Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo
Re: composition of offensive line
A: Offensive line we are working through that right now. Working through some different combinations, seeing who is healthy, and getting guys experience moving around and competing at some different spots.
Q: With Justin Pugh, is he still strictly at tackle? Or is that something where you would think about moving him around also?
A: He played right tackle today.
Q: How did Weston Richburg play after coming back from his demotion? **
A: Weston Richburg has some good moments in the game. He was like the rest of us, we need to be more consistent in the second half.
Q: What could you have done to get it going on offense or making it easier for the offense to function with the offensive line struggling?
A: My name is on all of it. Turnovers, that is my responsibility, it goes back to fundamentals, and we need to do a better job of taking care of the ball. That starts with me. It goes back to practice, it is not really just about the game, it is about practicing the way you train and I need to do a better job.
Q: Do you guys need to do a better job of getting the ball in Odell Beckham's hands in the second half of games? I think he has had only five targets in the second half of the last two games.
A: I think any time you can get the ball in his hands would be wise.
Q: Do you consciously break that up?
Q: When he doesn't get the ball, I assume the other team is taking him out of the game. Are teams doing that more?
A: I think teams are conscious of where he is and the impact that he can have on the game. In difficult times, you think of players, not plays, and he is one of the guys we need to think of in critical times in the game.
Q: When it starts to get that way, do you have to find different ways to get him the ball?
A: Yeah, we train him in a variety of spots. He has done a nice job there really. You saw at the end of the game there in that drive we scored with three minutes left, we moved him in some different spots and got back to some simple, basic things and got his hands on the ball a couple of times there.
Q: Are those in-game adjustments that you are making or special packages you prepared for?
A: Probably a little bit of both, a little bit of both.
Q: From a play calling perspective, when you are down, and you have to move John Jerry to right tackle, bring in Dallas Reynolds who hasn't played. Does it limit what you think you can do, or the confidence you have in that spot?
A: I will say what I said earlier, you have confidence in the guys, they are all pros, they work at it. Dallas Reynolds works his tail off and prepares for each game like he is starting. Hats off to John Jerry moving out to right tackle against their rushers and doing a heck of a job of competing. You like to do some things to get their feet wet when you first make that move, but you have to have confidence in him and we did. We had some manageable third downs in the game that we didn't come up with early on that hurt us, but we need to take better care of the football. When it is on the ground, we need to get it.
Q: Andre Williams talked a couple weeks ago when Rashad Jennings came back that stepping away may give him a little more perspective, maybe patience to understand what his job would be. Have you seen a difference in him with Rashad being back on the field?
A: I think it is healthy for a young guy to be thrust into a role, and to have a chance to see a veteran come back in and do the same job. I think he has a chance to really apply some of the lessons that he has learned, see how another guy goes about his job, and learn from it. I think that is helping him.
Q: When you look at those two guys. You have one guy averaging 3.9 yards a carry, one guy averaging 2.9 yards a carry. They are running behind the same offensive line, how do you view that?
A: Every play tells its own story. You would have to look at each play, and each game, differently, and how we match up. I know we had some tough matchups with Andre Williams in there. Not to say we didn't with Rashad, but you will learn more about that when you do the offseason studies and the scheme studies and things like that. Some guys run some things a little better than others, strengths, and weaknesses are different depending on how you matchup against the opponent.
Q: There were a couple of games where you guys made a strong effort to get Rueben Randle the ball early in the game. The past couple of games, he has got a little quieter. Has his role in the offense changed?
A: No, Rueben Randle is a starting receiver for us, we have a lot of confidence in him. He made some nice catches and ran well with the ball after the catch last week.
Q: How disappointing is it that you had to take disciplinary action against him 12 games into the season?
A: I have a lot of confidence in Rueben Randle. Moving forward, we expect him to be a big part of the things we are doing. He is getting better and we expect him to continue to improve and the better decisions you make between the white lines and outside the white lines, the better you will be.
Q: If Rashad Jennings can't go, how much can Orleans Darkwa give?
A: He is working his way into it, he has been here a little while, he is smart, conscientious, we trust him. He has a little different flavor back there for us, next man up.
Q: What is it about him that is different?
A: He is a shiftier type guy and we like his…..stay tuned. We will leave it at that.
Q: He can catch the ball right?
A: Yes, he has a good set of hands.
Q: Eli Manning has faced a lot pressure during this losing streak. Are there things he can do to handle that better or are there times where he doesn't have the chance to?
A: Pressure? You mean from the rush? There are times you want to get the ball out quickly, there are other times you may have to hold onto it and it will take longer than you'd like under adverse conditions. First and foremost, we need to take care of the football. After that we can hang in there and take a hit to complete the ball, that is part of the game.
Q: Have you been seeing enough of that?
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
Q: Is Damontré [Moore] a starting defensive end now? Are you going to try to work Cullen [Jenkins] in as well?
A: We'll do a little bit of both. We're trying to practice this week to see how well Cullen is responding. Obviously Damontré will play, so we haven't really made that decision yet.
Q: How has Cullen been? He said today was going to be a big day for him. What did you see today?
A: He looked good today. Sometimes we see a good flash out of him and then sometimes we don't see the flash, so I think he's trying to work through and find out how fast and how good he really feels, but he looked good to us.
