VIDEO: Florida Week Football Media Availability
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Coach Will Muschamp along with players Parker White, Dylan Wonnum, Jammie Robinson, Nick Muse and Jakai Moore met with reporters on a Zoom call Tuesday.
WILL MUSCHAMP TRANSCRIPT
– Okay, I got a good start today on Florida. I thought we had a good workmanlike blue collar practice today. Thought the guys came out with the right mentality and improving and getting better on a Tuesday practice. And a lot of good on good work and got some good scout work and getting ready for a really good Florida team. A lot back on offense. A lot of experience on the offensive side of the ball. Kyle Trask is a, you got to like the guy just as far as sticking it out, waiting his turn and then cashing in on his opportunity when he had it. And he’s a really good football player. I think he’s got a great pocket presence. He really feels and evades the rush extremely well. Buys time for himself. Constantly has his eyes downfield which creates some issues. That’s why they have a lot of explosives offer them plays. But a really good football player. Kyle Pitts is probably the best site in the country. I would assume he is. Certainly the best one we’ll see. But long, athletic, has speed, difficult matchup guy but has a very good knack of getting open finding space and Trask, obviously they’ve got a good rapport as far as the throwing game is concerned. Four out of five seniors in the offensive line, big physical guys that we’ve faced. Reese is actually played for Dan at Mississippi State. So he obviously knows the scheme and system. So a lot of snaps logged up front but they got a good skill people. Greene is back, Copeland and Kadarius Toney is a guy in the return game and as a receiver, you’ve got to always know where he is. And then Malik Davis is back off. I believe he had an injured knee or foot but another guy that brings in another dimension as well as Pierce. Defensively Todd Grantham is a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for. They lost some really good players off of a very good defense last year. Ventrell Miller had an outstanding game Saturday. I think he had 14 or 15 tackles. Marco Wilson. They’ve got Kair Elam, some good cover guys on the back end. And they got good players. They’ve recruited good players that had a couple they were out on Saturday. McPherson is an outstanding kicker. They’ve always been good in the kicking game as far as that’s concerned. But noon kick down in Gainesville we were looking forward to getting back on the field. And injury wise for us, Israel and Jahmar Brown moved around today I thought looked fine. But their day to day. Alex Huntley is probably out this week again hopefully get him back next week. Sherrod Greene subluxed his hip. He’s got a fracture in his hip. He’ll probably be out four to six weeks. And then there’s no surgery required unusual injury. They’re going to take a look at it between four and six weeks and see what they do from there. Hopefully he’ll be back within that time but it’s a very unusual injury. A small fracture in his hip there. And I’ll open up for any questions.
– [Reporter] Hey coach, I guess with the scheme that Florida runs, how much of a stress does that put on your offensive front? And when you looked back at kind of some of the issues you guys had up front, was that communication or was it just kind of one-on-ones and the sideline stuff?
– As far as our offense and their defense?
– [Reproter] As far as your offensive line against Tennessee and Titans?
– Well, we got whipped at the tight end position. And as far as the run game was concerned, they created some issues. Whether it was from a backside cutoff and whether it was at the point of attack you know. One missed assignment there was a critical error going in and then just flat out getting physically wept on a couple other occasions. But you know, coming out of the game, we felt like the right side, we need to play better there. Felt liked it, Dylan and Hutch and Eric, you know, played well enough for us to win. We got to get better at the right guard and the right tackle position. And so looking at that this week, again we’re continue to look at the right combinations for us. All positions are open to get the best five, six, seven, eight, whatever it takes to be successful. but we need to run the ball better. I think we did in the second half. And Mike came in at halftime. First thing he said is we need to start stretching the field. We need to get them off of us a little bit. And that’s what he did. And that opens up some things in the running game. So it all works hand in hand. And I think you know, it’s a feeling out process for a little bit of Mike in a game situation of what people feel comfortable with. And we score a four to six possessions in the second half. So pretty Evan we did a nice job making adjustments.
– [Reporter] Yeah, Will can you describe level of the sense of emphasis this week as far as getting more wide outs involved in the passing game. And I assume moving forward you certainly don’t want to see that many targets to Shi. I mean, you did a great job at it but certainly you’re going to need a few other guys to get involved.
