One focus of the scrimmage was honing the finer points of the game; however, many bigger questions were left looming after the dust settled.
The ankle injury to weak side linebacker E.J. Kuale, that occurred after another player fell on Kuale's ankle, ripped a seam in an other wise
sewn up defensive unit. Even so, Miles claims he has stitched it up with the help of converted running back Jason Spadoni who will move to the
vacated spot on defense.
"Spadoni will be a guy who will now get to play a little more football," said Miles.
"Now he is getting an opportunity to play."
It may seem like an odd choice, but Miles has no reservations about the abilities of Spadoni. So far, Miles likes what he sees.
"Spadoni is pretty instinctive at backer," said Miles. "He is new to the spot but not new to football. We knew he was big enough and strong
enough and he is tough and completive. It seems fitting."
Having dealt with the loss of Kuale, the coaching staff turned their attention to the things that never show up on stat sheets.
"It was a little more than two hours," said Miles. "We put them in a lot of situations. We worked on signaling and deportment from the sideline to the field. It was something we certainly needed to do. I didn't think we
were sharp but I understand the corrections that need to be made and certainly that is what we will go about doing."
Another blunt topic for Miles was the offense. After Saturday's scrimmage, Miles was candid about not being happy with the offense's progression and that he would continue to make it a primary concern. The players were then
given Sunday off to prepare for school and was back at it again on Monday.
Judging by Miles reaction, one day of practice did not provide enough corrective measure.
"They were sloppy tonight as well," said Miles. "There were too many penalties and big plays. Some really good things but not the
consistency you want from a really good offense."
Miles also sees the eventual shape of his squad but could not find the form Tuesday.
"We are going to be a physical football team but I don't know if we played like that tonight."
Nothing changed in the quarterback race as both Jamarcus Russell and Matt Flynn saw time with the first team and Miles did not indicate which
quarterback was ahead or whether there has been a decision made, onlysaying that both guys were planning to play a lot of ball.
Among those not participating in the scrimmage were Sammy Joseph, Kirston Pittman, Doug Planchard, and Darry Beckwith.
PRACTICE REPORT: August 23
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