Q: I know you guys have had reasons why Damontré hasn't been on the field as much as some people have wanted him to be. Now that you have all these injuries, how prepared is he to be an every down defensive end if he has to be? **
A: That's a good question. How prepared is he to be an every down defensive end? Again, he's a better pass defender than a run defender. He does play the run. We'd like for him to play the run stouter than he plays it right now, but I think that he'll be in a rotation. He won't be an every down defender for us.
Q: When it's against the run, what are the deficiencies that you see? What does he have to improve on?
A: Strength, power. Those are some of the things. And discipline. It's a combination of the three – strength, power and discipline.
Q: So this is less of a technique issue and just flatly more physical?
Q: Do you think he can one day be the every down kind of guy that you can count on against the run?
A: That depends on how much he will get into the weight room, how much strength he develops. Damontré is a 256, 258-pound man so he's going up against 300-pounders. You have to have good strength at the point of attack to be able to strike, shed and defend.
Q: How did Kerry [Wynn] play in his first game?
A: He did some good things. He did some very positive things in the football game. He wasn't deficient in a number of areas and he wasn't highly efficient in a number of areas. I thought he made a solid contribution to the team.
Q: Can he get on the edge and help you? I know you used him a lot inside…
A: Yes, he can definitely get on the edge and he will get on the edge for us this week and help us.
Q: How limited are you at linebacker? Obviously Jacquian [Williams] missed practice today and [Mark] Herzlich has the concussion. Are you struggling at numbers there?
A: We're a little thin at that position right now, so we're using some different combinations.
Q: Spencer [Paysinger's] sort of next up on the weak side then?
A: Spencer's next up on the weak side.
Q: After [Paysinger], who is after that?
A: [Smiles] We brought [James] Davidson up. He is a player that we brought up to try to help us. We will be using some different combinations in there to try to help. Obviously [Devon] Kennard. He can play both MIKE and WILL if he has to. Those are the combinations we are using in practice in order to be more efficient.
Q: More safety play, too?
A: More safety play, definitely. Those combinations we're using, too.
Q: How close is [Nat] Berhe to getting in there for defensive snaps?
A: We are definitely including him as a part of the package. We are trying to give him a role within some of the things we are trying to do as far as one of the combinations we are trying to use.
Q: What are the strengths [Berhe] brings?
A: Coming out of college, he was a very good run defender. He would strike you and he would tackle. We still like those attributes in him. He will strike you and he will tackle, but we would use him for his coverage skills also. We have also explored bringing him in pressure. There are a couple different things we think we can take advantage of his skills with and get him on the field.
Q: You made a switch with your cornerbacks this week… You used Mike Harris instead of Jayron Hosley in the slot?
A: Just trying to get more production out of that slot position. Harris has been here about three weeks. He has been practicing well. We thought he had some good knowledge of the Jacksonville receivers. He was a Jacksonville player at one time. With his development over the last three weeks, we felt that it was time to give him the opportunity to play. We thought he played very well.
Q: Odell [Beckham Jr.] was joking about playing cornerback today… Could you see him doing that?
A: No question. That is no joke. I have often tried to recruit him during training camp when he had his hamstring [injury]. I think he could be an excellent cornerback.
Q: Have you ever taken a step back and looked at [the cornerback group]… The group of corners you have now, there are like six or seven different guys you have here… How surreal is that for you?
A: It is the National Football League. It happens to a lot of teams. It seems like it has happened to us more frequently than it should. When you step back and look, we are on our fourth nickel player and cornerbacks we are down three corners. It is quite different than with what we started training camp with.
Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
Q: How did you hurt your leg?
A: It was during the game. I made a quick movement on a sudden change to get some guys off the bench onto the field, and then my calf tore. Old age sucks. RE: I was wondering if you popped an Achilles or something.
A: That is what I initially thought, but it was the calf.
Q: Seems to go with the way things are going with the whole team this year.
A: It rains, it pours, but we are good to go. Re: number of injuries and impact on special teams
A: Yeah, it is a constant roll. We are kind of used to it, that is usually what happens with special teams. You get new guys in…pretty much across the board it is the verbiage that changes, but schemes pretty much stay the same on the standard way you play it and you will add your wrinkles on how you exactly want to do it. Getting your guys in is good, it gets more competition, which is always good.
Q: What happened on Josh Brown's miss?
A: He was too deep on his plant, anytime, you are going to push it, the timing of it.
Q: What have you seen from Orleans Darkwa?
A: He has done well. He came in, very level headed kid, smart, understands quickly and nothing is too big. Had to switch him around with some injuries last week….like his speed, he's trained well with the place he was before so he is able to come in and contribute.
Q: Would have been …..if he becomes the backup running back?
A: Possibly, we got another guy in that would kind of fill some of the roles. Based on how much you plan off that.
Q: Is Damontre Moore still getting snaps?
A: I think so. If he plays more defense, then he would play a little bit less for us.
A: He's done well, but the last three-four weeks when he is playing defense, we have had to adjust his snaps. That is something kind of free flowing during the game.
Q: How has Nat Berhe handled the responsibility of being the fullback on punt?
A: He has done a better job each week. I thought probably last week was one of his better games. More productive on kickoff, and starting to get it, pleased with his progress.
Q: Is that a lot to put on a rookie that is inexperienced in that spot?
A: We have done it before, it takes a lot of time with them. Sitting with Zak DeOssie, and going over the different protections and stuff. He is a smart kid and we did it for Tyler Sash in 2011, we have kind of been down that road before.
Q: You're not going to need surgery, are you?