– Yeah we need some more guys to step up. But you know you got to win the man coverage in this leg. We had some guys targeted, you know and other opportunities. You can’t create separation. It’s hard to throw it to you. So we’re not just going to throw the ball to a guy that can’t get open. I mean at the end of the day, we got to look at some other guys. Luke Doty is going to have some opportunities. And if they can’t win in man cover, it’s hard to throw it to you. And we’re going to see man cover Saturday, we’re going to see it for the rest of the year in our league. And that’s just part of it especially in those deny the ball down third and six or less that’s what you’re going to see. And you’ve got to win verse man cover. So we’re continuing to rep those guys. If I felt like we did some decent things in training camp and was disappointed outside of Xavier and Shi at that position. So we got to get better.
– [Reporter] A lot of people said that Florida is probably this year’s LSU team of last year. Have you seen any co… After watching the film, any comparisons of I had.
– Well, I mean again, I think they’re very balanced in what they do. Dan’s always going to have balance as far as the run and pass game is concerned. There’s some very difficult match-ups for you. You know, obviously Pitts is a matchup issue how you’re going to handle him. And they do a good job of moving around. Cadera is Tony’s a matchup issue. Greene is a big guy. That’s a physical receiver that can catch the 50-50 balls. So there’s some skill issues that you’ve got to deal with schematically. And then there are very experienced offense of line Harris and moved to center. And I think it’s a really good player that directs their offensive line. They didn’t have a lot of mistakes on Saturday, as far as run-throughs and things of that nature that are concerned and they’ve got good backs. So I mean, anytime you have really good skill people and you’ve got a good offensive line and you’ve got a guy that can pull the trigger and make good decisions which Kyle does that, that does create some issues for you. Obviously, Saturday, they were really good. They really played well. And we were looking forward to the opportunity.
– [Reporter] Well, you’ve mentioned before how confident you are in Parker. So two questions one, how relaxing is it to have him back there and knowing he’s pretty automatic right now. And two, how pleasing is it to see him doing pretty well? Considering his career didn’t have the best start.
– No, it didn’t. I had a rough start to start out and I’m really proud of him. Continue to persevere, fight through it, continue to work. And really after his first season committed himself from a technical standpoint from technique, really worked extremely hard to put himself in the position that he is now. And I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him that to go make kicks. You know, you look back to the other night you got over three minutes left, you got fourth and 12. If it’s fourth and seven, we’re going for it. If it’s, we don’t have three time outs, we’re probably going forward at fourth and 12, but you got three time outs. And I got great confidence that then when we get the ball back we’re getting the ball back to go win the game. We’re not trying to tie the game. We’re going to go win the game because you kick a field goal. Cause I know he’s going to make it. I’ve got great high confidence level he’s going to make it. We kick it off. We call three time outs and we get the ball back with a minute and a half ago, which is an attorney in college football. Cause I’ll start, the clock stops on first downs. So we had plenty of time to go win the game. And Parker allows you to do some things and makes his decision like that. If you’re not so sure about that position, you don’t feel good about that. You’re probably going forward but you feel great about that position. So the next time you get the ball back which we did, and we felt like, I felt like I knew how they would play that situation. They weren’t going to throw the ball and they’re going to make us use all three time outs and they’re going to punt the ball to us and we’re going to have the ball a minute and a half to go. And that’s exactly what happened. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that opportunity.
– [Reporter] It seems given you a timeline on when Jaylin’s appeal might be approved.
– No Collyn they have not. And I know that we’re working through that right now the appeal with the NCAA, but I don’t know a time on that. I don’t.
– [Reporter] I guess with Shi having the game he had you’ll probably see more teams will game plan more to take him out and maybe bracket him a little bit more. How do you go about making sure his production maybe does a dip with teams keen on him? Or how does that kind of change in Mike Bobo’s mind to work you’re trying to scheme him over a little?
