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Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 24

Aug 25, 2014 -- 8:55am

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Conference Call Quotes
August 24, 2014

 

Q: What is your timetable on making some roster moves today?

REID: “Now listen, this is (John) Dorsey’s area, but I think he’ll start relatively quick. He’ll probably knock out a few today and we’ll just see how many he gets done there. But that was the initial plan. I just came out of a different meeting here a second ago, I was in with the offense. From our morning meeting that’s where he was at.”

Q: Did you give more playing time yesterday to guys you wanted to get a closer look at before the first cut or had guys already earned that time?

REID: “The one positive about this game was we got to play a lot of guys, either because of injuries, 1 positions, and/or because the 2’s and 3’s got some time in there so we’re able to look at and get on film some guys that potentially could be cut today or are bidding for jobs in other cases.”

Q: What was the thought of getting Frank Zombo in there at inside linebacker?

REID: “Well we’ve got Joe (Mays) down, who I mentioned had surgery and then Joshua Mauga – he also was down. So Nico (Johnson) and Frank had been taking reps, we’re using Frank in both areas and we started doing that up at St. Joe’s. Anyways, we gave him some reps out there with Nico at the Mike linebacker position.”

Q: Your initial thoughts about playing the starters in Green Bay?

REID: “The thing I can tell you is normally I don’t play my starters in that fourth game and so traditionally I’ve gone with the 2’s and 3’s in that game and tried to get our final evaluation done on those guys where they get an extended period of time, in some cases get to start, and just see how they do. But I can’t say that there won’t be a starter here and there.”

Q: Are you ready for the regular season and what’s coming? How do you gauge the readiness of this team?

REID: “Listen, I think it’s important that we get some of our guys back. They are right on the edge of being able to practice or not practice because of injury. I think that’s important and I think as many reps as we can get, whether it’s in practice or in the game, I think they’re important in some positions.  It sure didn’t seem this way last night, but when you study the film, you’re not that far away from being  where you need to be and I saw our defense, we had the one big play in that first drive, well we had a couple of big ones, but the one major big play for the touchback. Then I thought our defense came out and played like they play. Again, they weren’t fully loaded at every position there from a defensive standpoint, but they really played good football. Offensively, I saw it again this week where the offense drove the ball up and down the field, had 42 minutes of possession, excuse me 42 plays in the first half as opposed to 24 for the opposing team and didn’t take advantage of the red zone. We’ve got to fix that. The interceptions normally aren’t Alex’s (Smith) M.O.s, they are very correctable, trying to make things happen and those are things he just normally doesn’t do and I can help him with that with the play calls I said out. What I said last night, I meant. I can do a better job there with play calls and designs of plays and so on. That’s all very correctable. Very seldom are you going to see a team return a punt against our special teams and that just normally is not an M.O. on Dave Toub’s special teams. We can clean that up.  Between those things there, we have the guys to fix the problem and have a solution there. ”   

Q: You talked about guys being close to returning. Would you put Eric Berry in that category?

REID: “Yeah, I think he will do a little bit and try it out this week and see how it feels. I think he feels pretty good right now, but I told you that before and it kind of came back on him. We’ve tried to rest him here an extended period of time, a little longer than we have before. We’ll just see how he comes out of it.”

Q: What exactly is Joe Mays’ prognosis?

REID: “I don’t think it’s a short period of time, fellas. I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to be.  He tore one of the tendons there in his wrist so he had surgery to repair that and so that could be awhile. I would put it in the same category if not even a little longer than a broken bone. We’ve just got to see how that works out.”

Q: Doug Pederson called a few plays last night.

REID: “I’m having a hard time hearing you; I heard the Doug Pederson. Doug and I are always in communication sharing thoughts back and forth. I would take the responsibility of the negative plays yesterday.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 20

Aug 21, 2014 -- 10:47am

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid & Players Quotes
August 20, 2014

 

HEAD COACH ANDY REID

OPENING STATEMENT: “Injuries-wise, (Mike) Catapano was out still, illness. He tried to go yesterday, struggled with it. Jamaal (Charles) is making progress, and we’ll just see how he does here the next few days. Dwayne Bowe has a quad strain, so he didn’t practice today, making progress, again we will just see how he works out. Today, (Chris) Owens hurt his knee, don’t know how bad it is, we’ll check it out, see how he does. De’Anthony (Thomas), he had a spasm in his hamstring, didn’t happen at practice, it happened when he woke up this morning so we’ll just see how it works out. Good work today. We changed up practice a little bit so we beat some of the heat and did it in the morning, and the guys worked hard. So basically our normal Thursday practice covered all of the situations that we do on Thursday so good work. Time is yours.”

Q: Can you talk about Frankie Hammond Jr.?

REID: “Yeah, Frankie got some reps today with the 1’s in Dwayne’s spot, so it’s good work for him. He’s doing a good job.”

Q: What kind of impact do you think Hammond has made? He’s made some explosive plays.

REID: “He sure has. He’s made the best of the opportunities that he’s had, he’s taking great advantage of those and keeps getting better every day, one of the hardest workers on the team.”

Q: How hard was it not to keep him on the active roster last year?

REID: “Well, we were able to keep him on the practice squad, which was good. But yeah, he was right on the edge there. He’s a good football player.”

Q: Is the offensive line still a work in progress with the ability for guys to switch positions? 

REID: “Yeah, we are rotating people around and we will keep doing that. We’re satisfied with who the five best are and we’ll roll from there. I don’t really care about positions right now; I just care about getting the five best out there.”

Q: Do you think Eric Fisher will be ready to go in a few weeks?

REID: “I do, he keeps getting better every day so that’s important. So that’s what happens, when you have a surgery like that you’ve got to work through it and he’s busting his tail. He actually had probably the best day out here today so you just keep working, and small steps and keep plugging away.”

Q: How much are the starters going to play on Saturday?

REID: “Normally what I do is I go about a half and start them that third quarter and then we just kind of go from there.”

Q: How much will having two extra practice squad players help?

REID: “Coaches will say this, we‘re all for as many guys as we can have, we’ll take. And adding a couple extra guys gives two more players an opportunity to play and make a livelihood out of this thing. So it’s a great opportunity for those two to make it for each club, and you start adding up numbers and you get quite a few guys.”

Q: Will Jamaal Charles play on Saturday?

REID: “We’ll see. I’ve got to see how he works out this week, and right now he hasn’t practiced.”

