Have you ever seen anything like that?
A: No, I havenít. It was a smart play by them. Just trying to give themselves some room. They got probably a little bit more leg than they wanted. They created space for themselves.

Q: Can you actually literally not decline that penalty? Or, you just wouldnít take it because it would be 15 yards?
A: You wouldnít take it.

Q: In college, the way they line up for punts is so much different.
A: Itís the rules. In college, as soon as the ball is snapped, you can just take off and run. So, nobody has to wait until the ball is punted. The rules are set to where thereís no sense of moving backwards when you can go forward immediately. You donít have as many returns in the college game, because when that ball is snapped, everybody just takes off.

Q: At what point in the season did you believe Aldrick Rosas had the chance to be a Pro Bowl kicker?
A: Probably midway through. When you look at him and what he was doing, he was super consistent. The misses that he had in practice, which is like small misses, and he was just consistent. You just saw the consistency every day, and then he was doing it in the games. His warmups, he was just super, super consistent. Once I saw that, kind of midway through, you knew he had the potential and he had a chance to just keep it rolling, and heís done a great job, he really has.

Q: Does he look like a totally different kicker to you this year?
A: Yeah, heís a lot more confident. You can tell from Ė last year, he was all over the place. Last year, he was a young guy. It was his first year in the league. Thatís the one thing I talked about with you guys earlier this year Ė young guys are young guys. They make mistakes, theyíre all over the place, theyíre inconsistent. Itís just like how we all were when we were young. We made mistakes and we did things that werenít good for us, but eventually, you learn from those mistakes, and you donít become a repeat offender. Aldrick has done a really good job in his career early, and hopefully he can keep this thing moving.

Q: How much of it was the physical adjustments and the mechanics?
A: Thereís some subtle things. Thereís some tweaks, because last year, a lot of his misses last year werenít bad misses. They were just kind of leaky, off to the right, or just leaky off to the left. It wasnít horrible. When I came in last year and saw him, I just knew we needed to make a couple of tweaks, and he did that this year, and youíre seeing the results of them.

Q: How valuable has (S) Michael Thomas been to you all year?
A: Oh, Mike T. is huge. Heís big for the room. Not only does he bring the production on the field, the energy and the effort and the professionalism, itís the leadership in the special teams room. He does an outstanding job of leading. Thereís a reason why he has that ďCĒ on his chest. He had done a really good job. Heís been great for us, and we look forward to having him.

Q: How much does his role change now if heís asked to do more defensively? Does his workload on special teams change?
A: Definitely. Obviously, you canít do a full load and play as much defense as heís playing. So, weíve taken him off a couple of things so he can get his wind. He knows where his bread is buttered. You have to fight him to get him off all of the stuff. We got him on a couple of teams. Heís excited about it. Heís always busting my chops about putting him back on certain things. Heís done a great job. He is a tremendous asset to our team.

Q: Who is the next man up for (CB) Antonio Hamilton?
A: Itíll be a bunch of different guys. Itís hard to replace Antonio. Heís done such a good job. Heís been so consistent for us. (CB) Tony Lippett will come up and do some things. Antonioís spot, weíll kind of mix and match different guys and try to use their skillset to maximize their performance. Lipp will be up, and weíll move some guys around. Just move the chess pieces around. Thatís what we do, juggle balls and see where we end up.

Q: What about (WR) Cody (Latimer)?
A: Cody will be back. Heíll be playing on offense, and again, thatís a part of the juggling act. Weíll move him around and put him in different spots where they can be effective and maximize their reps on game day.
Interesting...  
Dan in the Springs : 12/20/2018 3:03 pm : link
that it was Quinn who had the experience that led to overturning the Eligwe fumble into the end zone. I don't know anyone who wanted him back on the sideline.
This confuses me...  
Dan in the Springs : 12/20/2018 3:06 pm : link
Quote:
Q: In college, the way they line up for punts is so much different.
A: Itís the rules. In college, as soon as the ball is snapped, you can just take off and run. So, nobody has to wait until the ball is punted. The rules are set to where thereís no sense of moving backwards when you can go forward immediately. You donít have as many returns in the college game, because when that ball is snapped, everybody just takes off.


I'm going to have to take a look at the rules closer because I don't understand now how it wasn't a penalty when Riley took off. Clearly the team wasn't waiting for the punt (that never happened), but what he's saying is that there is a rule in the NFL that makes you have to wait. Wouldn't that mean there should have been a penalty called?

Am I reading that wrong? Anybody know the explanation here?
RE: Interesting...  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 12/20/2018 7:29 pm : link
In comment 14227882 Dan in the Springs said:
Quote:
that it was Quinn who had the experience that led to overturning the Eligwe fumble into the end zone. I don't know anyone who wanted him back on the sideline.

Get him out of here already. He's like friggin Gollum.
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