– Well, I think you got to, I know we will scheme him as far as getting him in some different spots, motion shifts create different spots of, for him on the field for him within the formation, whether it’s outside whether it’s inside, where it’s coming from the backfield, different ways to get him the ball. Now with that being said, in the question was asked earlier by Eric, we got to get more guys involved in the passing game, you know, to be able to do that. But the way that things were rolling the other night our first game them not being necessarily being able to pair it prepare and know where people were going to be. That’s kind of the way it’s hard to adjust mid game and say, we’re going to bracket coverage this guy. I mean, that’s, if you haven’t practiced that, that’s a very difficult thing to do. So obviously going into games, moving forward to starting with Saturday with Todd they’re going to be obviously trying to target Shi as far as being able to take him out of the route progression, and that’s, a lot of people, he wasn’t always the primary target on some of the routes but the end of the day he got open. And so Colin’s got a progression that he goes through each play. Is there a target that we want to take it to a primary read? Yeah. But a lot, sometimes it was a secondary read. It was a, coming off the triangle and throwing the ball to another spot. So it wasn’t always the primary guy in the read process.
– [Reporter] That was after looking back at the film on even just watching Colin throughout the game. What impressed you most about his ability to command the office the way in which he did? I mean to go down 21 seven, to see him lead the team back. Anything stand out in your mind the way he just led the team and kept the offense calm and moving forward?
– I think he’s got a very calm, cool demeanor. I saw that in training camp, he’s got an air of confidence about him as a player that I think kind of permeates throughout our offense and our football team. I don’t know that we ever had any panic at all at 21 seven that we were going to get back in the ball game and get some things going. I know Mike was very confident at halftime, coming in at 14 seven and not a lot of good things happen for us after the first drive offensively. So was very confident. We were going to be able to move the football and I felt Colin, certainly is an extension of Mike as far as those things are concerned.
– [Reporter] Will, do you want to see the defense do a better job this week and be able to give yourself a chance it gets a good Florida passing attack?
– Yeah, at the end of the day, we’re going to have to defend. We’re going to have to be affective affecting the quarterback with four guys rushing which they do a nice job in protection but I go back and you look at the first half of last week, you give up the third and one over 30 yard completion on their sideline heck of a throwing catch we’re in position to make the playlist, get the ball off the guy. But you got to the end of the day, they’re on scholarship too. Their guy made a great play. We defend the Flea flicker. We have a guy come out of the flat they dump it to the running backwards, a sack strip maybe in the balls out and now as a 33 yard gain. So in the first half there’s one drive, a very extremely disappointed. As I told you guys, Sunday night, we start the second half with a drive of seven of eight runs or eight of nine runs. And don’t get bounced around a little bit in the run game, which we didn’t as the year as the game wore on, we hung in there. And just disappointed with that. And then there was really only one other drive in the game, as far as the touchdowns concern. And it’s two big plays. We need to stay away from explosive place, against this team especially. And you look at when they played in Oxford on Saturday, it was a lot of explosives, a lot of, all four of them plays where he buys time in the pocket. And when he scrambles, he’s scrambling to throw and he’s got really good guys down the field. He’s very accurate with the football. They finish on balls down the field. And when they get some guys in space and open space, he does a nice job at distributing the football, whether it’s to a back, a tied in or receiver, whatever the case may be. So we got to stay away from explosive place.
– [Reporter] Coach, you’ve obviously practiced in mask. How was it coaching a game and a mask? Did you have to adjust a little bit there? And then secondly, you talk about the receivers needing to create that separation. Is that more of just tightening up motions in the routes or is that just kind of more effort on the battle or on the route? What do you have to do there to win more of those one-on-one battles?
– Well, first of all, I’m looking forward to somebody finding a vaccine for this thing. So I don’t have to wear a mask anymore or anybody else doesn’t have to wear a mask but that’s what we got to do right now. But as far as creating separation, whether it’s with your arm it’s whether you’re threatening the guy deep with speed and then you’re able to create separation, come on off the STEM of the route. I mean, there’s a lot of different fundamental techniques involved with creating separation but you got to threaten a guy before you can get him to back off of you. And if you don’t ever threaten a guy in the route then he’s going to sit on everything. And that’s what we were doing the other night. And we had some guys that were in some intermediate spacing concepts and curl concepts and out concepts. It never threatened anybody deep. And if you don’t threaten the guy deep they’re going to sit on routes in our leg. No guys can run, and they’re going to bang the double moves and they’re going to sit on routes. You got to create separation by threatening. And I got deep and getting him to turn and getting him to get out of his break and things. And we didn’t do enough of that outside of a Xavier and Shi.