Q: Will Tyler Bray be the next quarterback in after Alex Smith?

REID: “Bray will be the next quarterback in.”

Q: What is the significance of the third game being the one where the starters get the majority of the playing time?

REID: “Well, it’s a progression. You see how we do it. First game, they go a quarter, second game they go a half, third game they get an opportunity to come out of the locker room. That’s normally what you kind of do, and then fourth game you kind of see what happens.”

Q: Does being banged up a little make it more difficult for you going into this third preseason game?

REID: “Listen, I don’t care about all that. Next guy is in and we roll, it’s simple that way. If you can play, you can play, and if you can’t, you can’t.”

Q: Is the third preseason game usually the one where you get the best feel and want to see the best out of the team?

REID: “Yeah, for what you have at that moment, you find out. That doesn’t mean there can’t be changes after that game or whatever. We’re still in camp and that’s the way we roll so those guys will play.”

Q: What has Cyrus Gray shown you during the two preseason games?

REID: “He’s looked good. Cyrus is a professional to the T, and he is just a good all-around football player. He does well on special teams, he does well as a running back, he can catch, he can block, he does all that stuff, good football player.”

Q: Can you talk about Knile Davis’ progression compared to last year?

REID: “He’s doing well, every snap he gets is a good snap. It’s just another opportunity for him to continue to progress. You’ve met Knile and you know he is a focused in individual so he is going to take advantage of every opportunity he gets.”

Q: Is Frank Zombo getting more snaps inside just because of the lack of bodies?

REID: “Well, we’ve been doing that with him. With Joe (Mays) down we go ahead and give him an opportunity in there to take some snaps so that’s why he’s been in there.”

 

QB ALEX SMITH

Q: What is Frankie Hammond Jr. showing you?

SMITH: “Frankie is like Mr. Reliable. All offseason and all training camp the guy, I mean every time he’s out there he knows what he’s doing, makes plays and he showed it in the preseason these last couple of games. Same thing, when his number gets called he’s been ready and beyond that. He’s going out there and being aggressive and cutting it loose. He’s a guy that knows all the positions. We move him around and I think out of the quarterback room, he’s demanded a lot of respect because of the way he goes about his business.”

Q:  Andy Reid talked about moving the five guys on the offensive line around. How does that affect you?

SMITH: “It doesn’t. That’s just the way it always is. Why wouldn’t you play your five best? I think that’s every team’s mentality.”

Q: But not one group you can get in sync with?

SMITH:  “Well hopefully that’s the five best.  That’s the way it always is I think. Yeah, there’s always moving parts for a lot of different reasons, injuries being the main one. It’s tough. It’s a tough place to play up front and those guys get banged up so you usually have to have more than five. I don’t know that I’ve played a season with just five. That’s just the nature of the game. Guys have to step in and work as a group. It has to be cohesive. I really feel like quarterbacks are a part of that, especially communication, but really when the next guy is in, I’m not thinking about that by any means. Us together as a protection unit, run game, pass game, we have to be on the same page.”

Q: Do you do anything more as a quarterback to make up for the inexperience of this group?

SMITH: “No. I don’t. Honestly when I’m out there playing, I mean protection is important as far as communication goes and that the o-line and myself are thinking the same thing. Once the ball’s snapped you put your trust in those guys. My job is to complete footballs. That’s it. I’m worried about what I have to do. I’m certainly not thinking about those guys up front. That’s the way it goes and certainly not doing anything extra. Me and Rodney (Hudson) have been together for a little while now and I feel good with that. He handles a lot of that stuff up front with me. I feel like we are on the same page for the most part.”

Q: What do you want to accomplish on Saturday night?

SMITH: “Score some touchdowns, win the game. You’d love to go out there and you’d love to have success every play and that’s our goal, that’s what we’re striving for. Is that the reality always? No. That’s what we’re striving for every single play is to go out there and execute and be successful, but with that our job as an offense is to move the ball, put some points on the board and last week, you know, we struggled in the red zone for a lot of different reasons. This week it would be nice to capitalize on some of those drives.”

Q:  Is the third preseason game the game you want to hit your peak?

SMITH: “Yeah. I mean, it’s different for every team. I can’t specify, but the way we’ve set it up, yeah we’ve treated this week as a game week the way we’re working through it. It is a next step in the progression certainly. We’ve had our hands on the game plan a little longer than normally for these preseason games. Certainly, you would expect a little better control of the game plan.”

Q: Do you ever feel like you guys are prepared and can just ‘take off’ the fourth preseason game because you guys are ready? Have you ever gotten to that point?

SMITH: “It’s never good enough. You’re never content. You’re always striving to get better at something. So, no. It’s always different. Every year is different. I didn’t know what to expect. This week is to go out there to play and win and play well. I’m not even thinking about next week at this point, but no there’s always something.”

Q: Dwayne Bowe was a huge part of your Carolina game plan. How much does that limit what you can do having him miss week one of the regular season?

SMITH: “When you’re that caliber of a player, you’re always going to be a focal point of the game plan. It’s tough. Obviously we’re going to miss him, but to be honest I’m excited for those next guys. I feel confident in what those guys can do. I’m excited for them. Obviously we’re going to miss Dwayne tremendously, but that’s the nature of the game and we’ve got to roll. We’ve got to go and make plays and execute in the perimeter. We’re all a part of it, but definitely excited for those young guys to get their opportunity.”

Q: Is this just next man up, nothing changed?

SMITH: “Definitely. We can’t do anything about it now. It’s outside of our control. Like I said, we’re going to miss Dwayne, but we’ve got to go get the W and find a way.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 19

Aug 19, 2014 -- 3:36pm

Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson & Players Quotes
August 19, 2014

 

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOUG PEDERSON

Q: What did Frankie Hammond Jr. do for himself the other night?

PEDERSON: “Frankie has just come in here since day one of OTAs and just continued to work hard. He showed flashes of it last year actually on the service team against our defense and worked hard there. He’s just put him in a good position. He’s a smart kid, he’s put on some weight a little bit, some strength and had a nice game the other night.”

Q: Does everyone move up a chair with Dwayne Bowe’s upcoming suspension?

PEDERSON: “Well, you never know what the roster is going to look like (for) game one. We are still in the process of evaluating every player and he (Frankie Hammond) definitely put himself in a position to do some good things and some more playing time.”

