I like linebackers. I collect 'em. You can't have too many good ones.
Anybody who watched football last year knows they're good. But that represents a very good opportunity for us. It really does. I think somehow, if we're able to pull that off, I think it will go a long way for our confidence. I look at it as a great opportunity, and hopefully we'll be at our best when we get there.
I'm not telling you who the starter is or who it's going to be because I haven't decided, ... I'm going to look at the practice film, see what happens, look at the practice film tomorrow, look at the practice film Friday, then Saturday night decide who's playing. That's what we're going to do. To do something in advance of that would not be too smart.
I'm really happy with the way we came out and moved the ball today. We wanted to come out and be more aggressive today. I thought we did a good job of that. But our special teams was good. Our offense was good. And the defense was good. We play like that, and we have a chance to beat anybody.
So it's time to roll the dice for two reasons, economics and for the future,
It's very draining when you put in all that work and it comes down to losing the last game. You just hope for another opportunity.
If you watch and see him, he attacks the center quite a bit, ... Years ago, there was a style of defense that featured that kind of play. Middle linebacker was a hybrid nose tackle. The University of Tennessee made it famous in the early 70s. Every once in a while you see kind of a remnant of that kind of style.
It is good news for the future. It is bad news for right now. Maybe six weeks from now it won't be bad news.
I still want to use (Glover) and Ellis the way I told you this past spring and this summer, ... They're going to start the game, but we're going to get those young guys in there pretty quick, and they're going to play as well.
We had plenty of vets make mistakes yesterday, too,
I think it's going to be a competitive division, ... The sides are pretty even. Like I said last week, I don't think that's reflective of what Philadelphia is. They have been better than that, and I look for them to come back. I think the Giants are going to be a pretty competitive team. They have weapons. We will have our hands full.
What, a magazine for fat people ... I thought I'd look a little Charger-like.
It's the same thing I said yesterday . . . we didn't block them very well. We had two false starts, two penalties on the offensive line and four sacks. That's enough to stop some drives right there. That's pretty much what happened. But we've got it fixed. I think we can certainly do better than we did.
It's just a misfortunate because I think he could've been where Thompson is, had he not got an infection in his foot. But he did, ... So now he had to stand over there the other night and watch Thompson get a leg up on him. And that's really what happened. Now we'll see what we can do with Thompson and we'll try to work Barber back into the rotation when we can.
He looks to be much improved. But what happens when he gets stung the first time That's what you're waiting for.
I am sure the roster will be different this week than it was last week in an effort to try to address a couple of things, ... We are going to make a couple of changes on special teams, too.
I think we were a little deflated mentally, especially our offensive group. We just seemed to not be on edge in light of what happened today, probably.
I thought we did a good job of pass blocking. We didn't really run anything different. We just executed well.
I don't do many endorsements. I'd rather get doused by Gatorade than bust my butt selling it.
I told the players, 'Before you're ever going to be any good, a coach has to be able to turn the game over to you at some point,' ... 'It can't always be the coaches. You players have to take hold of the game. Today is the day you guys need to do that.'
All of the thought process that's going into that is involving trying to keep the best players I have in the game for the majority of what I feel like is workable for that player.
After his first year, there were a lot people (doubting him). But he fought them off. He did a pretty good job.
I do think he has a highly intelligent perspective.
You have to learn to close the show, and we didn't do that. When you let a team hang around, that can happen.
The games are too close. You just have to have one.
We ran an inside play that we've coached not to make cuts on ... because we're going for the first down, ... and he tries to bounce it outside. We've been running that play since about the third day of camp.
I'm just going to wait until the last minute, ... There's no use in not taking advantage of all the time. ... I probably wouldn't be too comfortable with his experience level without practicing. I think generally speaking, players need to practice some to have a chance to be successful. Now, there are exceptions.
He's a grown man. He's much different than being a 20-year-old out of college. He has four children now and his maturity has come a long way. I'm able to communicate with him on a much different level.
The kid will run. He will block. He will catch, ... I'm not saying he's going to be Gale Sayers. But he has ability in all the areas that are prerequisites.
We're hoping he plays well. You know he's got to play. He hasn't had the opportunity to do that. We've got to get him in a game now.
The other night we got two punts back pretty good, ... If we could do that on a weekly basis, then our punt returns is going to be improved significantly.
These kind of losses are big when you think you have the game in hand. Those kind of losses can carry over if you let them.
I'm pleased with some of the young ones and then there are some of the others you'd just like to ... kick I guess is the right word.
I thought he did a good job fighting and competing. I never got a sense he wanted out of the game. I really was pleased with him about that. He wasn't perfect missed some reads and has to work on blocking. Like I said, for not having a lot of help up front, he did all right.
I'm getting a little worried about him to tell you the truth. He needs the work. His baseline of practices is not that good and we're running out of practice time.
I had to do something. You can't live with what's going on right now. You just can't live with it.
I just don't think he's had as big of holes, ... A couple of times, if you remember, last year, he got through there a few times.
Listen, the NFL season at best is a tiring process. When you've been going every day since July 29, every single day, it's tiring for me. I don't know what it is for the other guys. When I see them on Sunday, they all look tired, too.
Anybody that would play the Raiders would be concerned about Moss. There's no doubt about that, ... Moss has been a highly productive player in the league and he's probably the singular most dangerous threat as there is in the NFL.
The spot that broke down was the spot that Burnett had been playing all summer, ... That was the main breakdown area, and having to throw somebody else in there kind of hurt us.
They don't sell insurance for this kind of thing.
I just want my team to play well. Not making the playoffs would be a disappointment to me.
He's doing pretty well. The tests, all the scans and things he had, were negative. So now it's just a question of his comfort and how he's feeling on a day-to-day basis. We'll see where we go with that. Fortunately, there was nothing serious.
This defense is going to do some dumb things, ... They're just too inexperienced not to do them. But we've also got some guys who have a chance to make plays.
I'm not overly proud of 9-7. I'm really not. It really wasn't a good performance. It was one of those where you don't have much good to say. I'm just disappointed.
Missed it, ... What do you want to do I'm disappointed with the outcome, but I'm not disappointed with the effort. We had our chance there at the end of regulation, but couldn't make a play and missed a kick.
He just kind of came in as one of those underdog kind of kids. He just hung in there. He had a little ankle hurt for a while and fought through it.
I'm proud of the way they came back, and hopefully we'll continue to improve. When you can make mistakes and still learn, it's a good thing. We have a lot of work to do. This is still a work in progress.
We have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of work to do. I couldn't enumerate all of the things that I didn't like.
I feel pretty fortunate to win that. Our defense played well for pretty much the whole game. We had a little mental error in the last 20 seconds. But offensively, we were just sloppy. You don't get to win many of those, with those kind of mistakes. So I would consider ourselves fortunate today.
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