– [Reporter] Will, who would you like better starting will linebacker spot with the green out/
– Damani played at dime. Damani played Mike and Will, since he’s been here really, he had a great camp filling in for Ernest. He played over 30 snaps the other night and thought he played well, but he’ll play well. Mo Kaba will be as backup. And then Damani can play both of those spots. Spencer Eason road can play the Mike as well. And we’re hoping to get Rosendo back in two weeks.
– And then Jahmar Brown as well. I’m sorry David. He can play the will and dime as well.
– [Reporter] Will you mention staying away from the explosive plays is just the main key to that. Just playing Simon football guys remaining in their gaps and maybe not try to do more than what they’re told to do.
– Well, I think that’s a huge part of it. And that was a little bit of the first drive in the third quarter. We had several guys and that’s one of the comments I always say, and I’ve learned a long time. It was keep your head in your gap, do your job. And if you’re supposed to have C gap control in the zone, seal play have C gap control don’t peek and look in the D gap. And all of a sudden the balls Cristus inside. And we had two occasions on two runs where that happened. So yeah, just doing your job, executing at a high level. And when you have opportunities to make some plays make plays we had a ball phone in the flight on a critical third down. If we work ourself in phase, it may be a pick six. We don’t make the play on the third net, critical third down conversion. We’ve got to get the ball off some people, we haven’t done that as well in camp as far as that’s concerned. And then now moving into our first ball game. We don’t get the ball off anybody during the game. So we’ve got to do a better job of being more opportunistic defensively and just a little better execution here and there.
– [Reporter] You’ve talked a little about Shi and kind of maybe more diversity in terms of receivers but is that a thing that you mind, if it turns out a lot of the offense flows toward one guy in the passing game? Is that necessarily a bad thing or a concerning thing? Or is that maybe not that bad ’cause you’re just feeding a top playmaker?
– As long as we’re scoring and winning, we’re good. And if it means going through one guy go through one guy that means distributing the ball better throughout your offense, then that’s what you need to do. It’s about winning and it’s about scoring points.
– [Reporter] Now, did you feel good about Parker but are you concerned right now with the rest of the kicking game you really didn’t have a lot of good field position and were not able to flip the fee all the other night.
– Well, again, I talked to Kyle today and I talked to him on Sunday as well. I said, listen, man, your betterness, you’re more talented guy the first time out, I get it. But at the end of the day, we got to punt the ball better. I thought our coverage units were solid. The one kickoff that came out, we talked in terms of the ball position with Metro was not where it needs to be the way we cover and the way we squeezed the field. If you leave it out in the middle of the field it’s going to create some stress force as far as the coverage units are concerned. So in that situation and I think just overall punting the ball better we had good protection. And I think our coverage units were fine. We just overall got upon it better but he’s more than capable. He’s very talented. And he’s a guy that he’s here for a reason. We think he’s a really good player.
– [Reporter] What kind of stigma with special teams a little bit you talk about using a lot of your practice time for special teams work and training camp. I guess what’s that look like during game week and this week, do you do anything different? Given some of the struggles you guys did have on special teams last week?