Q: How much did your offense change without Jamaal Charles against Carolina?

PEDERSON: “It didn’t change at all. We went into that game plan, just the next guy had to step up and Knile (Davis) was that guy. We have the running back by committee right now. There’s a lot of guys vying for some spots. It was good to see Knile get out there, and Cyrus (Gray), and those guys work and compete and Charcandrick (West) out there late in the game. They all did a nice job. Next man has to step up.”

Q: Where is Cyrus Gray right now?

PEDERSON: “Cyrus is doing an outstanding job. He’s another one of those kids that is a smart, intelligent football player. He works hard, doesn’t say anything whether he gets one rep or 10. He is going to go about his business as a professional and he has put himself in a nice spot.”

Q: What do you have to do to get your screen game going?

PEDERSON: “It is something we’ve worked on in OTAs and even into training camp and it’s just fundamentals. It’s just a matter of understanding of where the ball is being complete, getting vertical, not drifting one way or another whether that is the back or the offensive line. And there is some timing involved with screens and there is a little bit of deception. We’ve got to continue to work that area and get better because screens are a big part of what we do.” 

Q: As a running back, there is kind of an art to the screen game. Does the running back have to get that part down?

PEDERSON: “There is some timing that goes on with different screens that we do and yes, the back has a big part of that along with quarterbacks. So we’ve got to just mesh that up with the offensive line and based on what they see and are presented to them defensively.”

Q: How far has Knile come in that ball security area?

PEDERSON: “Yeah, he has come a long way. He’s made it a conscious effort to protect the football and he understands that, he is a professional and he continues to work on that in practice. And we ask the defensive guys when they can to go after the football and try to knock it loose. So he is conscious of it, he has done a great job so far and hopefully he keeps that going.”

Q: Is Eric Fisher where you want him to be right now?

PEDERSON: “Eric Fisher has done a great job. He’s battling through it. It’s that part of camp now where everybody is a little bit tired and fatigued, but he’s fighting through it, he’s in a good spot. He still has to work on his fundamentals and details just like everyone else, but he is in a good position right now.”

Q: What do you attribute some of his preseason struggles to?

PEDERSON: “One, I think he’s getting used to the left side over there and just coming back and battling back from that injury he had and just focusing in and understanding what he needs to do to get better as a professional and just continue to detail his work. Coach (Andy) Heck does a great job with him individually and in our team setting. He’s going to continue to work hard. We have all the confidence in the world with him and look forward to the season.”

Q: Where is he health-wise right now?

PEDERSON: “You know what, he’s good. He’s in a good spot health wise and he’s good. Everything is positive with him and again, he’s got to focus on the fundamentals and details of playing that left side.”

Q: How do you compensate for the inexperience of the offensive line?

PEDERSON: “We don’t make any excuses for them. The emphasis comes with the huddle. The quarterback has to emphasize the snap count in the huddle and it starts with him and then the center. Guys just have to focus in on detail. They get in the heat of the battle and sometimes they get a little fatigued and into the game, but they still have to concentrate and understand how we’re snapping the ball, when we’re snapping the ball. We need to eliminate those types of penalties, the holding penalties and obviously the sacks and turnovers.”

Q: Regarding Eric Fisher, what do you do as a coaching staff to make sure his confidence doesn’t go down?

PEDERSON: “You just keep encouraging him. You keep putting him out there. He keeps working hard and you don’t get down on any one player. We’re positive with all of the guys. That’s something that as a coach is part of your job. Not only coaching the offense, defense, special teams, but keeping these guys going, motivating them, keeping them in the game, keeping them involved, and saying ‘hey you’re the guy and we’re going with you’ and keep his confidence level high.”

 

T ERIC FISHER

Q: Are you keeping up with the Royals and their success? 

FISHER: “Yeah, I was here all offseason so I made it to quite a few games. It’s fun watching. I know a couple guys on the team like Billy Butler, (Alex) Gordon and whatnot. But yeah, it is fun to watch in the offseason but right now we’re a little busy so trying to concentrate on this upcoming season.”

Q: But you’re a Tigers fan right?  

FISHER: “Hey, I’m from Detroit, grew up watching the Tigers. I’m a little bit both of a fan right now. I know it’s a good battle going there right now.”

Q: How do you think your preseason has gone so far?

FISHER: “It’s going well. Obviously coming off two surgeries, you’ve got to go through some stuff and get stronger every day. And that is kind of what I am going through, that is what the preseason is for, that’s what I am out here doing. Obviously sometimes after a major surgery, your shoulder is going to get a little tired, your body is going to get a little tired, and you’ve got to fight through that and just keep going. But as you recover, you get stronger and that’s what I am going through right now.” 

Q: Where do you feel like you are at with regard to your recovery from those surgeries?

FISHER: “Feel good, every day feeling better out there. Going out there working hard, that’s all I can ask of myself. And fight through things that I can’t control.”

Q: What kind of things can you do to get that shoulder stronger and technique right?

FISHER: “Just stay on top of it, stay on top of recovery. When you get a chance to recover just make sure you’re icing, doing little exercises here and there to maintain the strength that I built in the offseason, and that is what I’m doing.”

Q: Are you benching and doing all of the upper body stuff in the weight room now?

FISHER: “Yeah, I’ve been doing that for quite a few months now.”

Q: Are you aware that your shoulder becomes tired over the course of the game?

FISHER: “Yeah, I’m not out here using that as an excuse. I am out here working. When I have the strength, I feel like I’m using it, and obviously after a major surgery your body is going to get fatigued. It was a long rehab. I stayed on top of everything, did everything I could. But right now it is just a rebuilding process and getting through the tail end of it here.”

Q: What kind of stuff can you do on your own to get your technique right?

FISHER: “Pre-practice you’ll see all of us out there working on little things on our own. Obviously there is a lot of time in practice for individual work and we take advantage of that but we are doing things on our own. Studying film is huge, getting out there early is big and just doing the little things on your own that you can do.”

Q: How far away are you from having the technique that you want to have?

FISHER: “Hey, that is a never-ending battle. I don’t care who you are, you can be All-Pro, Pro Bowl. You always have things to work on, always.”

Q: After two preseason games under your belt and the transition from right tackle to left tackle, how fast is everything going for you?

FISHER: “It’s actually slowed down quite a bit, going from first year to second year. Everything’s slowed down major. It is just amazing when you know the offense, you know what you are doing, you play fast and that is what I have really enjoyed about this year.”

