Head Coach Robert Saleh, 10.4
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Good morning, I am just going to run down these injuries real quick. (Brandin) Echols, he’s doing with a hammy (hamstring), he’s going to be out for the game. D.J. Reed was entered into the concussion protocol. He won’t practice today, but we are optimistic that he will get everything cleared by game day.
Tony Adams will be limited. Sam Eguaveon will be limited. (Wes) Schweitzer’s back in practice, he’ll be limited and Mekhi (Becton) is on his normal schedule.
Brian Costello, New York Post: D.J. (Reed) had some symptoms Monday or something?
Yeah, a couple of symptoms, but like I said, we are optimistic on that, but Echols is going to be out.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Robert, I know you have to go week to week, not look too big picture. But it feels like a pretty a pretty critical junction of the season, right? You’re 1-3, you have the bye coming up in a couple of weeks. Does this feel like you have some positivity leading off of a loss, does this feel like a big week for you guys?
I feel like every week is a big week, (Brian) Coz, (Costello). It’s this sense of urgency to win in this League and to do your best and all that stuff is always at peak levels every week. You never want to make one bigger than the other because that’s where you get inconsistency in play, but this is no different. We’re traveling to a Denver team that just came off of a big win. They are feeling really good about themselves and they are probably looking at their schedule and thinking ‘Hey, we got a chance to get right’. So we’ve got to put our best foot forward and get ready to try to win a football game.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Does this sense of urgency grow though, after three losses?
It shouldn’t. The sense of urgency should always be the same. It should always be as high as possible. If your urgency is changing based on circumstance, you already lost. Again, but that is my opinion.
Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: With Russell (Wilson), you obviously have a relationship with him, what do you see in him now at this point in his career?
He’s lost weight from last year. He looks good. He’s moving around really well. He’s creating off schedule, like I am used to seeing, just game planning against him, being with him in Seattle and then game planning against him in Seattle. His arm is alive. He is throwing the ball accurately. They’re doing a really nice job. They’re moving the ball. I think they are a lot better than people are giving them credit for. I think a lot of people are hanging that Miami game on them and it’s one of those games you just throw away. But if you look at their body of work as a whole, they’ve been in every game. They had a really good comeback last week. The Washington game was a big game. So, this is a good football team.
Al Iannozzone, Newsday: Have you gotten any clarity yet on the Sauce (Gardner) call?
The call doesn’t matter. You could look at that clip and say, ‘Well, he fouled’, ‘He didn’t foul’. The clarity is just the consistency at which we officiate, that’s all. They have a hard job as it is. You go through those four quarters, we were the beneficiaries of some calls, they were the beneficiaries of some. We got away with a couple, they got away with a couple. There is a style of play that gets established between the way we officiate and the players. So, you know, their DB’s (defensive backs) are handsy, our DB’s are handsy. It’s just, why the fourth quarter did we decide? That’s all. You could look on every play and I promise you someone’s cheating on every play. You can throw a flag on every play, but that’s not the point. It’s, where is the consistency, what are we trying to accomplish, and the communication and all that stuff. So that was kind of what the frustration was.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: What is the thought process on making Al Woods inactive on Sunday’s game?
With the style of runs that Kansas City had, there is a couple of things. Obviously, one, from a special teams standpoint and, two, we had to get another DB on the field, which actually paid dividends when Echols got hurt, with the packages that we want to run defensively, with all the variety with their pass game. That was the big reason. It’s not traditional, we are unconventional in the sense that we dress nine and 10 D-linemen (defensive linemen). Traditionally, it’s eight, so we had to give one to get a DB on the field.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: Over the summer, (Sean) Payton’s comments about (Nathaniel) Hackett got the headline, but he also lugged you guys in with teams that are, ‘Trying to win the offseason’ and mentioned The Hard Knocks. It’s kind of an unflattering comment there. I’m wondering, now that you go into this game, is there anything to it for you, personally?
No. I said it before, in football terms that was 15 years ago, 20. It’s more like 25 now, it’s been a couple of days. But it’s long gone. We are a different football team than we were in training camp, so were they. We are just going out to play a football game. The reality is, is that coaches don’t play, it’s the players, and it’s our job to put them in the best position possible to be successful.
Dennis Waszak, Associated Press: Did he ever end up reaching out to you? Did you ever speak to him?
I will leave that between he and I.
Zach Rosenblatt, The Athletic: What do you see from Dalvin (Cook) right now?