– I think you, you go back and we didn’t punt it as well as we want it to. And that was, and that really comes down to the punter. Our coverage units were good. Our protections were good. We had one substitution issue on punt and one substitution issue for the game on special teams, which is one to many. Our punt block units did a nice job. We didn’t really did a good job. Jammie made one poor decision. Didn’t put your heels on the 10 backup one, two steps, that’s it. He drifted and he catches the ball on the Fort. Now what the guy hung the ball up there. They probably would have caught the ball there anyways. So we’re probably getting it there regardless but at the end of the day, he’ll learn from that. And he did a nice job other than obviously the end of the game, of field and the ball and communicating it. And I felt like, again, the communication was there. We did, we just didn’t execute it extremely well. Kickoff return. We had no opportunities. And then a kickoff coverage I thought was good. And I thought Mitch kicked every kick well, except for one, he hung one out in the middle. So overall, obviously the end of the game is kills your opportunity to win the game. But it wasn’t all bad. As far as the special teams were concerned but that’s a critical area that costs us an opportunity to win the game Colin. So that can’t happen. But as far as practice is concerned, you go back to training camp, we’ve done more live work on teams than we’ve ever done for the simple reason of going to that first game and having some new specialists and having a new punt returner, having a new kick returner. We knew what their kicker on kickoff. We probably weren’t going to have many opportunities to return the ball. They just, he’s got a great leg unless he dismisses it. We probably weren’t going to get the ball out. So but again, we got to continue to work and improve. And what happened at the end can’t happen. Cause an opportunity to win the game.
– [Reporter] Hey, Will, that brief video clip that made the rounds this past weekend.
– Why would I know you’d ask that? Huh? It was an outtake between me and Justin King. And if I offended anybody, I apologize. All right? But it was between me and another guy. And why in the world would I know you would ask this question?
– [Reporter] Well, they said you were going to address it after the game but I figured you weren’t in the right mood for that. But-
– Still not in the right mood. But I appreciate you bringing it up. And again, I apologize if I offended anybody between two people, it was never meant to be public. It was between two people and somebody obviously thought they were going to be cute and put it out there. So Phil Kornblut could ask a question. Tiger Phil strikes again.
– [Reporter] No, no. My question was, do you know who put it, how it got out?
– No, but I’m looking forward to finding out.
– [Reporter] And other question was-
– Did you put it out Phil, did you get ahold of it?
– [Reporter] No sir it was not me, but my question was, if it’s somebody inside your organization, who did that, how would you feel about that person?
– I probably couldn’t say it in this press conference. I don’t want to use that language again Phil.
– I mean seriously though, why do we all know he was going to ask that? You just can’t help yourself. Go ahead.
– [Reporter] In the past you’ve talked about, in just the way that the game has evolved over the last couple of years deepens are going to give up yards and it’s just the way it is now in terms of just how the offenses that have evolved over the last couple of years. You’ve mentioned about Florida with explosive plays. Is that the same you think from a week by week standpoint, or do you think in terms of going up against a team that has a lot of explosive plays? Is that the same in terms of that Ben dope work mentality?
– Well, I think that you’re going to have different opportunities in the game where you got to deny the ball you got to play man coverage. There’s nothing bending and breaking about that. I mean you’re trying to win the down. I mean we won’t pressure in the game. That’s who we are. So you got to, defensive football is a lot like war. If you line up over and over again in the same spot they’re going to blow you up. So you’ve got to be multiple and what you do, you got to be able to make some zone. You got to be able to play man to man. You got to be able to pressure and you got to be able to mix those things and not be predictable in what you do. And that’s something obviously with an experienced quarterback that you’ve got to be able to change things up enough where he doesn’t get in a rhythm but you can’t sit there and pressure the whole game and have really skilled guys on the perimeter, with him opportunities to throw the football there. So the back shoulder balls extremely well they hit two touchdowns. I believe I know one to Greene on Saturday, but that Kyle Stone that ball extremely well in his time at Florida. So those are all things you got to consider be multiple and what you do, change things up. Try to confuse the picture as much as possible make him make decisions after the ball is snapped on where he thinks he’s going to be taking the football.
– [Reporter] Hey coach. Is Devontae Davis the guy who’s in the mix at the defensive tackle position for you guys at all. What’s his kind of situation.
– Devontae’s has struggled with some off the field things and he’s back with us now and nothing serious. He’s nothing, nothing he’s done nothing wrong. He’s done absolutely zero wrong. So he’s back with us now. And we’re actually started back his first practice today. So he’s good to go. We’re trying to get him back in the fold and getting him back into shape a little bit. He had to miss some time but it was nothing that was from a disciplinary standpoint. It was absolutely nothing to do with that. And so we’re just working back in the rotation right now, excited about him.