Q: How hard is the adjustment from the college level to the NFL and then having to do it at two different positions?

FISHER: “Yeah, it is a transition. Especially with me coming out of a MAC school, I was used to going against very smaller ends and when you get to the NFL you are seeing the best of the best every single week. Every team has got a rush end now. It is something you go out there, you learn from your mistakes, you keep your head up, you get back in there, and just keep fighting and that is what I am trying to do.”

 

QB CHASE DANIEL

Q: Where are you at so far in this preseason?

DANIEL: “I feel very comfortable right now. I’ve always played a lot in preseason. I’m going into my sixth year and feel very well with where I’m at. I’ve felt like I’ve had a good camp so far. I feel like us as a quarterback group, we’ve all had a great camp and we’re just focused on right now getting ready for Minnesota, tightening up some loose ends these last two games and get rolling against Tennessee here pretty quick.”

Q: What are some of those loose ends you have to tighten up?

DANIEL: “I think the first game you look at the turnovers. From the quarterback room, we had three two interceptions and a fumble, excuse me, two fumbles and an interception and some of the sacks, protection issues where we’re at fault for it. Those are stuff that’s ‘hey its live game experience, right?’ There’s no substitute for live game experience. When you get those in you work through them. We’re only at our second preseason game. This is sort of our dress rehearsal-type game so we’ll definitely be looking at that for sure.”

Q: What element does Frankie Hammond Jr. bring?

DANIEL: “Speed. He played his butt off last game I tell you what. He’s still had a little completion nullified, a nice catch and run nullified, and had a nice catch down the sideline on my ball. I think he’s making the most of his opportunities. He’s excited to go out there, play week in and week out. You can see what he brings to the meetings, you can see the confidence he brings and the speed that he brings on the football field.”

Q: On the scout team last year, you guys hooked up every weekend it seemed.

DANIEL: “Yeah, we played together a lot last year and I got to experience firsthand. The speed and play-making ability he had especially against our defense.”

Q: Of all the things you guys do offensively, is the screen the toughest thing?

DANIEL: “I think so. The screen game especially with a little bit newer, younger offensive line, it’s just getting the timing right. We did an excellent job with our screen game and we need to continue it and I think it’s something that Coach Reid has been harping on us lately about is to really getting focus on getting the screen game, the ball in the backs’ hands as much as possible and with our backs like Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, DAT (De’Anthony Thomas). You want the ball in their hands at all times.”

Q: You guys do a lot of stuff personnel wise with the different groupings of skill players. How complicated does that make your quarterback position?

DANIEL: “As far as personnel groupings go, not necessarily from the quarterback position, I’d say from the personnel position. You look at the receivers, you see De’Anthony Thomas line up at receiver, fullback, even some tight end. Especially on the new guys, that’s sort of how we as an offense blitz the defense a little bit and give them a whole bunch of personnel looks, a bunch of shifts and motions. It’s really important for us especially as quarterbacks to study up on those week in and week out.”

Q: Do you feel comfortable doing all of that?

DANIEL: “Yeah, I think you look at last year, this time, our first year in Coach Reid’s office to right now a full year of knowing what he expects. I think we are light-years ahead of where we were last year.” 

Q: How frustrating are all of the penalties?

DANIEL: “Yeah, the average penalties that were called last year during the preseason was like 12.5 and this year it’s 18.8 or something like that. They’re making an emphasis, that’s for sure. You know the refs are going to call more penalties. We have to be more, a lot more disciplined especially out front. I think they’re calling more and more defensive holdings and defensive PI’s I think even we got flagged for an offensive PI last game. I think that we just have to be smart. You never want that many penalties, but you definitely want them in the preseason and you don’t want them to carry over to the regular season because that’s really what hurts you.”

Q: Do you think there will be an adjustment to the rules after this one?

DANIEL: “I don’t know. There’s quite a bit of flags flying right now. So, we’ll see what they come up with.”

Q: From an offensive standpoint, are you kind of looking at what guys may be susceptible to some of these penalties?

DANIEL: “I don’t think you necessarily look at that per say week in and week out. If you see something on film like ‘oh man this guy’s holding every single snap’, you might try to go after him a few more times, but that’s something we don’t really pay attention to in the quarterback room.”

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 18

Aug 18, 2014 -- 4:16pm

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid

Conference Call Quotes

August 18, 2014

 

OPENING STATEMENT: “Guys, I don’t have (an) injury report yet. The players are coming in now so we’ll get that to you later. As far as the game goes, really penalties were a significant issue. We had five offensively and two defensively and that broke down offensively with two holding calls, a false start and an offensive pass interference, which were big plays in a couple cases there and likewise with the defensive penalties – the 36-yard gain. We’ve got to do a better job in that area. There were some good things, the ability to move the football against a good defense for the first few series was good. We’ve got to do a better job of getting touchdowns instead of field goals. I thought fundamentals on both sides of the ball need to improve and on special teams and that is all the way from the blocking part of it, to the tackling part of it, to the route running, to running the football and being decisive with your cuts and moves and so on. I thought our screen game needed to be better – that has always been a plus for us and we were minus numbers on the screen game. These are all things we can learn from and become better. It was good to see our young offensive line go against a good defensive line. There are some good things we can take out of that, it was a great experience for them. There were some great learning experiences there for individual guys. From a defensive standpoint, playing against Cam (Newton) I thought we were very disciplined in our pass rush lanes when he wanted the opportunity or had an opportunity where he needed to run, we were in good positon there to keep him hemmed in and put pressure on him and ended up with a couple sacks. We’ve got to do a better job with our four-man rush, being able to put pressure on the quarterback with that. But I thought on the other side of our blitz game – I thought we did a nice job with the blitz game and when Bob (Sutton) did dial them up we were able to get home with those and/or put enough pressure on him where he was throwing off the back foot there. And then in special teams, we had another opportunity with No. 1 (De’Anthony Thomas) to possibly break it and he got flushed one direction. He probably should’ve stayed tighter to where he was. I’m not sure he had the whole call there on the return but he had another opportunity to break another one and we were just short a man. He can learn from that. A positive too was the young quarterback (Aaron Murray) coming in, the young quarterback came in and made some nice plays. Really on the second one on the interception he had, if he stays outside with (Travis) Kelce on that one, both of those two have another big play under their belts. And then No. 1, De’Anthony, we moved him around a little more this week than we did the previous week and he was able to handle that and that is a positive. The young offensive linemen I thought did a good job. Both of our young tackles were going up against good plays and I thought they held up for the most part. There are some things fundamentally that I thought they‘ve got to do better, but they did some good things, they just weren’t consistent enough with it. So we will keep working that. Our right guard (Zach Fulton) likewise, there are some things he can learn from this. There are some good things and there are some bad things. We’ve got to get better at some things there. That is how I came out of this game. The time is yours.”

