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Quotes: Coach Tom Coughlin (10/9)



Tom Coughlin**

Q: Do you have the injuries?
A: You have four guys (Ayers, Cruz, Kennard and Selvie) that are out. That's all I have for you for today.

Q: Leaves you thin at end. Is Cullen Jenkins now an option?
A: Well, he becomes more of that, yeah. Yeah, he'd have to be the guy that helps balance that out.

Q: What do you lose without Devon Kennard?
A: He's had a very good start to the season, so obviously we lose his energy, his enthusiasm, his love of the game, his physical play. It's unfortunate that he's out this week, but hopefully he'll be back soon.

Q: Kennard is a guy you use in a bunch of different ways, is that something you're going to have to fill in a variety of guys because there's not one guy who has that same skillset?
A: Yeah, that's basically what will happen, more people will participate in the roles that he fulfilled.

Q: How much do you think Markus Kuhn will be able to give you?
A: I think he'll be able to give us a lot. I think he'll be ready to go.

Q: What do you see from the 49ers offensive line? What kind of challenges do they present to you guys?
A: Their offensive line—they're talented, they're big, they run the football. They've established an outstanding running back in Hyde and I think that's where it all starts for them, run and play action pass.

Q: I know we talked about this the last couple years when Osi and both Chris retired, but now that they're going into the Ring of Honor, do you have any thoughts about what both of them have meant to this team?
A: I'm as thrilled as can be for both of them. And again, our staff is very excited for these two guys and very proud of having had an opportunity to work with such outstanding men, number one, and football players, each in their own way. When you think of Chris Snee, you think of a powerful, very serious, very devoted offensive guard who could do anything—he could pull, he could pass block, he could run block, he could do it all. And then when you think of Osi, you think of a guy who really—I keep thinking of that picture over and over again. I can't help it, it's 92, 91, and 72 and there's Tom Brady laying on the ground. I can't help but think of that. Osi was an outstanding young man to coach who could collect his thoughts and tell you exactly what he was thinking. Probably, along with Snee, studied the opponent better than anybody that we've seen. Guys that would be in the rooms by themselves learning more about the people they were going to play against. I'm excited for those guys. It's a great honor, it's a very nice honor. When you look up there and see the names that are up there, it's a tremendous honor.

Q: How's Daniel Fells doing? You said he might get out yesterday?
A: Yeah, he didn't. He's still in and from what I understand, he's still running a temperature. We're all praying for him, believe me.

Q: Have you seen results from the recovery day schedule and if so, what kind of benefits?
A: The whole idea is to be energized for the game, to have more energy and to have an opportunity in the midst of a very physical week to have recovery. I think we're seeing that. Of course, only time will tell. I believe that's starting to take place and it's helpful.

Q: You've talked a lot about the soft tissue injuries. You have four or five guys with them. Is that something that's more applicable to the preseason and training camp or something the recovery days is also beneficial in that regard?
A: Hopefully very beneficial. I thought you were going to ask me—all this stuff is designed for the elimination of the soft tissues and there they were, a lot of them at the end of the game the other day, to be honest with you. We have to look more into that. We've really, really wrapped our arms around this hydration and dehydration and so we're really, as a staff, we're emphasizing this more and more. That's a big part of it as well.

Q: Both in terms of coverage and what he's done coming up against the run, how impressive has Landon Collins been?
A: Well, in all aspects, he's learned each game he's played and he's gotten better each time he's played. We're excited about his continued development.

Q: Has the learning curve exceeded what you could have expected?
A: No, that's why we drafted him when we did.

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