"Thanks, it's nice to be here. I'm excited to get the season started. We have been right on schedule with the two-a-days and camp. The guys are working hard to get better."
On Bill Walsh…
"Bill Walsh had a great influence on offensive football both in NFL and college. He's one of those guys that is a great teacher and had a good way of teaching. I had a chance when I was young to attend the 49Ners camp to watch him and learn from him. He had a real influence on things I have done as a coach. He will certainly be missed."
On the starting running backs…
"You always want to go with the hot hands in games you always want a touchdown. But, what we are going to do is let them compete and battle to find a place for as many players who will help us win through the season. Seasons are longer than they use to be playing 12 games, playing bowl games and championship games. With that in mind you have to have a lot of guys ready especially in a game so physical. We will have a starter and then we will play more backs. That's what I feel we need to do to win."
On Trindon Holliday…
"Trindon is so explosive. He has the ability to just out run anyone. He can go from north to south to east and west and that's what we will use him as. He's not the tallest kid in the world but he's one of the fastest so we are going to try and use him to create space. A lot of time it's a running game. It's hard for us to run rotates because it's hard to see him. But, around the edges is where he is seen the most. I've had the experience of using a guy like Trindon he's small but makes big plays. He can make a touchdown at anytime as long as we get him in the space. He's going to get a lot of touches, anywhere from five to ten touches a game. Good things will happen in those touches. Hopefully we can keep him healthy enough to use that speed always."
On coaching Matt Flynn…
"Matt has been such a pleasure to
coach. He's intelligent and has a great work ethic. He has leadership quality
and is easy to coach. It makes it really nice for a coach. When I came in as a
new guy and coming into a program that has had a lot of success with the
coordinator before me, he accepted me very well and listened to me. He worked
with me and really led the young guys in the right direction. I've been very
pleased with him. He was a one game starter in that
On what it takes to be a hot hand…
"There are a couple of things that happen in a hot hand. Number one they have to be prepared to play, they know what they are doing and they understand defensives. They must understand how they are attacking them. Secondly they must be healthy, because you want them to be able to use their talent, their strength and speed. Sometimes we just get guys that get a good feel for the game and their vision is good and that day good things happen. We recognize that we need to get them going too. You can't just bring a guy in and give it to him once and expect him to be hot hands. You have to work those backs and make them stronger. Make sure they've had enough reps in practice so they will get their hot hands."
"Well my experience at Louisiana Tech really helped me with the people in the South. I really enjoyed the
southern hospitality and the pride in the football. The climate was hard to get
use to but the longer I was in
On the game against
"The game will be pretty interesting. There are no players that I coached still playing. There are some coaches still on staff. It will be a nice reunion to see them and their families. But, believe me I just want to win that game and more forward."
On losing key players…
"Experience always helps. When you lose two receivers that are strong players you are losing a lot. We have Early Doucet who was part of that trio last year and can be a leader. We have Brandon LaFell who has played and prepared well. So those two guys right now are the leaders in receiving. With those two guys and the power behind them they will lead the way. They know how hard they need to play every play. So they will lead the young players and get on the same page so hopefully our passing game will be has proficient as it need s to be to win."
On the development of the quarterbacks…
"We are spending a lot of time talking about defense. It's been very interesting. We have young quarterbacks that we have to teach the plays to. So we talk to the young guys about the plays and talk with Matt about the defense. We go in and talk about recognizing a coverage and the strengths and weakness of the coverage. So the more Matt knows those things the quicker he can make a decision and get the ball out on time. Matt is very receptive and understanding. I think he likes that kind of rhythm and those have been fun conversations and I'm really enjoying coaching him."
On Flynn as quarterback…
"Matt Flynn is very athletic. We want to use his strength. He's not a running back he's a quarterback. He will run the ball and run the option a little bit. But, we don't want to beat him up either so we will pick our times when to do those plays. We will try and keep him as healthy as possible. If he does run the ball and has an open field I want him to get as much as he can then get down. That's what I've been preaching to him. This season you might see him run a little more. We just have to see how the team will develop. He has strength but we will try and protect him."