Q: How did Jamaal Charles get injured?

REID: “Well he was actually carrying a box down from the dorms. He came down the grassy slope there and rolled his foot over on the curve. It was that simple and that was it. He went up to Rick (Burkholder) and he was hurting that night and the next day he woke up he was feeling a little bit better. He is feeling better today. We’re optimistic about it. Initially there was a little concern but he had all the stuff done on it – the X-ray, the MRI’s and all that done on it. It was clear.”

Q: Will he play and practice this week?

REID: “Like I said, I haven’t had the chance to meet with Rick and we’ll get that to you. I just haven’t met with him. As far as it goes, a little bit of a short night. We’ve been cranking here and we’ve tried to give the players a little rest before they had to come in and get all their treatments.”

Q: What is the week looking like as far as practice goes? Is there a lot of game planning or any game planning?

REID: “Yeah. Listen, we’ll use the things we’ve been doing in camp. We’ll use our basic offense and defense, but the way the game plan part of it set up is different this week than last week because your Tuesday will be like a Wednesday in season, schedule wise, install wise.  Then Wednesday will be like a Thursday and Thursday will be like a Friday in season. We’ll get them used to that schedule where the walk through is first before the practice and then we’ll go from there. That’s how we’ll go about it.”

Q: You talked a little bit ago about not being happy with the screen game last night. Any reason for that?

REID: “Well it’s a big part of our offense. Yeah, we’ve got to do a better job of turning up field with the offensive linemen, getting them going north and south and likewise with the backs and just get that in sync. We’re a step off there. If you’re a step off in the screen game, you’ve got problems and that’s what happened last night.”

Q: You’ve said many times before that the five best blockers will play. Are there any others behind them pushing for a starting job?

REID: “Yeah, we feel like we’ve got some decent players in that mix. We’ll have to see how it all unfolds and when it’s said and done. We’re keeping track of that and we’ll see how it goes.”

Q: I’m looking at the snap count from last night. Did you have some guys play more this week than they did against the Bengals like Frank Zombo and Jeff Linkenbach?

REID: “Well, we were trying, with Zombo, to rotate him with that second group and that’s why he got a few more reps. As far as Linkenbach goes, Link is playing both offensive guard and tackle. One of his strengths is that he can get snaps in at both spots. We tried to work him in a little at each spot and he’s actually, I’m not sure who had the question before you, but he’s been one of those guys that’s done a nice job here as the last week or two here.”

Q: You saw all the flags being thrown last night and that’s stuff you have been working on. It seems like these calls are a little tight in these games.

REID: “It’s being called real tight and we knew that coming in. We’ve got to do a better job. With the ones, the majority of the penalties happened on the offensive side. Five of the seven were on the offensive side. The bottom line is, they’re going to call them and it sounds like they are going to continue to call them and you just hope it doesn’t turn away the spectators from the game. They get bored watching the officials throw the ball more than the quarterback. That could be a problem.”

Q: Regarding Eric Fisher’s last two preseason games, how do you not let this get to him mentally and he maintains his confidence?

REID: “At this point, I think he’s having to come off a significant injury and I think that you have to continue to battle through and that’s what this preseason has been for him. He’s coming off a shoulder surgery. You saw how he started the game. He started like a gang buster and as that arm gets tired, he has a tendency to not shoot it quite as fast as what he would when it’s fresh. I’m not even sure he’s conscious of that. You see that when players are coming off of knees. It’s the same thing. As the game goes on, they don’t play on it quite as well as they do early in the games. So, you work through it the more you play and the more you keep fundamentals, the more consistent you become. Eventually it will be for four quarters and you roll, but he sure started off the game nice and towards the end of the second quarter, he was dragging that thing a little bit. He’s got to just keep it up and firing it.”  

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 13

Aug 13, 2014 -- 2:53pm

Chiefs Assistant Coaches

Training Camp Quotes

August 13, 2014

 

ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/WIDE RECEIVERS COACH DAVID CULLEY

Q: Thirty is the age where receivers tend to lose their skills, what have you seen from Dwayne Bowe?

CULLEY: “He’s in the best shape he’s been in from here. I know from last year this is completely different. When he came back from the offseason he was in great shape. At 30, that’s a mindset kind of thing. There are old 30s and there are young 30s – which 30 do you want to be? Right now, when he came back, he came back as a young 30. That’s what you have to do if you want to play in this league for a long time.”

Q: Junior Hemingway looked like he had a nice day today.

CULLEY: “He did. I’ll tell you what, he’s been out for a while with that (hamstring), he needed this work real bad. Junior fits us inside with what we want to do with that third guy. He’s strong, he’s tough, he has a good feel for what we want in there. Even last year, when he came in and played for us not a lot on the inside, but when he did, he was very productive. Last year, Dexter (McCluster) was in there most of the time, now (Hemingway) is in there doing all of that work that he did. He’s getting more comfortable with it. We can do some more things in there because of his size and his strength than we did last year.”

Q: Can you elaborate; are you talking about the run game?

CULLEY: “Run game and the throwing game. Run game and the throwing game, both of those.”

Q: Last year, you said you went to McCluster when you went to the three receiver set, do you see it being a little bit of Hemingway and others?

CULLEY: “It could be. Basically, what we try to do, we have to find that Junior may be a little better at this than Kyle (Williams). Kyle may be a little better at this than Junior and vice versa – Frankie Hammond, those kind of guys. They all have their own little deal. Basically in this offense, you kind of fit them and put them in the situation where you use their skills the best.”

 

 

 

RUNNING BACKS COACH ERIC BIENIEMY

Q: Jamaal had a historic season last year is there anything he can do to be better this year?

BIENIEMY: “Obviously, he had an outstanding year. Me and Jamaal, we always talk and the hardest part about being a professional is being a consistent professional. Everybody knows Jamaal is a great player and it’s going to be a huge challenge for him. The thing I love about Jamaal is he doesn’t take anything for granted. He comes out here every day and he works his tail off. Coach Doug Pederson is doing a heck of a job putting him in situations where he can make great plays. It has been fun to watch.”