– [Reporter] I just want you to know that I did not release that video. Just want to be clear about that. Also, in addition to having to wear a mask.
– My mom had to call me before the game and get on me about it. So, I’m 49 years old. I think I am 49. Go ahead.
– [Reporter] If mama’s not happy, you’ve done it.
– That’s right.
– [Reporter] Will, is this is your first road trip in this COVID-19 era. I was just wondering how much do you have to change your schedule or your routine, your normal routine after you get on site, especially on Friday?
– Well, I know that our travel party will not be what it normally is. It is going to be strictly the team, the coaches, and a very small support staff group. So we can social distance in the plane. That’s starting there. That’s number one. We’re going to have more buses cause you got to spread out in the buses to be able to be social distance in the buses. So you don’t get a contact tracing situation there. If a player does test positive on a Sunday after the game. So you got to be able to, when you fly to the game return from the game in bus to and bus from and we’ll stay in Ocala the night before. So you got to be social distance in those situations. And then Kristin Coggin and our nutrition people are handling most of the meals that we have. So we’re not trying to come into contact with the unknown and expose our players, our staff, our team, to the unknown in a hotel situation. But we know that the hotel we’re staying in and as obviously they sanitized properly as far as that’s concerned. And so, again that’s, those are the protocols that really are being done by Clint Haggard and George Wynn, and then our travel will be a much smaller party than it is used to on normal occasions.
– [Reporter] A lot of people look at the drop pass by Muse. They look back at the ball, hitting the player on the punt and all, do you feel like the turning point of the game was after you had the great drive on the first possession and then get excellent field position and not be able to get any points on that. And how disappointed were you after taking a 7-0 lead and getting the ball back after they muffed apart and all of not being able to score then?
– Well, we needed to get points there. There’s no doubt, but it’s like I told our team, no one play loses the game. No one played wins or loses any game. It’s five to seven to eight plays in the game. You can always go back. And generally, if it’s a one score game and I told our football team, I told our staff playing a 10 game conference, schedule seven or eight of these games, you’re going to come down to the last possession, whether it’s on offense to win it whether it’s on defense to make a stop, whether it’s on special teams to make or defend a play. And that’s just the way it’s going to be when you it’s no different. When I was coaching the national football league look at the number of percentage of games that come down to one minute. It’s every week, is the percentage of games that come down to a one score game. And that’s the way it’s going to be when you play the quality of opponents that we’re playing every single week. And that’s part of it and you got to embrace it. We’re 14 and eight and one score games here which is, you know, close to 70% winning percentage which is good when it needs to be better. Certainly needs have been better Saturday night but you know you can look at probably five, eight plays Dick that that you could go back and say, if this falls our way no different outcome, but you know, it didn’t. So that’s why Tennessee won.
– [Reporter] Will, two things, I guess what are some tendencies, some staples of a Dan Mullen kind of coached orphans. And how do you, ’cause in terms of practice squad or scout team go about mirroring, maybe a Kyle Trask and the Cal Pitts.
– Well, that’s hard. That’s very difficult. There’s not a lot out there as far as that’s concerned, but I think the thing that with Dan is he’s always going to find ways to run the football. And over the years when I was at Auburn and in the 2006 2007, he was at Florida’s offense coordinator, his time at Mississippi state I was at Darwin as defense coordinator again. And then in the time that since we’ve been here and faced him at Mississippi state, our first year our second game, I believe, and then the last two years he’s going to find ways to run the football. He’s going to find ways to stay balanced. If you find something you can bet you’ll see it again. He’s some of these play collars will hit you on a play and then they never go back to it. It’s mind boggling to me, but he does a really good job of finding things that work and you better defend it, and you better have an adjustment for it. And if you don’t, you’ll see it the rest of the game. So, but he does a really good job of running the football. And obviously it does a good job throwing it as well.
– [Reporter] Well, how big of an advantage is it for a team when they’ve got a tight end like Pitts, a guy that big, that fast, that big of a mismatch so many times. How big of an advantage is that an is Pitts kind of evolved into one of the better pass catching time. And you’ve seen over your years in the SCC.