Dalvin (Cook), he’s coming along. Remember he didn’t have OTA’s, he didn’t have training camp. He’s still getting his legs underneath him. I’ll speak for him, I’m sure he wants more. I’m sure he wants more production. He needs to continue to work. He’s getting faster, his GPS numbers are showing to get a lot faster. It looks like he is getting is legs underneath himself. We just need to find those guys a little bit more opportunity. We knew it was going to be hard. Last week, I felt like there was opportunity to get more touches to both of them. But at the same time, Zack was dealing and we were moving the ball pretty well with the style that we were operating in. He’s a great, great teammate, Dalvin is. I’m sure it’s an adjustment for him, but he’s also starting to get his legs underneath him, so he’s trending in the right direction.
Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: With Breece (Hall), it seems like he’s making the most of his opportunities. At what point do you just start to give him a little bit more carries?
Like I said, from an opportunity standpoint, there is no pitch count with him anymore. We would love to get him going. But at the same time, we’ve got a lot of guys that we want to get the ball to. Garrett (Wilson) is a special player, (Allen) Lazard showed how good he can be. Xavier Gipson showed up in the game, the three tight ends we have are pretty darn good. So, knock on wood,we got some guys, we just got to find a way to distribute the ball in a way that is best for the team and making sure that we’re scoring points.
Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: How is Trevor Siemian acclimating? And could he be the number two this week?
He’s doing a good job. The quarterback room is status quo. Tim Boyle has earned his right to be the number two quarterback and he’s done a great job in preparation as a number two. He’s done a great job with us, he did a great job all the way to earn his right to be the number two quarterback, but Trevor (Siemian) has been awesome, love having him here. He’s acclimating fine.
Brian Costello, New York Post: This is kind of a weird situation. You’re playing in Denver for the third straight year. Three different coaching staffs, two different quarterbacks. Can you draw anything from game planning for them 12 months ago and 24 months ago or has it all gone out the window?
It will probably be more player to player, leaning on different guys and how they play, but schematically there is no carry over.
Al Iannozzone, Newsday: Robert, do you remember what you felt for Breece last year? I mean, that’s where it happened in Denver, and to see where he is now?
Again, probably more for him, in terms of how he’s feeling about this game, but he is in a great mindset. Everyone loves him. He’s been working hard. I will say this, he ran violently last week in practice, and I felt like it carried over in the game. You can tell he’s starting to get his legs underneath him. Even though he’s had production, he still hasn’t reached what we know he’s capable of and what he’s shown in the past, but he is another one that’s trending in the right direction.
Zach Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Is Bryce Huff playing his best football right now? It seemed like he had a really dominate game the other day.
Yeah, Bryce (Huff) is really good, you know how I feel about him. He’s a special football player. Anytime you got a guy who just earned his way as an undrafted free agent, gets cut, all that stuff and had to remake his body and what he’s done. He’s a special human. He is getting better on first and second down, with regards to defending the run. Things are becoming more natural in that regard. And obviously from a pass rushers standpoint, we know how good he is.
Joe Mauceri, PIX 11: What do you want Zach (Wilson) to take away from his success that he had last week, going into this week?
Confidence. When he’s playing in timing and rhythm, he’s sure of himself, and he trusts what he sees, I think everyone saw the talent. That’s the hard part for quarterbacks in this League. We can have a whole three-hour dissertation or discussion on the development of quarterbacks in this League. The mental aspect of it is hard for a quarterback. Especially coming from this new age college and high school, not to throw shade at those systems, but it’s different because you can’t get away with some of the stuff that you get away with coming out from high school and college, coming into this League. He’s doing a great job. Like I said, his mental toughness and his perseverance and resilient mindset, he’s done a great job. For him, just stay confident, trust your feet, trust your eyes, let it rip.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Do you guys need to add a corner with Echols out and D.J.?
Yeah, we’re working some guys out. We need to add one anyway just because of practice and legs and all that stuff. But with Echols being down we are going to have to add one. It will probably be more practice squad though, Cos.
Al Iannozzone, Newsday: How important was it for Zach to have a game like that? I know you’ve talked about he looked great in practice, but to do it on the field and in the game. How important was it for him to show that?
Anytime you get an affirmation, I gave you the analogy, go to the driving range and I’ll scare Tiger Woods, but you still have to go do it on the course to feel confident that you can do it. I think for him, he’s done it in the past, it’s not like this is the first time he’s ever played a good game. For him, it’s just now let’s go stack it up. Just carry that confidence over and trust your teammates because a lot of the stuff he did on Sunday night was trusting his teammates with those back shoulder throws and being aggressive with his ball placement. I thought his teammates did a great job making plays too. For him, obviously I would imagine, empathetically speaking for myself, affirmations are great, but now the key is to carry it over and do it again.