Q: Anthony Sherman seems to be getting more respect after a great year last year. But there are always areas for improvement, what are the areas for improvement for Sherman?

BIENIEMY: “First of all, Anthony Sherman is a great professional football player. The thing that makes him special is his work ethic. The thing that is going to make him even more special is to continue his work ethic. He takes a tremendous amount of notes and does a great job studying in the film room. And like I said, the thing about Sherman is he probably has the most important job on our team. Obviously he’s a great lead blocker for Jamaal, but he’s the least recognized player. He’s one of the most consistent players we have. I enjoy working with him and the guys enjoy working with him. And the thing I love about working with him is he’s the ring leader. When things aren’t going well and the rhythm is down, Anthony Sherman finds a way to pick it up.”

Q: How did you go about introducing De’Anthony Thomas to the pro game?

BIENIEMY: “I will say this first and foremost - De’Anthony is a great football player. He’s done a tremendous amount this camp. The best thing about De’Anthony is he is getting a lot of coaching from a lot of different people. It’s been a great team effort. Coach (David) Culley has does his part, Coach Brad Childress has done his part and Doug Pederson is finding ways to put him in positions where he can be successful. And at the end of the day the head man is putting it all together, and I’m going to keep saying it, laying that foundation. At the end of the day, he (De’Anthony) is making the most of the opportunities presented to him.”

Q: How is De’Anthony as a blocker at his size?

BIENIEMY: “One thing about De’Anthony, if you know anything about him, he’s very tough. Obviously, we haven’t put him in many situations as far as blocking. But you ought to see him on that one man sled, he’ll bite you now, he will bite you.”

Q: Can you talk about the process of ending up on Coach Reid’s staff?

BIENIEMY: “Obviously, it’s a very long relationship. Me and Coach Reid, our paths have crossed for years. He’s a Southern California guy, with me growing up a portion of my life in southern Cal we’ve known each other. His claim to fame and what he’ll always bring up is the fifth down incident (1990 game between Colorado and Missouri). He was on that coaching staff, and I like to say ‘we (Colorado) only had four downs, we spiked it on the fourth down’. I played for Coach Reid in Philly – me, Doug Pederson, Al Harris. This is why our chemistry is so good; Coach Childress was the quarterbacks coach that first year, Coach Culley was our receivers coach, Coach (Tommy) Brasher was the defensive line coach. This is a familiar area, this is a family atmosphere. When the opportunity came about, Coach Reid reached out to me. He knew my predicament, and he gave me an opportunity. Who wouldn’t cherish that opportunity to work for the Big Red.”

Q: That had to be a great experience to go from running backs coach to coordinator back to running backs, that’s experience you’ll always have right?

BIENIEMY: “Obviously, you always want an opportunity to do things that you strive for. But like I said, at the end of the day it was a great experience. I’ve learned more football over the past year and a half from Coach Reid and Coach Pederson just sitting in meetings, absorbing information and taking notes, than I have my entire years of coaching.”

 

OFFENSIVE LINE COACH ANDY HECK

Q: When you had an opportunity to go back and watch the Cincinnati game with the young guys you have up front, what were your initial thoughts about that game and then what do you want to see from them against Carolina?

HECK: “I thought it was a good start for our group, for our offense and for our team. The thing I was most encouraged by was I saw guys competing across the board and playing hard. Now, there are areas we want to get better at with run and pass – we’re never satisfied – so we’re looking to see improvement from week one to week two and so on.”

Q: Are you surprised at how quickly Zach Fulton’s picked things up as a sixth round pick to come in and start at right guard right away?

HECK: “I wouldn’t say surprised, the guy came from a quality program and he’s played against first rounders week in and week out there in the SEC, and he’s had some great coaching along the way. So, he’s a guy who’s got football knowledge, football IQ, and on top of that, the thing that we like about him is that he’s a hard worker.”

Q: What about Donald Stephenson moving into a full-time role? He had a lot of snaps last year, but what do you see from him on that right side?

HECK: “Last year we really looked at Donald as if he’s a starter, he’s a guy that we counted on a lot, we knew that we needed him, and we did. I think he had seven starts last year, and now he’s working to get better.”

Q: How would you describe Eric Fisher’s development so far in his second season?

HECK: “His development’s been steady, and that’s a credit to him and the work that he puts in.”

Q: How did Eric Fisher’s time off for his injury affect his development coming into this training camp?

HECK: “I couldn’t answer that. I know that it was what it was, and he did what he needed to do to get healthy, back out here, and working and everything that he could be doing, he did it well.”

 

 

QUARTERBACKS COACH MATT NAGY

Q: What do you look for in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarterbacks heading into game two?

NAGY: “Right now, just to throw completions and the decision making is huge. If you make the right decisions in this offense and you don’t make a bad play worse, good things will happen. And just trusting our scheme, trusting your teammates, and then being able to play as fast as you can and produce points.”

Q: That’s got to be a big thing with Alex, he doesn’t make any mistakes.

NAGY: “That’s right. His decision making is unbelievable; last year I think we were top one or two in the league in interception percentage – for not throwing interceptions. That was a credit to Alex and the rest of the team for protecting the football; you have to respect the football. We’re a little more aggressive right now in training camp with some downfield throws as far as his decision making; we’re telling him to push the ball.  You may see an interception here or there that he may not necessarily make in a game, but we’re telling him to do that; just trust it and see what happens and now when we get to the game, let’s make the right decision.”

Q: Chase Daniel’s not your typical backup quarterback, what does he provide that you probably wouldn’t typically expect from a backup in the NFL?

NAGY: “You’re right; the one thing that you take from Chase – and it’s awesome – is that he prepares day in and day out like he’s the starter. Last year, going into that San Diego game, it was old hat to him. It wasn’t new to him just because he was starting that game, it was the same deal. He’s in there on Monday in the morning just like Alex (Smith) is. He takes the game very seriously, he understands protections, and I was happy for him last year in that San Diego game.”

Q: Tyler Bray was remarked by Andy Reid as maybe the most improved player out of training camp before the Cincinnati game, where’s he at right now? Everybody sees the arm strength, but the other aspects of his game obviously have to get better too.

