"This will be the last of the shorts. Tomorrow morning we will go in pads. Of course, tomorrow afternoon we will probably go in shells. So, now if we can just keep our fingers crossed that we can stay healthy. I think we've got through very luckily, very luckily in two-a-days in shorts. Blake Williams had to give up football. Blake came to by to see me today and if had been my son I would have recommended it sooner. I think he's had three knee operations, a back operation. He's still probably looking at some things. But he was practically in tears about it. So he will not be out there. He will stay in school on scholarship.
"Again tomorrow we'll get pads on. ... we will actually be in shells but that's practically full pads. That's everything, you have shorts, you have thigh pads, hip pads, so you do just about everything in shell that you do in scrimmage. We will kind of ease them into the contact part of it. Anxious to see some of these new boys, how they perform in pads. You see them in shorts. Pads is another thing. I am anxious to see how they look. We will bring them along very slowly."
What have you seen out of your inexperienced fulbacks?
"The big thing is they do have the tools. Most of them are big. They look like they can run. Now if the can just knock people like they are suppose to then we will be alright."
Will you do anything differently in pads based on what happened last year (concerning injuries)?
"I don't know how to do it (differently) because a lot of injuries occur with no contact. Robert (Morgan) was no contact, just like out here in shorts. We will do very much like did last year but again you just have to hope you don't get those injuries."
Adrian McPherson looked good today
"He did some good things. I was. ... of course, shorts is one thing. When people start batting you around it's something else. But they did look good. They did some good things today. Caught better. Defensive backs are closing better. Getting some knock downs."
Have you been surprised at how much Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan been able to do?
"I am very pleased. I am not saying I am surprised because I knew that nobody would work harder than them to get back out there. The doctors allowed them the amount of time it should take. A lot of doctors, some doctors let the kids come back in six months. Our doctors are pretty conservative on that, so I've been very pleased with the way they've come back."
Having them back has to make you feel good about the team and the offense.
"What happens you see why we missed them so much last year. You see what you missed. We sat there breaking in freshmen. You are sitting out there breaking in Sam, Thorpe and we are playing a walkon in Kaleikini."
When you scrimmage Saturday, do you plan on taking it easy on Greg Jones and Nick Maddox and let your freshmen get a lot of time?
"I don't like to say take it easy, but that's kind of what it is. But I don't care to see them a lot because we've got too much to find about these other kids. But how much the other kids will be able to do in knowing what to do will determine that. You are right. I am not interested in going out there and running them two all day long."