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Transcript: Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/27/2019 3:12 pm
Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern -- September 27, 2019

Q: Do you have enough bodies this week?
A: We have enough. The guys have been working at it. Were looking forward to it. Its a great challenge, but everyone is stepping up.

Q: What have you seen from Ryan Connelly thats allowed him to step into such a big role so fast?
A: Well, I think the way Ryan prepares. Hes obviously a good football player, but he prepares the right way during the week. Hes gotten himself ready to play and hes shown up on game day.

Q: How much did things change for him? I know it the start of the second half, he had the green dot and was the signal caller. How much did that change things for him?
A: Its a little something going from having somebody give you the call to making the calls. But again, its a little bit of a tribute to him in the sense that hes preparing the way he should prepare. Hes on top of his game. He studies it. Hes putting in the extra time. He just has to be a little bit more vocal now.

Q: How much work did he get of that in the preseason, summer, making the calls?
A: At different times through the situations, he was in there. Not so much all the time with the first group, but with the second group. So, hes made calls to the defense out there. During the week at practice, guys all have the green dot on their helmet during practice, so theyve heard it in preseason, theyve heard it in practices. Theyre used to it.

Q: Was that something he did in college, too?
A: No. College is usually all signals, unless theyve changed something that I dont know.

Q: Has he surprised you with how quickly hes picked all of it up?
A: No. Im happy with what hes done, as we thought when we had a chance to go and kind of scout him and look at him. We thought he did have some qualities that we really were excited about.

Q: I want to make sure I understood right. They all have the walkie-talkie during practice?
A: In practice, we have about three or four of the guys that will have them in.

Q: So if Alex (Ogletree) is the one getting them, hes still hearing them?
A: Well, otherwise youre signaling for when the second group goes in. Its one of those rather than have the change-out. Its just a league rule that youre only allowed to have that one on the field at a time.

Q: What about David Mayo? What does he bring? What have you seen from him so far?
A: Davids a quick learner. Hes competitive as heck. Hes active and hes picked things up in a short period of time that hes been here, so were excited to see him play this weekend.

Q: What do you guys like so much about Nate (Stupar), bringing him back? Obviously, hes probably more of a special teams guy when he was here before. But bringing him back when Alec goes down when there are other options out there, what do you like about him?
A: The one thing about it is that Nate is extremely intelligent. He understands our scheme. Hes been involved with our defenses and knows what we do. Hes been out on the field for us before. He was coming off an injury last year, so he was a little bit hes moving better this year. Thats was what we were excited about, that he has the opportunity to be back with us now.

Q: There was some thought that maybe Josiah (Tauaefa) could get promoted. How close is he? What did you see from him this summer?
A: I like everything that Josiahs doing. Hes been preparing, does a great job in the meeting room. Hes working his tail off. When I say this, hes one of those guys who has definitely gotten better since hes been here.

Q: Would you feel comfortable is he at the point where you think you could put him in a game if they called him up?
A: Thats above my pay grade.

Q: Im not saying whether they are going to call him up. Im saying for you personally, would you trust him at this point to know
A: All of those guys, if theyre going to be professionals, they all have to prepare to be ready to make the calls and make the plays out there. Thats their job. Thats their job description.

Q: When you have injuries, do you shorten your bench a little bit in the sense that you might play guys more?
A: Sure. Obviously, we have to have seven deacs on game day. But if youre losing bodies, obviously someone else has to step up and you have to find different roles for different people.

Q: Can any of your edge guys move inside in a pinch if you need it? I know Lorenzo (Carter) had experience there. Is that something that you guys can work with?
A: Could we? Yeah. Weve done that in the past. There are guys that can handle that. As we go into any game plan, were trying to take advantage of their skillsets and get them to do what they do best.

Q: How do you feel about the way Alec Ogletree played the first couple of games before the injury?
A: Hes been playing solid. Hes in good shape. Hes been working at it. He was active and productive. Obviously, were looking forward to getting him back. Hes doing everything he can in terms of rehabbing, and were looking forward to getting him back when hes healthy.

Q: You talked about scouting Connelly, and that you liked some of his qualities. What were those qualities that you liked when you saw him in college?
A: His intelligence, his quickness. When you talk to people about him that have been around him for a period of time when he was at Wisconsin, their comments. I think those guys, what they saw in him kind of intrigued you as a coach and as an organization.
Chris Thompson  
Jimmy Googs : 9/27/2019 3:15 pm : link
feels like a fantasy start...
Josiah Tauaefa  
5BowlsSoon : 9/27/2019 3:54 pm : link
I liked those questions asked regarding JT......didnt really like the evasive answers.
RE: Josiah Tauaefa  
darren in pdx : 9/27/2019 4:01 pm : link
In comment 14602306 5BowlsSoon said:
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I liked those questions asked regarding JT......didnt really like the evasive answers.


Thats above my pay grade tells you everything you need to know. Its not his place to give out that type of information publicly.

Im surprised there were no questions about Skipper.

RE: RE: Josiah Tauaefa  
5BowlsSoon : 9/27/2019 4:07 pm : link
In comment 14602314 darren in pdx said:
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In comment 14602306 5BowlsSoon said:


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I liked those questions asked regarding JT......didnt really like the evasive answers.



Thats above my pay grade tells you everything you need to know. Its not his place to give out that type of information publicly.

Im surprised there were no questions about Skipper.


Skipper is not a LB.
RE: RE: RE: Josiah Tauaefa  
Toth029 : 9/27/2019 6:53 pm : link
In comment 14602324 5BowlsSoon said:
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In comment 14602314 darren in pdx said:


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In comment 14602306 5BowlsSoon said:


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I liked those questions asked regarding JT......didnt really like the evasive answers.



Thats above my pay grade tells you everything you need to know. Its not his place to give out that type of information publicly.

Im surprised there were no questions about Skipper.




Skipper is not a LB.

Technically he's an OLB.
No pun intended,  
RickInCharlotte : 9/28/2019 9:38 am : link
but he seems quite defensive talking about his job and his players. The interview isn't exactly brimming with confidence. It shouldn't be given the play across the first three games, but I'd feel better if there was more optimism about the future.
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