NAGY: “I would agree with coach, Tyler’s made big time strides mentally. He came in a little different than Aaron (Murray) when he (Tyler Bray) was at Tennessee. He (Tyler Bray) was all signals, he wasn’t calling plays in the huddle, so to be able to grow from last year to this point now, he’s made leaps and bounds.  And I’m proud of him for that, he’s done a really good job at that. He’s transferring that onto the field, last year it was super-fast to him on the field, this year it’s slowing down and he’s able to make the throws.”

 

 

TIGHT ENDS COACH TOM MELVIN

Q: We’ve been waiting for Travis Kelce after being the star of camp last year before his knee injury. What do you think of him?

MELVIN: “Well that is why they call them their moneymakers. They’re guys that can kind of play through a broken finger or bad shoulder but when your legs start to go on you, if you can’t go full speed. That’s kind of the difference and you saw now, he is roaring.”

Q: How are the guys picking up all of the different formations since you ask them to move around so much?

MELVIN: “That’s a great question because they have probably the most dynamic set of alignments and shifts and motions of anybody here. So they’ve got to be offensive linemen sometimes during protection. They’ve got to be wideouts because we get them out wide and we get them matched up on corners and safeties. So there is an awful lot of work they have to do mentally before the play and then they have to play the game afterwards, so they’ve got to spend a lot of time just being able to get out of the huddle.”

Q: How much has Anthony Fasano helped developing the younger guys?

MELVIN: “We threw a touchdown down here to Junior (Hemingway) on a shallow cross coming the other way. It was a touchdown because of what Fasano did on the other side. He was able to grab two guys in coverage by the way he set them up. He is such a headsy player, he is phenomenal for us. He is really the glue not only in our room, but he kind of keeps that whole huddle going because he is a grizzled veteran, he’s very smart, and he’s got great composure. You don’t see ups and downs with him, he is steady all the time and that is very good for a young group.”

Q: It was a noble experiment but are you surprised that Demetrius Harris might work out as a basketball player turned football player?

MELVIN: “Absolutely. You’ve got to give John (Dorsey) all of the credit. He saw something and he saw that with Demetrius before he was even a sophomore playing basketball and John made a note of that when he saw him playing in Milwaukee, so that is a good eye for talent.” 

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH EMMITT THOMAS

Q: How has Phillip Gaines come along?

THOMAS: “He’s coming fine. We use him inside at the nickel position; we play him at both corner spots. We’re trying to find out what his niche is. Right now, he’s learning the system, he’s a guy that has a lot of speed, he’s very intelligent. It’s just a matter of him getting acclimated to the pro game.”

Q: Is Sean Smith being back with the first team something you expect will only be a matter of time?

THOMAS: “I’m not going to say a mandate of when he’s coming back. But when we open it up the first game, we’ll have our starters in.”

Q: The first game is when we’ll find out?

THOMAS: “Right.”

Q: What are you looking for Daniel Sorensen to do?

THOMAS: “Be assertive. Be a director back there. Be a signal-caller. You know we lost Kendrick Lewis, and we’re looking for a guy that can go back there and make calls and also make plays. He has great size; he’s smart enough, now he has to get a little bit more instincts back there.”

Q: Moving to the second preseason game, what do you look to improve on big plays?

THOMAS: “Get better at the line of scrimmage and our coverage. We played a little lax in the first game. (We didn’t) really get on top of the receivers. This game, we’re going to press a lot and get them on top of the receivers.”

 

LINEBACKERS COACH GARY GIBBS

Q: How has Josh Martin done?

GIBBS: “He did a good job last year especially on the special teams midway through the season and he played in that last game in San Diego. A young player from Columbia and he’s worked hard in the weight room, worked hard in the offseason. He’s learning his way and we expect him to have a chance to help us this year.”

Q: What was that jump like from Columbia to the NFL?

GIBBS: “Well you need to ask him that. He’s a unique young man. He’s very confident. He’s obviously got some skillsets to work with, but he’s worked hard. He’s really worked hard. He’s competitive, very prideful and that jump mentally this offseason is probably the biggest thing there.”

Q: What does it say about him to take the offseason to work out with Tamba Hali?

GIBBS: “Well, it tells me that he wants to be a good football player. Tamba does a great job with all those younger players, and Tamba’s a great worker in the offseason. A lot of our guys pick up that work ethic from Tamba. Josh is obviously one of those guys.”

Q: Does the process of actually learning the game as a player slow him down physically?

GIBBS: “Again, you gain confidence as you take snaps, make plays. There’s times where he needs to play faster and needs to play with more power. I think just what you’re indicating, there’s a learning curve and there’s a process that he needs to go through. I think these preseason games will be part of the process and as we get into regular season that will continue to process. We’re all glad that he’s here and doing a good job for us.”    

Q: What do you have with Dee Ford?

GIBBS: “I think that he’s a good football player. He brings good speed, he’s obviously coming out of college as good pass rusher. He’s another guy that’s going through the process of learning the scheme, learning the speed of this game. The intricacies of this game, the minor details that you have to play with, but he’s a good athlete, a good player, he wants to be a good player and he works hard. We’re glad he’s here.”

Q: What does that mean for this unit? Before they had Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. You have some depth there now.

GIBBS: “Certainly whenever you have good quality depth it’s going to help your football team, it’s going to help your special teams. We’ve got a good room of good men and we’re looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Q: Those guys are young, but how realistic is it that they get on the field?

GIBBS: “You can’t have enough good players. They’ll play. They’ll get their snaps.”  

Chiefs Quotes, Training Camp, August 12

Aug 12, 2014 -- 2:31pm

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid & Players Quotes

Training Camp Quotes

August 12, 2014

 

HEAD COACH ANDY REID

OPENING STATEMENT: “Alright, I’ve got a couple of guys for you. Eric Berry, his heel again was bothering him. He put on some ice back there. He works a few days and then if it bothers him a little bit we back off. (Mike) Catapano has been battling this virus, and he’s still battling it. He wasn’t feeling very good today, so we backed off from there. Good work today. Again, a lot of work, but we got a lot of things done. I feel positive about the guys and the effort that their giving. As far as the game goes, I really don’t have play time. I can tell you what I normally do is the one quarterback normally gets the first half and then we kind of go from there. I haven’t set that with the players or the coaches yet. The time’s yours.”

Q: As Daniel Sorensen gets in there for Eric Berry, what are you learning about him?