– He’s a very difficult guy to match up on. He’s a threat in the middle of the field. He creates a lot of run pass issues depending on how you wanted to defend him. If you want to get into a bunch of man coverage, you won’t create some 50-50 balls for him. And they’ve got other guys that can win in one-on-one coverage. If you want to play a lot of his own Trask is extremely accurate in zone coverage. He completes a very high percentage in zone coverage and Pitts does a really good job of finding open spaces in zone and then what I seen over his last two years because he was the year before, two years ago when went down there, he was a true X receiver. That’s what he was but he’s developed himself into a guy that can tie people up in the sea area, on the line of scrimmage. And again a tie is a win for the offense. He eats up a defensive player for the down on in a run game situation, a power play, a counter play whatever the case may be, that’s a win for the offense. So he’s developed himself to be able to do that. And he creates issues as far as creating a three man surface and the run game the passing game is he released in, is he blocking? I mean those are all things you got to kind of go through. And then they do a good job of moving around in some different spots to create opportunities for him to get him the ball. So you just you got to be aware of where he is and understand where he is, and make sure that you’re kept on him in zone and in man situations with the right guy.
– [Reporter] On that throwback played at Tennessee hit on you guys late in the game. Was that a matter of them just having kind of a good scheme for what you guys were doing defensively or did someone maybe step out of position? What kind of happened on that one?
– No, we lost our eyes at the safety position. We should have made the play as a play we practiced.
– [Reporter] Obviously you guys rotate several bodies in a defensive tackle, but over the course of a game, how do you all determine how that rotation looks? Is that sort of a hot hand kind of approach I grew up was playing better or well, anything.
– Well, I think, who’s playing well and Tracy watches those guys hard as far as who he feels like playing with the right kind of pad level, the right kind of effort, inside, we’re doing a little bit, probably more movement with Jabari and Keir than we do with Zach and Rick and some of the other guys in the game because just girth in things. And we’re playing a little bit less three down that probably we’ve ever played before but that’s just kind of where we are. But that’s kind of how we monitor that. You know, at the end of the day the most exerting thing you do is rush the passer especially for big guys inside. And what we can’t do is in the critical times of the game, end of half, end of game third down, we got to have our best guys on the field. And I always tell the coaches in the fourth quarter, let’s make sure that our best players are fresh and they’re able to go and have an opportunity to go win the game. So that’s just we monitor, we count snaps on everybody on our team from the box to make sure to know about snap count of where we are. And we’re constantly trying to update ourselves as far as those things are concerned about, so, and so’s had X amount of snaps from midway through the second quarter. That’s too many snaps for him right now. We got to sit him down and we got to get somebody else in there for him. So that’s something we monitor through the game.
– [Reporter] And I would imagine you probably feel comfortable with one more guy being able to rotate in and out to be able to better manage that.
– Well certainly I mean, M.J. Webb on some nice things last week and now going into this week, we feel good about that. Hopefully guide to get Devontae back. It can be a guy that can figure into those things. Aaron Sterling has been a guy in one minute and third down situations can rush inside for us. The can do that. Brad can move over and play some enforce if he needs to. So we’ve got some flexibility there with that. And a lot of times Hail, it goes to what kind of, how hot is it? You know, temperature wise if our guys are getting gas, those are all things we talk about pregame, as far as number of snaps, the weather, and the things that we kind of go through on Thursday.
– [Reporter] Brad Johnson is a guy we heard a lot about coming into this season. How did he play the other night? Did he play a lot of snaps?
– Yeah, at the top of my head I don’t know. He’s playing both Sam and BOQ. He can play in as well John, but yeah, Brad’s, have really done a nice job for us rushing the passer situationally, playing the Sam linebacker for us. I thought he played well set some edges on the defense, did a nice job. So again, I think he’s going to continue to improve. It’s a new position for him, and he’s still some learning involved with that. But the guy that has given us a lot of pass rush in the past. And I thought, again, you know, Saturday we got to continue to get him in those situations more, especially going down with the team that throws the ball extremely well. We’ve got to be able to get some edge presence as far as the Russia’s concerned.
– Have a great day. See ya Phil.