REID: “You know what he actually played pretty good against Cincinnati. He had a lot of good snaps and you get a good eye at the speed of the game. Once you get into game time and each one of these preseason games gets a little faster and a little faster and the seasons faster than that. It was good for him to get in there and get that experience.”

Q: What does he bring you?

REID: “It looks like he’s a solid football player. I mean, we need to see more. Looks like he’s a smart kid, solid player, was a good tackler in that game and did well with his coverage.”

Q: Demetrius Harris got that penalty in the game today for dunking. Do you like to see that kind of enthusiasm or did you say something?

REID: “I missed it. I’m glad you told me so I’ll get on him.”

Q: You saw him play the other night and today in practice. How far has he come?

REID: “He was a basketball player when he got here and he’s transformed into a football player. There’s something that goes with that. There’s that physical part, not that basketball is not, this is even another step up. You have to do it day in and day out and that he’s done.”

Q: What does Eric Kush bring?

REID: “Kush brings a lot of energy to the huddle and to his group. He was working with the twos. He’s a smart kid and a tough kid. He’s still continuing to learn and gets better every day.

Q: What are some of the things he does to give energy to the group?

REID: “You talk to him for five minutes and you feel it. He is going to look you in the eye and every play he is going to give you 110 percent whether it is right or wrong. So he’s got a mixture going right now. He has got to continue to get better, but if he is going to make a mistake, it is 100 miles an hour and if he does it right it is 100 miles an hour so we appreciate that.”

Q: How is he physically compared to last year? He seems to have gained a lot of strength.

REID: “Oh, he has. He has. He’s put on some weight. You see that with linemen. Normally you get about a 10 pound increase that first year on the average, so he has done that. He looks strong, more physical. He is not getting thrown around like he did when he was lighter.”

Q: He has been going toe-to-toe with Dontari Poe in practice. Is that something we would have seen last year?

REID: “No, the effort would have been there. But the ability to honker down and drop your weight and get in that strong position, he couldn’t.”

Q: How much of an impact have your tight ends made so far?

REID: “This offense has been tight end friendly over the years, so to have three, four or five of them that can play for you out here is a good thing. We just have to see the numbers that you keep. It normally varies between two and three tight ends, so there are some pretty good battles going on.”

Q: What do you think of the 9-on-7 period during practice?

REID: “Well both sides know they are going to run the football, so you really get to see fundamentals big time on how you are going to stop the run. Are the hands tight? Are both guys fighting for position? How’s the balance? How’s the leverage? How high are you? If you are willing to play, do you have enough counter action in there where it holds the linebackers somewhat honest? And just overall toughness and competition against each other, I think, is important.”

Q: It seems like an old practice drill. Did you do 9-on-7 when you were at BYU?

REID: “Well we did, but it was only on two plays because we threw the ball every down.”

Q: What is the biggest thing that has jumped out to you with Josh Martin?

REID: “Well one thing Tamba (Hali) does besides being a great player, he works his hands every day. So he has really incorporated that into teaching all of the linebackers and Gary (Gibbs) is big on that too. But that ability to use his hands and counter the offensive lineman’s punch is probably the thing you are seeing the best.”

 

 

QB ALEX SMITH

Q: Has anything changed for you after watching video from the Cincinnati game?

SMITH: “Hold on to the football. That was the biggest play for me in my (time on the field). You look at two third-and-shorts that we didn’t convert, one on the run play and the last on the pass play – miscommunication there with the receivers. You just can’t have it. To me, two plays jumped out – one, the fumble, you just can’t have it, can’t have turnovers. The second one, that third-and-two down there, in the red zone, if you convert, you have a good chance of walking away with a touchdown. Those are big downs, we know that. You have to execute those and it’s all kind of in the details.”

Q: What did we miss by not getting to see Kyle Williams last year?

SMITH: “Kyle is a very, very polished receiver. He’s fought through a couple injuries the last few years, he’s been banged up. He’s a guy that’s played all over the field, as far as receivers go – slot, inside, outside. I think he has a good understanding of defenses and leverages because he has experience. I think he’s extremely excited. You can sense the energy he has because Coach Reid and the whole offensive staff do such a great job of moving guys around and knowing their strengths and putting them in situations where they can succeed. You see that with Kyle, like a lot of the guys; moving him around and getting him in good positions and he’s going out there and making plays. I’m excited for him. He’s worked extremely hard, he’s such a great teammate, he’s battled through a lot of injuries the last few years, so I’m happy for him to be back out here.”

Q: How did he handle himself after his muffed punt return in the 2012 NFC Championship Game?

SMITH: “He’s the kind of guy where he took it all on his shoulders. There were certainly 60 other plays we could have made to win that game. Kyle – the ultimate team guy – jumped on the grenade, and certainly didn’t need to as a young kid. It was a tough situation to be in, he wasn’t our punt returner all year, then he goes in for that game – it’s raining and windy, it was a tough situation. He’s the ultimate team guy.”

Q: How much do you evaluate whether or not the defense got the best of the offense in practice or if the offense got the better of the defense in training camp?

SMITH: “Absolutely. It’s daily, it’s a daily deal. It’s even incremental, there are different situations. Today it was short yardage and goal line, so that’s its own competition with the defense. Then we do seven-on-sevens and third downs, and we can get them there. Then there’s no question that you have a feeling of who won the day. That’s the goal; I think that’s the competitiveness that we have in this locker room. That’s what it is every single day; guys are going out here to make plays against each other. And that’s a good thing.”

Q: How excited are you about the playmakers at tight end?

SMITH: “It’s definitely a position of strength, guys with a lot of different attributes and ability down there. Those guys are doing a good job, a really, really good job. We’re doing a lot of things with them, they have to know the run game and pass game protection. They have a lot on their plates, but they’re handling it well.”

Q: What is it like lining up against the first team defense and seeing Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Dee Ford and now Josh Martin in there?

SMITH: “Mostly, I’m trying not to look at those guys. I’m looking downfield at the secondary and linebackers. It’s great practice all the way around. Great pressure up front because those guys apply so much pressure. The guys in the back end, going against DJ (Derrick Johnson) every day is tough – the guy is so smart, you’re lucky if you get it once on him. You’re certainly not going to get it twice because he just memory banks it and he’s so smart and fast. It’s fun, it’s just daily competition going back and forth with one another. It’s great work for us because they’re such a great defense.”

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